The New Year always brings about new flavours and ingredient combinations. If you like to try new things and you want to surprise your dinner party guests with something trendy this year, you should consider the following appetizing recipes and ingredient combinations in 2017.
1. Cauliflower Cheese
Although pasta and rice are great stables, you should consider swapping them for vegetables. This is better for your health and will ensure you get enough vegetables on your plate. Cauliflower cheese is a great option for pasta-based dishes and it can even work as its own dish. Cook your cauliflowers slightly, add into an oven dish, sprinkle lots of cheese on top, pour a dash of cream and season with salt and pepper. Throw in the oven and enjoy!
2. Chicken Chilli
A good chilli is all you need to get through winter. Instead of opting for beef, you should try making your favourite chilli with chicken. The recipe can be essentially the same as with beef, but just swap the meat. You can also make a vegetarian version with tofu. To save time and savour the flavours the best, you want to invest in a good slow cooker. Morphy Richard’s Sear and Stew is a great, affordable slow cooker for keen home cooks.
3. Vegan Pancakes
In 2017, you should try eating a bit less meat and even consider using vegan recipes as part of your healthy diet. For the weekends, these vegan pancakes are worth testing. You only need to swap flour to spelt flour, use non-dairy milk and vegan butter, and you are good to go. Let your batter rise for 5 to 10 minutes and only fry the pancakes for 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Chrissy Teigen’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps
The occasional celebrity recipe is bound to impress your friends and family. If you want something tasty, yet astonishingly healthy, the chicken lettuce wraps by Chrissy Teigen are worth the hype. The wraps are great for big sporting events of the year or a house party for teenagers.
5. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
If you were too late to test The Peach Kitchen’s Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Raisin Cookies last fall, don’t worry! The New Year will sort out this problem as the fall is only a few (well, quite a few) months away. The seasonal treat is perfect for a Halloween party. You could also just pop to Tesco and get the ingredients today – just to test it all before the fall, right?
6. Mushroom Spaghetti with Garlic and Herbs
For those lazy afternoons when you need something tasty and you don’t have a whole day to cook, the Pinch of Yum mushroom and spaghetti recipe is a lifesaver. The recipe essentially only requires your favourite mushrooms, spaghetti, cream, garlic and an herb mixture to work. Simple, yet tasty dish that is bound to impress.
Sriracha was a condiment that took the world by storm in 2016 and it’s victory march will continue long into 2017. The spicy, sweet and tangy sauce is best when combined with chicken and a touch of honey. If you’re having trouble to find proper Sriracha, stock up with Tesco Groceries online store, as they have the right type & enough quantity for you compared to the local stores.
8. Homemade Kimchi
Each year has its own health trends, and this year fermented vegetables and pickles are going to be the go-to trend. You should definitely start adding pickles and fermented foods as a side dish; it adds extra flavour to your curries for example. You should also try making your own pickles and fermented condiments, such as homemade kimchi. You’ll need cabbage, garlic, ginger, Korean radish and scallions as the basic ingredient. For spicing, you’ll need salt, sugar, red pepper flakes and seafood flavour water.
2017 will see plenty of classic dishes twisted and turn into something else. Lasagna soup is an example of such tweaking. A Farmgirl’s Dabbles has a great recipe for creating this hearty meal. The dish is perfect for those cold winter and fall days, and the kids are bound to love this dish.
10. Blueberry Lemon Scones
A good scone is the best thing in the world. While some store bought scones, like Haywood and Padgett’s cherry and sultana scones, can be tasty and perfect for those busy weeks, homemade scones are worth the time and effort. The blueberry lemon scones recipe from this blog has been tried and tested in my kitchen quite a few times and in 2017, you should test it as well!
The above recipes should keep you cooking in 2017. The year is perfect for testing new flavours and tweaking your trusted recipes with different cooking techniques or tastes. So, what are you waiting for? Pick your favourite and get cooking.