When we started compiling the recipes in honor of Veterans Day, we were guided by one simple question: “What would a soldier stationed somewhere far away want the most?” There was a fiery discussion among the members of our editorial team, but all ideas had something in common – comfort food! Add ‘homemade’ to the picture and you’re all set to show your love and support for all the brave military members who fought for our freedom.
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Veterans Day is an official public holiday in the States, observed annually on November 11 since the 1950s. It is meant to honor the people who served in the Armed Forces, i.e. military veterans. And since many workers and students have Veterans Day off, it is a perfect opportunity to gather and make the veteran(s) in your life happy to be home.
You can cook a delicious meal at any point of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner (don’t forget the dessert!).
Veterans Day Breakfast Recipes
Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Compote
What better way to warm up a veteran’s heart (and fill their belly) than by serving breakfast in bed? These fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with a sweet blueberry compote will fill the house with an incredible smell and make everyone ask for more.
Topping them with a fruit-based sauce is a great change from maple syrup routine. Blueberries will not only add a tangy note, but they will also contribute that beautiful deep color. Not to mention how healthy they are!
Breakfast Pizza with Kale, Pesto, and Sun-dried Tomatoes
If you have a veteran who is not a big fan of sweet things, this is the recipe that will save the morning! Composed of a bunch of good-for-you-ingredients on top of a perfect dough that is crispy on the outside & soft on the inside, this cheesy perfection is the best way to show how much you care!
Veterans Day Lunch Recipes
Savory Chicken Pot Pie
A creamy blend of chicken and vegetables covered with a delicious, flaky pastry crust—a dinner table delight! For a boost of flavor, mix 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley into the chicken mixture in Step 2.
A brick wrapped in foil is the secret to deliciously sealing the ﬂavors of chicken, tomatoes, pesto and melted cheese into tasty grilled bread. Sun-dried tomatoes can be purchased in packets (often pre-chopped in diced, julienned or chunk form) or in jars of olive oil. The oil-packed tomatoes are best for sandwiches.
Healthier Macaroni and Cheese
Mac & cheese is definitely one of the most beloved comfort foods. This take on the popular dish takes a healthier turn with the use of Greek yogurt. This ingredient also makes the this mac & cheese super-creamy. In addition, it is done in less than 15 minutes, allowing you to relax and enjoy Veterans Day!
Veterans Day Snacks
These tasty appetizers are loaded with a spicy chicken ﬁlling and baked so they are light and crispy. A quick and easy way to cut your quesadillas is to use a pizza cutter. A pizza cutter, with its rotating wheel, slices through easily, without dragging any of the filling out. It’s also great for cutting pastry dough, homemade pasta and, of course, pizza! Note: For more heat, use canned chopped jalapeños
Veterans Day Dinner Recipes
Sesame Ginger Steaks
This sirloin is made even better with a delicious blend of soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger root, and sesame oil poured over the top. Keep the steaks warm while you make the sauce: Put them on a baking sheet, cover them with foil and place in the oven at 200°F.
The bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce are on the inside this time, for an incredibly juicy and tasty burger! These burgers can be prepared on the stove top with a griddle pan too, or outside on the grill.
Grilled Steak Fajitas
Fresh vegetables and sirloin steak are marinated in a ﬁery sauce, then grilled to perfection and folded into soft ﬂour tortillas. To heat the tortillas on the grill, wrap 4 tortillas in foil, making 2 foil packets. Place on the grill and heat, turning once, for 2–3 minutes.
Homemade Chicken Pizza
Who doesn’t like pizza? For a chewier crust, Grandma sometimes layered the ingredients on the unbaked pizza dough. She baked it until the edges of the crust were brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. The crust stayed moist under the toppings.
Veterans Day Desserts
Our favorite part of any holiday or celebration is dessert. Not only because we love sweets but also because desserts leave most space to show our creativity. You can pull off amazing decorations in red, white, and blue by utilizing natural ingredients like strawberries and blueberries; or you can turn to food coloring and sprinkles. Whatever you choose, rest assured that these Veterans Day sweet treats will look amazing!
Classic American Buttercream
Speaking of decoration, here is a recipe for a topping that you can use on almost any dessert you make. The classic American buttercream is creamy, fluffy, and and sweet. Furthermore, it is one of the easiest buttercream varieties out there. We love it because there is no cooking required and because of its beautiful light color. Due to the high butter content, this cream is quite firm, which means you can complement it with almost anything without worrying that it will fall apart.
Great American Cheesecake
The zwieback called for in this recipe can be replaced with graham crackers or digestive biscuits. You can also use gingersnaps and chocolate wafers for the crust.
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We just can’t imagine holidays like Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day without Flag Cake! There is no other food that shows your patriotic spirit better than a lavish cake topped with luscious fresh fruit and ﬂuffy whipped cream!
Happy Veterans Day!
As a part of New England, Boston shares many culinary features with the region. This is visible in the large emphasis on seafood and dairy. You can’t pass through Boston without having a lobster roll or clam chowder. Cream is one of the ingredient often added to dishes. Potatoes are the traditional starch in New England, favored over rice. The whole region uses spices restrictively, mostly black pepper and sometimes sage & parsley.
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When it comes to cooking techniques, baked foods like turkey, beans, and pies are far more favored than fried ones, which is a reflection of the early Puritan settlers’ eating habits. Steaming and stewing are often deployed as well.
Let’s take a deep dive into Boston’s eating habits and favorite dishes.
Boston’s Most Popular Dishes
The city’s most signature dishes are:
– New England clam chowder
– Fish and chips, usually with cod or scrod
– Lobsters, the most popular type being the lobster roll, “because all the work is done for you”.
– Steamed and fried clams (Bostonians like to eat clams outdoors at a picnic table, no matter how messy it might get)
– Oysters, often eaten after work for cheap, especially during happy hours
– Baked beans (Note: Boston baked beans are not really a thing anymore and are mostly served in more touristic restaurants downtown)
– Boston Cream Pie
– Ice Cream (Boston, and New England as a whole, are one of the top per-capita ice cream consuming regions).
– Coffee (particularly frappe and iced coffee, usually from Dunkin Donuts)
– Beer (New England has many local lagers and ales. Notable examples include Samuel Adams of the Boston Beer Company in Boston)
– Raspberry Lime Rickey
Bostonians seem to have a great love for sandwiches. Here are the most popular ones:
– Hot roast beef sandwiches served on an onion roll and with a sweet barbecue sauce are popular in Boston’s surrounding area.
– Sub (short for ‘submarine sandwich’), is a sandwich consisting of a long bread bun filled with meats, cheese, and veggies. It is also known as spukie in Boston. The term is derived from the local Italian word spucadella, which translates as a “long roll.”
– Sausage and pepper sandwich composed of a long soft roll and filled with an Italian-style pork sausage, grilled sweet peppers, sweet onion, and a bit of olive oil, introduced by Italian immigrants who settled in Boston a century ago. The sandwich is only served in the spring and summer and is a staple at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox team.
Boston Eating Habits in Numbers
The portion of an average Boston household’s budget spend on food is 11.7 percent, which is below the U.S. average of 12.8. An average household spends $4,883 (62.8 %), of their food budget on food prepared at home and $2,895 (37.2%) on food prepared away from home. In comparison, the average U.S. household spends 59.5% of its food dollars on food prepared at home and 40.5% on food prepared away from home.
People in Boston spend an average of $359 (25%) monthly on food at supermarkets or grocery stores. They spend about $81 (5%) on food at other stores.
66% of Boston households consume ice cream, frozen juice bars, or frozen yogurt, whereas
67% of the 21+ Bostonians enjoy wine twice a week.
77% of Bostonians prefer to cook at home; on average, they do so 4.6 nights a week.
Cooking at home costs $60-70 per week for basic ingredients like chicken, pasta, and vegetables.
Eating Out in Boston
When it comes to eating out, Boston is quite contradictory. On the one hand, research has shown that people in Boston don’t tend to eat out because the restaurants’ prices are quite high. When they do decide to eat out, Bostonians order pizza, fast food, or Chinese, less expensive but also less healthy options. On the other hand, the city remains no. 9 on the list of 10 most restaurant-dense cities in the States, with a total of 766 full-service restaurants.
In addition, Boston is the home of the oldest operating restaurant in the United States, the Union Oyster House. The venue offers mostly seafood items, like oysters straight from an oyster bar, and clam chowder.
The restaurant scene in the city has been undergoing a Renaissance since the 1980’s. This is mostly due to popular chefs like Jasper White and Todd English, but also Julia Child, a long-time Cambridge resident and a culinary TV star.
If you happen to be in Boston, there are certain areas popular for serving certain types of good food:
– Classic dining options are located throughout the South End and Back Bay.
– Quincy Market, part of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, has a variety of restaurants, including one of the popular tourist dining spots, Cheers.
– The North End is known as “Little Italy” because of the wide variety of Italian restaurants and pizzerias. Mike’s Pastry on Hanover Street is very popular among the tourists, mostly for its cannolis.
– Boston’s Chinatown and Alliston are the places to go for Asian food. There are Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Korean restaurants, groceries, bakeries, as well as spice shops in this areas.
– Ethnic street cafes are mostly located on Newbury Street, while Copley Place is the home of a large number of restaurants, including Legal Sea Foods, a New England institution that offers gourmet seafood.
– Blue Hill Avenue is home to African-American, Caribbean, and soul food restaurants.
Cost of Eating Out in Boston
Bostonians spend an average of $143 (7.9%) on eating out, including cafeterias at work/school or on vending machines. They also spend $27 (1%) a month on take-out or delivery. The top 3 most popular food delivery services in Boston are YELP Eat24, GrubHub, and Foodler
Boston is one of the more expensive US cities, especially in the tourist area. On average, eating out costs about $15-$20 for a meal & drinks. Luckily, since Boston is a college town, there are cheap food places all around the city that serve sandwiches and pizza for about $5-8. Less pricey options can be found in the ethnic neighborhoods as well.
What you should know about Boston’s restaurant scene
The best restaurants in the city are usually crowded at the weekends so if you have no reservation, prepare to wait for up to an hour.
In Boston, there’s something for everyone, from college students to business people. However, there is no ‘happy hour’. This rule exists thanks to the Puritans and neighborhood associations who value late-night peace and quiet and extends to the whole state of Massachusetts.
Most restaurants close by 10 or 11 pm, even in college neighborhoods. Bars close at around 2 am but only for drinking; their kitchens are open until midnight. Chinatown is an exception, where some food places serve food up to 2 am or even later, as well as the South End, where kitchens are open until midnight. Almost all venues are 21+. Even the public transport system closes before 1 is during the week and after 2 am on the weekends.
Still, there are discounts on food; oyster happy hours are common in the after-work period when people can enjoy them for only a dollar.
Food Trucks in Boston
You can buy some of the best foods in Boston from food trucks. There are hundreds of trucks offering a wide variety of foods and cuisines, from the standard pizza and meat choices to exotic cuisines like Jamaican and Vietnamese, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. Recently, besides lunch items, some food trucks have expanded their offer to breakfast and dinner.
Food trucks are all around Boston, but the largest concentration is along the Greenway downtown, Copley Square in the Back Bay, SoWa market in the South End and Lawn on D in Southie. Trucks rotate locations annually, so if you find the one close to your heart, be sure not to lose it!
Tip: If you happen to be in Boston but can’t decide which truck to eat from, see where is the longest waiting line!
Shopping for Food in Boston
There are 180 grocery stores and 290 convenience stores in Boston. In addition, the city has a strong local food scene, with more than 25 open-air farmers’ markets and a number of active winter markets. Boston has been hosting a two-day-a-week open-air market known as Haymarket for decades, where fruit, vegetables, and fish are sold.
The two oldest markets in the city are Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market in downtown. Quincy Market offers a wide variety of local prepared foods like pastries, popcorn, candy, coffee, sandwiches, sushi, lobster and lobster rolls, Italian, Chinese, etc. Moreover, there are great food places at relatively low prices.
Bostonians mostly fill their refrigerators with condiments, followed by meat and seafood, frozen items, produce, and deli items. Only about 10% believe they have everything needed to make a fancy meal. On the other hand, 35% of Bostonians admit to having expired food in the fridge.
In general, people in Boston don’t like shopping for groceries, due to long lines, crowded aisles and not-fresh-enough produce. More than 70% of Bostonians report such grocery shopping frustrations preventing them from filling the fridge properly. Despite this fact, almost 30% of Bostonians spend Friday night in the supermarket.
Bostonians and Healthy Food
Boston is considered one of the healthiest cities in the States, with a healthy diet rate of 48,7%.
Almost 50% of Bostonians have stated that their diet is generally healthy. 44% of Bostonians do some moderate-intensity sports, such as fitness, cycling, swimming or golf for at least 10 minutes daily.
However, the city has a large portion of the population that is obese or overweight – more than 30%.
Research has shown that in Boston, black and Latina women and high-school girls are the most vulnerable categories. There is a number of factors for this. One of the main reasons for the increased percentage of overweight people is the fact that processed foods are cheaper and more widely available.
The above-mentioned categories are financially unstable and have no money for healthy foods. In addition, more and more people are spending time in front of their TVs or computers (on average 6 hours a day) at the same time consuming more calories like take-out foods (mostly pizza and fast food), “ready to eat” foods like soups, salads, sandwiches, chicken, and cooked vegetables, as well as frozen meals or frozen pizzas.
What do School Kids Eat?
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a government program administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the USDA that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to school kids across the States each day.
“Current regulations require schools to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual’s calories come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school meals to provide one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowances of Vitamin A and C, protein, iron, calcium, and calories.”
However, in Massachusetts, almost 50% of the school kids bring their own lunches, with more sandwiches, salty snacks, and sweet desserts at the expense of fruits, veggies, and proteins. This means that school lunches are much healthier than home-packed ones. When it comes to drinks, kids mostly bring water and sugar-sweetened beverages. Only a small percentage (3%) bring or buy milk.
What do Boston Millennials Eat?
Boston has the highest concentration of millennials in the States and is known as the “City of Millennials”. This is mostly due to a large number of college students that come to the city.
More than one-third (over 30%) of the population in Boston are millennials (between the ages of 18 and 34), with the highest concentration in the Fenway-Kenmore and Allston-Brighton areas.
Eating on campus
Students who live on campus have an opportunity to eat on campus. For instance, the offer on BU is quite diverse; they can choose from barbecued ribs, burritos, fettuccine Alfredo or chicken tikka masala. There are also health-conscious options approved by dieticians in the BU Sargent College nutrition program, as well as special culinary events.
There are dining rooms with traditional, eat-all-you-like food service, ten restaurants, and cafés, a kosher dining room, pizza delivery options, various food trucks, serving everything from falafel to fries.
A survey conducted in 2010 revealed a high rate of satisfaction with the food served on campus, with three out of four students said that Dining Services provided a “good to excellent dining experience.”
The most popular foods among students are Mexican, Italian, and BU Platter. Campus women like more bagels, whereas men favor Rhett’s burgers and Panda Express. Four times more women than men drink tea. Freshmen like Starbucks, while older students prefer Dunkin’ Donuts.
Nearly 9% of the students are vegetarian and 15% have some kind of food allergies (dairy allergies are most common).
Eating out of campus
Students who have decided to cook their own meals, name “university dining can get boring” and “meal plans at dining halls offer limited choice of food” as main reasons for doing so. There is also the question of cost. The average Boston-Newton-Cambridge student spends only $3,464 on food per year. That’s only $67 per week, or about 2.4 times less than the cheapest MIT freshman meal plan, which is making students cook more.
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There is a trend of cook-for-yourself communities that help students to connect and foster food-related traditions. The dorms’ kitchens have communal cooking appliances and utensils which makes the job even easier. Groceries are also available from the on-campus convenience stores.
Surveys have shown that millennials love to cook. Whether they actually do cook is another matter. Even though young foodies would like to make their own food, many don’t have or know what the basic kitchenware is. In addition, they don’t have enough time to do this on a daily basis.
Southern and soul food are the most delicious representatives of comfort food. Soul food is a term referring to the cuisine originating in the kitchens of African-American slaves in the late 19th century. Soul food recipes were made with ingredients indigenous to Africa and available on plantations in America. Dishes such as fried chicken, hushpuppies, cornbread, Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and cobbler are some of the most popular soul food representatives.
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This iconic Southern dish is one of the most loved soul foods. Chicken breast fried in a crispy, golden coating seasoned with a hint of fresh tarragon and garlic is sure to be a family favorite! This fried chicken makes great hot sandwiches on buns or sliced baguettes with a creamy mustard dressing, tomato, and lettuce. If you want to make the dish a bit healthier, bake the meat in the oven instead of frying it.
The story has it that this soul food was invented out of necessity. Namely, the slaves were getting leftover foods from cooks who worked inside plantation houses. The women would fry these leftovers with a flour-and-egg mixture. The bread thus prepared was then given to the dogs in order to keep them quiet while taking the food from the kitchen to the dining table.
Typical hushpuppies are made with wheat flour, cornmeal, eggs, baking soda, salt, water, and milk or buttermilk. In addition, they can include onion, scallions, garlic, peppers, and corn.
This quick-bread was born from the great availability of corn in the Americas. It is often baked or made in a skillet, using buttermilk and bacon fat as seasoning. Our version is enriched with Cheddar cheese and baked atop chili and beans for a spicy and sweet casserole that serves it all up together.
Pork is one of the favorite soul foods, appearing in all shapes and sizes and prepared by smoking, grilling, or baking. The recipe we offer is crispy golden pork – pork tenderloin coated in herbs to seal in the meat’s juices and add a bit of crunch. Serve it with veggies, gravy, or sauce on the side.
Note: The best way to make fresh white or brown breadcrumbs is to use stale (but not dried out) bread and to pulse the bread in a food processor. Or, you can grate the bread on the coarse side of a box grater.
Collard greens are the staple vegetable of Southern cuisine. They are often prepared with other similar green leafy veggies like kale, spinach, turnip greens, and mustard greens in a soul food dish called “mixed greens”.
Collard greens are eaten throughout the whole year in the South, often with a pickled pepper vinegar sauce. Typical seasonings consist of smoked and salted meat such as smoked turkey drumsticks, ham hocks, pork neck bones, or fatback plus onions and seasonings.
This quintessential soul food is composed of black-eyed peas (or field peas), rice, chopped onion, ham, and greens. Some people substitute fatback, ham hock, or country sausage for the bacon, whereas others use green peppers or spices. It was probably introduced to America by African slaves who worked on the rice plantations. According to a legend, a man named John “came hoppin’ to the table” when his wife made this dish; hence the name.
This simple and delicious soul food is made with coarsely ground cornmeal and is of Native American origin. Our recipe turns plain grits into a warm, cheesy, and satisfying meal by introducing shredded Cheddar and shredded white Cheddar to the mixture. If you want some peppery zest, substitute shredded pepper Jack cheese for the white Cheddar. Serve as a side dish for chicken, ham, or pork roast.
Sweet Soul Food
From soft pies to fruity cobblers, soul food desserts burst with flavosr, just like their savory counterparts.
Sweet Potato Pie
This sweet soul food is made of parboiled sweet potatoes, pureed, spiced, and baked in a pie crust, very similar in texture to pumpkin pie. This pie is a Southern tradition and the star of the show at the annual Sweet Potato Fair in Vardaman, Mississippi. The center of the sweet potato pie should be slightly underdone even when the rest of the pie is done; it will finish setting during cooling. That’s why a sweet potato pie should be tested for doneness near the center, not in the center.
Cobbler is a dessert dish in consisting of fruits, usually those found in the southern US like peach and blackberries, covered in pastry and served warm. It is very easy to make and requires only a few ingredients.
In our soul food recipe, fresh peaches are dressed up with a sweet pastry and a little spice. It’s a perfect dessert—and a summer classic! When you use a pastry blender to cut butter into flour, the butter doesn’t get completely combined in the dough; instead, it stays in small pieces. When the dough is rolled, these small pieces of butter are flattened out, but stay in different levels of the dough. Then, when the dough is baked, the butter melts and forms tiny pockets, giving the pastry a light, flaky texture. We recommend serving it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Pecan pie is a staple soul food often used as a symbol of the South in literature:
Beneath the shade of a Georgia pine
And that’s home you know
Sweet tea, pecan pie and homemade wine
Where the peaches grow
— Zac Brown
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In a version we adore, this soul food favorite gets a citrus twist! A little orange zest in the crust and ﬁlling adds a fresh taste to this wonderful pie. Citrus zest is a great way to add bright flavor to recipes without adding any extra liquid. You can use a grater or try a zester. A zester is a tool that shaves thin strips from just the top layer of the peel, leaving the bitter white pith behind. The delicate strips of zest can be minced and used in recipes, such as the one above, or left whole to be used as a garnish.
In addition, this delicious pie is associated with festivals like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other special occasions so, save the recipe for later!
If millennials like it, it is sure to become a huge trend!
By definition, Millennials are the people born in the period between the 1980s and 2000s. “Although their characteristics vary by region, depending on social and economic conditions, the generation is generally marked by an increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies.”
The preferences and of this large category of young people are often an indicator that, in time, even non-Millennial consumers will adopt them.
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What does this mean in terms of food? For starters, here is one important thing to be noted about Millennials: they aren’t particularly interested in spending money. Another important trait is their deep desire to make the world a better place, which also reflects in their attitude towards food.
Millennials and Food – In-depth Analysis
The big question is: Do Millennials prefer to cook or eat out? The former seems to be their choice, at least at first glance, for mostly practical reasons. Namely, Millennials love great food but don’t have time to cook. That is why eating out is one of their favorite ways to part from their dollars, followed by spending on electronic gadgets and clothes. The research showed that Millennials eat out 3.4 times a week on average, and spend more on food than other age categories.
The Three Types of Millennial Foodies
Millennials are not a homogenous group. In fact, they can be divided into three broad categories according to their eating needs and preferences:
– Tech gurus are not much into cooking and prefer takeout. When they decide where to eat, they’re guided by good taste, convenience, and speed, but also want to get good value for their money.
– Environment-friendly millennials are concerned about the well-being of the world as a whole. They’re into healthy and organic food choices, unusual & exotic dishes, as well as quick and easy meals. Like the tech gurus, this group prefers takeout to cooking.
– Hip-ennials are most likely to cook because they enjoy experimenting with food & trying new dishes. When they eat out, they want their order to be always right but they also pay attention whether the staff is friendly and attentive.
Food type preferences
When it comes to the food type, here is what Millennials love:
– fast food
– organic food
Besides the aboveme-ntioned categories, Millennials are also into fermented foods & everything that has kale in it. They also no stranger to meat dishes. They like having the option to order a customizable dish. And, of course, Millennials often take selfies and appreciate food that will look great on social media.
Social media food trends
Speaking of social media, certain foods tend to flood certain channels, only to disappear just as fast as they’d appear. Most of these foods are unusual, appealing to the eye, and colorful. Taste, in this case, is of no importance but if the food tastes as good as it looks, that is certainly a bonus. At the moment, the following foods are hot on Instagram:
- Acai Bowls
- Elevated Toasts
- Sushi Burrito
- Starbucks’ colorful new drinks
- Rolled Ice Cream
- Cloud eggs
But food is not the only thing Millennials are looking for
Great food is not enough to convince a Millennial to visit a certain restaurant. When Millennials decide where to eat, they consider the following factors as well:
– emotional needs – Millennials want to feel like they’re discovering something new but also to leave the stress behind and relax. They love to share their food and that’s why 65% of them eat with friends or colleagues, as a part of their emotional need to “catch up” while dining out. This is especially prominent in Millennial men, while millennial women want to know that they are getting good value for their money,
– convenience & speed,
– late-night dining,
– relaxed atmosphere,
– menu variety including unusual & exotic foods,
– availability online,
Bottom line is Millennials want each experience to be high-quality. If there is no great option, they’ll choose to stay home and cook. Talking about tough customers!
Millennial Cooking Habits
Despite the fact that these young foodies are awfully busy and have a great number of options for eating out, they actually love cooking. Restaurant data shows that Millennials’ frequency of dining out has decreased.
Moreover, they consider themselves to be experts in the kitchen – 65% Millennials believes so, with Millennial men being more confident in their skills than women.
When it comes to cooking, these are the top three factors that drive Millennials to get into the kitchen:
– social aspects of cooking and sharing
– exotic and diverse foods
– creative menus
Relying on the smartphones
When venturing to the kitchen, Millennials are bringing their mobile devices along. They’re relying on them at every phase of the cooking journey—deciding what to cook, learning how to cook it, and even while cooking.
Here is what Millennials search for online:
In stage 1, Deciding what to cook (which they say is the least fun part of the whole cooking process), the most frequent searches are quite broad:
– dinner ideas
– slow-cooker recipes
– healthy recipes
Millennials also often type “best recipe for…”. Here are the most searched types of food in this category:
– chocolate chip cookie
– banana bread
YouTube is the favorite cooking channel
YouTube is the channel where Millennials go for cooking inspiration and guidance. Food-related searches on YouTube have increased by 75% in only one year! And believe it or not, the most engaged food-viewers are Millennial dads!
Stage 2 is the preparations stage, when Millennials search for “How to cook that” (one of the most popular searches on YouTube, with over 400 million views). Here are the top 5 searches:
– baked potatoes
– poached eggs
– buttercream icing
– burger patties
Besides these basic searches, Millennials search for unusual and exotic ingredients to add to their dishes and that is how they discover new brands.
The phones remain active even during cooking (voice search is indispensable for Millennials). Judging by the most popular searches, they love cooking chicken and often inquire about its baking temperature.
As part of their emotional need for sharing, Millennials dislike cooking alone and often have company in the kitchen, whether friends, spouses, or kids, all with the purpose to make the process less of an obligation and more fun.
Giving food a personal touch
Young foodies also like giving the food they cook a personal touch, simplifying the cooking process, or making traditional recipes with a twist. For that reason, kitchen tricks and hacks are also high on their list of favorite food-related searches.
This tendency is best seen in comfort foods. While nostalgic dishes are making a huge comeback, most Millennials don’t know or have no time to make them. That is why they either choose to consume such foods in restaurants or look for ways to simplify their preparation.
Millennials are interested in a different type of comfort food, i.e. feel-good foods that are healthier and easy to make. This is reflected in their desire to buy healthier ingredients such as fruits and veggies, as well as meats raised without hormones and antibiotics.
They also search for healthier recipes with chicken dominating as the main ingredient at the expense of red meat. Chicken is more popular among Millennials than eggs, peanut butter, and beef combined, followed immediately by veggies when it comes to comfort food.
Traditional comfort foods show a decline in popularity, for instance lasagna has decreased by 69% and macaroni by 55% in popularity in a course of a year.
In other words, Millennials not only want to enjoy the taste of a certain food, but they also want to feel good about the ingredients they’re using.
Shopping for food
When Millennials shop for cooking ingredients, they opt for organic and farm-to-table options, even if it means paying more. They turn more towards club, specialty, and convenience grocery stores at the expense of traditional ones.
Superfoods & healthy food obsession
US Millennials are obsessed with ‘superfoods’. To clarify things: “There really is no such thing as a superfood,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, “All foods, other than sugars and alcohol, have nutrients, but the basis of healthful eating is to eat a wide variety of relatively unprocessed foods.” However, the term seems to appeal to Millennials and food brands use it to market their products to these young foodies.
More than 60% Millennials said it’s very important to consume healthy foods. But they are also changing the meaning of “healthy eating” and “dieting”. For them counting calories is not a priority; they rather opt for natural, unprocessed foods and balanced diets.
The most popular superfood in the US is kale, used by 38% Millennials regularly to make kale smoothies or kale hummus. Brands have followed their cue and launched all sorts of kale products like kale ice cream, kale beer, kale chips, and kale chocolate.
Besides kale, Millennials also like the following superfoods:
In general, Millennials still prefer branded foods, but cannot always afford them due to economic reasons. These are the top 15 food brands among Millennials:
- Frito Lay
- Taco Bell
- Whole Foods
- Pizza Hut
- Trader Joe’s
- Trader Mills
What else do they buy more often than others?
Gas station food. Because they’re always on the run, about 30% Millennials tend to buy food from gas stations and eat it on the go.
Sriracha is the new hot trend among young foodies. It is literally everywhere around you, on pizzas, burgers, even in beer!
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Same-day delivery. As a result of the daily usage of gadgets, Millennials are not very patient. They are prepared to pay more money for same-day delivery of online purchases.
Energy drinks are favored by young, under-slept American parents.
Organic food, as mentioned before, 53% Millennials believe organic food is important.
Craft alcoholic beverages as opposed to mass-market options. 43% Millennials say craft booze tastes better and are likely to pay more for such pleasure.
The future of food is largely dependent on Millennials’ preferences and desires. Is it safe to say it is looking bright?
What better way to bring summer to your dining room than by cooking Hawaiian food? Just think of the long white sand beaches, palm trees, and endless sunshine.
Although the first association of Hawaiian food might be Hawaiian pizza, the Aloha State has so much more to offer. If you are following food trends, you must know that poke, the authentic seasoned raw seafood salad, is one of the hottest foods in the world right now.
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A Short History of Hawaiian Food
Thanks to the islands’ diverse history of settlers, the cuisine reflects influences from various cultures including Japanese, Polynesian, American, Portuguese, and Korean. All these culinary traditions complement Hawaii’s tasty local fish, seafood, and plants like coconut, taro, breadfruit, and sweet potatoes resulting in an incredibly rich fusion cuisine.
Besides fish, people in Hawaii also like chicken and pork combined with mashed taro root (poi) or fruit and cooked over hot coals. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean immigrants in the 19th century brought their own traditional foods like kimchi and noodle soups and adjusted them to the local ingredients.
After the WW ll, American soldier introduced Spam to the islands, which remains very popular to date and is often included in Asian-influenced dishes like fried rice and musubi. American influence is best seen in local varieties of dishes like burgers and pizzas.
While it is true that Hawaiian food is best eaten on the beach, for now, we’ll have to settle for our dining rooms. Don’t forget to put some Hawaiian music on!
Spam Fried Rice
Spam is a shortened version of “spiced ham” and refers to canned pre-cooked meat. You can add this popular US food to fried eggs, noodles, and sandwiches, but this recipe unites spam with Chinese-style fried rice – spam cubes, mixed veggies, rice, and eggs. And while we’re all aware that spam is not the healthiest of ingredients, this Hawaiian food is appealing for many reasons – it is easy to make, filling, and very tasty. Why not enjoy a guilty pleasure once in a while?
What began with fishermen seasoning the cut-offs from their catch to serve as a snack is now the most popular Hawaiian food on the planet! Poke is actually a raw fish salad (no cooking involved!) served as an appetizer at parties and potlucks or as a main course.
Traditional forms are aku (oily tuna), he’e (octopus), and ahi (yellowfin tuna). Adaptations may feature raw salmon (like the recipe we offer) or various shellfish combined with the common poke seasonings. Traditional poke seasonings are influenced by Asian cuisines and include soy sauce, green onions, sesame oil, dried or fresh chili pepper, seaweed, sea salt, wasabi, etc.
Kālua is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method that uses an underground oven called ‘imu’. The process of preparation of Kālua pig is so authentic & unique that it is considered a tourist attraction on the Aloha Islands.
Luckily, modern varieties of this Hawaiian food don’t require having an underground oven in your backyard. The dish can be easily made in a gas or electric stove with an addition of artificial liquid smoke. You need only three ingredients (it’s quite inexpensive) and lots of patience (5-7 hours). Serve it with rice and fresh pineapple slices for an authentic flavor. If you have any leftovers, they can be frozen and reheated later for sandwiches, enchiladas, etc.
Loco moco is a classic comfort Hawaiian food, sold all around the islands, from hole-in-the-wall eateries to elegant restaurants. A typical loco moco is composed of white rice topped with a hamburger patty & fried eggs and covered in a rich gravy. Variations may include ham, bacon, spam, teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, kalua pork, mahi-mahi, oysters, shrimp, and other types of meat plus an addition of chili.
This Hawaiian food is often eaten for breakfast (real fans/teenagers eat it any time of the day) and it is known for its ability to make you eat so much you’ll need a nap afterward.
Hawaiian pizza is a pizza topped with tomato sauce, cheese, Canadian bacon or ham, and pineapple. Some versions may include peppers, bacon, or mushrooms. This is probably the most controversial Hawaiian food because the use of pineapple as a pizza topping has been sparking debates and discussions since it was first created in Canada in 1962 (yes, it is a Canadian invention).
People either love it or hate it, there is no in-between. On the one hand, it was the most popular pizza variety in Australia in 1999; on the other hand, pineapple was voted one of the three least favorite pizza toppings in the US in 2016. The president of Island has even stated he would ban it if he could!
Nevertheless, try a taste of the tropics in your home this weekend. Our recipe calls for ham, bell pepper, and pineapple for a sunny burst of ﬂavor to a traditional recipe. Don’t forget to chop any leftover pineapple slices and add them to tropical fruit smoothies for dessert!
Sweet Hawaiian Foods
This iconic Hawaiian food has its origins in the 7th century – China and was brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants. Shave ice is made by shaving a block of ice to produce a very fine snow-like ice. Flavored syrups such as pineapple, guava, coconut cream, lychee, passion fruit, mango, and kiwi are added for the ice to absorb.
Hawaiian shave ice is traditionally served in a plastic cup or conical paper, with an addition of adzuki bean paste or vanilla ice cream at the bottom of the cup. Sweetened condensed milk is often drizzled over the top (“snow cap”).
Modern versions of this refreshing over-the-top Hawaiian food can be seen on Instagram in various colors. However, the millennials’ influences have made shave ice a part of the good food movements so today, it is easy to get a cup of shaved ice covered in locally sourced syrups.
Hawaiian Bread Pudding
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Fresh fruit from the Aloha Islands, macadamia nuts, and sweet rum ﬂavoring give the traditional bread pudding an extreme tropical makeover. Frozen tropical fruit mix can be used in place of the fresh fruit; just thaw and gently pat out the excess moisture before using.