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Can you think of any foods that start with the letter i? After ice cream and icing, you might run out of ideas. You might be surprised to learn that there are actually 50 different foods beginning with i, many of which are both delicious and nutritious for you! Read on to see a complete list of all of the foods that start with i — everything from ingredients, to produce, to entrees, drinks and dessert!
Recently, to keep my kids entertained on long road trips and in the car, I’ve been playing word games with them. The one that seems to have stuck is “Foods A-Z” — where we pick a random letter of the alphabet and try to name as many foods as we can. Then, sometimes, we take it a step further to think of recipes we can use those foods in!
When it came to the letter “i”, I was pretty stumped after thinking about Indian food, ice cream, and ice. After a bit of research, I came across so many foods that start with I, I thought it would be helpful to create a guide with a list of foods beginning with i that you can use in a variety of recipes!
Fruits and Vegetables that Start with an ‘I’
Icacos are oblong-shaped fruits that grow near the sea. They are quite similar to plums (and are also called coco plums), with thick black and red skin. They have a sweet taste, which makes them ideal for spreads like jam. The flavors are perfectly subtle and not overpowering at all with a beautiful balance. No part of it is wasted: You can even roast the seed and eat it.
Icaco is extremely healthy while they also play a role in traditional medicine and are said to be hypoglycemic, an antioxidant, and an antifungal.
2. Inga Edulis
Inga edulis has a lot of names, but most commonly it is known as ice cream bean. It’s a fruit native to South America, and it’s widely grown by indigenous people in South America for food, timber, medicine, etc.
From planting to growth, Inga edulis should give fruit within three years. It has a sweet flesh with seeds surrounding it. The flesh tastes like vanilla ice cream, and the seeds when cooked taste like chickpeas.
Hailed as a superfood, inga edulis is rich in vitamins A, C, B1, and B2 and a good source of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory flavonoids.
3. Inca berries
Inca berries, sometimes known as ‘healthy sour Skittles,’ are native to Peru, South America. They grow best in high tropical areas and have a mixture of sweet and sour flavors. They are great as add-ons or just as a simple snack.
Inca berries have lots of benefits: They are high in antioxidants, potassium, protein, and vitamin C. The fun fact about Inca berries is that they are technically not berries but more closely related to tomatoes or raspberries.
4. Iceberg Lettuce
Crisp and fresh, iceberg lettuce is a leafy green vegetable with a cabbage-like shape and has light green/white leaves. It has an extremely high water content, making it a great choice for salads in the summertime.
Contrary to popular belief, iceberg lettuce actually contains a significant amount of vitamins and nutrients, including Vitamins C, K, A, Calcium, Folate and Potassium.
5. Ice Plant
The ice plant, or ice vegetable, is a vegetable that comes from South Africa. It has a “frosty” look (hence the name), is super hardy, and keeps its crunchy texture, even when cooked or heated. It’s great for stir fries, or for dishes where you want some added greens or texture. It has a fresh, water-rich, salty, slightly lemony flavor.
6. Indian Almond Fruit
Indian Almond Fruit is also known as Terminalia catappa. It grows in tropical locations and is native to Asia, Australia, the Pacific and Madagascar. This fresh fruit turns red and green when they are ripe, and the seeds of the fruit have a nutty taste — similar to almonds or hazelnuts. It is rich in minerals and helps with the body’s metabolic processes. The oil from the seeds can be used for cooking or even to make soap.
7. Indian Squash
Super popular in South Asian cuisines, Indian Squash is also known as “Tinda”, round melon, or apple gourd. It looks sort of like a green apple – both in size and in color. It has a soft texture when cooked, and a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
Indian Squash is also super healthy and packed with vitamins. It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and is rich in both Vitamin C and Iron.
8. Indian Mustard Plant
Indian mustard is a plant that’s part of the mustard greens family. The entire plant – including the stems, seeds, and leaves are all edible. It’s popular in Nepali and South Asian cuisine. The seeds are used for the production of whole brown mustard seeds (used in Indian cooking), and the brown mustard condiment (which has a spicier flavor than traditional yellow mustard).
Snacks that Start with an “I’
9. Instant Noodles or Instant Ramen
Let’s start the list with a classic: instant noodles. This dish has crossed every border and is popular in many different countries all over the world. Originally from Japan, this handy food comes in every flavor imaginable.
These are dried blocks of pre-cooked noodles that come with flavoring/seasoning powder. The nutrition facts vary between different brands and flavorings, but most commonly, they are high in carbohydrates, fats, and sodium; but low on fiber, protein, and calories.
Once in a while, instant noodles are fine to have, but if consumed every day, they might have an adverse effect on your health.
One benefit to instant noodles is how versatile they are. You can make a fancy dish with it by adding pan-fried meats and/or vegetables or have it the good old-fashioned way with lots of broth.
However you like it, instant noodles are a hit among everyone, from children to adults alike. And the best part—apart from the taste—is that anyone can cook it in a few minutes!
10. Instant Oatmeal
Oats are one of the oldest grains – there are accounts of it as long ago as 7,000 BC, and the ancient Greeks are credited for coming up with the first ‘porridge.’
Instant oatmeal was invented by Henry Parsons Crowell, founder of the Quaker Oats Company. While instant oatmeal is in the same family as rolled oats or steel cut oats, it tends to have a more bland taste and more mushy texture than other oatmeal varieties. This can be pretty unappetizing, but there are several ways to enhance the taste. You can add salt, spices, various fruits, nuts, nut butters, seeds or a touch of honey to make this easy breakfast food much more interesting.
Instant oatmeal is considered to have the same nutritional value as regular or quick-cooking oatmeal. But there is a difference, and it lies in the glycemic index. It is a high glycemic food (which means that it is digested very quickly), so it can cause your blood glucose level to rise and won’t keep you full as long as rolled oats or steel cut oats.
11. Indian Potato Cake
In India, this is more commonly known as aloo tikki. Aloo means potato, and tikki means a small cutlet. This snack originated from South Asia, the region consisting of North India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It is usually made from boiled potato and peas marinated in various spices and served hot with a side of chutney to add a distinct flavor.
The chutneys can be of many flavors, the most popular being tamarind, coriander-mint, saunth, and coconut chutney. There are many variations of aloo tikki, and the chutneys can give you a hint of which region the flavor comes from.
Keep in mind, potatoes are high in simple carbs and can lead to weight gain when eaten in large amounts. They should also be avoided by people with diabetes, obesity, and heart problems.
12. Italian Rice Balls
Another classic dish, Italian fried rice balls are deliciously crispy and a great snack for any time. When you say Italian rice balls, it is usually presumed you are talking about Arancini. Arancini hails from Sicily, but there are other Italian rice balls called suppli from Rome and Lazio.
Arancini are made up of meat sauce, peas, and soft mozzarella cheese fillings with a coating of crunchy breadcrumbs. Arancini means ‘little oranges,’ and they are aptly named for how they look.
Italian rice balls are rich in protein, but are typically deep fried so are best eaten in moderation. If not, it might lead to increased blood pressure and cholesterol.
13. Icelandic Skyr
Is Skyr the same as Greek yogurt? Not exactly. They’re similar in that they are both yogurt, but have a few key differences:
First, they are both cultured dairy products, but the cultures are what sets them apart. Skyr has a rich, creamy flavor, while Greek yogurt has a more sour taste. Skyr is also more dense and thick, and it contains more protein and less sugar.
Skyr is the national food of Iceland, and it has been around for a thousand years. It is delicious, low in lactose, gluten-free, a super healthy snack, and usually free of artificial sweeteners. It also contains rare Nordic berries like bilberry, cloudberry, and lingonberry, which add to the flavor and make it even more delicious!
Side dishes that Start with an ‘I’
14. Irish Potato and Leek Soup
Potatoes and Ireland go hand in hand. There are many delicious Irish recipes for potatoes, and they are super easy to make.
Irish potato leek soup is creamy in texture, is ready in 30 minutes, and uses only six ingredients. Yes, you read that right, just six! All you need are lots of butter, large leeks, russet or Idaho potatoes, vegetable broth, and salt and black pepper for seasoning.
While this potato soup is high in fat due to the butter, you can lighten it up by using less butter or replacing it with olive oil. Additionally, leeks decrease total cholesterol and triglyceride levels and potatoes are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.
Usually prepared for St. Patrick’s Day, you can best enjoy this soup during cool weather.
15. Italian Wedding Soup
If you frequent Italian restaurants, you might be familiar with the dish called ‘wedding soup.’ ‘Minestra maritata’ comes from Italy and means ‘married soup.’
Native to families of Lazio and Campania, the ‘marriage’ of meat and vegetable in the soup is the reason behind the name.
Some common vegetables used to cook this soup are endive, escarole/cabbage, lettuce, kale, and sometimes spinach. The meat is usually in a sausage form or a meatball laced with parsley and Parmesan cheese. It has a beautiful clear broth, and sometimes pasta is added to it.
A cup of simple Italian wedding soup contains 190 calories and is typically high in fiber, protein and nutrients thanks to all the veggies! It’s a great option for a healthy side dish or a light dinner.
16. Italian Flag Salad
Commonly known as Caprese salad, this salad originated from the island of Capri, and it is said to have been created as an homage to the Italian flag just like pizza Margherita—hence the name Italian flag salad.
Originally, it was only prepared to appease the appetite of royalty and political figures who came on vacation to Capri. Slowly, the salad gained popularity because of how easy it is to make and its health benefits.
You will need some ripe Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, pesto sauce, olive oil, sea salt, and black ground pepper for seasoning. Perfect for lunch or a side dish for dinner, this salad is low in calories, high in protein, and high in antioxidants.
17. Indonesian Satay
People usually assume satay is from Malaysia or Thailand, but it actually originated in Indonesia. You’ll probably find it at many East Asian restaurants in the US – as it has become pretty popular globally, over time.
Satay is usually described as chicken-on-a-stick served with thick, chunky peanut sauce. What sets Indonesian satay apart is the sauce, which is the hero of the dish. The peanut sauce is made from peanuts or peanut butter, kecap manis (which is a sweet soy sauce) chilies, lime, and shallots. They are ground together in a thick paste (it’s a no-cook sauce!)
Satay is high in protein as it is mainly meat (or for a vegetarian version, tempeh or tofu can be used). I recommend using the peanut sauce in moderation as it tends to be higher in calories and fat!
18. Indian Spiced Peas
Who knew you could make a scrumptious side dish out of plain old peas? As with many Indian foods, simple peas are taken next level by adding spices, herbs, and healthy ingredients – creating a healthy but super tasty side dish for any dinner spread.
To make Indian spiced peas, sauté onions, peppers (red and green), and garlic. Stir till it softens. Add curry spice or any masala you like to bring out the flavor. Wait one minute and add water. Keep stirring the whole time and mix everything well. Lastly, put the peas in and simmer till it’s reduced. And there you have it—an easy, healthy vegetable dish that’s a true crowd pleaser!
19. Irish Colcannon
Another St. Patrick’s Day favorite, colcannon is an Irish potato recipe—a mixture of potatoes and cabbage or kale. It is similar to American mashed potatoes.
The recipe includes potatoes, cabbage and/or kale leaves, scallions, unsalted butter, and salt and pepper to taste.
Irish Colcannon can be healthy depending on how it’s made: recipes that are more cabbage forward and have less butter/potatoes can be quite nutritious and ok to eat on a regular basis. But if it’s much more potatoes + butter than cabbage, then you want to make sure to only eat it in moderation!
20. Indian Chutney
Indian chutney is a condiment that originated from India. It can be spicy, savory, or sweet, depending on what you’re serving it with. Chutneys can be made from fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs. They are gluten-free and used to prove a balance to dishes or highlight a specific taste.
Chutneys are a tasty, healthy, low calorie condiment option. They can reduce inflammation and aid in digestion.
21. Irish Soda Bread
Traditional Irish soda bread is a quick bread that is prepared without using yeast. The leavening entirely comes from baking soda and buttermilk. It is incredibly soft yet dense and has a cracked, crusty exterior.
In the US, Irish soda bread is generally a sweet white bread made with eggs and butter. It is speckled with raisins and caraway seeds. It is low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol, and sugar-free. When made with whole wheat flour instead of white flour, it’s a good whole grain bread option that’s high in fiber.
Vegetarian Entrees that Start with an ‘I’
22. Indonesian Fried Rice
Indonesian fried rice or nasi goreng is packed with flavor and is easily distinguished from other fried rice dishes. Fried rice can be found in most Asian countries, but the thing that distinguishes Nasi goreng is the sauce: a sweet soy sauce with kecap manis that stains the rice a dark brown color and caramelizes it when cooked.
To make sure your fried rice is healthy, you can use brown rice instead of white and use a minimal amount of oil. See this recipe for healthy fried rice.
23. Indonesian Fried Noodles
Another mouth-watering dish from Indonesia, this list would be incomplete without mentioning Indonesian authentic noodles. Locally called mie goreng, they are incredibly flavorful and have several varieties.
The classic dish consists of some sort of protein (usually chicken, but you can use tofu for a vegetarian option) with shallots, leek, garlic, egg, vegetables, and sweet soy sauce. If you add fried chicken with sambal in it, then the dish is called mie goreng ayam penyet. Or if you add beef instead of chicken, the name is changed to mie goreng sapi.
While Indonesian Fried Noodles are super tasty, they are to be eaten in moderation as they are high in refined grains, calories, saturated fats and sodium. So they’re more of a once-in-a-while indulgence than a regular meal! For a healthier noodles recipe, try this!
24. Indian Curry
The land of spices, India is a treasure trove for food lovers. The word curry comes from ‘kari,’ a Tamil word meaning sauce or soup to be eaten with rice. But curry is not just limited to rice. It can be enjoyed with every kind of naan or flatbread, chapati or paratha, or just with a side of salad and chutney.
A curry sauce usually contains a base of these three spices—turmeric, cumin, and red chilies. To save time, you can always buy a pre-made high quality curry powder — keep in mind that every curry powder has a unique taste and smell, so be sure to taste it before adding it to your recipes. Some popular curry powder add-ons are garam masala, amchoor, fenugreek, tamarind, and coconut milk/cream. Each spice contains a different health benefit, making curries an amazing food for the body.
More Indian curry recipes!
Idli is a classic South Indian dish, whose origins are technically unknown. Food historians believe it might have its roots in Indonesia, while most Indian people attribute its origins to Tamil Nadu or Karnataka.
It’s a type of savory rice cake, mostly popular as a breakfast meal. The cakes are usually made by steaming a batter of fermented black lentils (urad dal) and rice. It’s soft and fluffy in texture and is full of nutrients. There are more variations of idlis served in South India and Sri Lanka.
A culinary specialty of the south part of India and Sri Lanka, this is a dish that you must taste at least once in your life. Also known as string hoppers, these are rice flour noodles that you eat by dipping into a curry.
Idiyappam is generally served with a variety of side dishes like chicken curry or stew, vegetable korma, and/or egg. You can also serve it as dessert—just add a glob of ghee, shredded coconut, and sugar or sweetened coconut milk to make it sweet.
Since it’s made with white rice, it’s not the healthiest food to eat frequently, but is fine as a once-in-a-while treat!
27. Israeli Falafel
Falafel is traditionally a Middle Eastern dish and is considered the national dish of Israel (as well as Egypt and Palestine).
If you are a fan of chickpea or fava beans, this dish is for you. Traditionally served in a pita or flatbread, falafels are deep-fried balls or fritters made from chickpeas or fava beans, or both. The balls are topped with hot sauce, salad, or pickled vegetables.
Falafel is low on the glycemic index scale and has a relatively low cholesterol level. It is also high in protein, complex, and fiber, making it a deliciously healthy choice (even more so when it’s baked instead of fried!).
Meat Dishes That Start with ‘I’
28. Iraqi white bean stew
Locally known as fasolia yabsa, it literally translates to ‘dry beans.’ It is an everyday comfort dish. Full of nutrition and flavor, it is surprisingly easy to make. The ingredients include tender lamb or veal, cannellini beans, and tomato sauce. Usually served with rice, you can’t go wrong with this beloved Middle Eastern food.
Try this vegetarian white bean stew!
29. Icelandic Salmon Grill
Icelandic salmon is famous for its taste and texture. It has a mild and light flavor that melts in your mouth and a beautiful firm and fatty texture. Well-known for being farmed sustainably, the fish are raised in ice-cold currents which give them their distinct flavor.
Salmon is a great source of B vitamins (including Vitamin B6), potassium, selenium, healthy Omega 3 fats, and protein.
You don’t need many ingredients to grill this delectable fish. In fact, the fewer the better. The goal is not to let the ingredients overpower the natural taste of the fish. The basic ingredients you will need are sliced onions, olive oil, salt and pepper, and of course the hero of the dish—the salmon.
30. Indonesian Ginger Chicken
Indonesian Chicken is a very easy and healthy recipe with a simple marinade.
The chicken is moist and flavorful, described as slightly spicy with a hint of sweet and pungent essence. The marinade is made with freshly grated ginger and minced garlic. To make this recipe: mix the ginger and garlic with honey and soy sauce and pour it over the chicken. Cover with foil and leave it overnight. Bake once with the foil on and then without it. And there you have it, a simple yet delicious chicken dish.
31. Italian Sausage Bread
In Sicily, this bread is called bignolata, but there are versions of this dish all around the world.
You can either prepare it from scratch or buy it from a local deli. If you wish to bake it yourself, you will need sweet Italian sausage/link, salt and pepper for seasoning, garlic, salted butter, dried parsley, onions, mozzarella cheese, pizza dough, egg white, and marinara sauce for dipping.
Sausages are not the healthiest meat out there, and a slice of sausage bread might contain around 100 calories. Moderation is important here!
32. Italian Meatballs
Another yummy dish from Italy, these meatballs are also known as polpettes, and they are very different from American meatballs.
They are eaten as a meal itself or in soup and can be made with any kind of meat, from fish to turkey.
Meatballs are a complete meal in themselves and are very high in protein.
33. Irish Stew
Irish stew is a dish born out of necessity, as it is a budget-friendly option that was developed during Ireland’s economic crisis during the 19th century.
Traditional Irish stew only has a few ingredients: potatoes, onions, and mutton. Sometimes, root vegetables like carrots and turnips are also added. The ingredients are boiled and simmered for up to two hours to give a pure flavor to the dish. Stews can be a healthy, filling option, especially when they are balanced with protein and veggies to keep you satsfied.
Now considered comfort food, Irish stew had a humble beginning but now remains a loved dish in Ireland.
Desserts that Start with an ‘I’
34. Ice Cream
You can’t think about foods that start with i without mentioning ice cream! Usually made from milk, cream, and sugar, this is a classic dessert with a rich flavor that everyone loves. On hot summer days, ice cream is pretty irresistible! As with all desserts, you can have too much of a good thing, but an ice cream treat is great once in a while!
Ice cream became popular during the 1930s in America. Interestingly, the first ice cream was invented in China in about 200 BC, made from snow. This simple yet delicious food has survived the test of time and is more popular than ever now!
Try this chocolate banana ice cream!
35. Ice Cream Cake
Another ice cream-based classic dish, this cake is always a hit at any party, especially birthday parties for kids. It may be best during summertime, but an ice cream cake is great in any season—yes, they are that delicious! Just like ice cream, they come in many different flavors, with different options for both the cake and ice cream flavors!
Even though they used to be a luxurious dessert for wealthy people back in the day, now they can be found in any supermarket and ice cream retailer. The first method of making ice cream cakes was thought to be from the 1600s, and a lot of people still follow that same recipe: Line the pan with crushed cookies and then fill the remaining part with ice cream. It’s that easy!
36. Instant Pudding
If you are looking for a sweet treat that you can have almost instantly at any time of the day without much effort, instant pudding is your answer.
Instant pudding is a powder that you mix with milk or other ingredients. It contains sugar, flavoring agents, and thickeners. Try to find one that doesn’t have any ingredients you can’t pronounce for a more natural option. It’s good enough to meet your sweet craving, and kids tend to love it too!
Try this chocolate pudding recipe!
37. Ice Pops
Otherwise known as popsicles, ice pops are a frozen dessert equally loved by kids and adults, and come in almost every variety and flavor you can think of!
Ice pops have a humble beginning. The technique was accidentally discovered by 11-year-old Frank Epperson in 1905. He named them ‘Epperson icicles’ and started to make and sell them around his neighborhood. He eventually renamed them to ‘Epsicles.’ Epperson patented his ice pops at thirty years of age.
While there are no records of the first flavors Epperson made, now you can get ice pops in cherry, root beer, lemon, banana, orange, grape, and dozens of other flavors! Ice pops are essentially sugar, water and flavoring. You can make them much healthier by using pureed fruit and freezing it in popsicle molds – which is a great way for kids to get extra fruit while feeling like they are eating dessert!
38. Icelandic Cocoa Soup
Chocolate soup? Yes, you read that right! There are quite a few countries that have their version of chocolate soups, namely Italy and Mexico. But the Italian and the Mexican version might be a bit adventurous for a lot of us. Italy is famous for mixing it with pig’s blood, and Mexico caters to spice-loving foodies by putting chilies in theirs.
The Icelandic version of the chocolate soup is well-loved and a well-rounded recipe for anyone and everyone. It consists of potato starch and cocoa (preferably dark chocolate) topped up with some cinnamon or vanilla. It’s a hearty and comforting treat to warm you up in cold weather.
39. Italian Ice
Italian Ice is the best substitution for ice cream if you are not a fan of dairy products or are vegan/dairy-free.
Most similar to a sorbet or a snow cone, it can be frozen or semi-frozen and is usually sweetened with fruits or other natural/artificial flavorings like juice, concentrates, or purees. It doesn’t contain any dairy or egg ingredients; therefore, it is a great option for vegetarians and vegans alike.
It’s also lower in calories and sugar than ice cream, so it can be a healthier option for a summer treat!
40. Italian Kisses
Italian kisses are insanely popular small treats. It’s super easy to make Italian kisses at home.
Scoop some ice cream—vanilla or mint flavors are preferred—into balls and put them in the freezer. As soon as they are frozen hard, take them out and dip them in melted chocolate. You can sprinkle some crushed nuts or coconuts on them and put them back in the freezer until the coating hardens. When you are satisfied with the consistency, it’s ready to be served!
Make sure you serve them straight out of the freezer before the ice cream or the chocolate melts. A great dessert to satisfy even the sweetest tooth!
41. Irish Potato Candy
The name Irish potato candy is deceiving. It is neither Irish nor is it typically made from potato. It is a unique Philadelphian treat, and you can find it in almost every candy shop there.
The size of a baby fist, Irish potato candies are designed to look like small potatoes with a white center and a brown exterior. The white center is made from coconut-flavored fillings and they are rolled in cinnamon. Just like any other candies, make sure you don’t overindulge.
Imarti is another sweet from India, and is also known as Jalebi. It’s said to have originated from the Mughal kitchens in Fatehpur Sikri, but it more likely has Persian roots. It was considered a royal confectionery and was only served in the courts of the Mughals and the Rajputs.
It looks like a circular pretzel and is orange-red. Its texture is sugary and chewy. Imarti is essentially a fermented dough that’s poured into hot oil in a spiral shape and fried (similar to a funnel cake), and then immersed in sugar syrup. Imarti dough is made from all purpose flour, corn flour and besan (a dal flour); yogurt, turmeric, baking powder, ghee, and lemon juice. The sugar syrup is made from sugar, water, rose essence, cardamom, and saffron.
Locally known as ‘hadgi badah,’ the smell and the taste of this cookie are very unique to Iraq. It’s not something you can find in supermarkets; Iraqi cardamom cookies are usually made at home, and the recipes are handed down from generation to generation.
Cardamom cookies are a type of shortbread that’s tan in color and have a slightly nutty flavor. It has a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the taste is more interesting than typical shortbreads thanks to the cardamom! There are many recipes online if you wish to bake them at home.
Beverages that Starts with an “I”
44. Ice Cream Soda
The versatility of ice cream doesn’t stop just with cones and sundaes. You can create an amazing array of tasty treats with it. One of the most refreshing drinks of summer is ice cream soda. How do you make it? A cool glass of soda topped with a scoop of ice cream, easy-peasy! If you want to make it a bit more special, pour in your favorite syrup to get an extra punch of flavor. Just like ice cream cones, it’s not very healthy, so make sure you don’t drink it often.
To think we would have missed out on this frothy drink if Robert Green hadn’t run out of ice while selling sodas in Philadelphia’s 150th-anniversary celebration in 1874. To keep the soda cold, he put ice cream on top of it, and voilà! An instant hit!
45. Iced Tea
Nothing says summer quite like a nice, tall glass of iced tea. The first reference of iced tea can be found in Marguerite Countess of Blessington’s account of her travel in Naples in 1823, and the oldest printed recipe of iced tea can be found in a cookbook from 1871.
Just like every other novel drink, this too started as something only the rich would have access to, but slowly it reached the masses, because of a man named Richard Blechynden – who had the idea to market iced tea instead of hot tea in the summer.
Iced teas, when made without sugar, are extremely healthy for you as they are packed with antioxidants and are a low-calorie summer drink.
46. Iced Coffee
If you are not a fan of iced tea, iced coffee might be the perfect summer drink for you. You can use instant coffee or French pressed brewed coffee to make iced coffee—there’s no one right way to do it. Brewed coffee usually offers a stronger and better flavor than instant coffee, as instant coffee can have more of a bitter taste. Add ice, cold milk, and sugar (if you desire), and that’s it, you are done! And the best part is iced coffee is healthier than hot coffee as it is a whopping 67 percent less acidic.
Additionally, cold-brewed coffee (when made without added sugar) might lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.
47. Irish Coffee
When iced tea was first invented, it was usually mixed with alcohol. The popularity of boozy iced tea lasted for quite some time, but that shifted around 1904 when the nonalcoholic version of the beverage gained more popularity as it reached more consumers.
Unlike iced tea, there is one drink that has kept its original, tried, and true recipe: Irish coffee.
All you need to make a fantastic mug of Irish coffee is some black coffee, whipped cream, sugar (optional), and of course the star ingredient: Irish whiskey!
48. Indian Chai-Spiced Hot Chocolate
This is a simple hot chocolate recipe spiced deliciously to create a ‘chai’ like flavor.
You will need quite a few ingredients, but don’t let that scare you because trust me, it’s totally worth it! Take fennel seeds, cardamom seeds, peppercorns, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg powder and crush them into a fine powder.
Heat some milk on the stove and add the spice mixture and a few drops of vanilla extract. The last step is to add dark chocolate powder and honey (optional). Stir well and serve hot with a bit of sprinkled chocolate on top.
Try this hot chocolate with cinnamon!
Inebriants are anything that can make you intoxicated, such as homebrew, kava, aperitif, sake vino, sherry, hard cider, perry, and a whole array of beverages or cooking ingredients for preparing meals. They are also used to give a different dimension of taste to certain desserts. Irish cream liqueur is a popular inebriant that also happens to be one of the more popular foods that start with I!
As with any alcoholic drink, make sure you drink in moderation / once in a while!
50. Icelandic Hot Shot
There are a lot of hotshot recipes out there, but no one can do it like Iceland. The Icelandic hotshot is a bit different and tastes better than other variations because of how smooth it feels.
They’re very easy to make at home: all you need is one ounce of Galliano, one ounce of espresso coffee, and a dash of whipped cream.
Pour the liquor in a glass. Pour the espresso on top of the Galliano and let it sit for a bit. One dollop of whipped cream on top and it’s ready! The only way to drink it is to do it in one shot!
I hope this list helped you to expand your palate and discover new foods that start with i! Looking for more eating guides? See all of my healthy eating guides here! For more healthy and easy recipes, check out these posts:
- 15 Pantry Meals You Can Make in 30 Minutes
- 55 Healthy Vegetarian Recipes
- 21 Delicious Vegan Lunch Ideas
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That’s a long list. Thanks for organizing it. I’m going to try some of them.
Thanks Jeff! Enjoy!
I can’t wait to try some of these foods. Some are my favorites and others I’m so excited to try!
Yay! Glad you found some new foods to try from this post!
I never realised there were so many different foods beginning with the letter I! It was fun to read through all of them and find out more about the different foods.
I know right? Thanks Bintu – glad you found it helpful!
What a fun post! I learned so much reading through all the different foods that start with I. Some favorites, plus some that were new to me as well!
Thanks so much Tara! Glad you found it helpful!
So many foods start with an I, and that ice cream looks great!
Thanks Biana!! 🙂