Gazpacho Takes the Lead on Summer Soup Menus

Last updated on August 10th, 2021

Summer soup season is here, and the cold soup selections are (ironically) selling like hot cakes. Leading the pack, however, is gazpacho, the quintessential tomato-based chilled soup, appearing on restaurant menus everywhere. Featuring the aromas, flavors, and colors of the season’s top produce, fresh, cold gazpacho is a customer favorite.

With its origins in Spain, there is a famous Spanish saying: “De gazpacho no hay empacho” — there’s never too much gazpacho. If you work in foodservice and want to boost business this summer, it’s time to learn more about what has kept this dish so popular and what’s new in gazpacho recipes today.

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Get the Latest on Milk Alternatives for Restaurants in 2021

Last updated on July 8th, 2021

Milk alternatives on the rise in restaurants and coffee shops.

It was only a few years ago that the beverage industry witnessed the unprecedented rise of oat milk. Since then, there has been a proliferation of non-dairy milk alternatives. While cow milk is by no means obsolete, today’s expanded offerings include picks such as soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk, rice milk, coconut milk, buckwheat milk, macadamia milk, and many more. Continue reading Get the Latest on Milk Alternatives for Restaurants in 2021

Add Fenugreek to Your Restaurant’s Menu

Restaurants spice things up by adding fenugreek to their menu

If you are a chef or restaurant owner looking for a new spice to infuse life into your customers’ favorite dishes, it’s time to add fenugreek to your list of ingredients! A long-time staple in Indian cuisine with a rich history in traditional Chinese medicine, fenugreek is an aromatic plant that is both an herb and a spice. It is available year-round as a seed (popularly known as methi), in whole or powdered form (with the former including the root and twigs), and as dry leaves that are especially popular in Middle Eastern cooking.

Fenugreek Quick Facts

The fenugreek plant is largely grown in South Asia and parts of the Mediterranean. It features small round leaves with long pods that contain distinctive bitter-tasting seeds. Its taste is described as sweet yet bitter with a hint of burnt sugar and a maple syrup aroma when cooked. In addition to packing a tasteful punch, fenugreek seeds provide some significant health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant activities that are good for the body.

Fenugreek Health Benefits

Beyond its culinary assets, both the seeds and leaves of fenugreek have been used throughout the ages for medicinal purposes. These include helping control blood sugar levels and diabetes, lowering cholesterol, protecting the heart, and treating stomach disorders. Nursing mothers also use it to improve lactation, and in fact, a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds consumed each morning was once a popular recommendation.

In its varying forms over hundreds of years, the following are some of the condition’s fenugreek has been used to prevent and treat:

  • Open wounds
  • Muscle pain
  • Inflammation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Obesity
  • Low libido
  • Painful menstruation
  • Enhance breast milk production and flow

Introduce Methi Water to Your Customers

Healthy methi water aides in weight loss, digestion and controls diabetes.

Perhaps the most famous way to enjoy is fenugreek seeds is to prepare methi water. Packed with fiber, it is particularly recommended for aiding weight loss efforts since it keeps consumers full for longer and better able to manage their appetite. Methi or fenugreek water is also said to help flush out harmful toxins from the body, prevent indigestion and constipation, and improve bowel movements. It is especially recommended for diabetics as its fiber content enables the slow release of sugar, and according to the experts, methi seeds improve insulin activity.

How to Prepare Methi Water

Method #1: Over a low flame, roast 10 grams of fenugreek seeds. Using a blender, turn seeds into a fine powder. Add 1 teaspoon of powder to a warm glass of water, mix, and voila! For maximum benefits, drink one glass of methi water in the morning.

Method #2: Soak 10 grams of fenugreek seeds in two cups of hot water. Filter the water and drink in the morning.

Finally, to benefit from all the seeds’ essential minerals and fiber, you can sprout your own methi seeds as follows: Soak a thin piece of a clean cloth in water. Place a handful of fenugreek seeds on the moist cloth. Cover with a plate or other utensil. For three nights, allow the seeds to sprout. On the fourth day, uncover. By day #5, the sprouts are ready for consumption.

Fenugreek Dishes: Tips for Chefs and Restaurateurs

By now, you are no doubt hungry for some ideas on how to add fenugreek to a range of main and side dishes. With its unique flavor that begins as slightly bitter yet bears a lingering, rolling sweetness, chef enthusiasts use it a go-to ingredient for any dish that needs to balance out sour or sweetness. Furthermore, the spice is popularly added to curries to balance spicy and earthy flavors, to plainer dishes such as lentils and potatoes to add depth, and to round out marinades and sauces of all kinds.

For your benefit, here are some more ways to add the ‘superfood’ and weight-loss aid to a wide range of dishes:

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  • Toss a handful of fenugreek chopped leaves into a potato stew or a pot of simmering tomato sauce
  • Mix fenugreek toasted seeds with garbanzo beans
  • Add fenugreek seeds, salt, and a dash of cream to a bowl of steamed broccoli or other vegetables
  • Crush some dried fenugreek leaves into a powder
  • Mix into mashed potatoes for a crowd favorite!
  • For a to-die-for marinated fish dish, combine crushed, dried fenugreek leaves with some yogurt and mustard. Spread over fish, then broil or grill
  • Did you know that you can even use fenugreek to make mouth-watering dinner rolls? Simply add 10 grams of dried fenugreek leaves into one kilogram of any flour mix, then pair with your customers’ favorite salads and cheeses.

Fenugreek Recipes

If all this 411 has whet your appetite for some bona fide recipes, you’re in luck! Here are some chef-recommended favorites to experiment with.

Fenugreek Roast Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp. margarine at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. melted margarine for basting
  • 2 tbsp. crushed, dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Remove excess fat/skin from chicken. Rinse and pat dry.
  3. Place chicken in a roasting pan. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  4. Combine room-temperature margarine, salt, fenugreek leaves, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Mix.
  5. Liberally rub mixture all over the chicken.
  6. Breast side down, roast for 20-30 minutes or until skin begins to brown
  7. Turn chicken breast side up. Baste with melted margarine.
  8. Roast for 5 minutes, then baste again.
  9. Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees, bake for another 45-55 minutes.
  10. Optional: For a well-browned end result, finish on ‘broil’ for a few minutes.

Fenugreek Potato Stir Fry

This popular Indian side dish is vegan, gluten-free, and delish!

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Ingredients

  • 4-6 potatoes (preferably Russet,Yukon Gold, Red, or baby potatoes)
  • Fresh, frozen, or dried fenugreek leaves
  • Spices to flavor. Recommended: garlic, ginger, green chilies, turmeric, cumin seeds, garam malasa

Instructions

  1. Peel potatoes
  2. Cut into cubes (slice baby potatoes in half)
  3. Wash fresh methi leaves by running under water. Separate the leaves from the stems, chop roughly, and set aside. Frozen or dried leaves can be used as is.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Adding spices one at a time, saute for 1-2 minutes
  5. Add potatoes, mixing and sauteeing until potatoes are cooked
  6. Add fenugreek leaves and garam masala, toss together, and cook for another 2-3 minutes
  7. Bon Appétit!

Carob Makes a Comeback

Last updated on April 11th, 2021

Carob-flavored recipes on the rise in 2021

The all-natural sweetener that gained fame as a healthy chocolate substitute at the turn of the millennium is popular once again and being featured prominently in restaurant recipes in 2021. Most used to prepare sweet treats and desserts such as brownies, fudge, and milkshakes, there are so many good reasons why adding carob-flavored dishes to your menu is a sure-fire recipe for success.

Carob Benefits

If you are new to carob, it is a sweet, edible pulp that comes from the pods of a tropical carob tree. Dried and roasted, the pulp is ground into a powder for consumption or transformed into carob chips, syrup, or extract. In an age when wellness tops consumers’ minds, carob steps up to the plate with its multiple health benefits. These include the facts that carob is: Continue reading Carob Makes a Comeback

Coffee Menu Newcomers Debut in 2021

Last updated on January 17th, 2021

Add international coffee flavors to your 2021 menu.

The New Year has arrived and so have forecasts for the upcoming coffee trends. The good news is that pandemic or no pandemic, restaurant goers continue to clamor for coffee! If you work in foodservice and are looking for a way to stay ahead of the competitive pack, it’s time for a coffee menu update.

What’s Brewing in the World of Java

In the era of COVID-19, coffee shops may no longer be crowded, but java sales remain high thanks to a host of new options. Continue reading Coffee Menu Newcomers Debut in 2021

Restaurants Ring in the New Year with Kombucha

Last updated on March 10th, 2021

Add popular kombucha to your New Year takeout menu and cater to demand

Kombucha, the fizzy, fermented tea with a distinct tangy flavor, is in high demand for 2021. Restaurateurs seeking to upgrade their beverage menu for the New Year would do well to cater to customers’ clamors for more Kombucha.

So, what is it that has the cold tea flying off grocery store shelves, appearing in home and workplace refrigerators, and making the top-four list on consumer recipe searches?

We’ll answer these questions and more as we delve into the unusual world of Kombucha. Continue reading Restaurants Ring in the New Year with Kombucha

Tips for Catering a Holiday Party During COVID

Last updated on December 22nd, 2020

Caterers are in-demand for the holidays despite corona

Christmas is in the air and the New Year is fast approaching. Normally, the holiday catering season would be in full swing. From family gatherings to workplace holiday parties and other festive occasions marking the end of the old and the beginning of the new, this season has normally been a boon for foodservice providers and for the catering industry. The advent of COVID-19, however, has put a damper on the festivities and a new spin on what is considered ‘normal.’ From social distancing protocols and limited guest numbers at live events to virtual gatherings where get-togethers take place online only, you may think a caterer’s job is a thing of the past.

There is good news on the menu, however, for professional catering companies, party organizers, and event planners! Due to the coronavirus, the takeout/ordering-in paradigm is now in full bloom. The public is starting to gather again, albeit in small groups, and they are willing to pay top dollar for their favorite catered holiday meals and desserts.

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Casseroles Make a Comeback During Corona

Last updated on December 16th, 2020

Restaurant casserole sales rise during corona.

Attention restaurant owners: If you are looking for corona-friendly recipes to add to your menu, think casseroles! The quintessential oven-baked creation is making a comeback during corona, and for good reason. Budget-friendly and family friendly, casseroles can be as rich or as simple as your customers’ palates desire. They are easy to prepare, nutritious, delicious, and are typically made from many of the staples you already have in your pantry. Think cost-effective ingredients such as pasta, rice, flour, canned or frozen vegetables, canned soup, beans, and a choice of meat, cheese, fish, or vegetarian options. Moreover, casseroles make plenty of servings and are easy to freeze and store.

Many Types of Casseroles

Boost restaurant revenues with comforting casserole dishes during corona.

Here’s more good news for 2020 restaurateurs: With a trove of tried-and-true casserole recipes available, and with an endless variety of dishes your chefs can concoct on their own, it is no wonder the casserole has become the “go-to” dish for many restaurants in the wake of the coronavirus. Continue reading Casseroles Make a Comeback During Corona

Cater to Your Customers with Stress-Relieving Foods and Beverages

Last updated on December 22nd, 2020

Add stress-relieving foods to your menu during covid pandemic.

If you are wondering what restaurant-goers are hungry for these days, think immune-boosting, health-promoting, and stress-relieving foods and beverages. Fortunately, if you run a foodservice during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no lack of options to choose from. So, let’s lift the lid on stress-reducing ingredients to learn how you can help your customers eat and drink to optimize their health. At the same time, we’ll dish out a healthy serving of menu ideas, including a decadent stress-reducing recipe that will cater to your customers’ demands and drive traffic your way.

Can Eating the Right Foods Reduce Stress?

Scientists and nutritionists confirm that if one feels anxious, stressed, panicky, has difficulty sleeping or concentrating, suffers from racing thoughts, or feels off-balance, eating the right foods can have a calming influence.

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How to Spice Up Your Post-Corona Restaurant Menu

Last updated on December 16th, 2020

Chefs maximize the use of spices and herbs in the wake of the coronavirus.

If you are looking for ways to enhance your restaurant menu post-COVID-19, look no further than using everyday spices and herbs. We all know that seasonings add ‘the spice of life’ to cooking and baking and can transform any dish from bland and boring to flavor-filled, fabulous, and unforgettable. They are also a great way to make food taste better without the addition of fat, salt, or sugar, and are compatible with almost every type of diet (vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, salt-free, and more).

Better yet, many spices and their sister herbs are everyday common staples currently in high demand due to the coronavirus, wherein ‘back-to-basics’ has become the recipe to success in foodservice as well as in home cooking. Continue reading How to Spice Up Your Post-Corona Restaurant Menu