Individually portioned charcuterie in jars is the trendiest app to serve this year. We’ll see elements like cured nitrate-free meats, raw cheeses, pickles, fresh veg — and even dessert versions with chocolate and fruit. Single-serving jars mean you can avoid poking into one big plate together, so they’re COVID-safe. Make your own! See how here.
Veganism, plant-based eating and the zero-waste movement are all on the rise. The focus on sustainability is growing strong. Seed-to-stem cooking uses the whole plant to avoid food waste. This can include the peel, seeds and “inedible” cores of fruit like pineapple. Don’t be surprised if banana peels show up in your smoothie!
Pantry- and Freezer-Forward Meals
When grocery shelves were wiped out before our eyes, we learned the importance of a well-stocked pantry and freezer. Look out for recipes that lean into shelf stability, with ingredients like quinoa and beans, legume-based pasta and rice, canned/jarred artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, canned seafood and frozen veggies, to name a few.
Bamboo plates, napkins, cutlery, cups and even straws will be popping up at picnics and barbecues. Durable and quick-growing, bamboo’s been in style for a while. With increasing availability driving down price, it’ll be this season’s most sustainable alternative to paper and plastic. Even bamboo clothing and sheets are making big waves. They’re so soft and durable, and they keep you cool — perfect for long, hot days.
Healthier No-Bake Treats
Summer means turning on the oven less, which translates to no-bake treats. With more tuning into nutrition than ever, look for vegan versions and protein- and superfood-infused updates to classics like popsicles, brownies/blondies and “raw” cookie dough — even collagen gelatin shots.