Shaved Brussel Sprouts and Red Cabbage combos in cold salads and warm salad sides. Because of the colors, together they enhance any presentation. Shaving them makes the dish more digestible — and economical.
Grain of the Year — Drumroll please — LENTILS! No more quinoa chips, flour, pancakes and all of the other packaged goodies. Because lentils come in many colors, they make awesome presentations, too. They also blend well with the trend of Middle Eastern and Sephardic recipes being used in personal and professional kitchens.
Organ meats, fried skins and fancy dishes surrounding them. Gribenes, or crispy fried chicken or goose skin pieces, will replace the popularity of nachos. Parve cheeses makes them a lot easier to enjoy and be creative with.
Tips From Some Personal Chefs And Your Favorite Bloggers
Bracha (Beth) Serle of She’s The Chef Blog
“In the coming year of 2018 many people are fed up with their eating habits and just want to be more healthy. Forget about diets and meal plans, they work up until you go off them and then you are set up for disasters. The best way to go is to just eat clean, eat what Hashem created! Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. The next biggest thing in 2018 is not just a trend but it should be a lifestyle. It’s called meal preparation. In the beginning of the week you plan a menu for each day and meal and prepare it on Sunday. As I always say, if you fail to plan you are planning to fail! So jump on the train of 2018 and plan to succeed!!”
Inbal Khabieh of thegourmetgoddess_official
“There will definitely been some major food trends this year, all connected to health and wellness! FIBER is a big deal these days! Tanya Zuckerbrot, (@TanyaZuckerbrot on instagram) who developed The Ffactor Diet, is making waves on Instagram with her fiber-rich lifestyle that still allows you to dine out and drink cocktails and doesn’t commit you to cardio fitness 7 days a week! Avid followers of Ffactor include Inbal Khabieh of @TheGourmetGoddess_Official , Lauren Evarts Bostick of @TheSkinnyConfidential and Neda Varbanova of @HealthyWithNedi. Also trending are no-carb rice and noodles like Miracle Noodles or Better Than Rice, and Cauliflower! (Goodbye kale!) Cheers to a fabulous, healthy, skinny and chic 2018! 🎉🎊🍾 Happy Cooking!”
Chef and Cooking School Owner Melissa Mayo
Mayo, a lifestyle coach, says that “With so much mayhem in the world today people are shifting their exercise practice to more slow paced workouts with mindful breathing as the focus. Rather than high intensity sweating and extreme workouts that push for more, we’ll see more people looking to exercise in nature without any electronic devices. Their focus will be unplugging from the constant bombardment of texts, social media and news. The benefits of silence on the body and mind will lead the trend.”
Tips For Making These Foods Party Pretty For Any Reason
1) Shop your house. You never know what u have in your own stash that can work. Serving pieces do not have to match exactly.
2) Ask all guests to come in a certain color — for example, all white or all black. Even all red. It will look great with everyone matching even if you don’t go all out on decor.
3) Amazon prime is AWESOME and you can find anything and everything you need to make a party and get it delivered to your door in just two days.
4) Set the mood with a good playlist, build a fire if you have a fireplace and light votives everywhere (use tea lights if that’s the only thing you have).
Wine glasses, champagne glasses or martini glasses all can be repurposed as a tea light or candle holder if you flip it upside down. You can even put a single flower under the bottom glass part to add that extra touch.
5) Tablecloths are not necessary if you have nice marble, granite or even formica countertops. Put out a buffet of food or desserts directly on the counters uniformly lined.
Elan Kornblum, @greatkosherrestaurants
“The opening of smokehouses continue to trend with another Smokehouse opening in the next few months in Teaneck, NJ. We’ll see a couple of new upscale restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan. We may see more non-kosher restaurants turning kosher, or selling kosher in more populated Jewish areas. And, we could have a couple more Hibachi restaurants from the existing locations, one in the Five Towns and Florida if things go according to plan. The biggest trends, following non-kosher restaurant trends, are gourmet burger places and mandatory tipping.”
Say Goodbye And Don’t Ask Why!
January is a great time to say goodbye to all those foods you buy, find recipes for and even eat in public at trendy eateries because you are told to do so. The truth is, we don’t even like most trendy foods!
Juices and Cleanses. Why? We never feel satisfied, found out they are full of sugar, and decided that if we are spending $12 on a drink, dirty martinis have fewer carbs and calories.
Granolas. Why? Turns out, nutrition-wise, we could enjoy a candy bar that satisfies us more with fewer fat and calories, not to mention sugar.
Cauliflower Rice, Chinese style. Why? We all shared and tasted each other’s recipes. This year will be the year of Cauliflower, Italian style. A la Vodka, Risotto, and Alfredo versions be will be the rage in traditional, parve, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, kosher, parve and low-calorie kitchens at home and in restaurants.
Let’s all enjoy the foods and fun of 2018!!!