Healthy food is big business right now. Consumers are increasingly concerned by the nutritional value of what they eat, and this is driving a growing trend across the entire food landscape.
From bone broth to turmeric lattes, there are new angles on the healthy eating trend every week. But unlike many health food fads, the Mediterranean diet has science on its side. Evidence suggests that eating like the locals on the Med can protect against diabetes and heart disease, keep your weight down and even extend your life.
The beauty of the Mediterranean diet is that it is tasty as well as healthy. So for foodservice, Mediterranean dishes offer a way to tap into the health trend without compromising on flavour.
The flavour profile of Mediterranean cuisine is broad. From southern Italy to southern France, Morocco to Greece, Spain to Algeria, it covers all countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. And according to our trend forecasters, Mediterranean ingredients are going to be big on menus this year. These are some of their top predictions for 2018’s trending Mediterranean ingredients:
• Bitter greens such as endive, chicory, radicchio, parsley
• Anchovies, tomatoes, parmesan
• Spices such as smoked paprika, cinnamon
• Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts
• Olive oil, wine
We’ve been using these ingredients in the BRF innovation centre as part of our exploration of fresh new flavours for foodservice. Our aim is to give customers choice, flavour and health, all on one plate. Try our Mediterranean style Sunday roast: rosemary and garlic roasted chicken with Mediterranean summer vegetables.
Or for a North African take on Mediterranean cuisine, this meatball and flatbread dish with harissa and yoghurt.
Or for a quick way to introduce a Mediterranean twist to chicken dishes, simply add condiments, sauces, and salad dressings. Greek tzatziki sauce, made with yogurt, garlic, olive oil and mint, goes well with grilled chicken. The Spanish romesco sauce made of roasted red peppers, almonds, and garlic brings burgers and chicken sandwiches to life.
With so many flavour variations to choose from, and a top health profile, Mediterranean cuisine is not going out of style any time soon.