Happy New Year!
2009 was a challenging year, for our economy, as well as many of us, including our own. So I am excited to have that year behind us. I read somewhere that 2010 is good year in Fen Shui, so I’m excited about what the new year has to offer.
As we look forward, one thing I want to know about is the trend prediction of 2010, you guessed it, about food.
1. Eat Fresh, Eat More Vegetables!
On recent Iron Chef, First Lady Michelle Obama opened the super chef battle of Bobby Flay & Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford of the White House vs. Mario Batali, Emeril Ragasse. The secret ingredients were vegetables from the White House garden, to inspire Americans to cook and eat more vegetables. I heard that Mrs. Obama actually don’t cook much even before she moved to the White House, yet the First Lady herself is involved in a major TV event like this is HUGE! I see more and more focus will be placed on eating fresh, especially vegetables, rather than prepared food as well as meat and carbohydrates.
Given the obesity rate of the US is epidemic 33% for adults and 16% for children, 2 in 3 adult Americans are considered overweight, this is truly a welcoming trend, and will change life of many. The key is, it needs to happen on everyone’s home, not just on TV or at the restaurants. We as a nation, need to change our eating habits. The challenge is to show the general public eating vegetables are not just eating these raw celery from veggie platter, or plain boiled (and possibly cooked to death) broccoli. If that’s the only thing they know, of course they won’t want to eat much vegetables. There are many easy, more flavorful options, if they are willing to experiment.
One of the easiest and tastiest is roasted and/or grilled vegetables. My trick is to stick a whole vegetables like eggplants and sweet potatoes (the Obamas’ favorite veggie, according to the First Lady) in toaster oven at 400F while I’m cooking something else. Compared with an conventional oven, it doesn’t require much pre-heating, so it’s much faster, and reduces energy as well. Then I have them ready to go in the air-tight container in the refrigerator for various dishes later in the week.
Click here for my super easy and healthy eggplant appetizer recipe I posted this on SFGate.com site. It takes less than 5 minutes if you already have grilled/roasted eggplants. You’ll love it!
Stay tuned for more posts about the food trends in 2010…
What food trend do you predict in 2010? What’s is your new year’s resolution around food? Leave me a comment, I’m interested in hearing from you.
PS: Is “Eating Healthy” one of your new year’s resolutions? Then join us for my free class this Saturday, January 16th in Oakland. Hope you can make it!