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Eat What You Love, Drop Extra Pounds

(Family Features) If your holiday eating habits have you scared to step on the scale, don’t fret. There is a simple solution available to help you lose that extra holiday weight no matter your lifestyle or eating preferences.

The new, flexible Stop & Drop Diet is a healthy and effective way to lose weight. Complete with hundreds of simple ways to stop eating high-calorie foods and drop up to a pound a day in the first five days, it includes more than 200 balanced, satisfying and delicious meals, and is filled with simple meal lists and at-a-glance guides for easy swaps and small steps for success.

Surimi Seafood Adds Spring Flavor to Every Meal

(Family Features) Spring is finally here and it is a great time to celebrate warmer weather and sunnier days by hosting get-togethers with friends and family. And if you’re looking to impress with a dish ripe for spring, surimi is a flavorful ingredient to add to salads, sandwiches, pastas, dips and more.

Whether you’re hosting a weekend brunch, celebrating Easter or heading outside for a picnic, Louis Kemp Crab Delights are a delicious and economical way to add spring flavor and the nutritional benefits of seafood to any dish. The surimi seafood is a good source of protein, low in calories and cholesterol and a guilt-free way to wow your guests.

Made from premium wild Alaskan Pollock and real snow crab, surimi seafood is fully cooked and can be served hot or cold, on-the-go and straight from the package to add extra protein and delicious crab flavor to any meal or snack. An alternative to crab meat and other shellfish, Crab Delights can liven up your spring entertaining with recipes such as Surimi Quiche and Seafood and Cherry Tomato Pasta.

Find more delicious, spring-inspired seafood recipes at louiskemp.com.

Seafood and Cherry Tomato Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 11/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • large pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 12 ounces rotini or other pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Louis Kemp Crab Delights, flake or chunk style
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparation

  1. In large serving bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and red pepper flakes. Add pasta, surimi seafood, basil and feta to mixture. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Preparation Time:
25 minutes

Surimi Quiche

Ingredients

  • 2 deep dish pie crusts (9 inches)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Louis Kemp Crab Delights, flake or chunk style
  • 1/2 pound frozen spinach, defrosted and drained (4 ounces drained)
  • 1/8 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

  1. Place oven rack in bottom third of oven and heat to 425°F.
  2. Line pie crust with aluminum foil or parchment paper and fill with pastry weights. Bake until pastry is golden at edges, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and remove aluminum foil and pastry weights. Return pastry to oven and bake until bottom is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Move oven rack to middle and lower temperature to 350°F.
  4. Add surimi seafood, spinach, dill and cheese to prebaked pie shells. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half and pepper. Pour mixture over ingredients in pie shells. Bake until filling puffs and is no longer wobbly in center when quiche is gently shaken, 40-50 minutes. Cool in pie plate for at least 15 minutes. Divide each quiche into 6 wedges and serve.

Preparation Time:
30 minutes

Switch It Up In the Kitchen

(Family Features) Whether cleaning up after a busy weekend or hosting company, having a few quick kitchen shortcuts on hand is a great way to be prepared for whatever life brings. Many of the best shortcuts come from switching things up and using typical kitchen items in not-so-typical ways.

Aside from being the de facto mess cleaner, paper towels are among the most versatile kitchen tools you can have on hand. They can prolong the life of produce, be used to prep beverages and clean up spills. In fact, paper towels have so many uses, they may render some kitchen “staples” unnecessary.

Check out these tips from Viva Vantage paper towels that show you how to switch-up your kitchen routines and tap the full potential of the paper towel:

  • Ditch the bulky colander in favor of a paper towel. Place veggies and fruit on a sheet of paper towels under a running faucet to function as a strainer; the stretchy strength will keep the towel intact when wet.
  • Keep lettuce fresh longer by wrapping a paper towel around a head of lettuce to soak up excess moisture.
  • Hand wash and dry wine glasses and other stemware using the cloth-like texture of Viva Vantage paper towels for a sparkling finish.
  • Replace the need for a vegetable scrubber by utilizing the great scrubbing power of Viva Vantage paper towels to properly clean mushrooms, potatoes, etc.
  • Need to chill white wine quickly? Don’t dilute it with ice; wrap a damp paper towel around the bottle and put it in the freezer to chill rapidly.
  • Slip a damp paper towel under your cutting board to prevent it from shifting while slicing and dicing.
  • Need to get that grime off your stove? The great scrubbing power of Viva Vantage paper towels allows you to clean the toughest messes and restore your kitchen’s shine.

Finding non-traditional ways to use common household tools is a handy trick to make kitchen maintenance easy. So switch things up and see what a difference one item, like a paper towel, can make! Visit Vantage7DaySwitch.com for a coupon to purchase and try Viva Vantage paper towels, share your switch up experience and enter for a chance to instantly win a $100 gift card.

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Celebrate the Sweet Things in Life

(Family Features) Day-to-day life is filled with one activity after another, from work meetings and school functions to play dates and sporting events. Schedules are busy, to-do lists are long, and life starts flying by all too quickly.

There are moments when it’s time to block out all the distractions, to slow things down and enjoy the sweet, simple occurrences of everyday life. Even for just a little while.

“There are countless moments in life worth celebrating – from big events like birthdays to small successes, such as an A-plus report card,” said Courtney Erickson, Associate Marketing Manager for Shopper Marketing at Rich Products Corporation. “Enjoying those ‘everyday’ moments is what makes life extra sweet.”

Try these celebration tips from Rich’s to help create lasting memories:

Keep It Simple – A celebration of a certain occasion doesn’t have to be an elaborate party. Something special, but ordinary – like a movie night or extra hour of playtime outside – can make for some of the best memories.

Serve Up Sweet Treats – Nothing says “congratulations,” “good job,” or “happy birthday” like a delicious dessert. A tasty (and adorable) option is the Peanuts Everyday Ice Cream Cake created by Peanuts and Rich’s. The cake, which is especially relevant thanks to the release of “The Peanuts Movie,” is a fun ode to the iconic comic strip that ignites nostalgia among adults and excites young children. The rich chocolate ice cream is layered with vanilla crunchies and topped with creamy icing – a triple threat of ingredients that will serve up sweetness in every bite. Plus, young and old alike can’t help but smile at the familiar scene depicted on top: Snoopy as the famous World War I Flying Ace – wearing his iconic red scarf and aviator’s hat – perched atop his dog house, with his pal Woodstock at his side.

Together Is Better – It’s who you’re with, not what you do, that makes celebrating extra special. Everyday moments are made sweeter thanks to those you enjoy them with.

The Peanuts Everyday Ice Cream Cake can be found in freezer aisles and in-store bakery freezer cases across the country. To find a store near you, visit iloveicecreamcakes.com.