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Our Food Trend Predictions for 2018

What will you be cooking and eating all this year? Well, our editors have a few ideas. From more international street food to healthier alternatives, here are the ingredients, cuisines, and cooking methods we expect to see everywhere in 2018.

Healthy Cocktails

Just because you’re imbibing, that’s no reason ingredients can’t be fresh, seasonal, and wholesome, like this Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary, excerpted from the cocktail book Mix Shake Stir.

Plant-Based Foods

As more people embrace vegan lifestyle, look for more meals putting plant-based foods at the center of the plate. For inspiration, check out our Five Favorite Vegan Mains collection.

International Street Food

It’s not exactly new but the trend will continue strong in 2018. Look especially for more Indian dosas, Persian kebabs, and Filipino dishes (see below).   Browse our collection: Street Food from Around the World.

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast adds a savory, cool-ranch-y, yet entirely dairy-free flavor to popcorn and potato chips, so it’s perfect for making vegan versions of your favorite addictive snacks. (That said, it’s still delicious in snacks with dairy, too, like our Sour Cream and Onions Potato Chips.)

Pressure Cooking

Is there anyone who didn’t get an Instant Pot for Christmas? Everyone who did is wanting recipes for quick takes on tender, braised comfort food dishes, like this Ropa Vieja from Jose Garces’ book The Latin Road Home.

 

Nut Butters

It’s so easy to make your own nut butter, and it lets you control the sugar and salt levels (not to mention ensure it’s entirely peanut-free if you have allergies). Get the Recipe: Homemade Nut Butter

Filipino Cuisine

With its influences from Indian, Chinese, and Spanish cuisines, Filipino cooking is incredibly vibrant and flavorful, yet accessible for home cooks even while Filipino restaurants pop up all across the country. Try these Lumpia Shanghai (Filipino spring rolls from Chef King Phojanakong of Manhattan’s Kuma Inn

Harissa

This North African chile paste has definitely crossed into the mainstream, with harissa seasoning showing up in supermarkets and on menus everywhere. It’s also easy to make your own, then use it in dishes like these Harissa-Yogurt Chicken Thighs.

Matcha Tea

 

The brilliant green hue and grassy flavor of matcha green tea make it an intriguing way to add a natural tint to baked goods. Browse the Recipes: 11 Ways to Cook with Tea.

Cider Vinegar

Everyone’s abuzz over the health benefits of cider vinegar, but let’s not forget it’s just delicious, too. Get the recipe: Apple-Braised Pork Shoulder.

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