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Pancake Cereal Is The Hottest Breakfast Trend Since Buttering Toast

 

Pancake Cereal might be one of the most innovative and visually amazing breakfast hacks we’ve seen come across this newsroom. Even better, it’s ridiculously easy to pull off.

The trend has been popping up all over our social feeds lately and, frankly, it’s pretty awesome.

As seen by @TheNaughtyFork‘s video, all you have to do is add pancake batter into tiny little coin shaped circles over a hot skillet. Let one side cook then, taking a spatula, carefully flip your mini pancakes over to evenly cook off the batter. What’s left is a ton of tiny little pancakes you just toss into a bowl with a pat of butter and drown in maple syrup.

Wonder how many folks are attempting this viral sensation while working from home?

Feature image courtesy of TheNaughtyFork

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Recipes

Carrot Bacon Recipe Is The DIY Produce Hack You Need

Craving bacon but all you have is a crisper full of produce currently? Don’t even sweat it.

Thanks to @IAmTabithaBrown, you can now create a new form of bacon using simply the carrots in your fridge and a few select spices and sauces from your pantry. That’s right, Carrot Bacon.

 

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All you need is a vegetable peeler, some liquid smoke, maple syrup, garlic powder, smoked paprika, pepper, and onion powder.

To start, peel your carrots super thin and set them aside. Then, mix together your spices, liquid smoke, and syrup in a bowl. Brush your carrots with the mixture and let it soak for a few minutes to give them the flavor and aroma that mimics maple-smoked bacon.

Toss them in the air fryer at 380 for five minutes, and that’s it! Throw them into whatever vessel you’d like to get that texture and flavor of bacon… but with carrots. Tabitha Brown also mentions that ovens will work if you don’t have an air fryer.

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Taco Bell Debuts Three New TOASTED Breakfast Burritos

Taco Bell has carved a lane for themselves in the fast food breakfast game by continually introducing new items to its morning menu since its launch in 2014. Keeping this momentum, The Bell will roll out three new breakfast burritos on March 12: the Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito, the Hash Brown Toasted Breakfast Burrito and the Grande Toasted Breakfast Burrito.

Shown in our newest News Bites, the Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito keeps it true to Taco Bell by using its signature nacho cheese along with a classic combo of egg and sausage, and only costs $1.

The Hash Brown Toasted Breakfast Burrito is carried by an entire hash brown patty inside of it, but also has eggs, a three cheese blend, and your choice of sausage or bacon.

The Grande Toasted Breakfast Burrito is a beast of a burrito. It comes with eggs, a three cheese blend, fresh pico de gallo, potato bites, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or steak — making it one of the most hefty and most satisfying things on the breakfast menu.

Now, Taco Bell has indeed had breakfast burritos before, but this is their first time introducing this toasted burrito lineup. And, realistically, crisping up the tortilla and melting the cheese automatically makes any breakfast burrito 50% better, at the very least. Trust me, this math is tried and true, so I’m here for the toasting.

Like anything at The Bell, what’s actually listed as the ingredients on the menu won’t limit customization. So, naturally, resident Foodbeast Elie Ayrouth got a tip to put the Cinnabon Delights inside the burritos, to which he immediately obliged. Lo and behold, out came three breakfast burritos brimming with those lustfully sweet balls of cinnamon. Don’t ask why, just do it.

If you want to peep what a breakfast burrito looks like with Cinnabon Delights stuffed inside it, or just want to catch a view of the new items, check the video embedded above.


Created in partnership with Taco Bell. 

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Hacks Packaged Food

Using Green Tea In Your Instant Ramen Is The Trending Hack That Is A Game Changer

Instant ramen was the representative food of many college students back in the day. It was inexpensive, delicious, and easy to make. All you needed was some hot water, a dry cup of noodles, and you were pretty much good to go.

While we’ve discovered ways to hack our ramen over the years, a new method has surfaced that could potentially be a game changer for how we eat instant noodles. And all you need is some green tea.

SoraNews24 reported a hack that’s happening in Japan where folks are replacing the water in their instant ramen with green tea. While this adds an extra step of boiling green tea to add to the dry noodles, apparently it also unlocks a flavor of untold deliciousness.

The herbs from the tea are said to compliment the savoriness of the broth, coming together beautifully.

Resident fitness guru and video producer Ricky Zollinger and myself whipped up a cup to try. We steeped some Lipton Green Tea, nuked it in the microwave until it was boiling, and added it to a cup of beef-flavored instant noodles. No joke, it was amazing.

“The green tea adds another layer of flavor,” said Zollinger. “It compliments the seasoning, giving the cup depth and creating a silkier broth.”

This discovery even opens up the possibility of experimenting with other tea flavors. There’s a pack of ginger tea under my desk that may pair quite nicely with a chicken flavor.

Excited to see what else we can discover.

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Hash Brown Hack Is A Breakfast Game Changer

About a decade ago, I was a pimple-faced teenager salting fries and pouring coffee at McDonald’s. Now, as a pimple-faced adult writing about fast food, there’s one hack from my time behind the counter that I’m excited to find which can be ordered from the fast food chain: well done hash browns.

I would work the morning shift at Micky D’s during my college years, and one of my favorite things to make during break would be extra crispy hash browns. Like all well-done starches, all you would have to do is leave the shredded potato patties in the hot oil a few minutes past the wail of the fryer.

Turns out it’s no longer an industry secret as I recently discovered that you can actually order your hash browns well done as you would fries.

Guys, it’s a breakfast time game changer.

Visually they look pretty similar to the regular hash browns, albeit with a slightly darker color. Texturally, they’re miles crispier and add a satisfying crunch to your bite. If you’re taking your meal to go, they won’t get too soggy either.

Super pleased to see this is now a thing. I strongly recommend slapping some sweet jelly on your well-done hash brown and bite into an experience of sweet and salty, with the crunchiest texture this side of the Golden Arches.

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Design

The Fool Proof Cheat Sheet To Properly Grill Meats [INFOGRAPHIC]

For the inexperienced, grilling can be a little overwhelming if you’re not familiar with the proper temperatures for meat.

If you don’t have all those years of barbecuing expertise, scrolling through your phone can be pretty cumbersome in front of a hot grill.

Column Five created a comprehensive cheat meat sheet for aspiring grill cooks to hack their barbecue and know exactly when to take their meat off the, for lack of a better word that doesn’t rhyme, heat.

The graphic covers all the most popular proteins (chicken, beef, pork, seafood) as well as vegetables, illustrating the precise cooking times and whether they should be over direct or indirect heat.

Photo: Krzysztof Puszczyński | StockSnap

Each protein even highlights the different cuts of meats including skirt steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, scallops.

Check out the infographic below. While you do that, I’ll probably be pre-heating my grill and rummaging through my fridge for something to cook.


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Drinks Fast Food Hacks

Here’s How To Get Unlimited Starbucks Coffee Refills

As far as drinks go, Starbucks coffee can get pretty pricey sometimes. If you’re a fan of brewed beverages, however, and appreciate the simpler aspects of caffeinated beverages, there’s actually a way to get bottomless Starbucks coffee for free.

Spoon University discovered a little-known cheat code that unlocks an endless supply of coffee each time you visit your friendly neighborhood Starbucks.

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Photo: Peter Pham

First, link a gift card to your Starbucks account and you’ll become a Green level customer. As a benefit of this rewards category, you’ll be able to get free refills of any hot coffee or tea during each same store visit.

While most people tend to grab a quick beverage and go about their day, this perk is pretty beneficial for those working remotely at the coffee chain and are trying to save a few bucks while satisfying their caffeine cravings.

With all the money you’re saving on drinks, make sure to show your baristas some love. Just make sure not to go too caffeine crazy. You’ll be jittery into the night.

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Grocery News

Whole Foods Credit And Debit System Hacked, Find Out If You’re Affected

The last thing you want to hear is that one of your favorite supermarkets had a data breach, thus putting your information at risk, but the silver lining is that it wasn’t as massive as it could have been, as of now.

Whole Foods revealed that customers who used debit or credit cards at their “taprooms,” or full-service restaurants could be affected by the breach, and should keep a close eye on their accounts.

There are more than 40 Whole Foods Taprooms across the U.S., and while there is no readily available full-service restaurant number, if you were a patron of one, this could affect you.

Thankfully, Whole Foods said the breach did not extend to their regular grocery stores, as they use a completely different “point-of-sale system,” and even with the recent Amazon buyout, you don’t have to worry about the hack affecting your Amazon account.

Whole Foods seems to be vigorously investigating the breach, using a forensics team and even law enforcement expertise to help.

While it didn’t affect all 450 Whole Foods, it was a nationwide-level breach that touched several popular locations, so keep watch of your payment cards and purchasing activity.