Purple Food Is In The Kitchen in 2017! 12 Trend-Setting Recipes Set The Stage

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It’s official, when it comes to food, purple is in.

It is now trendy to eat food that looks like it’s come straight from the kitchen of a Disney castle. Purple food is one of the most talked about food trends of 2017, and for good reason. Not only is eating purple food aesthetically pleasing, but it comes with some health benefits, too. It’s a well known scientifically-proven fact that the darker the food, the higher the antioxidant level.

If, until now, the only purple food you can think of are perhaps red onions, blueberries and purple grapes then allow me to list a few foods that you should be on the lookout for this year. You will now be seeing purple kale, purple carrots, purple sweet potatoes and even purple asparagus. And that’s not to mention the already celebrated beetroot, figs and various other berries!

Let’s get you started with 12 purple-icious recipes that are as tasty as they are gorgeous…

1. Berry & Beet Smoothie

Smoothies are such a great way to kick-start the day. They’re easy to make yet so full of wholesome when you pack them with fruits and vegetables. And, as you can probably guess, the color of this smoothie simply screams antioxidants! That’s all thanks to three types of purple foods: beets, blueberries and blackberries.

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2. Acai Oats

When it comes to acai, we’re used to seeing pretty smoothie bowls but acai oats? That’s a new one for me. But why not? Oats are such a nutrient-dense filling grain to enjoy in the morning and just look at the color of this bowl; it’s brimming with purple goodness!

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3. Purple Corn Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

If you’re anything like me then you’re a Mexican food fanatic. Seriously, tacos are my life. If I could make every week Taco week, I would. The purple tacos are made from organic purple corn flour and also happen to be gluten, dairy and soy free, so they’re great to make if you have food allergies. Taco night, anyone?

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4. Beetroot Cashew Cheese Pizza

Just look at the color of this beetroot hummus! Whilst this recipe says pizza, it’s more like bite-sized pizzas so you could make these either to snack on, take with you on the go or serve as cute little appetizers. The base is topped with beet hummus and a little cashew cheese. Finger food just got pretty damn fancy . . .

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5. Beetroot Falafel

I’m a huge falafel fan. I always make them as they’re so easy to use in recipes. Got a salad? Throw in some falafels. Taking a wrap to work? Throw in some falafels. You get my point. So I couldn’t not include these beetroot falafels because, well, just look at that color. They’re bursting with antioxidant goodness and they’ll pretty up your plate too!

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6. Roasted Baby Purple Cauliflower, Fried Coriander, Chickpeas & Lemon Caper Dressing

People tend to think of cauliflower as that banal side vegetable. But I’m so glad that cauliflower is getting more recognition because it’s delicious! If you’ve never roasted a cauli before, you need to try doing so because the outcome is a firm yet soft head of cauliflower that can serve as a main in a dish as you see in this recipe. Plus the fact it’s purple gives this recipe extra brownie points because it looks so rich and robust.

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7. Balsamic Roasted Beet & Rosemary Cashew Cheese Phyllo Tart

Tarts are so easy to make and you can eat this dish either hot or cold. If you’re not someone that is particularly fond of the earthy undertone flavor of beets, then try this dish because the balsamic vinegar helps bring out the sweetness and tasty nuances.

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8. Asian-Style Stuffed Baked Purple Sweet Potato

Stuffed potatoes are always a great go-to recipe as you don’t really need to think or plan too much. Simply stuff some potatoes into the oven, bake and go! And these rainbow potatoes are a wholesome spectrum of goodness with a fun Asian infusion.

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9. South Indian Kosambari

If you’re new to kosambari then you’re probably wondering what the heck it is. It’s basically a south Indian salad that is made up from pulses and then seasoned with mustard seeds. This recipe infuses cucumber, carrot and beetroot with fresh mango with desiccated coconut and chilies for an explosion of both color and flavor.

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10. Mini Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pies

Shepherd’s pie is a popular dish in my household simply because it’s easy to make and such a wonderful comfort food. But we’ve yet to have a shepherd’s pie as wonderful looking as this. The purple sweet potato not only adds a brilliant antioxidant boost but it makes these little individual pies look so pretty. But more nutritional goodness comes from inside these pies as they’re packed full with green lentils, carrots, mushrooms, kale and peas.

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11. Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Oh, gnocchi, how I love thee! Gnocchi is somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine. There’s something about the soft dumplings in a rich sauce that has my mouth watering. So I’m really excited to give this recipe a whirl. Of course the gnocchi is made from purple sweet potatoes in this recipe but if you wanted to add a bigger hit of purple, why not swap the green kale for purple and you could even add some purple asparagus.

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12. Purple Cabbage, Eggplant and Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings

The purple cabbage in this makes the dumplings take on a whole new life. And once served up with little dishes of soy sauce for dipping, they look pretty professional as well, perfect if you’re looking to impress someone with your cooking skills. n

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Lora O'Brien

Lora O'Brien

Lora is a virulent health enthusiastic. She freelances from the UK where you can find her writing about all things healthy foodie and natural beauty. Fun fact? She reads and watches more DVDs than the average human.
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