Einstein Bros. Adds Baked Mac and Cheese Bagels to Its Menu

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group

You might be tempted to think that the humble bagel is already a perfect food, one that cannot be improved. It might be time to revise that assumption.

Thrillist brings our attention to Einstein Bros. Bagels, which is now combining two of our favorite carb-filled comforts: bagels and mac and cheese. The chain’s new mac and cheese bagel features Annie’s organic cheddar macaroni and cheese baked directly into the dough. It’s even more cheesy than you might imagine: the potato bagel features the Annie’s mac and cheese, six more melted cheeses, and a slice of cheddar to top it off. And that’s before you order cream cheese.

The company is also rolling out sandwiches that feature the mac and cheese bagel, including bacon-and-egg and ham-and-swiss varieties—both of which involve more cheese.

Einstein Bros. already embraces the idea of the cheesy bagel wholeheartedly. In addition to the typical Asiago cheese bagel, they sell five other cheese-layered bagels, including a cheesy hash brown bagel. Adding macaroni just seems like a natural step.

[h/t Thrillist]

How Microwaving Food Affects Its Nutritional Value

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iStock/grzymkiewicz

There’s probably no household appliance that sees more use than a microwave. For people who don’t have the time or inclination to prepare dinners from scratch or heat meals in a conventional oven, zapping food has become the ultimate method of time management in the kitchen.

Some people harbor the belief that a price has to be paid for that convenience—specifically, that food loses nutritional value by being subjected to a quick nuking.

The truth? Microwaving doesn’t harm a food’s nutrients. In fact, it may preserve them more than some slow-cook methods do.

The reason is found in how microwaves work. The appliances heat food by blasting it with waves of energy not unlike radio waves. These waves target water and other molecules in the food. Thermal energy quickly builds up, and dishes come out heated in a relatively short period of time. This process avoids two of the factors that can lead to nutrient loss: cooking duration and high temperatures. Typically, the longer and hotter food is cooked, the more its nutritional value dissipates.

The other advantage is that microwaves don’t require water for heating. If you boil broccoli, for example, the hot water allows nutrients to leach out of the vegetable. (While that makes for a good stock, your broccoli may be robbed of some of its healthy benefits.) A quick steam in the microwave leaves broccoli relatively intact.

That’s not to say that microwave cooking is superior to a stovetop. Cooking foods at reasonable temperatures and durations shouldn’t result in significant nutrient loss, though some is inevitable for any manner of cooking. But microwaving isn’t going to erase nutrients via some mysterious microwave alchemy, either.

[h/t CNN]

Golden Girls Cereal Has Arrived

NBC
NBC

Fans of The Golden Girls can now spend their mornings with Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia, and Rose. The ladies of the beloved sitcom now have their own cereal—and it's only available for a limited time, Today reports.

Funko—the toy company known for its vinyl Pop! dolls depicting nearly every character in pop culture (including, of course, The Golden Girls)—rolled out the special-edition cereal in Target stores on September 30. The box is decorated with Funko-fied versions of the four leading ladies, and the multi-grain loops themselves are a shade of deep blue that would look great on one of Rose's dresses.

At $8 a box, the product is more expensive than your average breakfast cereal, but that price includes a little something extra. Each box of Golden Girls cereal comes with its own version of a prize inside: a Funko Pop! figurine of one of the four women.

The cereal won't remain on shelves forever, so collect all the dolls while you still can.

[h/t Today]

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