Sans Meal Plan: Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

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We’re off meal plan, and when it’s gross and cold out (I’m sorry, what exactly was coming from the sky this past week?) we can’t help but hole up in our apartments and take to the kitchen. Cold weather is the perfect excuse to eat some hearty root vegetables, and our favorite is the sweet potato. There are several ways that you can transform sweet potatoes into the perfect, satisfying meal—we opted for this delicious Sweet Potato Quinoa Burger recipe.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers with Crunchy Guacamole (Serves 3):
(adapted from Made to Create)

What you’ll need:

Burger Ingredients

  •  1/3 cup quinoa
  • 2/3 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato (about 2 medium potatoes)
  • 3/4 cup white kidney beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon chipotle or chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic power (or 2 cloves minced fresh garlic)
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs 
  • Olive oil for cooking

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Participate in democracy and get cheap burgers!

Slow down there, cowboy: They’ll cut you off after four burgers.

Yet another incentive for you to rock the vote. All day tomorrow, Harry’s, home of the 68-ounce beer boot, spiked root beer float, and Mother of All Burgers, will be offering its legendarily cheap and delicious sliders for one buck a pop. (Note: This doesn’t combine with other promotions, which means no 50-cent sliders during half-off happy hour.) All you have to do is show ’em your “I Voted!” sticker. [Ed.-We get stickers for voting?!?! Why don’t they advertise that more?] No word on how us stickerless absentee voters will prove our participation, but we’ll take our chances. Burgers and democracy: Does it get any more American than that?

Amuse-Bouche: Ugly American


Having just come back from Paris, the land of American-loathing (and self-loathing), I’m well acquainted with negative stereotypes surrounding the land of the free and home of the brave. Unabashedly greasy foods are at the top of the list, so Ugly American‘s name, while marvelously apt, doesn’t leave much to the imagination.

The menu contains renditions of nearly everything in the canon of lowbrow American nosh. The sandwich category is duly represented by the likes of pulled pork melts, BLTs, and beer-battered fish. There’s also a handful of hot dogs — including one, The Godzilla, that combines chili, caramelized jalapeños, and pepper rings in one overwhelmed bun — that are good but not great, with too much bun and not enough dog. Prices are incredibly fair, with sandwiches cheaper than those at the Blue Room (a grilled three-cheese is $3!) and the priciest hot dog weighing in at $2.75. But let’s not joke around. If you go to Ugly American, you must get a burger. Continue Reading