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10 Copycat Chick-fil-a recipes because you crave it all the time

Because you’d eat Chick-fil-a every night if you could, here are 10 copycat recipes to help get you though until next time. Copycat Chick-fil-A Peach Milkshake Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich COPYCAT CHICK-FIL-A LEMONADE Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets Copycat Chick-fil-A Slaw Copycat Chick-Fil-a Chicken Tortilla Soup Copycat Chick-Fil-A Superfood Salad Chick-fil-A Copycat Frosted Lemonade Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce COPYCAT CHICK-FIL-A SANDWICH

Planning your food for outdoor adventures

When you’re heading out on an adventure, with days planned full of activities, you want food that will nourish and revitalize you. Hiking, climbing, swimming, paddling, gathering fire wood, lugging equipment — you’re going to be burning more calories than you think. An adventurer should plan for about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds of food — about 2,500 to 4,500 calories — per person per day, depending on the individual and their exertion level. Even if you’re car camping, you’ll still likely be exerting yourself more than on a typical day. Extra food is essential for any overnight trip, but a common beginner mistake is to pack too much food, forcing you to haul extra weight everywhere you wander. Only experience will allow you to dial in your personal food requirements, but Bob Frye, outdoors editor for the Tribune-Review, everybodyadventures.com and lifelong outdoorsman, offers expert advice. Day Hike Even if your weekend adventure won’t include any overnights,…

Garden Tuna Avocado Salad Wrap

If you’re not a fan of mayo, or if you’re trying to eat healthier, you’ll want to try this creamy substitute. Tuna salad wraps are a quick and tasty go-to dinner option anytime of the year, but if you’re making them with mayo and bread, you’re not exactly eating healthy. Try this recipe using avocado as a substitute and be well on your way to eliminating as many as 20 grams of bad fats from your meal. If you garden or keep lots of leafy veggies handy, this is also a great opportunity for a carb-swap out. Eliminate that processed bread or that heavy wrap, and use a large leaf of Swiss chard or Romaine instead. You’ll love the extra crunch it adds without adding any calories — A typically wrap can be as much as 150 calories, while a leafy green will only add about 10. Garden Tuna Avocado Salad Serves about 5…

Watermelon salad perfect for summer

It’s unlikely that you’ll make it through the next five months without finishing a meal with watermelon juice running down your arm. Nothing says ‘warm weather is here’ quite like a thick slice of this quintessential summer fruit. You’re likely very familiar with watermelons sliced or in slushies, but chances are you’ve never had one in a salad. While it won’t go running down your sleeve, this sweet and savory, salty and spicy salad will definitely make it on your menu rotation this summer. It would also be a great dish to take to any summer get together. Watermelon is about 92 percent water and six percent sugars, but you benefit so much more than those figures let on. Adding more melon to your diet means a lots of vitamin C and A and betacarotene. Watermelons are second only to tomatoes for lycopene content — an antioxidant effective in preventing some types of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The thick-rinded fruit is also low…

A look at the growing artisanal salt trend

A half dozen salts sparkle in the sunlight at a stand in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. They vary wildly in texture, size, color, shape, and, of course, taste. The artisan salt trend has taken off in recent years, and with it, a deeper appreciation for the common mineral. Culinary creators are no longer limited to the taste of table salt, and health conscious consumers committed to the “farm to table” lifestyle have taken to them as a healthier alternative. Still, salt gets a bad rap among most. We’re told by doctors to avoid ingesting extra salt at all cost. But Kimarie Santiago wants to shake up that idea. The Long Valley, New Jersey woman is, of course, biased. She owns the growing artisan salt empire, Saltopia, but her passion for preaching salt’s health benefits, is infectious. And, she backs her bias with science. “I’ve dedicated my life to having my two…

16 Mimosas for Mother’s Day

Because without booze, it’s just breakfast. Give Mom what she really wants this Mother’s Day. Show that you love her — more than your siblings, obviously — and go beyond the basic OJ with one of these 16 simple recipes. STRAWBERRY PINEAPPLE MIMOSAS CRANBERRY ORANGE MIMOSA BELLINI STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MIMOSA Creamsicle Mimosas TEQUILA SUNRISE MIMOSA Pomegranate Kombucha Mimosa Grapefruit Mimosa ORANGE SHERBET MIMOSA PUNCH Unicorn Mimosas APPLE CIDER MIMOSAS Mimosa Floats Lemon Mint Pineapple Mimosa Strawberry Cream Mimosa BLUEBERRY LIME MIMOSAS MIMOSA SANGRIA Blackberry Mint Mimosa

Baked Crab Rangoons with spicy apricot dipping sauce

If you’ve never had a crab rangoon, or if you’ve only had them fried, prepare for your next great obsession. Rangoon’s, or crab puffs, are typically made up of crab meat, cream cheese, and onions with any number of additions such as carrots, garlic or Worcestershire sauce. They are common appetizers nowadays, appearing on most Thai and Chinese food menus in the U.S. While their history is unclear, cream cheese is essentially nonexistent throughout Southeast Asia, so they are likely neither Thai nor Chinese in origin, and yet just another delicious deep-fried, cheesy American invention. When crab rangoons are on a menu, I’m blindsided. I no longer feel the pangs of culinary adventure. I couldn’t care less about the special entrees or appetizers on the menu that evening. My focus is set on those warm, cheesy, crab bites and what surprise sauce the restaurant might be serving with them. I decided if…

Asparagus Tart with Strawberry Salsa

With any luck, in just a few weeks, you’ll have more asparagus than you know what to do with. Enter: Asparagus Tart. This recipe will use up as much asparagus as you want it to. Squeeze the stalks close together, and line them around the outside. It’s just one way you can customize this spring inspired dish. Don’t like goat cheese? Try ricotta, gruyere or cottage cheese. Vegan? Use vegan versions of your favorite cheeses. Make more salsa or eliminate the balsamic. Whatever you do, it’s going to taste great — When you’re dealing with ingredients like these, you really can’t go wrong. This tart will be your go-to for get-togethers, breakfast, appetizers and brunches. Tip: Make this dish for Mother’s Day breakfast in bed or brunch. Mothers loooove brunch. Asparagus Tart with Strawberry Salsa Serves: 4-6 ; Total time: 35-40 minutes  Tart Ingredients: 1 sheet puff pastry (frozen or homemade) 6-8 ounces goat…

Not Your Mama’s Grapefruit Juice

Watch out. If it’s an mild morning juice you’re looking for to wash down your bran muffin, you’ve come to the wrong recipe. This spicy, citrus juice will leave you feeling alive — and your day will be better for drinking it too. Turmeric is becoming famous for its anti-inflammatory properties, the grapefruits give a big dose of vitamin C, beta-carotene rich carrots leave your eyes healthy and fresh, and ginger makes a the morning a little zestier. Grapefruit, Carrot, Ginger, Turmeric Juice Ingredients:  6 medium carrots 2 grapefruits, halved and peeled 1 inch fresh ginger 1 inch fresh turmeric (or 1 tsp. ground powder) Directions: Run ingredients through juicer barrel in the given order. If using ground turmeric, pour glass and stir in. Pour over ice. Enjoy. *Note: You can find fresh turmeric in many common grocery stores nowadays, but if you’re having difficulty, try a local Asian market. Find delicious…

20 margarita recipes to make right now

A classic cocktail that needs to introduction. Try these twists on the basic lime blend — because one is only better than the next. Pink Lemonade Margarita  BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITAS FOR A CROWD pineapple coconut margarita WATERMELON & BASIL MARGARITA Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas Sunset Margarita (Mango Pineapple Margarita) Champagne Lemonade Margaritas Fresh Peach Margaritas SPICY PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS Margarita Moscow Mules Best Blue Margarita Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño Margarita JACK’S ULTIMATE FROZEN MARGARITAS Skinny Sparkling Cherry Margarita POMEGRANATE MARGARITA RECIPE SILVER CADILLAC MARGARITA LAVENDER MARGARITA Raspberry Mango Margaritas Prickly Pear Margarita rosemary ginger margaritas