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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #115 Happy Valentine's Day! 2009 Trends to Love..
February 13, 2009

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Kindy's Musings....

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Mintel Predicts Top Trends for 2009

As a backlash against the fast pace of the modern world, people will try to take greater control of their lives and find pleasure in the simple things. Faced with financial insecurity, shoppers will seek out businesses and products they feel they can trust. And although they will cut back on spending, people will continue to treat themselves to little luxuries and fun activities.

1. You are in CONTROL

Over the years, people have become more confident and demanding about how they live their lives and spend their money. Even as a recession hits, they'll want to stay in control of their choices wherever they can. Consumers will seek out products and services that give them exactly what they want, when they want it, especially as their budgets tighten. And the Internet will be key. In addition, Baby Boomers will be of particular interest to businesses. Companies will move beyond traditional "old age" products and services to ones that embrace the active, healthy lifestyles of many older consumers.

2. Simplify and purify

Faced with fast-paced modern life, many people will convenience and simplicity. As people take control of their everyday lives, they will also demand that companies communicate with them honestly and openly. Old-fashioned skills such as cooking at home, sewing and gardening will become increasingly popular. As an added benefit, these home-based activities will also help people stretch their budgets further.

3. Rebuilding trust

Today's consumers have high standards and will demand value for money, as well as consistently high levels of quality, safety and service. People will want to know all about the products they buy, from where they were sourced to how they were manufactured. Because of this, people will cling to the long-standing, nostalgic brands they know and love, looking for products with a real sense of familiarity.

4. Trading down (but a little trading up too)

As purse strings tighten, consumers will look for every possible way to make their pennies stretch further. For example, people will trade down to cheaper store brands, at out less or simply choose not to update their wardrobes. But everyone will still crave a little treat now and again. The result? Shoppers will mostly trade down to budget-friendly solutions to save money. But occasionally, they will also need to indulge in small, affordable luxuries, like premium chocolate, designer sunglasses or a favorite moisturizer.

5. Playfulness, lightening the mood

In tougher times, people not only crave life's little luxuries, they also need to enjoy themselves, we can't be serious all the time. Small playful distractions such as neon make-up, fun-to-eat food or interactive stores like Apple will become increasingly popular as people look to let their hair down and have some fun.


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Chicken & Pasta in Peanut Sauce


8 oz. thin spaghetti

1 bunch broccolini, cut in 2-inch lengths

1 medium red sweet pepper, cut in bite-size strips

1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Salt and ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup bottled peanut sauce

Crushed red pepper (optional)


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccolini and sweet pepper during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, halve chicken breasts horizontally. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In extra large skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes each side, or until no longer pink (170 degrees F). Transfer to cutting board. Slice chicken; add to pasta and vegetables. Heat through. Add peanut sauce. Pass crushed red pepper.

Makes 4 servings.


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