2020 has been quite an eventful year for everyone of us to say the least. We have an ongoing global pandemic and we’re still standing strong. Through all of this, one thing has brought us comfort and that’s FOOD. 2021 won’t be any different and there are various food trends to look out for in 2021.
Check this: A reflection of 2020
SMALL NOTE ABOUT FOOD TRENDS WE’VE SEEN IN 2020
2020 saw a rise in plant based foods and various kinds of plant and nut based milk which was quite innovative to say the least. We saw yellow split peas milk which also has one of the lowest environmental footprints. There were other types like cashew milk, hazelnut milk, etc.
Japanese foods and food techniques were introduced to the world on a larger scale. This was much more than just Sushi.
We also saw more and more people gravitating towards foods to improve their gut health. Foods like Kombucha, Kimchi, Kefir, Sauerkraut are few foods which topped this list. People focused more on digestive wellness and acquiring a taste for probiotics became very cool!
Not forgetting the importance given to immunity boosting foods and drinks this year 2020, with the pandemic around us. Now more than ever people are focusing more on immunity building and boosting foods and drinks. Check some of those here.
With new foods trends emerging from social media platforms like TikTok, the world has seen some amazingly innovative ways to make cooking/baking a fun and less taxing activity for all. We saw the rise in the famous Dalgona coffee, cereal style pancakes, etc.
2021 will be no different.
FOOD TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2021
Cooking/Baking more at home
This is not something new but with more and more people working from home and having more time at their disposal, they have developed a keen interest in cooking and baking from scratch at home. They’ve baked their own bread and made their own pasta. They’ve also baked their own birthday or celebration cakes.
2021 will see the rise of more home-cooked nourishing meals. People will also gravitate towards comfort food and soul foods like broths, slow-cooked meals, etc.
Most people will be stuck with the basics found in their pantry and create lip-smacking dishes out of it. Some others will also invent new techniques, methods, ingredient combinations to make their favourite takeout foods at home.
Yet again there will be a rise in sourdough everything- from bread to pasta to smoothies to brownies.
Here are a few recipes to try:
- Smoked Lardon & Cabbage stir-fried rice
- Vegan spicy mushroom wrap
- Mushroom chilli fry
- Pan grilled chicken with a cucumber yoghurt dip
- Stir fry noodles
- Comforting beef mince pie
Food focusing on Wellbeing
Like 2020, the next year will see more and more people buying foods rich in Vitamin C to strengthen their immunity. There will be a rise in people buying foods with probiotics, superfoods and greens, etc.
There will be much more people who will tryout homemade versions of Kimchi after the whole K-pop and Korean drama revolution the world has recently been obsessed with. This also includes a new found love for ramen, made the authentic way.
People will also look for protein rich and nourishing snacks and munchies. There will be a rise in golden milk aka turmeric latte, moon milk, etc.
With more and more people working from home and having more time to take care and nourish themselves, elaborate breakfasts and brunches will be on a rise on a day to day basis and not just at weekends. People will include more wholesome meals for breakfast like protein, nuts, good fats, fresh fruits and veggies, etc.
People will also include superfoods and sprouts as part of their diet and include it in their menu for the most important meal of the day i.e. breakfast.
Some breakfast recipes to try out:
- The ultimate cheesy omelette
- Desi-masala French toast
- Chorizo and green onion pancakes
- Banana pancakes
- Overnight oats with berries
- Zucchini poha
Reducing food waste
Another food trend to look out for in 2021 is people using vegetable scraps, trimmings, bones, etc. to make homemade stocks to flavour their soups, broths, stews, etc.
The whey leftover after making homemade cheese will be used to knead doughs to make wholewheat chapatis, naan bread, etc.
Foods like the stem of broccoli will be eaten either sautéed or raw with some dip like sour cream or hummus. People will also use the roots of herbs like coriander in normal day to day cooking as those impart a lot of flavour.
Recipes to try:
A wide range of oils for cooking
Nowadays people are more mindful about what they put into their body and hence 2021 will see a rise in the use of various oils for cooking. The use of avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil, etc. will be on the rise.
People will also use more oils with a high cooking temperature tolerance and also those which can be used for a salad or maybe even a guacamole.
People being more at home means more rise in alcohol consumptions which was otherwise just limited to weekends. Most people have started DIYing almost everything and they’ll continue doing that in 2021 too. Homemade wine making is something many people will be taking up as a hobby.
Try this homemade grape wine recipe at home, if you’re looking out for a homemade wine making project.
The rise in the versatility of chickpeas
Chickpeas are high in protein and is a whole-food to look out for in 2021. With more people having a plant based diet, chickpeas will be used in anything from smoothies to brownies to mousses. Chickpeas will be used to make homemade versions of fast foods like pizzas, burgers, hearty meatless stews, etc.
The aquafaba which is the residual liquid of canned chickpeas is also widely used and will be continued being used in baking or cooking as a replacement for other non-vegan ingredients.
A rise in Smart Kitchens
Technology is on a rise in every sphere. People have started investing in building smart homes. Now with work from home becoming a thing, smart kitchen have also started emerging and 2021 will see much more innovation in the smart kitchen plethora. Smart kitchens help people work smartly in the kitchen rather than putting in hard work, and it is always good to work smart rather than working hard unnecessarily.
I came across this really interesting article on smart ovens recently. Now just with an app you can order your coffee as it is running out or even check the temperature of your roasted leg of lamb without opening a the oven by just using an app.
Amazon orders have increased in 2020 for smart kitchen appliances and equipments, and will still continually rise in 2021.
Consumption of sustainable foods
This trend isn’t a new one but people are going to be mindful and thoughtful about where and how they source their ingredients from. There will be yet again a rise in organic produce and that which will lower the carbon footprint, even further.
People are gravitating towards more locally sourced ingredients and there will be an emerging interest in knowing and learning how food is procured.
Rise in online cooking classes
With more people learning how to cook and wanting to learn more about food, online cooking classes on zoom calls is now trending and will be huge in 2021. Besides Youtube being a self-help avenue to learn cooking, people are still applying to cooking courses and wanting to learn first hand from a kitchen guru.
From making pho to homemade traybakes, you can find a class online for anything cooking related.
Home bakers and home chefs as entrepreneurs
Many people have lost their jobs in 2020 but this didn’t break them. Some began taking orders for cakes, cupcakes, homemade snacks and comfort food.
2021 will see a continued rise in small local businesses and self-made entrepreneurs in every field including food.
Growing your own produce
Like 2020, 2021 will also see more and more people growing herbs, fruits and veggies at home. There will be more plant parents than ever. Cooking with fresh herbs is always a good idea and 2021 will see more home grown herb gardens even in tiny apartments.
Besides all these food trends in 2021, one trend which will never stop growing is the new addition of recipes, cooking/baking hacks, tricks and tips to make new dishes which emerge on social media platforms like Instagram reels, TikTok, Facebook, Pinterest, etc on a day to day basis.
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Happy New Year 2021!! We hope you have a great year ahead!