Join us in a reflection on the food-related happenings that caught our editors’ attention over the past 7 days—things that taught us something new, made us laugh out loud, got us excited, or prodded us to think a little deeper. This week, we're looking at ways to ease into 2017, the Whole30, fast food drama, Girl Scout cookies, and more.
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Ahh the first week back to work and school (for some of us) in a new year… this week tends to be an annual doozy of a back-to-reality, ass-kicking wake-up call, and this one was no exception. That being the case, the MyRecipes team found that the best way to help people with such a transition is in focusing on how to just straight-up get food on the table. We dove into how to make cooking dinner at home actually happen despite being overwhelmed by scheduling pandemonium, how to pack legit lunches for both the grown-ups and kiddos of your household using the same set of ingredients, and how to have people over once in a while without it turning into a social stress nightmare. Oh, also, we addressed how to deal when plain bagels make their way into your life. This is important.

Now, while some of us are trying to remember how to subsist off of something that isn’t a platter of snowman-shaped sugar cookies (and simultaneously throwing up mental *praise hands* emojis because an official “shower beer” now exists), others are hardcore going cold turkey on sugar, dairy, bread, booze, and joy. That’s right, people are going gaga over the Whole30 again this week. To each their own, I guess. Not familiar? Here’s what it is, this is what it’s like, and here’s why you shouldn’t do it to lose weight.

On the opposite end of the eating spectrum, let’s talk about fast food for a sec. A major power struggle is afoot; everyone’s favorite caffeinated mermaid is on track to overthrow the burger-slinging fast food clown overlord. By that, I mean Starbucks looks like it may eventually beat out some of the major players, like McDonalds, in being appraised as the most valuable restaurant in the world. And it’s no wonder, I mean, they're adding the incredibly trendy term “sous vide” to their food menu this year. If you follow special dietary restrictions, Chipotle has got your back. The fast-casual burrito giant released a tool that allows users to filter menu items for 11 different categories of diets, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and lower sodium. Speaking of tools, Wendy’s slayed when they took one down on Twitter this week. Unfortunately, they were called out for pulling a tool-ish move themselves not long after. Sigh.

Girl scout cookie ordering season is in full swing, and with it, comes a rather unexpected level of moral conflict and mental anguish for one of our editors, here’s how she survives. On the bright side, survey says the Scouts’ newest cookie flavor, S’mores, is worth the hype.

Having headaches? You may be Vitamin D deficient. Or maybe, you’re simply as sick as we are with seeing “unicorn”-coated crap all over the Internet. Totally understandable. Or better yet, perhaps both of those things may very well be true, but you can’t even summon the energy to care because (much like myself today) you’re just plain wine-hungover. We really must stop doing this to ourselves, here’s how.

As we move into week two of 2017—remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Even just one baby step. So hey, open your mind, don’t discard your orange peels as trash just because you always have; try a new cooking technique with them instead. You won’t regret it. And here are 10 other simple ways to improve thy life from the kitchen, outward. Oh, and don’t forget, the Golden Globes are tonight… which if nothing else, gives you an excuse to get your drink on with some sort of arbitrary, but fun, game attached.

Be sure to come back next week for a recap and insights on the week that was, and check out our Facebook page for even more of the food content you crave, dished out daily.

By Darcy Lenz and Darcy Lenz