Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: Scrumptious

Pineapple Upside Down Cake-jpg.comThe caramelized golden rings and bright red topping cherries let you know a pineapple upside-down cake is something special. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side, the dessert will leave even the hungriest foodie fully satiated. While not a calorie-conscious recipe, this inverted classic yellow cake surely smiles with temptation and is appropriate for any holiday.

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Medjool Dates

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Complete with wrinkled skin and grayish bloom, Medjool dates have no cholesterol, contain dietary fiber and are a good source of potassium. But be careful because the small sweet oval fruit is also high in sugar and calories. According to nutritionix.com, one pitted date averages 66 calories. All things considered, the next time you are hungry in between meals, try eating a couple of dates to quell the pangs.

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Mandarin Oranges: Popular and Nutritious

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Easy to peel and healthy to eat, organic mandarin oranges are a favorite with children and adults. Whether you call them tangerines or oranges, the juicy segmented fruit  is typically enjoyed plain and in salads. Try an arugula salad made with thinly sliced red onions, green olives, avocado slices and mandarin oranges. Just use your favorite dressing. For a healthy choice, lightly sprinkle some dried oregano or basil on top and dress with red wine vinegar and olive oil. Remember to go easy on the herbs. Enjoy!

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Chicken Salad: Always a Contender among Hungry Foodies

Chicken Salad-jpg.com Served as a sandwich on your favorite choice of bread, or eaten with a fork, chicken salad typically is a delicious mealtime choice. I like it piled high on a Kaiser roll with shredded lettuce. A dill pickle on the side is a must.

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Pepper Steak with Onions: Satisfying and Delicious

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Something special happens when thinly sliced beef, red and green peppers and sweet onions are stir-fried in tasty brown gravy. Dining in or out, pepper steak is a favorite with meat-eating foodies. Good choice!

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Toast: Different Ways To Slice

Toast-jpg.comHow do you slice your toast? That same question caused a stir last week when a student at Sheffield Hallam University in England tweeted about the matter. Over at ABC’s Good Morning America, when asked about the issue, some Twitter foodies mentioned how the sharp angular edge of a diagonal cut symbolized danger, while others preferred their toast sliced symmetrically along the middle, either horizontally or vertically. It goes to show, no matter where you live, toast is serious business.

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