Plant-Based Proteins and Sustainable Sourcing: Top Food Trends to Watch in 2023
- Written by Emma White, Food Technologist and Founder of The Why Meat Co
As a Food Technologist, it’s always exciting to see what culinary delights and trends will emerge each year. Last year it was bite size portions and mini versions, old-school favourites and the infamous salmon rice bowl thanks to Emily Mariko’s viral video.
There are numerous factors that influence food trends, be it emerging technology, environmental factors such as cost of living or dietary requirements.
This year, consumers are becoming more conscious not only about what’s on the label but also what’s in their food. As a result, we’re seeing an influx of people making sustainable choices, better on their wallet and really taking on a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude.
So whether you're a foodie, a home cook or simply interested in exploring the latest fads, from plant-based proteins to sustainable sourcing, here are a few Food Trends to Watch in 2023:
Sustainable Sourcing: To reduce carbon emissions consumers are seeking out farmers markets, local markets, and larger produce markets to decrease the distance food travels to the dinner table…Markets are the closest you can get to buying direct from the farmer and produce that is in season and naturally abundant at a cheaper price. The added benefit is that the quality is far better when produce is consumed during its natural growing season.
Bulk-buying is back: We’ve all fallen into the trap of popping to the supermarket for one item and leaving with a trolley-full. Simply buying supermarket frozen foods can often be a cheaper alternative to fresh produce and means you always have supplies ready on hand in the freezer.
‘Home-away’ challenge: Known for being a tasty time-saver, takeaways are a typical weekend treat for all. However, the “home-away” challenge is gaining in popularity, simply by making your favourite takeaway meal at home. I love using our The Why Meat Co. Mini potato cakes to create the Friday night classic fish & chips at home for the family.
Plant-based protein: Whether it’s dietary or financial reasons, plant-based proteins are unsurprisingly gaining traction. Lentils are super cheap and can be substituted for mincemeat in dishes like shepherd’s pie, lasagne and spaghetti bolognaise. Chickpeas, borlotti beans, black beans, split peas and pinto beans are perfect alternatives to meat for slow cooked meals and casserole dishes. Not only cheap, beans and legumes have health benefits including low in fat which helps reduce cholesterol, decrease blood sugar levels, and increase healthy gut bacteria.
Don’t forget your roots! In true DIY fashion, Aussies are taking things into their own hands… literally. Growing parsley and basil can save you $8 a week and they can be grown easily in a pot. If you have the time, consider starting a veggie patch as this can save you hundreds a year if successful. Be mindful, you will need to invest time and tend to the veggie patch.
All Hail the Air Fryer: Known as the compact and convenient sister of the oven, the air fryer has skyrocketed in popularity so much so that there are cookbooks dedicated purely to refining the art. Without the wait time to pre-heat and the absence of oil – the healthier option is great for whipping up all kinds of snacks from our Sausage Rolls & Party Pies to roasted vegetables!
About The Why Meat Co.
Food is about bringing people together and at The Why Meat Co. they are acutely aware of not excluding others due to dietary requirements. Their vision is to see everybody coming together in social gatherings sharing not only food but also good times. The Why Meat Co’s bite sized snack portions options ensures all party goers are satisfied with a delicious plant-based party snack that will never disappoint.