You don’t need to be a fashionista to be on trend, foodies can enjoy the trendy life, too. After all, even vegetables go in and out of style. And this year, there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re a health nut, cooking kid-friendly, or have a major sweet tooth there is a trend for you! Here are six of the most delicious food trends of 2014. Which one are you going to try?
Savory Yogurts: Greek yogurt has been on trend for awhile now, but while most of us are still eating ours with honey or strawberries, the new way to eat yogurt is in a savory dish. Try these savory yogurt parfaits layered with raisins, chickpeas, grated cucumber, yogurt mixed with mint, and topped with walnuts from betacyanin.
Cauliflower: Call this the vegetable of the year! It’s showing up everywhere. It even appeared at many Super Bowl parties coated in buffalo sauce as a chicken wing substitute. Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can be substituted for a healthier version of many of your favorite foods – like this cauliflower pizza crust from ifoodreal. Gluten-free, low carb, and seriously delicious!
Ancient Grains: Ancient grains continue to take center stage. Make it your goal to try a new one every month. If you’re new to the ancient grain game, we recommend starting off with the very palatable quinoa. After you mastered that, you can move on to other grains and start substituting them into the foods you love like this Slow Cooker Mushroom Barley Risotto (sans rice).
Non-Wheat Noodles: This trend isn’t just about gluten-free noodles that can pass off as traditional pasta. It’s about varieties like sweet potato noodles, which take a radical departure from what we associate with pasta. Use a spiralizer or a mandolin to “pastify” your sweet potatoes. If you don’t have this special equipment on hand, you can use a vegetable peeler to make fettuccine style noodles. Blanch them in boiling water for a couple of minutes. They’ll taste great with tomato sauce but if you want to try something special, we like this Kale Pesto recipe from Gourmande In the Kitchen.
Middle Eastern Flavors: There’s no better way to spice up dinnertime than to infuse it with Middle Eastern flavors. Try these Middle Easter Chicken and Couscous Wraps with Goat Cheese. They’re loaded with flavors and textures like pistachios, sun-dried tomatoes, cinnamon, olives, and tahini. The beauty of wraps is you can play around with the recipe, add what sounds good to you, what’s in the pantry and it’s sure to be delicious.
Ice Cream Sandwiches: What’s the sweet treat of the year? Gourmet ice cream sandwiches. The beauty of this trend is there is so much room for creativity. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the traditional cookies and ice cream, but think beyond that. Sandwich your ice cream between brownies, donuts, graham crackers, or our personal favorite, waffles!