1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut your zucchini into a french fry shape.
2. Mix in your favorite seasonings.
Suggestion: Spices: salt, pepper, lemon/ garlic powder. Top off with olive oil, hot sauce and cheese.
3. Place in the oven for 18 – 25 minutes – if you prefer them crispier, keep them in longer.
Dip them in spicy ranch and voila!
In order to ease the blow of Tax Day, a slew of restaurant chains and retailers are serving up free, discounted foods and coupons on Wednesday April 15. But read carefully: There are some silly stipulations that you might have to follow in order to grab your free stuff. Enjoy!
HARD ROCK CAFE: Calling all karaoke enthusiasts. Sing for your supper and get a FREE Local Legendary Burger, specifically, an entire rock song (lyrics will be provided) onstage.
BOSTON MARKET: 2 for the price of 1 meals. On any items including a whole sandwich, salad bowl or other entree option.
ARBYS: FREE Jalpaeno hushpuppies (this is right up our alley).
PIZZA HUT: Pizza Hut has a gimmick where customers file a “P-2″ form and customers get a gift card in the amount of your “net pizza return.”
TAX DAY CHEAPIES 2015
These aren’t tax day freebies but they’re some great deals that are being offered on tax day, April 15.
- Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – Fill your cup full of frozen yogurt for $4.15.
- Boston Market – Buy one individual meal and get one for free on April 15 at Boston Market.
- Sonic Drive-In – Every cheeseburger you buy on April 15 is half off.
- Schlotzsky’s – Get a free The Original small sandwich with the purchase of chips and a 32 oz. fountain drink. No coupon required.
- California Tortilla – Whisper the secret password “Taxes Shmaxes” at California Tortilla on Tax Day and you’ll get free chips and queso with any entree purchase.
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Get 15% off your entire meal through April 29 when you show this coupon.
- Sonny’s BBQ – Get half off a rib dinner on Tax Day.
- Beef O’ Brady’s – Visit a Beef O’ Brady’s on April 15th to get 15% off your entire bill.
- Bonefish Grill – Show this coupon to get $10 off your bill. It’s valid through April 20th.
- McDonalds – Buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese on April 15th and get another for just one penny. This is valid at participating McDonalds locations only.
- IHOP – Get a short stack of pancakes on April 15th at participating IHOP locations for just $1.
- Bruegger’s Bagels – Big Bagel Bundle (baker’s dozen of bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) for only $10.40 with this coupon. Valid April 11 – 15.
- ESquared Hospitality – Get half off all alcoholic beverages at participating ESquared Hospitality locations on Wednesday, April 15th.
- Burger King – Use this coupon at participating locations to get one free Whopper when you buy one. It’s valid through April 19.
- Outback Steakhouse – Get 15% off your dinner check through May 3 with this coupon.
- Babies R Us – Save $8 on all Huggies and Pampers value boxes of diapers through April 30 by using this coupon.
- Cabela’s – Save up to 60% on online purchases at the Cabela’s Cyberwalk Sale through April 15.
- Justice – Use this coupon to save 40% on your entire purchase. It’s valid through April 16.
- Roybal Caribbean International – Valid through April 15, Royal Caribbean will pay for your fees, taxes, and port expenses when you book a cruise.
RETAILER TAX DAY DEALS
In addition to Tax Day food freebies and deals, GOBankingRates also found a number of offers from retailers. We found the most offers on apparel, as well as sports and outdoor gear, books, and office suppliers.
- Alloy: A RetailMeNot-exclusive code, AVDRMN, gets shoppers 15 percent to 30 percent off purchases, with shoppers saving more as they spend more. Offer valid through April 30.
- Ann Taylor: Get 25 percent off full-price items with the coupon code ANNT3BE, good through April 30.
- Babies”R”Us: Shoppers can use this coupon to get $8 off Pampers or Huggies value boxes of diapers, valid through April 30.
- Barnes & Noble: With taxes out of the way you might have time to catch up on your reading. If so, use coupon code X8W8L3A when shopping online to get 20 percent off a single item through May 1; exclusions apply.
- Bon-Ton: Use this coupon to get $25 off when spending $75 or more through April 30.
- Cabela’s: Shoppers can save online only during the Cyberwalk Sale, which has sporting gear and outdoor equipment marked down up to 60 percent through April 15.
- Carter’s: Get 25 percent off purchases of $40 and up with code OKSP1514.
- Dress Barn: Get 20 percent off a purchase by using promo code MMAR20 through April 21.
- Express: Use coupon code 9068 online or this coupon in store to get 15 percent off through April 30. Some exclusions apply.
- Finish Line: Through April 30, get $10 off purchases of $100 or more with coupon code APRIL10.
- Foot Locker: Get 10 percent off when spending $50 or more online when you use code LKS10AFD through April 30.
- Gap: Shoppers will get $25 of GapCash for every $50 spent through April 26 that can be redeemed May 13 through May 17.
- HydroMassage: You can get a free HydroMassage experience with this coupon, valid April 13 through April 17.
- Justice: Get 40 percent off an entire purchase through April 16 by presenting this coupon at checkout.
- L.L.Bean: Get a $10 gift card for every $50 spent through April 19.
- Lane Bryant: Save up to $75 with code APRILGCLB through April 22. Savings are tiered by purchase minimums; spending $75 yields a $25 discount, $150 gets you $50 off or $75 off $225.
Every year pounds of meat are rolled into balls, flavored, dipped, battered, baked, fried or bbqed and consumed by the masses. On National Meatball Day, 2015 we introduce you to some of the greatest meatball recipes we could find on the world wide web. Warning, you may drool, head to the store and attempt these recipes at home. Cheers to National Meatball Day! The greatest day of the year.. so far!
Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs. Recipe at bsugarmama.com
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Friday: Bourbon Meatballs. Recipe at theviewfromgreatisland.com
French onion stuffed meatballs. Recipe at orwhateveryoudo.com
Smokey mesquite bbq meatball sliders. Recipe at toprecipeblog.com
Meatball Sub on a Stick. Recipe at cookiesandcups.com
Honey-Balsamic BBQ Meatballs. Recipe at iowagirleats.com
Healthy 30 minute Sriracha teriyaki meatball bowls. Recipe at bakerbynature.com
Spicy Lasagna with Sausage Meatballs. Recipe at theviewfromgreatisland.com
For even more delicious meatball recipes visit our PINTEREST page
SLOW COOKER CHEX MIX
Did you know that your favorite homemade Chex Mix recipe can be made in the slow cooker? Give it a try!
- 9 cups Chex cereal (I used equal parts corn, rice, and wheat Chex)
- 2 cups pretzels
- 1 cup Cheerios
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1/3 cup (6 Tablespoons) butter, melted and hot
- 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon (or more depending on your spicy preference) of your favorite chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
Add cereal, pretzels, cheerios and peanuts to the bowl of a slow cooker.
In a separate bowl, whisk together butter and seasoned salt, chili powder until the salt is dissolved. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce until combined.
Drizzle the sauce evenly over the top of the cereal mixture. Toss for about 1 minute, or until the mixture is evenly combined.
Cover and slow cook on low for 3 hours, stirring at the 1 hour, 2 hour and 2.5 hour marks so that the mixture does not burn. Then spread the mixture out onto a few baking sheets or parchment paper in an even layer until it cools to room temperature. Serve, or store in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.
Original recipe and photos courtesy of Gimme Some Oven: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-chex-mix-recipe/
What to do with all those leftover pumpkins? Try this perfect spicy snack.
Serves about 4 people as a snack
The seeds of 2 pumpkins
3 tablespoons of melted butter
2 teaspoons of chilli powder (spice it up to your liking.. we dare you)
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of sea salt
Remove the seeds from the pumpkin, place in a colander and rinse with water until they are clean.
Shake off any excess water and place the seeds on a dry tea towel and pat dry.
Place the seeds in a large roasting tray and pour over the melted butter.
Sprinkle the seeds with the chilli powder, cayenne pepper and sea salt.
Toss the seeds until they are all thoroughly coated.
Place in the oven to toast for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool, though to be honest sometimes they taste the best straight out of the oven! Just watch out for burned fingers!
[Image/Recipe courtesy of http://www.donalskehan.com]
1. Slater’s 50/50 Bracket Burgers
We blindly support anything Slater’s 50/50 does, but perhaps their most stunning achievement came this past May, when they ran a bracket of their greatest burger hits. It included this hot mess (in a good way!), the Supreme Nacho Burger.
2. Rice Krispies Treats bun burger
Packing enough calories to put Snap, Crackle, and Pop into food comas, here is the sweet treat burger in all its glory. Topped with peanut butter and bacon, this will be a taste you may never forget. You’re welcome.
3. The Habit Burger
Creating habits since 1969, The Habit serves all kinds of burgers from The Santa Barbara Style to the Teriyaki Charburger. Make sure you get a side of the tempura fried green beans.
4. Lark Creek Steak – San Francisco
Our last two burgers are right here in the heart of San Fran. The steakburgers are all aged beef, ground in-house, and often include scraps chopped away while butchering more expensive cuts of meat, like rib eyes and Wagyu filets. The cowboy-style burger tacks on bacon and crispy onion.
While the Valencia St. restaurant has finally added a “normal” burger, we prefer the innovative inside-out burger: Two 4 oz. Marin Sun Farms patties on the outside encase the house-baked bun. It also comes with all the trimmings, as you can see, and the smashed new-potato fries are not to be missed. How do you eat it? With a knife and spork. Obviously.
Do you have a favorite burger? Tell us about it. Published by Hotlicks 2014
Some people just can’t resist the urge to spice up their lives. And by spice, we’re referring to the peppers, sauces and seasonings that numb your mouth and leave you wiping the sweat off your forehead.
And to these people we say: You are warriors. While you may wince in what looks like pain while scarfing down that insanely hot curry, the truth is you’re ingesting a slew of super healthy ingredients that could make you closer to invincible… or at least help protect you from some serious health issues. So, if you feel like you are utterly and shamelessly obsessed with food that packs heat, don’t sweat it (ha). Here are 12 ways you can do your body good by turning up the heat.
1. Want to protect your eyes? Eat plenty of chipotle peppers.
The great chipotle pepper (a smoked jalapeño) contains phytonutrients called lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of these are deposited in your retinas, and according to the American Optometric Association, getting a healthy dose of these nutrients could help reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
2. Trying to stay on that diet? Throw some Tabasco on your food.
Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes by Food52
You’re likely to eat less if you sprinkle some dashes of Tabasco or other hot chili pepper sauce on your dish. The red chili peppers in the popular hot sauce contain compounds called capsinoids that will help your body activate more “brown fat” (a healthy fat that, when initiated, burns calories). Research is still unclear on how exactly these compounds activate the fat, but it’s suggested that they trigger a reaction in your gut that tells your nervous system to produce more fat of the brown variety.
3. Wanna punch cancer in the face? Keep on ordering those spicy curries.
Spicy Chickpea and Sour Tomato Curry with Noodles by Food52
Most spicy curries contain tumeric, which contains a substance called curcumin. Curcumin could possibly to inhibit the growth of skin cancer and slow the spread of breast cancer. This is obviously not a magical cure, but it’s at least a tasty dietary way to try to ward off cancer.
4. Feeling gloomy and sad? Douse that dish with crazy amounts of Sriracha!
This beloved sauce is made out of chili peppers, and these little guys contain a chemical called capsaicin, which is responsible for making peppers spicy. In fact, capsaicin is responsible for a lot of the healthy benefits associated with different hot peppers.
When you eat enough capsaicin, your body starts producing endorphins to block the pain of the heat. A man named Ted Barrus has made it his hobby to sample the world’s spiciest peppers. He told “Good Morning America” that he likes to eat the peppers because of the endorphin rush they produce. “My body starts tingling all over, my hands and arms start to go numb, and I sometimes get lightheaded and euphoric. It feels good,” he said.
Of course, the effects of this capsaicin will vary depending on the person and how much hot food they’re eating. And take it from us, more spicy food does not always equal a better time.
5. Or perhaps you’re suffering through a cold. Hot sauce can help clear up that stuffy nose.
The kick in Tabasco has been used by many people to clear up their sinuses during bad colds. Former HuffPost Taste editor Rebecca Orchant, created a genius “Tabasco Toddy” for sick days. The soothing (and spicy!) drink calls for honey, boiled water, lemon and, of course, and a few drops of Tabasco — or more if you want it hotter.
6. If your muscles are sore from a hard workout, consider sprinkling crushed red pepper on your next meal.
Capsaicin to the rescue again! Hot peppers have lots of this wonder compound, whichcan help reduce pain and inflammation. Jim Carpenter, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, suggests putting a bit (or a lot) of crushed red pepper flakes on pasta or meat for a simple way to help alleviate “minor pain from sprains and strains.” Not working? Keep putting on more, until your mind is distracted from muscle pain and refocused on the intense burning in your mouth.
7. Sick of relying entirely on oranges for your vitamin C? Start getting it from jalapeños.
Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers by Food52
One ounce of sliced jalapeño peppers contains about 40 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 66 percent of your daily requirement.
8. Feeling bloated? Grind some black pepper on your dinner.
Salt and Pepper Shrimp by Eating Well
Your pepper grinder could help get rid of that pesky water-filled feeling (especially if you are a female and it’s that time of the month). The spice acts as a diuretic by helping the body sweat and get rid of toxins.
9. Looking to avoid heart attacks and strokes? Fire up that takeout order of spicy Thai food.
Pad Kee Mao by Notions and Notations of a Novice Cook
Most of those mouth-numbing Thai dishes you love are made with chili peppers, and these peppers have been shown to improve heart health. The capsaicin can lower bad cholesterol levels and help prevent a gene that causes contracting arteries from taking action.
10. Allergies getting you down? Try knocking them out with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.
Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili by Food52
Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is made with a blend of cayenne peppers, and all the capsaicin in that bottle will help reduce stuffiness associated with common allergies. Clifford W. Bassett, M.D., Medical Director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, told The Huffington Post that he uses cayenne pepper in conjunction with green tea as natural remedies to relieve allergies.
11. Suffering from arthritis? Tame the pain with habanero peppers.
Habanero Pepper Jelly by Food52
Nutritionist Joy Bauer offered up some delicious advice to “The Today Show” on ways to relieve arthritis pain, claiming that chilis are just one way to help with creaky joints. The spicier the pepper, the better at relieving arthritis. Habanero peppers are one of the hottest varieties out there, meaning they contain plenty of capsaicin in their seeds, which inhibit substance P, a neuropeptide that causes inflammation.
12. If you want to improve your digestion, keep eating kimchi.
Kimchi Fried Rice by Food52
The spicy Korean condiment made of fermented cabbage and chili peppers not only perks up a dish; it also provides the body with a good amount of lactobacilli, a “healthy bacteria” that aids smooth digestion. Added bonus for females: This particular bacteria also works to halt and prevent yeast infections.Original Article via Huffington Post #hotsauce