How will Americans eat year-round? Here are a few predictions: By 2022, vegetables will move to the center of the plate, African cuisine will become mainstream and 73% of meal-preparers will use plant-based meals. Mushrooms will be on trend, too, as will plant protein meals. Read on to discover which food trends are making waves in the U.S. food industry.

2022 will be the year that vegetables move to the center of the plate

Chefs are forecasting that vegetables will take the center stage on the dinner plate in 2022. Supply chain issues will make meat more expensive and less available. Consumers’ focus on sustainability and health isn’t slowing, and the trend of eating more locally isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon. And if these trends continue, 2022 will be the year that vegetables move to the center of the plate.

One food trend that is predicted to be big in 2022 is the mushroom. Though this trend isn’t new, it’s becoming more popular as more restaurants offer faux meats. Mushrooms, for example, are gaining popularity as they offer a health boost without being overpowering. Also predicted to have its moment in 2022 is kombucha, a drink made from tea, sugars, and yeast that combines flavor and nutrition.

Mushrooms will be on trend

The mushroom market is growing by leaps and bounds and has been deemed a top trend by several experts in the food and retail industry. In addition to being considered a top trend for 2022, mushrooms have been named by Delish as one of the top 12 trends to watch for in 2022. According to experts in the food and retail industries, mushrooms’ recognition on trend lists is due to a number of factors, including their popularity among consumers and their potential to expand the mushroom market in the near future.

Health is a major concern for many people these days, especially in the wake of the recent influenza pandemic and global economic crisis. One ingredient on the forefront of this trend is mushrooms, which have been used medicinally for centuries in Asia for their energy and immunity-boosting properties. They’ve enjoyed a moment in the spotlight in the West and Whole Foods Market recently predicted that mushroom-based products would become the most popular herbs in the U.S. natural retail channel in 2021.

African cuisine will move into the mainstream of American eating

Despite its health benefits and the growing popularity of West African food, the continent is still facing a long battle to become mainstream in the United States. Krishnendu Ray, professor of food studies at New York University, says that racism is the biggest barrier to bringing African foods into the mainstream. While assumptions about a country or group can influence the quality and price of a product, racism is also one of the biggest obstacles to the mainstream introduction of African foods.

Today, however, people are becoming more adventurous in the way they eat. African flavors are impossible to forget. They have spurred a global food innovation boom. Private labels and brands are already tapping into this trend. Though most of the innovation is occurring in street food markets, pop-ups, and independent fast-casual dining restaurants, some mainstream brands are getting in on the action. In the coming years, more African dishes will become mainstream in America.

Plant protein-based meals will be used by 73% of meal preparers

The rise of plant protein meals is gaining attention in the US and elsewhere, but what is its impact on the meat consumption of US consumers? It is worth examining the economic impact of this trend and the relevance of it to US agriculture and consumers. Four complementary studies of the food industry have provided some new insights that may help manufacturers and food service providers understand the market better.

The prevalence of young children in households is also a major motivator for a healthier diet. Eighty-three percent of households with children say they are increasingly consuming plant-based foods. While consumption of fruits and vegetables has remained the same, the share of plant-based food items is growing. Similarly, three-quarters of meat alternatives buyers also consume meat.

Home-prepared meals are a big part of americans’ diets

Americans eat out on average five days a week, but there are many healthy and inexpensive ways to prepare the same meals at home. In fact, half of all Americans spend at least 30 minutes each day preparing a meal at home. The majority of people who do so are retirees. Even more so, those who stay at home all day are more likely to cook a meal at home.

While eating out is necessary, it is becoming increasingly popular among Gen Z consumers and millennials to learn new cooking techniques in the kitchen. One study found that nine out of ten households use a slow cooker. Half of all consumer kitchens now use pressure cookers. And eight in 10 people who take up baking plan to keep the hobby after the pandemic. With all this increased cooking and baking at home, the importance of food safety cannot be stressed enough. To keep food safe, always wash your hands before touching food and clean your countertops and cooking equipment afterward.