Our predictions are in! Here’s a look at the top ingredients, dishes, and techniques sure to be a smash in 2019.
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Like all things, culinary crazes tend to come and go. We see a few hot ingredients hit the scene one year, only to become has-beens the next. That said, smart foodies should always stay on top of up-and-coming trends.
Back in 2018, harissa, matcha, and tahini were having some serious moments. These versatile ingredients popped up in everything from appetizers to main courses to cocktails and desserts. And of course, the farm-to-table movement continued to flourish. Now, with the dawning of a new year, it’s time to look ahead to what we can expect to see on menus in 2019.
Expect the unexpected
Many previous fads will pick up even more steam over the next twelve months. But top food critics also predict some new crazes to take hold—some of which have us going gaga!
It’s just speculation, but if this list is any indication, we’re in for a fabulous year for food in 2019! So here they are…
The Top 5 Food Trends to Watch in 2019
Prediction #1: Chickpeas are a smash
A staple in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, chickpeas have been around forever. Not only are they low in calories, high in fiber and chock full of healthy vitamins and minerals. They are also amazingly adaptable.
You can sprinkle chickpeas in a leafy green salad, use as a filling ingredient in a soup, or nosh on a handful for a quick snack (when roasted to a crispy crunch). Not to mention, foodies love their hummus. Still, why such a resurgence in 2019?
Given the country’s shift toward health-conscious cooking, more and more people are using chickpea flour as the main ingredient for baking. Since it’s gluten-free and grain-free, it makes an ideal alternative for folks with food allergies and intolerances.
Recommended recipe: Falafel fritters from Basically
Prediction #2: Eggs are in
Have you heard of nootropic foods? For decades, people have sought synthetic drugs and supplements to boost their brain power. But now, chefs are catering to that same desire with a safer, more natural approach.
Eggs are packed with nutrients known to support cognitive function. But our quest for intelligence isn’t the only motivating factor. The 2019 egg fad picks up where it left off last year with more innovative takes on deviled eggs, eggs benedict, baked frittatas, meringue desserts, and breakfast burritos.
Who can deny the delight of a yummy egg brunch or breakfast? Try out the recipe below, and put a Mexican spin on your Wednesday morning using leftovers from Taco Tuesday (P.S. The recipe works every day of the week!)
Recommended recipe: Chilaquiles with Eggs from Foodie Crush
Prediction #3: Dinner sizzles with CBD
With marijuana becoming legalized all across America, it’s only natural to see its derivatives debut in the kitchen. And note—we’re not talking about mixing the devil’s lettuce with your next brownie batch.
Instead, people have embraced CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol oil, for its plethora of health benefits. Believed to fight everything from anxiety and stress to acne, joint pain, fatigue and inflammation, this unexpected ingredient is surprisingly simple to cook with.
Don’t worry: Using a little bit of CBD oil will not have you walking around stoned after your afternoon lunch break. If anything, you might feel a little more relaxed as you munch throughout the day. Best of all, you don’t have to consume it as a candy, gummy, chocolate, cookie, or as some other typical ‘edible’ format.
Switch things up with a savory (as opposed to sweet) dish. Try out this truly ‘green’ guacamole linked below. And don’t forget to double check your local laws to ensure the CBD oil you purchase is 100% legal. As long as the extract has trace amounts of THC, you should be good.
Recommended recipe: CBD infused guacamole from Creating Better Days
Prediction #4: The celtuce cult forms
You probably have never heard of this bizarre vegetable, but it’s actually a pretty common staple in Chinese cuisine. A seeming portmanteau of ‘celery’ and ‘lettuce,’ celtuce is exactly that—a bunch of leafy greens that come from a harder veggie stem. It’s also categorized among those so-called ‘ugly vegetables’ gaining traction over the past decade.
To get a sense of what it’s like, think of a stalk of celery. Most Americans simply chop off those bitter leaves before crunching down on their beloved celery sticks. But just like kale, kelp, and other lettuce and seaweed trends of 2018, celtuce is gearing up for its biggest moment yet.
This year, expect to see chefs experimenting with stem lettuce in stir-frys, salads, side dishes and more. Celtuce is not only helpful for digestion among other health benefits, but it also possesses a beautiful green color when cooked.
Suggested recipe: Ginger apple celtuce stir-fry from Paleo Flourish
Prediction #5: Traceability takes over
The farm-to-table movement has hit its stride. Now, consumers (and cooks everywhere) are taking things up a notch with a greater commitment to traceability and sustainable practices. In short, eaters want to know exactly how their food came to fruition.
Today, foodies prefer local to foreign. Fresh over preserved. And eco-friendly as opposed to extravagant. So, how can you interpret this trend with your own cooking? As always, Made In makes it simple.
Hit up your town or city’s farmer’s market circuit. And do it often! As the seasons change throughout 2019, you’ll discover so many amazing heirloom ingredients ripe for the picking. Dinner tastes so much better knowing you’ve supported your local farmers and sellers, all while contributing to worldwide sustainable practices.
Recommended recipe: Ricotta and squash blossom pizza from The Little Epicurean
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