100 Calorie Snacks

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If you keep your snacks to 100 Calories and they are included in a sensible diet, you can enjoy everything in moderation, serving sizes are where most people run into trouble with weight gain

RECIPE: Fried Calamari

calamariQuick & Easy Party Appetizer


Ingredients

  • 1 Lb Frozen Calamari
  • 1/2 Cup All purpose Plain Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • Cooking Oil

You will also need:

  • 1 large gallon size Ziploc Bag
  • Large Saucepan / Pasta Pot or a Deep Fryer
  • Metal Slotted Spoon or Tongs
  • Baking Tray – lined with paper towels or a wire cake rack


Directions

  1. Preheat Oil to 375F
  2. Defrost calamari in Fridge
  3. Mix together in a large ziplock bag, flour & lemon pepper, shake until combined
  4. Place Calamari in Seasoned flour, seal bag and shake, turning over until all calamari is coated
  5. Cook in hot oil 2-3 min, turning with metal slotted spoon
  6. Drain on paper towels inside a baking dish
  7. Serve Hot



Tips:

  • Make sure oil is pre-heated to 375F before you drop calamari into oil or it won’t cook properly and you will lose the breading
  • You can also Defrost the calamari in the microwave 60-90 seconds on high
  • You can use fresh or frozen calamari, shrimp or baby octopus
  • For a low carb, healthier version, you can use wheat flour instead of all purpose
  • I use Smart Balance Omega3 Cooking Oil for deep frying
  • Do not overcook calamari or it will be rubbery


3 oz = 1 Serving Size



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How to Host Easter Brunch

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Many people would love to Host Easter Brunch but either can’t cook or simply don’t have the time or know where to start

It’s not as difficult as you might think and you don’t really even have to be a good cook or know how to

Easter is one of the Easiest Holidays to Host, so if your family takes turns in Hosting the Holidays, opt in for Easter and leave the Thanksgiving Turkey to someone else

There are so many options available to you that you barely have to cook at all

I did this Super Easy Easter Brunch one year when I really didn’t want to cook for hours and hours like I usually do

Most of it was done for me because I threw a few quick things together (that cooked themselves in the oven) and I added store bought goodies to go with them

Not that difficult to throw together at all!

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I think the most time consuming thing I made was the Bacon Wrapped Chicken, which wasn’t that hard at all

The Potato bake at the front is so easy to make. See Recipe

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I bought all the bakery items to save me time, Easter Eggs and put them in Mason jars around the table

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Walmart:

  • 1 Package Frozen Dollar Pancakes
  • (3 per person ) Breakfast Sausage Links
  • Maple Syrup
  • Butter
  • 2 lbs Bacon (1 lb to cook, 1lb for Bacon-Wrapped Chicken)
  • 1lb Chicken Breasts, skinless, boneless
  • (1 per person) Potatoes
  • 1 Small Butternut Pumpkin
  • Donuts
  • Croissants
  • Tub Soft Cream Cheese
  • 1 Fruit Yogurt per person
  • Apple Turnovers
  • Mini Blueberry Muffins
  • 5 jars Stonewall Jams
  • Honey (for Croissants)
  • Fresh Fruit (optional) Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon Chunks

For Potato Bake – Super Simple to Make

  • 1 Bag Hash Brown Shredded Potatoes
  • 1 Large Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 8 oz Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 8 oz Grated extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese

At the $1 Store:

Easter Eggs, sssh i won’t tell anyone

Any decorations you may want

Panera Bread/Bakery:

Asiago Bagels

Everything Bagels

COOKING:

Cook Ahead & Reheat or cook for 1 hour on the Day

On the Day:

Preheat Oven 375F

While that is heating up, Set table with Jams, Pastries, Bagels, Croissants

Make sure toaster is able to be plugged in near bagels

Once Oven is Hot

Place Potato Bake,  & Bacon Wrapped Chicken on Top Shelf & Vegies in Baking Pan on Bottom Shelf

At the same time they are cooking/reheating

Start cooking Sausages & bacon

Stove Top:

Cook Sausages Med-High in Non Stick Skillet

Cut 1 lb Bacon Rashers in Half, Cook Med-High in Non -Stick Skillet

and

Microwave:

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If you do it this way, everything will be hot and ready at the same time

While you are plating the meat and vegies, Place Croissants in hot oven, they don’t need long if the oven is already hot, by the time you have everything else out on the table, they should be ready

TIPS:

When you are setting the table make sure the cream cheese & jams are close to where the bagels will be

Your guests can toast the bagels in the toaster as needed (Even fancy Hotels do it this way so they are not wasted)

Make sure you have spreading knives for each of the jams, honey, butter &  Cream Cheese

If you are doing Fruit, Cut into chunks (these days you can buy them already cut up) and put tooth picks in them, you can make a mini Edible Arrangement if you want

Make sure the Yogurt is the last thing to go on the table so it is still cold

Have a Cold Food table & a Hot Buffet Station

A Drink Station

Drinks:

Orange Juice

Tomato Juice

Fruit Spritzers

Tea/Coffee if you want them

In the pictures shown above were bread rabbits I made from pilsbury dough & Some Gravies, but in hindsight, we really didn’t need either – I wouldn’t bother doing them again

There are a lot of Carbs with this Buffet, I will list some other buffets soon that are lighter and Healthier

RECIPE: Spinach & Cheese Triangles

Super Easy Appetizer, Great Finger Food for any Birthday or Football Party

Credit: An Original Recipe by KDArtStudio©2017

Ingredients

  • 1 Package frozen spinach
  • 8 oz Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 3 Bacon Rashers
  • 1 Egg
  • Filo Pastry Sheets
  • 1 egg extra

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 375 F
  2. Cook bacon in non stick skillet
  3. Drain & chop into pieces
  4. In a microwave mixing bowl, add spinach, cheese and lightly beaten egg
  5. Mix through with fork until combined
  6. Microwave on high 1 min till cheese has melted
  7. Add cooked bacon and combine
  8. Lay filo pastry sheet flat
  9. Spoon spinach mixture into sheet and fold into a triangle
    folding over and over until sheet finished
  10. Lightly beat 2nd egg in a small glass bowl
  11. Lay Spinach triangles flat on cookie sheet tray
  12. Brush with lightly beaten egg
  13. Cook 10-15 mins at 375 F on middle oven rack until brown



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Kids Eat Free

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Top photo credit: Tetra Pak Family having lunch at restaurant via photopin (license)

Bottom Photo credit: ©2017 KDArtStudio

 

Lots of Restaurants are offering FREE kids meals, if you have small children, it’s well worth a night out while they are young.  Once they get to be teenagers & pay full price, your wallet will really notice it

These are great to remember for upcoming School Holidays too, bookmark this list & keep it handy

These are local Restaurants, but it’s always best to double check with each Restaurant as these offers could be available at one location and not another

 

Applebee’s

Tues nights

Beef O’Bradys

Tues 4-8pm, Kids under 12 eat free with a purchase of an adult Entree

Captain D’s

Thursdays Kids 14 and under Eat Free, 2 Meals with the Purchase of an Adult Entree, Dine in Only

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Monday Nights Kids Eat free

Shoney’s

Kids under 4 Eat Free from Kids Menu at Participating Locations

Nights: 7 Days

MPK

Kids 12 & Under get a Free 8″ Cheese, Pepperoni or Sausage Pizza

Mon

Chappy’s Deli

Kids 6 and under eat free with accompanying Adult Entree

Nights: Mon-Sat

Cucos Mexican Cafe

Kids Eat Free Tues

Jalapeno’s

Kids eat Free Mon 6-8pm

Mamma Nem’s

2 kids 10yrs and under can dine from kids menu with 1 Adult Entree Purchase

Kids must be present, dine in only, not to be combined with any other offers

No Way Jose Grill & Cantina

Kids eat Free Monday

Roadhouse Grill

Kids eat Free under 12 from kids Menu

Texas Roadhouse

Kids Eat Free Thurs

 

Other Chains offering FREE kids meals at some of their locations are

  • iHop
  • Subway
  • Denny’s
  • Chipotle
  • Perkins
  • Bob Evans
  • Carrabba’s
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Cici’s (under 3)
  • Golden Corral
  • Ghenghis Grill
  • On the Border Mexican Grill
  • Lone Star
  • Ponderosa
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Steak n Shake
  • TGI Friday’s
  • UNO Pizzeria

 

Please Check restaurant Websites for any updates to this list, different Franchise Owners, locations under the same chain may have different offers for each location

These are local Restaurants near us based on information available at the time of listing this Post

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