By Staff Writers Elyanna Calle and Kathryn Stephenson
Graphics by Elyanna Calle and Kathryn Stephenson
A student in their natural habitat tends to have a consistent diet of cereal and school lunch line pizza; boring and far from nutritious meals. It’s time to change it up, add some color and variety. Take a break from those Frosted Flakes. To try and spice up our diets, we, Elyanna Calle and Kathryn Stephenson, looked to the infamous Tasty, a website with seemingly endless options for culinary exploration.
On a website as abundant as Tasty, it can be hard to select just one or two dishes to sample, but nevertheless, we began our search for something new and exciting to stuff down our pie holes. The search was made a bit easier, however, taking into account our (admittedly, self-imposed) dietary restrictions, one of us being vegetarian and the other vegan. So, we naturally started our search under the “vegan” tab of the Tasty website. It wasn’t long until we happened upon a few tasty (pun intended) looking recipes: a “kid friendly sheet-pan pancake”, and some “vegan bagel pizzas”. With our scrumptious looking recipes in hand, we set out to a nearby grocer to collect some ingredients we did not already have on-hand.
The bagel pizzas had a few ingredients we were weary of, but, as to stay true to the recipe, we grit our teeth and decided to purchase vegan cheese and sausage. We then picked up a few peppers, mushrooms and some blueberries for the pancakes. With our loot in hand, we headed home to assemble them into what we hoped would be some new, delicious, go-to goodies.
We started off with the “pancakes”. The preparation and ingredients were very simple and easy to follow, a must for those that only have skills in the art of milk and cereal pouring. After a couple mixing sessions and time spent aesthetically placing toppings, our concoction was destined for the oven.
The bake time was short, and so was the time it spent on our plates. The texture was super fluffy, and although lacking sweetness, it is a perfect canvas for the chef’s desired toppings. Seriously, go crazy, want to top it with some cinnamon toast crunch to feel closer to home? Go for it! Haven’t gone to the grocery store in a month and only have frozen french toast sticks? We won’t judge you! We opted for blueberries, strawberries and, of course, chocolate chips. One note, these cakes can tend to be a bit dry, so topping them with syrup or honey is a must. Ultimately, these sheet-pan pancakes are a wonderful choice for a lazy and time-constrained teen and they can even be taken on the go.
Vegan Bagel Pizzas
After unexpected success, we had our hopes high for our next, more savory recipe: pizza bagels that could be eaten as a snack, light lunch or dinner. Unfortunately, we came to be let down by these savory morsels. As vegetables needed to be chopped and weird smelling sausage needed cooking, we realized that these bagels could only be described with one overused, 21st century word: extra. The ratio of effort to reward was outrageous, as we spent way too much time chopping, sprinkling, arranging and baking for a product that was, to be frank, underwhelming. With this time spent making these sad, soggy bagels, we could have easily made a full-size pizza. Furthermore, to add insult to injury, that vegan sausage we were so weary of did not prove us wrong. So if making tiny hand held pizzas is still your thing, we recommend you opt out of overpriced, luxury items and stick to toppings that you already like.
Even though the recipes we found off Tasty were a hit and miss, the experience of trying something new, and expanding our culinary prowess was gratifying. We now have a go-to breakfast recipe in our back pockets and some newfound confidence in the kitchen.
To try the “Kid Friendly Sheet-pan Pancakes” or “Vegan Bagel Pizza” recipe and more, check out Buzzfeed’s Tasty at https://tasty.co/