Fruit As a Meat Substitute and More Food Trends Predicted by Pinterest for 2017
Out with the old, in with the new! If 2016 was the year of steel-cut oatmeal, avocado toast, and rainbow foods, then what does 2017 hold in store for home cooks and restaurant enthusiasts? Pinterest predicted the top 10 up-and-coming food trends, based on pinning user data.
The number one trend, which has seen a 420 percent spike in popularity recently is jackfruit as a meat substitute. Jackfruit is a fleshy fruit related to the fig that is native to Southeast Asia. Many vegans and vegetarians use it as a meat substitute in dishes like nachos, where the fruit’s meaty flesh can somewhat imitate the consistency of traditional protein sources.
Other trends according to Pinterest, are sous vide style of cooking which has already skyrocketed in popularity, even in casual restaurants, but now is becoming more common in home kitchens. You can get recipes for your own in-bag cooking experience here.
Buddha bowls have also jumped 200 percent in popularity: These meatless dishes usually contain roasted vegetables, rice and legumes, and go hand-in-hand with weight loss plans. Pinterest also predicts that by next summer, we’ll be grilling octopus, drinking sour beer and snacking on healthy vegetable chips.