Five food trends you can enjoy at home

Food envy is a daily occurrence when scrolling through social media. And while loaded milkshakes and sushi donuts may have us salivating, they’re not exactly easy to obtain. That’s why we’ve picked out five of our favourite food trends that are easy enough to make at home. Read on for more inspo.

Meat Alternatives

Whether you want to eat less meat for environmental reasons or from an animal ethics standpoint (or both), it’s certainly easier to do so in 2018 without compromising taste and texture. Meatless mince has been on our radar since 2016, when US company Impossible Foods served up a meat free burger at David Chang’s acclaimed Momofuku Nishi restaurant in New York. Despite being completely vegetarian, the Impossible Foods burger patty bleeds and cooks just like meat. 

Closer to home, Woolworths is now stocking a 100 per cent vegan mince that looks and tastes alarmingly like meat – though you can rest assured there’s nothing but soy and wheat proteins, coconut, almonds, tomato and porcini mushroom inside. Use it in dishes you’d normally require minced meat for: spaghetti bolognese, lasagne and hamburgers. 

While interest in meat alternatives is peaking, so is our celebration of vegetables. Fine dining restaurants in Sydney such as The Gantry now offer a seven-course vegetarian only degustation, while casual eateries are also taking note, hero-ing a multitude of pickled, roasted, deep fried, pureed and fresh vegetables. Meals no longer have to be composed of meat and three veg, so embrace the roasted cauliflower steak, jackfruit ‘pulled pork’ and eggplant everything. 

Find what you need at:
- Woolworths
- Coles
- Aldi
- Earth Markets

Poké

Yep, this one’s still a trend (probably because it’s both photogenic and damn tasty) and super easy to make at home. To make the Hawaiian specialty, start with rice or your choice of grain. Pour a marinade of soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions and grated ginger over cubes of raw tuna or salmon and place on top of the rice. It’s that simple! If you want to add a little more greenery to the bowl, go with some cucumber, avocado, coriander and strips of finely cut nori seaweed. The beauty of Poke is that it’s customisable – so whether you want yours with chicken and quinoa, the choice is up to you. 

Find what you need at: 
- Hanaromart
- Woolworths
- Coles
- Aldi
- Earth Markets 
- Andrews Meats
- Lenard's Chicken

Non-traditional cuts of meat

Can you sense a trend here? In a climate where we’re all thinking a little harder about environmental waste, top chefs are following suit by encouraging us to eat top to tail, and to take our cues from cultures that have often eaten what we consider non-traditional cuts of meat. The bonus? These cuts are also cheaper. 

Porterhouse and sirloin are tried-and-trusted favourites, but have you thought about oyster blade steak? Chefs swear by its great texture and flavour. Make sure your pan is sizzling hot, then cook the steak for a few minutes on each side. Be careful not to overcook it otherwise it’ll become chewy. Beef brisket and marrow bones are other flavourful options but have a chat with your butcher first to suss out any options you may be overlooking.

Find what you need at: 
- Andrews Meats

Fermented vegetables

In this new era of healthy eating, everyone’s talking about gut health. And while we all know yoghurt is rich in probiotics, the focus has now turned to fermented vegetables like kimchi. The spicy Korean pickle can be made using any vegetable, from cabbage to carrots, radish and even pumpkin (though the former versions are most well-known). Kimchi, like sauerkraut and other fermented foods, introduces good bacteria into your gut which aids digestion. You can easily make your own kimchi and sauerkraut at home or just pick some up from the store.  

Find what you need at: 
- Hanaromart

Middle Eastern spices 

We love our hummus, pita and falafel, but now it’s time to explore Middle Eastern cuisine in more depth. Lebanese, Persian, Israeli and Moroccan flavours are trending and encouraging us to incorporate spice mixes like harissa and za’atar into our diet. 

There’s a dozen ways to enjoy the smoky and spicy flavours of harissa – as marinade for meat and fish, to jazz up your pizza, blended into hummus or added to soups. Making your own harissa paste at home is easy, but you can also buy pre-made tubes and spice powders of harissa from the supermarket. 

Za’atar is a wonderfully aromatic blend of toasted sesame seeds, herbs and spices that pairs with a wide range of foods. One of the simplest ways to enjoy za’atar is with good olive oil and bread. You can also try it as a simple seasoning for meat and chicken dishes, on roasted vegetables or sprinkled over cheese and salads.

Find what you need at: 
- Woolworths
- Coles
- Aldi