Battle of the Veggie Burgers: Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Burger vs. Trader Joe’s Masala Burger

Frozen veggie burgers: the reason that vegetarians are still invited to and ridiculed at barbecues. These prepackaged patties are the ultimate vegetarian convenience food (besides, like, actual vegetables). Sometimes they attempt to replicate meat with mystery ingredients, other times they are just a hodgepodge of beans and grains smashed together. Veggie burgers are one of the most mainstream meat alternatives and as a result there are thousands of options to choose from.… Read the rest

Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

What is art? This question has been discussed since humans developed the ability to win an argument and then bring it up slyly for the next forty years. There is, of course, no right answer, but people love to make the distinction. It’s not enough that we have the capacity to paint, but we have the capacity to say that another person’s painting looks like it was made by their four year old German Shepard.… Read the rest

Vegetarian Eggs Benedict

Washington, D.C.: the capital of our great nation. Teeming with senators and representatives, monuments and museums, Sasha and Malia, the District expends a lot of energy. And what sustains the (arguably) most important city in the world?¬†Brunch. Any good yuppie, facing a long week at their start-up or non-profit, depends on Sunday brunch to inspire and enrich them.… Read the rest

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

What is a snack? For some it’s a handful of nuts after yoga. For others it’s carrots with hummus before an exam. Perhaps it’s a mid-morning apple, to keep you from eating three of the Krispy Kremes that your “friendly” coworker left in the kitchen. To me, a snack connotes a small amount of food that gives you a reason to exist between meals.… Read the rest

Painfully Easy Peanut Noodles

Sometimes I just want to take a bowl of noodles to the face. I don’t want vegetables, I don’t want protein, I just want pasta and sauce. In a different lifetime I’m sure I could attribute this craving to my rigid exercise schedule and resulting Olympian caloric intake. For now I’ll just say eating a large amount of the same food feels good. ¬†… Read the rest

Super Bowl Bean Dip

Ah, sporting events. They exist, and people like them. Although I’ve yelled at the television over the violent and masculine game of tennis, the emotion behind football is harder for me to understand. Why are so many teams named after birds? Where is Coach Taylor? Wouldn’t it make sense to blitz more often?… Read the rest