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inspiration No more idea what to cook? 5 food trends that bring variety

Food trends come and go, but some are more consistent than others. And while there are tons of food, cooking, and nutrition blogs out there, sometimes you're just stuck in your routine. Too little time, too little desire and - as is so often the case - just a few groceries in the house. In addition, there is the desire or the need to forego certain products, for example in the event of a food intolerance or switching to a vegetarian-vegan lifestyle.

But crises and renunciation in particular also fuel trends and show that less is sometimes more, even when it comes to eating! We have five food trends for you that are so inspiring in their simplicity!

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1. Keep it simple: The quick and easy after-work kitchen

Having little time doesn't mean that you have to lose inspiration while cooking. Just as with an elaborate 5-course menu, a quick and simple dish can put a lot of heart and soul into it. The advantages are obvious: Cooking yourself is not only healthier than buying a frozen pizza or other ready-made meal on the way home, it is also cheaper in the long term. But how can you beat your weaker self if you just want to hang out on the couch after work? Quite simply by keeping it literally simple.

Food blogger Miriam Keller's recipes, for example, do not need long shopping trips - you usually have a lot of groceries at home by default anyway. The trained ecotrophologist promises: No recipe has more than ten ingredients or takes more than 30 minutes to prepare.

For example, how about one simple pantry curry with just five ingredients and just ten minutes of effort?

What you need for this: Canned tomatoes (chopped), chickpeas, red lentils (both dried or canned), coconut milk and basics (spices, onions, garlic, oil)

You can find the recipe for the simple pantry curry here!

2. Cook once, feast for a week: "Meal Prep" food trend

A nutrition trend that is booming, especially in the Corona period, is the meal prep, i.e. the pre-cooking of food in German. The idea is not new, but it is a good alternative to ready-made meals, especially in our fast-moving, plastic-overloaded and consumer-oriented times. On top of that, the menu is organized for the whole week in a short time, home cooking becomes a pleasure in addition to home office and home schooling!

The variety is not neglected here either, as the staple foods are combined with many fresh ingredients and a variety of dishes can be cooked very quickly. The food trend is booming online: For example, if you enter the hashtag #mealprep on Instagram, you get almost twelve million hits and there are also countless meal prep videos on YouTube.

As summer is approaching, we've picked out a particularly fresh recipe: one Gazpacho soupthat can not only be made from leftovers from the fridge, but is also ideal for pre-cooking.

What you need for this: 1/2 cucumber, 500 g tomatoes (alternatively canned tomatoes), 1/2 clove of garlic, 1/2 green bell pepper, 1 slice of white bread, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt & pepper, chili

You can find the recipe for the meal prep gazpacho!

Another big advantage of Meal-Prep: Food and food leftovers can also be overcooked and thus less ends up in the garbage. And if you plan well in advance and also ensure the right packaging, you can do without plastic containers and the like.

With Meal Prep it is also possible to lose weight during the lunch break. And there are even more tips on how to shed those pounds while you work - with these 4 tips for your lunch break!

3. "Sustainability" food trend: no meat, no additives

Whereby we are already at the next food trend that was not first brought to life by Greta Thunberg (17): sustainability. One way to cook sustainably is to avoid meat. But many are unsure and fear the restrictions on food diversity. But with a little inspiration it becomes clear how diverse the selection actually is - and how quickly meat-free delicacies can be prepared. Even the cooking itself is sustainable, as you avoid many additives and critical products such as palm oil, which are often found in convenience products.

For example, here you will find a recipe for a delicious low-carb cauliflower pizza that is not only meat-free and simple, but also low in calories:

4. Still on the advance: "Regional" food trend

You don't have to become self-sufficient to cook sustainably - even reaching for regional products is sustainable and the seasonal calendar for vegetables and fruit also serves as a source of inspiration. What could be nicer than cooking with the foods that grow over the four seasons? There are countless fresh products at farmers' and weekly markets that ensure a varied menu. And if you still do not know exactly how seasonal cooking works, you will find suitable blogs on the Internet - for example the cooking blog "Krautkopf", which covers the recipe categories "Spring", "Summer", "Autumn", "Winter" , "Sweets" and "Basics" leads. Everyone will find something here, even those looking for vegan or lactose-free recipes.

Since the rhubarb is in high season and summer is here, we want to introduce you to something particularly fresh: rhubarb lemonade with green tea.

What you need for this: 1 liter of water, 3-4 teaspoons of green tea, 70 g of raw cane sugar, 2 dried figs, 1 slice of an organic lemon, 1-2 sticks of rhubarb, 30-50 g of water kefir cultures

You can find the recipe for the delicious green tea rhubarb lemonade here!

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