When we looked at food trends in 2017, there was an eclectic mix to choose from. We’ve picked seven of the latest foody fads that have caught on this year.
1) Courgetti Spaghetti
As cooking trends go, this is a crazy but simple idea - use a spiralizer to turn your courgettes into strings of spaghetti.
It makes a healthy alternative to pasta and is easy to prepare. One medium courgette serves one person. And if you don’t want spaghetti, you can cut your courgette into julienne sticks or replicate other pasta styles.
The best way to make different types of pasta shapes from courgettes is to use a multi-bladed vegetable spiralizer with interchangeable blades.
2) Tasty Tacos
This Mexican treat has been a top food trend over the summer months and looks set to remain popular with diners.
It’s also easy to cook tacos at home as you can use pretty much anything as a filling such as bits of steak or chicken, minced beef, beans or vegetables. It’s a great dish for using up leftovers from the fridge.
3) Savoury Yoghurts
Forget fruits of the forest and black cherry – the latest varieties of yoghurts are savoury. Feta cheese, smoked paprika, and traditional mint and cucumber, are the cooking trends of 2017.
These can be used as toppings on salads or instead of mayonnaise on meat dishes or in sandwiches. You can even make your own savoury frozen yoghurts using a homemade ice cream maker.
And Waitrose has just introduced a range of vegetable yoghurt pots that contain much less sugar than their fruit-only varieties. Their new yoghurt flavours include Kiwi, Avocado and Matcha Tea; Pineapple, Butternut Squash and Turmeric; and Carrot, Mango and Guarana.
4) Pickles and Ferments
Since we became interested in our gut bacteria, pickles and fermented foods have caught on as a trend. Pickling and fermenting are thought to help sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome and bloating as well as boosting the immune system.
Frequently listed as top gut-friendly foods, pickled and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi are now all the rage. They’re also a great way of adding a vibrant, vinegary kick to your dishes.
5) Vegetable Crisps
As people look for healthier snacks, vegetable crisps have increased in popularity as they’re lower in fat and offer more nutritional value than potato crisps. Beetroot, carrot, parsnip – pretty much any root vegetable can be thinly sliced and fried or baked into a crisp.
Jamie Oliver recommends oven baking sliced parsnip, carrots and beetroot with crushed salt, fennel seeds and chilli – they can be eaten hot or cold.
6) Cool Cauliflower
Surprisingly, the hottest vegetable according to 2017 food trends is the humble cauliflower; it can be boiled, steamed, fried or roasted.
Or you can get the chargrilled look and taste of a barbecue by thinly slicing your cauliflower and cooking it on a non-stick griddle plate. You can also make cauliflower griddle cakes by combining boiled cauliflower florets with grated cheese, egg, onion, breadcrumbs and spices and cooking the patties like burgers.
7) Finally, Less Food Waste
According to the Food Standards Agency, in the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been consumed.
Fortunately, among the food trends of 2017 was a concerted effort to stop this waste and to make use of all the food we produce and buy. Supermarkets are now selling wonky vegetables while other companies are making jam from rejected fruit.
At home, we’re now seeking out recipes to use up leftover food and utilising our freezers more. Long may this trend continue!
As 2017 almost comes to a close, we decided to take a look back at the food trends that have stood out over the last 12 months.