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How to Eat Like an Instagram Foodie

It’s easy to get sucked into a rabbit hole of aesthetically pleasing food pics on the Instagram explore tab, but have you ever wondered how to get those scrumptious looking eats? Well, wonder no more. We’ve scoured the internet researching current and upcoming trends in food blogging and we’re here to help you be the best Instagram foodie you can be. We found a couple trends that, if you haven’t heard of them already, you’re about to.

Buddha Bowls

Buddha bowls (also called power bowls, hippie bowls or macro bowls) are a convenient way to get all the macronutrients and filling protein your heart desires. When done properly, these meals are highly photogenic because of all the vibrant colors from the different, nutrient-rich ingredients you will use.

According to a blog post by the author of Valises & Gourmandises, Aryane, titled “Anatomy of a Buddha Bowl + 3 Delicious Recipes”, a buddha bowl will typically contain veggies, greens, a grain, a protein, a healthy sauce and some extras like dried fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. In general, Buddha bowls are chock full of protein and will keep you full for hours while you’re watching the “likes” roll in on that immaculate ‘gram you just posted. You can check out more recipes in this post or in this article from Buzzfeed.

Pineapple Boats

Whether on tumblr or Instagram, we’ve all seen the artsy pictures of a pineapple boat with a tropical sunset in the background. No matter where in the world you are – a tropical island or just your own kitchen – you too can have a pineapple boat in hand. They are actually super easy to make. The hardest part is deciding between savory and sweet.

The savory option fills the boat with teriyaki chicken and white rice to create a mouthwatering, protein-packed combination. The sweet option uses any mixed fruit you want to turn the pineapple into a serving vessel for a beautiful fruit salad. Either option is sure to please, both aesthetically and taste-wise.


If you haven’t heard of jackfruit yet, you soon will. This funky looking fruit is taking the foodie world by storm. When boiled and shredded, it has the same texture as pulled meats like pork. Adventurous eaters all over are using pulled jackfruit in recipes typically reserved for meats.

Whether in tacos, sandwiches or stuffed inside rangoons, jackfruit is making an appearance. This recipe turns the giant green fruit into a great summer barbecue treat.

Charcuterie Boards

Charcuterie boards are the more sophisticated way to eat cheese and crackers. The variety of meats and cheeses are sure to please any crowd, and they look great all put together. While many charcuterie boards look complicated and overwhelming, they are actually pretty easy to accomplish. First, you’re going to want to pick a good assortment of cheeses with different textures and flavor profiles to balance each other out.

You’re also going to want a variety of meats to go with your cheeses. With local butcher shops on the rise, it is easy to find some really cool sausages and artisanal sliced meats. If you give your guests variety with the meats and cheese, they’re going to want variety in their crackers and bread too.

Make sure you’re mixing hard, crunchy crackers and softer sliced baguettes to go with the different textures of the cheeses. It’s probably best to stay away from bold flavors on the bread front or else they will take away from the various flavor profiles of the cheeses. You may want to include a spread or too like a nice mustard or tapenade. To top it all off, be sure to include fresh, seasonal fruits and pickled garnishes like olives or gherkins.

However you choose to up your Instagram foodie game, be sure to tag us in your photos!

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The Guide to College Kitchen Essentials

Among the many challenges of college, learning to cook or prepare food for yourself is one that tends to sneak up on people. One minute you’re living in the dorms hitting the nearby buffet, and the next minute you’re living off-campus trying to figure out what utensils or items you need to fix dinner.

While we can’t help you work through the cookbook, we can help breakdown what you will likely need in your kitchen and what each item is used for!


  • A metal spatula will help you flip things like eggs, pancakes and cookies while still keeping it all intact.
  • A rubber spatula will help you with heavy doughs and scraping that last heap of peanut butter out of the jar. This one is shaped like an egg so you can get the ideal image of what you’re trying to cook.


  • A slotted spoon will help when making soups and pastas, so you can have the perfect mix between noodles, the broth/sauce and whatever else you’ve added to the dish.
  • A wooden spoon will help you stir the pot, but won’t burn your hands! Additionally, the wooden material won’t affect the taste of your dish like a metal spoon or be a melt-risk like a plastic one.


  • A chef’s knife is used for both slicing and dicing a wide variety of common ingredients that fall under the fruit, vegetable, meat or fish categories. This knife is the most important and versatile one you will own.
  • Paring knives are important because they do the job of a chef’s knife on a smaller scale. They are used for slicing and mincing smaller ingredients like strawberries and shallots.
  • A serrated bread knife is important for getting a clean, useful cut of bread. While they are mainly used for bread, serrated knives are extremely useful for safely sawing through foods with waxy surfaces like watermelons or tomatoes. Here is a great option for an entire set of knives in a great variety of colors.
  • With all these knives, you’ll also need a cutting board. A plastic cutting board is cheap and safe and won’t dull your knives out like a glass one. Cutting boards protect both knives and counters and make it easier to transport prepared ingredients to the next destination. This set of plastic cutting boards are pre-marked with the type of ingredient you should be preparing on each mat.

Utensil Drawer

  • A Y-shaped vegetable peeler does the same job as a regular vegetable peeler, but more. It can peel, not only your basic carrot or cucumber, but also harder-to-peel foods like mangoes and different kinds of squash.
  • A can opener might not be the first thing that comes to mind for a college kitchen, but when you need a quick meal, a can opener will make it easier to whip up some black beans, a pre-made soup, or any other canned food item.
  • Locking tongs will toss a salad, flip meat that is cooking on the grill or in a pan, and make it easier and safer to saute vegetables. These tongs can really lend you a hand … because they’re shaped like them.
  • An instant read thermometer is important if you plan on cooking any meats or fish. If meat or fish is not brought to the appropriate temperature, you can run the risk of foodborne illnesses such as salmonella.
  • It is important to have measuring cups for both wet and dry ingredients. Especially when baking, being able to measure out how much of each ingredient you are using is certainly useful. These measuring cups are shaped like fish so your baking will go swimmingly.
  • Measuring spoons are good for spices and ingredients that will always be used in smaller amounts. Try finding ones that fit in the spice containers you typically use.
  • A whisk is important for a variety of processes in baking, but also for making delicious, fluffy eggs in the morning.

Other Important Items

  • A salad spinner will remove excess water out of lettuce, pasta and fruits! It is really useful for making sure your produce is fresh and clean. Salad spinners can also be used for a variety of less conventional things like washing clothes!
  • A wire mesh colander is necessary for draining the excessive water out of a cooked pot of pasta. One with handles or legs will hold the colander up so that the noodles aren’t sitting in their own water at the bottom of the sink (yuck).
  • A rimmed baking sheet is especially useful for creating one-pan meals like the one in this blog post. It will also help prevent any spillage of cookies off the pan!
  • A skillet is necessary for sauteeing veggies, making an egg scramble and a variety of other recipes.

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