Ultra Violet Food Trends for 2018

Introducing Pantone’s 2018 #ColourOfTheYear… Ultra Violet! From styling to interiors to food, we can’t wait to start experimenting with this new vibrant hue.

 

Purple Food
Lucky for us, there’s plenty of fantastic purple foods out there to choose from and most of them are also packed full of health benefits – added bonus! Some purple fruits include blueberries, elderberries, plums, grapes, raisins, and then there are a host of purple vegetables gaining popularity such as aubergines, purple cauliflower, purple carrots, red cabbage, purple broccoli and purple bell peppers.
 

So, to narrow things down a little, we’ve hand selected a few of our favourite purple foods for you to start experimenting with…

 

Red Cabbage
Red cabbage isn’t just for Christmas! It is full to the brim with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants so eating it raw or juicing it can provide an immediate health boost. It can be cooked in a variety of ways from braising or pickling or simply finely shred into salads and coleslaw – delicious.
Try out this super quick but beautifully tasty recipe.
Roasted Red Cabbage Wedges with Za’atar (Middle Eastern Spice)
Ingredients
1 head red cabbage
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp. za’atar (Middle Eastern Spice)
Scant 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
Method
1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Remove and discard any outer leaves from the cabbage that are tough or wilted. Then slice the cabbage into 8 equal sized wedges. The core and stem should keep the individual wedges intact.
3. Arrange the cabbage wedges in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the coconut oil. Then sprinkle with the za’atar and salt. Transfer the baking sheet to your pre-heated oven and roast the cabbage for 20-25 minutes. The cabbage should be softened and starting to brown in a few spots. Remove from the oven. While the cabbage wedges are still warm, sprinkle them with the red wine vinegar. Serve immediately.
Acai
One of THE top superfoods, this little berry packs a punch and is easy on the eye. Here are a few fun recipes ideas so you to can experience the health-giving benefits…
Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl – Hemsley + Hemsley
Kale, Berry and Acai Power Smoothie – Deliciously Ella
Peanut Butter Loco Moco with Acai Puree – Clean Eating Magazine
Beetroot 
Beet beet, the mighty fine beetroot is the veggie that just keeps on giving. You can roast it whole, blend into a classic soup or drink as juice like the marathon runners do. Beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants.
Pop in to Social Pantry Cafe and try our delicious Beet Beet Loving Juice freshly juiced in our Wandsworth kitchen daily.

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