The 2015 Food Trends Perfect For Busy Moms

Chefs and food critics have weighed in on upcoming food trends, but for those of us feeding families at home, what does any of it really translate to?

When you're a mom, for most of us at least, getting excited about food means finding a new recipe to try out, a sale at the grocery store, or a kid-appropriate restaurant opening nearby. Next level food excitement happens when someone cooks for us, or when something that's appeared on a cooking show shows up in our local produce section—purple cauliflower, anyone? 

Our kids don't care if a fancy chef in Manhattan is making crickets part of his menu, or if one cut of meat is now trendier over another. (Okay, kids might care about crickets, but it's not likely to affect dinner.) So, for those of us without the luxury of being to-the-minute foodies, what do the new trends and predictions mean? And most importantly, what good news is in it for us? Here's the good news on what's "in" or, so we're told, about to be.

Veggies as a main

Bored with your usual rotation of steamed, boiled, baked, fried, roasted? Adding a bit of garlic and onions to a vegetable and throwing it on the side of a plate? Rejoice, because with veggies as a main coming into trend we'll be seeing creative recipes pop up on how to serve veggies. Of course, plant-based mains are cheaper than buying meat and are a healthy super healthy option. WHy not try this Roasted Veggies and Couscous Salad from RecipeGeek.com?

Smart Snacking

If predictions are true, and nutritious snacks come into vogue in the near future, it's good news for all of us. Healthy snacks being on trend means more healthy snacks on the market, which means more variety and more choice. One of the reasons we default to high-carb, high-sugar snack food is because it's everywhere. And, it's hard to find snack food that suits the whole family—here's hoping that changes, soon.

Brinner

In some households, breakfast for dinner is always in style, but good to know we're not behind the times. With mornings so often being rushed, there's not always time for those perfect-looking breakfast and brunch recipes that are always popping up. Breakfast foods often cook faster than ones more typically thought of as dinner material, and often require no advance preparation. So why not indulge in your favourite breakfast foods for dinner? There's no rule that says panckaes are going for mornings! Try this great, healthy banana pancake recipe.

Tacos

Phew, thank the heavens! Tacos aren't going anywhere anytime soon. That's a relief because, you know what's easy to get kids to eat? Tacos. Because they're customizable and kids can help assemble even if they're too little to help with prep, tacos are often a crowd pleaser. If the big chefs are making them, chances are the little ones will be too. The more popular tacos are, the more variations we'll have to be inspired by, and the more likely shops will be to carry the necessary supplies. We're loving these Black Beans, Corn and Goat Cheese Tacos from Savvymom.ca

Chickpeas

A low-cost plant protein that's easy to work into any meal, it's about time chick peas had their moment to shine. Chickpeas are a great canvas to spice up or tone down and work well in hot and cold dishes. If your kids are happy hummus eaters, hopefully they'll like chickpeas in other forms too. Try roasting them with seasoning for a fun, crunchy snack. This sweet version from PopSugar.com is pretty delicious! 

Peel to Stem

We know that the peel and leaves are often the healthiest part of vegetables, but they just don't work in every dish. Learning new ways to cook with the whole vegetable means less pruning and peeling, higher vitamin content, and not throwing out food that could be used. Cook the Story has a great recipe for roasted broccoli, with one same twist... you roast (and eat) the whole thing! 

Shared plates

Various sources are calling "order for yourself and eat" dining a fad of the past. If you do dine out, family-style dining, shared tapas-style small plates and menus catering to ordering a few dishes and splitting them are now in style. The reasons this works well for families eating out together should be obvious, lots of selection means there wil be something for even the pickiest eater, while those with more adventureous tastes can still try new things. Hopefully this food trend will make getting out to a restaurant a bit easier.

Brussels Sprouts

Kale has been the new kale for so long no one is calling it new anymore. Make way for Brussels sprouts. Though it's a cliche that kids don't like them, it's not necessarily true. Roasted with a drizzle of maple syrup or tossed in a skillet with some bacon, Brussels sprouts have the potential to be a hit.

Also on our radar

Pressure cookers taking over for slow cookers. Ideal for those who forget to set up the slow cooker in time, and in general as they take a fraction of the time.

Waffles being in the spotlight. Because healthy or not, waffles are delicious and kids love them—an easy to agree upon indulgence.

Local superfoods, greens sourced from near home, femented foods, a wider variety of grains and seaweed. Bring it on. Healthy options that are more ecologically and economically sound are bound to go over well with the mom crowd.

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