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Get Rewarded By Sharing Your Family’s Favorite Lent Friendly Recipes

If you’re familiar with the Lenten tradition, you would know that it involves an offering associated with abstinence from red meat every Friday for the forty days leading up to Easter Sunday.  It’s a time where people observe a sacrifice as a practice of faith.  With such tradition, beef, pork and poultry are abstained from — bringing seafood, vegetable and cheese dishes to the forefront.  FUD, the food brand boasting rich Hispanic heritage, is conducting a Lent recipe contest, sure to excite with $50,000 worth of prizes, including a $10,000 kitchen remodeling grand prize!

Have fun with FUD and share your family’s favorite “best lent secret” recipe with the world — using any of the fine, unique and delicious Lent friendly products that FUD has available

To help inspire your creations, Foodbeast’s very own Chris Abouabdo (@small_town_mayor) shared his favorite recipe that his brother taught him: a spicy shrimp quesadilla pizza, using FUD brand Queso Oaxaca. 

We’ve also asked our Foodbeast fam, Nicole Triebe (@windycitydinnerfairy),  Jenny Martinez (@happybelliesbyjenny) and Fabrizio Villalpando (@theemoodyfoody) to show us how their families are celebrating the season.   

With amazing prizes at stake, what are you and your family waiting for? Share your family’s favorite Lent friendly (no red meat) dish using FUD products and you could win a coveted kitchen remodeling!  Don’t wait, enter the FUD Lent contest now!

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Chipotle Adds Quesadillas Nationwide Complete With Dipping Sauce Tray

Every so often, I find myself torn between ordering a burrito or tacos when stopping at Chipotle. While the bowls have their own magic, there’s something special about biting into a layer of warm tortilla paired with fresh meat. It’s euphoric.

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Imagine how much tougher that decision has become, knowing that Chipotle has now added mouthwatering build-your-own Quesadillas to their plethora of menu options. 

Oh, man.

Customers can choose from any of their favorite proteins. This includes Adobo Chicken, Steak, Barbacoa, Carnitas, and plant-based Sofritas, before filling it with their favorite accoutrements.

You can personalize it with any of their salsas and dips, so your meaty quesadillas will never be without sauce options.

The Quesadillas are available at Chipotle locations nationwide and can only be ordered online or through the Chipotle mobile app.

Created in partnership with Chipotle.

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Wendy’s Launches Spicy New Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich

The spicy pleasure of a jalapeno popper is a versatile snack that’s usually sequestered to the appetizer lane. Which is fine, really, but how would you feel having one as an actual meal? Wendy’s recently put this thought to the test and answered such a scenario with the debut of their new Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich.

Though the new sandwich itself doesn’t have actual jalapeno poppers in them, it as a whole captures the very essence of one. Picture Wendy’s fan favorite spicy chicken fillet topped with creamy jalapeno cream cheese, three slices of Applewood smoked bacon, warm cheddar cheese sauce, jalapeno slices, pepper jack cheese, and a premium bun.

In addition, Wendy’s has debuted alongside the sandwich a Jalapeno Popper Salad for those looking for a bit of lighter fare.

To celebrate the launch, Wendy’s is calling for taste testers, beginning February 18 to February 21, to try the new Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich for free through Grubhub, with no delivery fee on orders $15 or more.


Trader Joe’s Debuts Everything But The Bagel Potato Chips

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The complex flavors of Everything But The Bagel Seasoning is quickly gaining popularity, especially after Trader Joe’s released their EBTB seasoning in early 2017 for customers to throw on anything and everything. 

One snack, I’ll admit, I enjoyed adding the medley of spices to were potato chips. Luckily, Trader Joe’s latest snack item takes away that middle step and serving up Everything But The Bagel Seasoned Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. 

The new snack boasts crunchy kettle-cooked chips fried in small batches and seasoned with the popular Trader Joe’s Blend. This includes salt, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. 

You’ll be able to find the new bag of chips at Trader Joe’s locations nationwide in their snack section. It also can’t hurt to grab a bottle of EBTB Seasoning Blend while you’re there to enhance these chips even further. 

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Ben & Jerry’s and Colin Kaepernick Debut Brand New Vegan Flavor

With Ben & Jerry’s stepping up to the plate and being a prominent supporter of social justice, it only made sense for them to link up with ardent social activist and former NFL start Colin Kaepernick to release a brand new, permanent flavor.

Named “Change the Whirled,” the entirely vegan offering features a caramel non-dairy sunflower butter base with fudge chips, graham cracker swirls and chocolate cookie swirls. It’s a tasty plant-based option that makes sense for Kaepernick, who is a vegan himself.

This partnership is an appropriate nod to the courageous work Kaepernick has done to champion social justice, pursuing equity for Black and Brown people, and confronting systemic oppression and police violence. With Ben & Jerry’s aspiring to become a social justice company themselves, this sweet collab is a step in the right direction to shedding more light on the social justice ills that have plagued America. What’s more, this new flavor will also support the work of Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camps, which he founded to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.

Change the Whirled will be available as a full-time flavor at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops and on store shelves nationwide in the United States beginning in 2021 with a suggested MSRP of $4.99-$5.49. 


Spice Up The Holidays With Loaded Mashed Potato Dogs and 5 Other Hot Sausage Recipes

The holiday season is upon us and aside from all the shopping and celebrating, we all know those family get-togethers are the undisputed highlights this time of year.  No matter how big, small, or otherwise socially-distanced your shindigs are, no one should come empty handed. So, bring the fire and flavor to your next holiday dish with FUD Tapatío Smoked Sausages.

To help unleash your creativity, some of the Foodbeast family busted out their aprons and oven mitts to shake up some classic dishes starring FUD Tapatío smoked sausages.

Our very own Rudy (@rudeluv) took his love for holiday stuffing to create a FUD Tapatío smoked sausage and tortilla chip stuffing that mixed the traditional dish with the flavors and textures of chilaquiles — exceeding his own expectations.

Super mom and super chef Jenny (@happybelliesbyjenny) hit us with a spicy roundhouse kick to a holiday favorite, cooking up a huge helping spicy baked mac and cheese with FUD Tapatío sausages that’s perfect for sharing — unless you don’t want to.

Pete (@pham_bot) served up a traditional hot dog with a super easy and tasty twist, topping the grilled FUD Tapatío sausages with buttery mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, bacon, and chives.  

The OG Elie (@bookofelie) knows how to keep it simple and delicious with a chili cheese dog pizza using FUD Tapatío sausages. To add that extra heat, he added sliced jalapeños, and a dollop of sour cream to balance the flavors.   

Alyssa (@eatwithalyssa) knew exactly what she was doing when she tossed the FUD Tapatío sausages into a Mexican style fried rice, because that warm and comforting feeling just flows through you at first bite. 

To round out the group, our (mad) food scientist, Costa (@constantine_spy) put together a FUD Tapatío twist to the classic dan dan noodles, loaded with complex flavors and textures that are guaranteed to “wow” during the holidays. 

If you’re looking to experiment with spice on your holiday dinner table, unleash your Tapatío using FUD Tapatío Smoked Sausages is an easy way to get started. These fully cooked pork and turkey links are gluten-free and available now at your local Cardenas market.


Stove Top Cooks Up Thanksgiving-Themed Line Of Formal Wear

Photo courtesy of Steven Metzer

Thanksgiving is about a week away, and just because holiday gatherings are put on pause doesn’t mean you can’t dress up and enjoy the festivities with your household. 

This year, Stove Top has added a line of Thanksgiving-inspired formal wear that elevates any family meal with a touch of class. 

Photo courtesy of Steven Metzer

Stove Top’s line includes: 

  • A red velvet dinner jacket complete with stuffing lining
  • A reversible Stove Top shawl
  • Stufflinks (stuffing cufflinks set)
  • Stuffed headband
  • Stove Top handkerchief that doubles as a pocket square
Photo courtesy of Steven Metzer

Not gonna lie; these look pretty awesome. I could see myself in that dinner jacket for many holiday parties. 

For anyone interested in checking out the Stove Top line, you can purchase the formal wear at Here’s to a safe Thanksgiving, everyone! 


Get Authentic Taste of New York Delivered To You With ‘Bagel of the Month’ Club

A New York bagel is as an iconic representative of The Big Apple as the Statue of Liberty, it’s a fact. The reputation of a bagel from NYC being the absolute best is one earned through just how good it really is. Maybe it’s the air. Maybe it’s the water. Me? I didn’t get it. Could a bagel really be that good?

For context, all I’ve really had in terms of “enjoying” a bagel were stale offerings from the pink box of assorted selections from the local donut shop (you know, the ones that pop up in the office every Friday), grocery store varieties, and lunchroom cafeteria ones that were tougher than trigonometry.

But I was able to put those past opinions of a bagel’s inferiority right into the waste bin after finally having an authentic bagel straight from New York. In the middle of a pandemic, the travel to there is sketchy, sure, but thanks to a Bagel of the Month Club from Bagel Boss, I got my fix delivered straight to my door. So thanks to this monthly subscription, I was able to dive right into the perfect chew that a New York City bagel is indicative of.

This Bagel of the Month Club is shipping nationwide in the U.S. and offers unique and limited flavors, as well as traditional favorites delivered straight to you in different subscription tiers and options.