Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Buffalo Wild Wings is coming back to Tallahassee

On June 26, 2011, Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3) closed it's doors on Tallahassee.  And now...... well soon, BW3's will be back.  According to my favorite website for new developments in Tallahassee, Urban Tallahassee,  Buffalo Wild Wings submitted a proposal to develop the land next to Magnolia Street and the Governor's Square Mall. Based the lingo in the article, I don't think we are going to get to enjoy some wings from there until 2014.  :(

BUT- Buffalo Wild Wings will be back. Maybe. And with better parking this time!!!My favorite part of BW3's is the trivia. The restaurant chains uses some of their tvs to showcase questions for trivia.  Patrons can play by picking up a controller when ordering.  This was always a fun pass time with the now Hubby and his Dad.



Of course, the wings are AMAZING!!! Fatty but amazing.  With the option of tons of different flavors, like Parmesan garlic, teriyaki, and Asian Zing.

For more about BW3's check out there website here.

Monday, February 4, 2013

What to serve with your burger? Asparagus fries of course!

The ultimate question asked across restaurants, home kitchens and BBQ alike, what would you like with your burger?
Well, we all WANT chips or fries....especially Five Guys Burgers and Fries' fries. BUT what should eat is totally different.

Now, I love salads.  I have blogged about them often (Apple and Feta Salad and Zalads at Zaxby's), but I like something crunchy with my burgers. Maybe a little less, healthy....but not as bad for me as my beloved french fries. Kinda like how I made guacamole for my burger sauce instead of using mayo.  And yes- I was weak and added quite a bit of bacon.  But that is why I needed a nice healthy side.

So, I have been experimenting with different things like pairing it with a soup  or a baked potato.  But it is not quite right.  I always end up wanting fries or chips.  Then I found this amazing recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon Blog to make Asparagus fries.  And I thought why not, I always enjoy the fried green beans at TGI Friday's. Plus asparagus is a negative calorie food which means extra low in calories (click here to get the 411 on negative calorie foods).
Sooooo
This recipe ROCKS!!!!!!
The asparagus fries have a nice crunch.
No one even wanted a dipping sauce.  It was insane
Yes- my super picky mother-in-law ate them too!
What you need
I made this with 3 lbs of asparagus but you could scale this back to 1 pound
1 1/2 cups of sliced almonds
1 1/2 cups of panko
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of Cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
A larger container of cooking spray.
A blender
a bowl
a cook sheet covered in aluminium foil


What I did


  1. Wash the asparagus- What?  you never know what germs your veggies pick up on their journey.
  2. Cut or break off the white stems from the asparagus. I choose to leave my asparagus nice and long but you can cut the spears smaller so you have more to serve.
  3. Place the sliced almond in a food processor or blender and puree until meal like.
  4. Mix the almond meal with the panko, garlic, onion and cayenne pepper.
  5. Completely coat a spear of asparagus then dredge through the alomd/panko mixture. When done, place on cooking sheet.  Then repeat process untill all asparagus is done.
  6. sprinkle the extra almond/panko mixture over top the asparagus
  7. Place in the over to bake for 15-20 minutes.  If the fries are not crispy, broil for 3 minutes.


TIPS

  • Use panko- I know it is easy if you have breadcrumbs on hand but the crunch isn't as good.  Trust me.
  • You could use an egg wash instead of the cooking spray.
  • You can serve this dish as an appetizer- just add blue cheese dressing or ranch on the side for dipping.










Saturday, February 2, 2013

The results of eating more negative calorie foods

I hope you all have enjoyed my adventure into Negative Calorie foods!  I have enjoyed coming up with, researching and trying these recipes.

I guess the big question is did it work?  Did substituting some of my meals, side dishes, dessert and snacks with negative calorie foods help me fit into my jeans better?
  Yes
But before I elaborate more, I must type that I have been working out about 5 days a week (either walking, yoga or circuit training).  So, I am exercising. And I am just subbing out foods for negative calorie foods.  Not following the full negative calorie diet.  Oh yes there is a diet. Click here for more information and here too!

Basically my goal, in doing this was to drop a little of the holiday fluffy I picked up.  Not lose 20 lbs.
I wanted my pants to fit better! I still had a few splurges and ate out on occasion.  But when I eat out I skipped the fries for steamed broccoli or got a salad. I added extra pickles on my sandwiches.  I ate a ton of apples and celery as snacks!! I am on the wanted list for killing all those vampires with my garlic breath.

Basically, I ate better than normal and exercised!  So of course this worked! 
Is this going to help you loses 20lbs in 20 days? 
NO
How much did you lose exactly?
5lbs
Will this help you dwindle down your muffin top?
  Yes!!
Could this have worked better if I did the FULL diet with hardcore cardio...ie bootcamp or running?
ABSOLUTELY
Will I do this again?
Totally, especially during bikini season!!
I definitely enjoyed my mini adventure into healthier eating!! And I am excited to rock my skinny jeans this weekend!







Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cucumber Salad- a perfect light sidedish or middle or the night snack!!!!

I love cucumber and pickles.  Plus, they are a negative calorie food.....  So cucumbers are always in my refrigerator, on my lads and available for munching. However sometimes I want more and I do not mean pickles on burgers or cucumbers on a head of lettuce. And when I do, I make this recipe which satisfy that pickle/ cucumber craving without just being pickles or cucumbers.  It also satisfies my sour, salty, savory and crunchy craving too!!!

Now before you start making faces or assuming this is like your grandma's/aunt's/cousin's or whoever's cucumber salad.  You are wrong this is not southern style at all.  Hey-there are no onions in this dish.  Plus, the use of rice wine vinegar makes the taste different then what you find at your favorite comfort food eatery (Hello Lady and Sons).
One of the reason, I like this dish some much is because it is great for snacking on.  But also pairs well at a picnic, with burgers, fish, or on it's own. It is a great and simple pot-luck dish to bring to events like BBQs or work functions.
What you need
2 LONG cucumbers
5 small tomatoes (I used capri's)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup mirin- rice wine vinegar
2 splenda packets
4 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of Italian Seasoning
1 large plastic container with lid
1 cutting board
1 knife
What I did

  1. Mix the apple cider vinegar, mirin, splenda, and  Italian seasoning in the plastic container.
  2. Peel and smash the cloves of garlic cloves.  Then add to the vinegar mixture in the container
  3. Peel the cucumbers.  Then slice the cucumbers. Thickness matters.  The thinner you slice the cucumbers the quicker they will brine and become pickle like.  So if you want more pickle like cucumbers, slice thinner.  If you would like less acidic and more crunchy cucumbers, slice thicker.  Then add to the vinegar mixture in the container.
  4. Quarter the tomatoes.  Then add to the vinegar mixture in the container
  5. Place lid on top of container and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving/snacking.

TIPS
  1. The longer this salad  sits the more pickle-like the salad will become.
  2. Don't drink the ALL juice....I did and my stomach hated me for quite some time
  3. Do mix this with Feta Cheese and lettuce to create a funky take on a Greek Salad.
  4. Lastly, hide this in the back of the fridge......... (trust me on this)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Need a healthy and yummy lunch fast, check out a Zalad at Zaxby's

Ok- from the fact I have a blog about food, you can deduce I LOVE FOOD! I like eating !!! So, skipping meals and living on only celery will NEVER EVER EVER happen.  This is why I am not a size zero but that is a discussion for another day.

However, I do always have a few fast and cheap  food options on my list for when I want to eat....shall we say healthy.
For Breakfast, I lean towards McDonald's oatmeal.
For lunch, it is a Zalad!!!!
Never heard of a Zalad??????
Well, I am typing about the popular regional fast food chain, Zaxby's take on a salad.  Their house salad with grilled chicken, my personal favorite, includes cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, fried onions, and lettuce comes in at a whopping 425 calories without dressing.  I find the crunch of the cucumbers with the crispy fried onions and rich cheese leaves me satisfied and full!  A filling salad? Crazy right!!!!!!
The salads come with toast which I recommend skipping (it adds 150  calories which i would rather spend on dressing or sweet tea).  Did I mention they have good sweet tea?
My brother actually loves it and requests we go there when he visits!!!!

Zaxby's on UrbanspoonTheir chicken fingers and wings are quite yummy!!! But you are better off at with Wendy's chicken nuggets if you are watching your caloric intake!!!  As for their chicken sandwich, I am sorry to type but Chick-fil-a wins that races everyday of the week!!!!!

BASICALLY- this is a safe-ish place to go in you want a salad!!!  Plus, the sweet tea rocks!!!



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What to do with the leftover Broccoli Stems? Broccoli Chips

 As I have mentioned before in my previous posts on broccoli,(steamed broccoli and broccoli soup), the green vegetable and I have had a troubled relationship. But chips, these things are my loves, my comfort, my guilt pleasures, my sorry Husband I pick the chips over you (just kidding- kinda).  So when
I saw this recipe on the blog, Keep it Simple Foods.  And as a chip lover and a reformed Broccoli hater, I had to try this.  And these things are not bad.  These give a nice crunch. But to be honest,  I think of these more like fry substitutes then chip substitutes despite there shape. These would be great with burgers.  Or as an afternoon snack.  I probably would not serve these at a Superbowl party because they would get over shadowed by all the greasy and fatty foods and then get cold and soggy too fast..  However, these would be great at a dinner party.  The broccoli chips are  something different.  Until the blog post, I had never heard of them.


After some trial and error, here is what I have learned!

  • Do not try this with bread- You will get sandy chips.  They are not bad....just grainy- See right photo
  • Do not use garlic salt- my bad.....I only used a 1/4 tsp and it was OVERPOWERING
  • Do not wait and serve these hours later, they kinda have a window of yumminess.....before the crunch gets soggy
  • Do sprinkle the extra crumbs over the top of the chips
  • Do broil at the very end for a golden brown results. But not too long

What you need
Broccoli- THE WHOLE STEM- sorry you cant use the frozen bag of florets
 1 cup panko bread crumbs
 1/4 tsp pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
Italian seasoning
chili powder
1 egg for each bundle of broccoli
Other stuff that may come in handy
two bowls
a cutting board
knife
aluminium foil
baking sheet
What you need

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat the egg until blended nice and yellowy
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the panko, garlic powder, chili powder, Italian seasoning, pepper and onion powder
  4. Wash the broccoli then slice the stems of the Broccoli thin. Place the heads of the broccoli off to the side to use for another meal-ie steaming
  5. Place the sliced Broccoli into the egg wash.  And make sure to coat thoroughly.
  6. Dredge the egg wash coated broccoli slices in the seasoned panko then place on a aluminium foil over baking sheet. repeat until all broccoli has been panko-ed.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.  If not crispy and golden brown, turn the broil on and bake for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and serve.













Monday, January 28, 2013

Apple Crumble is OMG good and healthy too!


To be honest, this recipe came about because I did not have enough peaches to make a peach crisp and I needed to make a dessert. All I had was a big bowl of Apples, so this recipe like many was born from necessity.

However, what surprised me, was how everyone RAVED about this dish.  I mean RAVED.  I was a little surprised because this is a low carb recipe. But it was a huge hit!!!!!  So, I figured I would share!!!  
I do warn you there is a lot of ingredients for me, but it is mostly spices!!!
                                        What you need
The Filling
5 large apples I used Honeycrisp Apple's but it is a any type will work
5 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp all spice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chili powder
5 tbsp Brown sugar
5 tbsp splenda
1/4 cup lemon juice
The Topping
1 cup pecans
1 cup almonds
 1/4 cup Brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks or 12 tbsp of butter 
For Everything
 blender
 glass baking dish
 knife or Apple cutter
 peeler
Bowl (a large one)
What you do
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Take out butter to soften.
  2. Peel, Cut and core the apples. I like my apples in about 1 inch cubes, but you can do slices. However cubes make it easier to serve. 
  3. Toss the cubed apples with the lemon juice, splenda, flour, brown sugar, chili powder, cinnamon,ginger, all spice and salt.  Let sit while continuing on to step 4.
  4. Place the pecans and almonds in the Blender. Blend on HIGH until the are finely chopped into crumbs or crumble.
  5. Mix the 1 cup of the soften butter with the ground nuts, salt, brown sugar, splenda, and cinnamon.
  6. Pour the apple mixture into a large baking dish.
  7. Top with the butter and nut mixture.  Make sure to evenly distribute the mixture.  So there is an even crust.
  8. Top that with the last of the butter.
  9. Place the dish in the oven for 45-60 minutes or until the apples are cooked and the top is crispy.
  10. Make sure to let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.  
      Top with ice cream for an extra treat!