The Impossible Burger: My 5-Minute Review

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Staying warm? Enjoying the snow? I don’t know about you, but when it’s cold outside I crave comfort food. One of my favorite comfort foods is a hearty vegan “burger.” That’s right—a faux meat patty topped with gooey, melty vegan cheese, Heinz ketchup, banana pepper rings, and a dollop of Just Mayo. It always hits the spot! Well, I’ve been hearing buzz about the Impossible Burger for months and months, so I finally decided to find one nearby to give a try. Today I am here to finally provide The Impossible Burger: My 5-Minute Review.  

After years of research and $180 million in funding, the Impossible Burger debuted in the summer of 2016 in NYC at Momofuku Nishi. Now, this restaurant is not a burger joint. It’s an asian fusion restaurant. Possibly an odd place to launch a veggie burger, but it worked! People were lining up hours before the restaurant opened to get a bite of the Impossible Burger.

So why was everyone in a tizzy? Well, the Impossible Burger is a plant-based burger that looks and cooks like ground beef. These qualities are supposed to make it satisfy vegans/ vegetarians and omnivores alike. How does it achieve this? It includes heme—a molecule extracted from fermented yeast that mimics the same molecule that’s found in animal blood. This enables this meatless burger to “bleed” and sear, just like animal-based burgers.

Impossible Burger

Now, these qualities are off-putting for many vegans/ vegetarians, but considering I didn’t cook the burger, I didn’t mind it. The Impossible Burger looks like a medium cooked  regular burger, but so do many other veggie burgers. In fact, I found it to be similar to Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger in both flavor and texture. The Impossible Burger tasted juicy and a bit greasy, with a slightly crispy exterior and soft center. I ate mine topped with pickles, vegan cheese, lettuce and ketchup, and boy, did it hit the spot! Continue reading “The Impossible Burger: My 5-Minute Review”

Recipe: Hearty Vegan Chili

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We’re well into soup season so I wanted to share my quick and easy hearty vegan chili recipe. There is nothing better than sitting down with a big, comforting bowl of chili on a bitter cold evening. And it is certainly cold in Cleveland!

This recipe calls for a few pantry staples, as well as some easy to find produce. I recommend making a big pot of this chili on Sunday or Monday and eating it throughout the week. This recipe keeps for about 7-10 days, and it tastes just as good as leftovers!

It’s so easy – just chop, sauté, and simmer your way to a delectable vegan chili. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Happy cooking! Cheers!

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Settlers of Catan Vegan Nachos!

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A few weeks ago my Facebook feed became flooded with links to a Nerdist article about Settlers of Catan Nachos. Two of my favorite things in one! Can I get the longest road of Settlers nachos? I’m not sure how that would work, but I’ll try! I’m determined!

Obviously, as soon as I saw the article, I knew I had to have a game night and make these nachos. It was a no brainer. And really, who doesn’t love a good nacho bar? It’s cheap, it’s relatively easy, and your guests can customize their plate to their own liking.

These Settlers of Catan nachos are made possible by purchasing small hexagonal weigh boats to house the ingredients. Then you simply divvy up your nacho ingredients and voila! You have a beautifully colorful, edible game day snack! Continue reading “Settlers of Catan Vegan Nachos!”

Recipe: Tofu Spring Rolls

Hello everyone,
Who doesn’t love a good appetizer? Some of my favorite appetizers come from asian restaurants – pakoras, fried tofu, summer rolls, and spring rolls! This weekend I realized that I had never actually made spring rolls, so I decided to give them a try.
I’ll be honest – I didn’t make the most attractive looking spring rolls, but they tasted great! I also found the entire process quite enjoyable. Rolling spring rolls is kind of fun!

This is the perfect quick and easy appetizer to bring along to your next potluck or social event. Please give this recipe and let me know what you think!

Cheers!

Jocelyn

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Vegan Breakfast Tacos

Hello friends,

Lately, I’ve been all about tacos. Taco Tuesday everyday … tacos for lunch, tacos for dinner, and of course, breakfast tacos. I thought I’d share the basic recipe for the breakfast tacos my partner Cory whipped up for me this ‘morning.’ (Okay, maybe it was almost noon.) Hands down it was my favorite homemade breakfast taco to-date, and they are relatively simple to make!

Enjoy!

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