This green bean dish, traditional in India, makes for a tasty, easy, everyday side. The recipe also can be used for raw cauliflower, carrots, eggplant or brussels sprouts. New York Times/Diner's Journal blog
Americans are ordering more bitter-tasting menu items such as cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts, along with India pale ales and cocktails with bitter flavors. "As the movement toward eating farm-fresh items and things that are less-processed grows, the bitter flavor profile is becoming more accepted in the American diet," said chef Anthony Meidenbauer.
Popular foods this year are expected to include kale, kombucha tea, antioxidant-rich vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, and grains that boast rich amounts of protein, fiber and iron, says Alison Sacks, a registered dietitian. "People will continue to try to get more of their protein from grains," Sacks said.
Sales of organic vegetables to U.K. consumers are up heading into the holidays, led by broccoli and carrots, according to supplier Produce World Group. The company will also harvest 950,000 kilograms of Brussels sprouts and demand for parsnips will rise fivefold in the week before Christmas.
Brussels sprouts crossed with kale, broccoli combined with cauliflower, and rainbow-colored carrots are filling shelves in a supermarket near you as farmers develop unique crossbreeds of produce and consumers are eager to expand their palates. The vegetables are full of fiber and other nutrients and can be prepared in similar fashion to their original counterparts.
A Washington state school district's push to provide more healthy options for students is paying off, with students at one elementary school adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to their trays. The effort was aided by the recent addition of a salad bar, which offers options such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, pineapple and oranges. "Our kids are definitely eating more -- and eating healthier," principal Mark Hummel said, adding: "There's definitely a lot less food getting thrown away."