Ready For A Spicy New Sauce And Sandwich At McDonald’s? (Photos)


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McDonald’s has unveiled a sandwich with kale and Sriracha sauce. Wait, is it 2013? Nope, they’re just a few years late to the trend game.

And people are eating it up.

The chain’s Sriracha Mac Sauce, a creamy condiment combining McDonalds’ iconic Big Mac Sauce with spicy Sriracha, will be available to pimp out your sandwiches and sides for a limited time in July.

Catch a glimpse of the sauce below, where it is spread on the new Signature Sriracha sandwich with crispy onions, baby spinach and kale, tomato and white cheddar. Customers may enjoy the spicy spread on their choice of bun with a beef patty, buttermilk crispy chicken or “Artisan” grilled chicken, according to Eater.

And that’s not all. The sauce can be used for delectable dipping with foods like fries and McNuggets.

If you’re really feeling indulgent, you could pull an In-N-Out animal-style trick by pouring the Sriracha sauce over McDonalds’ new loaded bacon cheese fries. The spiciness of the sauce would cut through the creaminess of the cheese and the saltiness of the bacon for a sinful but scrumptious snack. 

Can’t imagine how the sauce might taste? Think about it this way. Big Mac Sauce is a blend of mayonnaise, yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, white wine vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika, as McDonalds’ executive chef explained in this video. It’s similar in flavor to a Thousand Island dressing, so picture that with a spicy Sriracha kick.

While the sauce and sandwich aren’t new — they debuted in select stores in 2016, according to Teen Vogue — this is the first time they’ll be available nationwide (and the first time you can order the special sauce on the side). 

Want to order the new foods without leaving your couch? If you live in Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, or Phoenix, you can, as Mickey D’s expanded its delivery service with UberEATS to more than 1,000 locations across the country.

Once you’ve loaded up on Sriracha Mac Sauce, cool your tongue off with the candy-rich Rolo McFlurry, finally back from a five-year hiatus, or this cold and creamy McDonald’s hack: the McFlurry ice cream sandwich.

Sources: Eater, Teen Vogue / Featured image credit: Steven Depolo/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: kale, mcdonald's, McNuggets, sandwich, sriracha, sriracha sauce
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Garlic Kale Chips


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Tuscan Kale Salad


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Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Fabio Viviani’s Signature Wines!


  • 4 cups Tuscan Kale. chopped
  • 1/2 cup caramelized pecans
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese mixed with olive oil and chopped basil, cubed
  • 6 thin slices Prosciutto di Parma

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup caramelized onions
  • Directions

    1) For the vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more olive oil if necessary. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

    2) In a bowl, add Tuscan Kale, pecans, feta and vinaigrette. Toss well.

    3) Center kale in the middle of a plate. Top with Prosciutto di Parma.

    4) Serve with a glass of Fabio Viviani’s Chardonnay and enjoy!

    Tags: dinner, Fabio Viviani, kale, Prosciutto, recipes, salad, Wine-Ding Down
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    Disney Posts A ‘Healthy Gumbo’ Recipe, Louisianians Everywhere Revolt


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    A Disney video of a kale-filled, roux-less “healthy gumbo” caused so much social media criticism on Sept. 13, that the clip has been removed from Facebook.

    Per Buzzfeed, Louisianians apparently experienced one big, collective meltdown after the gumbo video, which was marketed along with Princess Tiana of the popular New Orleans-set movie, “The Princess and the Frog,” went viral.

    The recipe isn’t just a “healthier” version of gumbo; it’s not gumbo at all. Can you imagine pizza without a crust? Or spaghetti and meatballs without the pasta? Would you call two buns with a pinch of relish in the middle a hot dog? No, no, no! And that’s why Disney’s recipe, which included kale and quinoa and axed an essential ingredient of gumbo — the roux — received such passionate backlash.

    Leave the gumbo to the experts next time, Disney.

    Sources: Buzzfeed / Photo credit: Chris Granger via Smithsonian Mag

    Tags: Disney, gumbo, kale, roux, Spinach
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    How Much Kale Could You Eat For $2,000?


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    At the Taste of Buffalo, one lucky kale enthusiast is going home with $2,000.

    In conjunction with the Independent Health Foundation, participants in the “healthiest eating competition ever” will have the opportunity to become the King or Queen of Kale, according to the Kale Yeah! Facebook event page.

    “For the first time in human history, the world’s greatest eaters will test themselves against the almighty kale—the leafy green vegetable that has captured the hearts and minds of both the culinary set and those for whom their body is a temple,” said Major League Eating.

    Before the year 2012, Pizza Hut was the largest buyer of kale, which was used as garnish along the restaurant’s salad bar, as reported by Mind Body Green. Now, many view the green super food as the pinnacle of healthy eating, next to quinoa.

    “For civilian eaters, kale is a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E and several dietary minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus,” Major League Eating said. “For Major League Eaters, kale also becomes a great source of prize money and a source of glory.”

    Participants will convene on the steps of Buffalo City Hall and have eight minutes to eat as much kale as they can stomach. How much kale can someone possibly eat in eight minutes? First place will go home with $2,000, probably much more than any of us ever thought was possible. The second through fifth place winners will also leave with cash prices ranging from $150 to $1,000. Everyone else will depart with more than the recommended amount of various vitamins and minerals.

    The Kale Yeah! event was created to highlight the healthy food options served at Buffalo’s yearly food festival, alongside chicken, ice cream, and other typical festival treats. The Healthy Options program established by the Independent Health Foundation requires the event’s vendors to offer a healthy menu item.

    “Just a healthy reminder to get your share of greens in each day because if these eaters can manage kale by the pounds, you might consider a few sprigs in your smoothie, soup or salad,” the event advised.

    Sources: Kale Yeah!/Facebook, Major League Eating, Mind Body Green / Photo credit: Independent Health Foundation/Facebook

    Tags: eating contest, healthy, Independent Health Foundation, kale, Kale Yeah!, Major League Eating, Taste of Buffalo
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