People around the world have been spending more time at home due to the lockdown. Having more time on our hands has naturally piqued our interest in cooking. It’s given us more time to research and identify methods and practices to ensure better health and well-being. Cooking for ourselves has allowed us to control what we eat.
The trend of eating healthy will carry on from 2021 to 2022. More importantly, cooking your meals allows you to try various food and beverage innovations. From cooking well-known dishes to concocting your fusion recipes, there are plenty of ways to spice things up in the kitchen.
Here are a few food trends from 2021 that will most likely carry on into 2022 –
As the first meal of the day, breakfast breaks the overnight fast by providing our bodies with energy and nutrients. Despite being the most important meal of the day, our breakfasts have often been a hurried affair. Whether you are a child or an adult, we all had to start our day by hitting the ground running.
So breakfasts were usually something that we could scramble together in a few minutes. Also, something that we could finish in a minimal amount of time. However, with all the extra time we now have, we can cook up breakfast ideas fit for a King. Smoothies made with yogurt and granola, and sous vide egg bites, or whatever else catches your fancy.
We may have sampled many different global cuisines through fine dining options available in our cities. Each of us has our favorite international dish, derived from the Mediterranean, Asian or Arabic cuisine. African cuisine offers us the unique blend of trying something previously untried and healthy.
African food is simple and unprocessed, made from cereal, grains, vegetables, fruits, and milk products. Our innovative approach to cooking will see us trying out food and beverages from west African countries like Senegal and Nigeria. Apart from being gluten-free, these dishes contain a lot of vegetable protein which will greatly aid us in eating healthy.
The upcycling of food is a new and effective trend in the food industry. Adopting this approach in our cooking will assist us in reducing food waste. We often discard food scraps loaded with vital nutrients, e.g., stems of cauliflower, broccoli, etc. There are numerous interesting recipes available online that show how to upcycle and use these food scraps. This clever upcycling of food will improve the nutrient content in your diet. You will be amazed at the amount of fruit and vegetable scraps that no longer need to be discarded.
Sustainable Home Cooking
People today prefer to buy local and environmentally friendly products. This preference gives them a better idea of where their food is coming from and supports local producers. There are a rising number of vegans and flexitarians who consume fewer animal products. Preparing healthy baby food also takes center stage as part of the 2021 food trend. You can create a range of delicious purees and flavor combinations made from organic ingredients.
All you need are fresh vegetables and a food processor. Chickpea is all set to gain more popularity. From the humble yet delicious hummus, chickpeas can be expected to be used in products like chips, pasta, pizza, etc.
The key food trend in 2021 is about making innovations in the beverages and food we consume. Comfortable with multi-tasking, people have no problem wearing both, their thinking hat and the chef’s cap in the kitchen. This fun trend will surely continue into the year 2022 too.