While 2016 was a pretty terrible year for most things, it was a great year for food. It seemed like each and every day a new food trend would surface our staff of serious foodies would race to devour.
Want to know our top seven favorite food trends of 2016? Keep reading to find out!
Top Food Trends of 2016
Poke, pronounced poe•kei, is a hugely popular dish in Hawaiian culture. It’s a raw fish salad, usually served as an appetizer, accompanied by sesame seeds, avocado, lettuce, scallions, rice, and more.
This light and refreshing dish was a huge food trend in 2016. It seemed like each and every week a new poke-themed shop was popping up, creating new varieties of this raw dish.
This food trend ran rampant throughout the Chef’d headquarters. Not a day went by where someone in the office wasn’t munching on this traditional dish. Every bite transports you to a white-sandy beach, and allows your taste buds to dream up their own delicious paradise.
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Kombucha is a love it or hate it kind of beverage. Made from a variety of fermented, effervescent sweetened black or green teas, this vinegary drink is packed with dozens of probiotics.
Kombucha is made with millions of tiny microorganisms that are similar to the good bacteria that’s found in our stomachs. Drinking this tea is said to help fight colds, lower cholesterol, and promote a healthy stomach.
This drink has been around for centuries, but became a household name in 2016. While it’s mostly bottled, in the past year, many coffee shops around the country have started offering this drink on tap.
Turmeric has been popping up in many new dishes. Throughout all of 2106, we’ve seen this traditional Indian spice in dishes like sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and more.
This spice is not only packed with vibrant color, but also a kick of flavor. Chefs have come to love this spice because of it’s healing properties. Honestly, the list goes on and on, but here’s a few of the most popular uses for turmeric:
- Diabetes drugs
- Arthritis medications
- Cholesterol drugs, and more
So go ahead, give this delicious, super-herb a try today in our widely popular Creamy Chicken Korma meal kit.
At just about any brunch spot, we bet you’ll find avocado toast on the menu. Everyone’s favorite creamy, green fruit-veggie hybrid has made a simple breakfast classic into something truly satisfying.
Heaps of avocado, onion, tomato, and maybe even an egg are just a few of the many things you can expect to see a top of a hearty piece of toast. We offer two varieties of avocado toast that are sure to satisfy your morning-hunger.
Our Avocado Toast with Cucumbers, Mint, Feta, and Egg is a lighter option, packed with fresh, crisp flavors, while our Avocado Toast with Prosciutto is a heartier, savory version of this trending breakfast that seamlessly pairs creamy and salty to create a tempting morning dish.
Cauliflower was everyone’s favorite carb-substitute in 2106. Chopped into rice, cut into steaks, used as faux-bread, and even smothered in our favorite sauces to create delicious, vegetarian-friendly meals that are packed with health benefits.
Disguised as some of our favorite potato dishes, the taste and texture of this powerful veggie are hard to distinguish from one another. We guarantee you’ll love this guilt-free food trend with each and every bite.
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Ramen is the new pho.
This Japanese soup is filled with ramen noodles, hard boiled eggs, hearty meat, scallions, and surrounded by hot and spicy broth that creates a savory bowl of goodness.
Ramen was huge in 2016. Restaurants all over recreated this dish with a variety of unique ingredients and variations of broth.
It’s no wonder this authentic dish has taken off. Because, really—who doesn’t love a good, piping hot bowl of noodles on a cold day?
In 2016, it seemed like everyone was looking for new, delicious ways to spruce up their oatmeal. Overnight oats are by far one of the biggest breakfast food trends of the year. They’re fast, easy, and require no cooking—assemble, let sit overnight, grab, and go.
Overnight oats substitute water for greek yogurt and your favorite form of milk, any kind of fresh berries, and a few drops of sweetener—that’s it. Just throw everything into a jar—that’s it—you’ve got a delicious and filling breakfast.
In 2016, Acai bowls, or smoothie bowls, were a hit. There’s no better way to start off the day than with a bowl of superfruits. Typically topped with sliced fruits, granola, seeds, or coconut flakes, these powerful bowls have been a go-to for those looking to start their day off right.
Acai berries are a reddish-purple superfood that’s packed with anti-aging and weight loss properties. This rich fruit is the common denominator in the popular smoothie bowls, as it makes for a creamy, flavorful dessert-like breakfast that you’re bound to love.