Smoky Paprika Garlic Fries #RecipeReDux

Smoky Paprika Garlic Fries
Welcome! It is time for another Recipe ReDux challenge!

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The Recipe ReDux is the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians,The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. Dietitians Regan Jones (ofReganMillerJones, Inc.), Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly (both of Teaspoon Communications) founded the group on the belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. As the Latin term “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, we are reinventing the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach. We aim to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.

October Challenge:
Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice. (Or maybe the recipe was a flop – and the spice still give you nightmares?!)
Experimenting with smoked varieties of my favorite seasonings and salts is fun but a little scary. Too much smoke can ruin your meal.
I chose to make oven fries with smoked paprika and garlic salt. The paprika adds a deep, red hue and light smoky taste. I covered all my bases. Red smoky heat meets the protection of garlic.
There won’t be any vampires around here tonight!
A light coating of oil is all that you need. I use cooking spray for less oil and more even coating.
A serving of potatoes with the skins on delivers potassium, iron, Vitamin C, B-6 and fiber. Paprika adds extra vitamin A, E, B-6 and capsaicin.

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Smoky Paprika Garlic Fries


  • 2 large Idaho baking potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic salt
  • cooking spray


  1. Wash then cut potatoes into 1/2-inch strips. Place potato pieces in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Spray liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Dust fries with paprika. Smooth over entire fry.
  3. Sprinkle with garlic salt.
  4. Bake at 350, for about 15 to 20 minutes until a crust forms and potatoes brown. Flip fries about halfway through.
  5. Serve alone or with chili sauce.
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Chicken Meatballs and Spaghetti #SundaySupper

Chicken Meatballs and Spaghetti
What comes to mind when you hear the term, “Budget Friendly Dishes”? Discount produce? Reworked leftovers?
What’s great about budget-friendly meals is that you can do something like cook a large chicken or turkey and make many meals. You can choose tougher cuts of meat, which are usually less expensive and make wonderful soups and stews.
Smart buying when items are in season, bulk buying and making your own sauces are great ways to save.
How about a wholesome pasta meal with a less expensive protein. Chicken Meatballs and spaghetti fit the bill nicely. Fresh tomato sauce rounds out the flavor.

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This budget friendly dishes event is co-hosted by T.R. of Gluten Free Crumbley and David of Cooking Chat. Thanks guys!

Chicken Meatballs and Spaghetti


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried celery flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • sauce
  • 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti
  • cooking spray


  1. Mix together mix together chicken, onion, garlic, celery flakes, cheese, salt, pepper and just enough breadcrumbs to hold it together. Roll into individual balls.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Roll meatballs lightly to coat. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, turning meatballs several times to completely brown and thoroughly cooked.
  4. sauce
  5. While meatballs are cooking, Add all sauce ingredients to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until vegetables soften about 15 minutes.
  6. Add meatballs to sauce and simmer for about an additional 15 minutes.
  7. While sauce and meatballs cook, prepare spaghetti according to package directions.
  8. Serve.
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Top 10 Unhealthiest Cereals. Is Yours on the List?

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How big a deal is boxed cereal? More than 90 percent of U.S. households enjoy it with more than 2 billion boxes sold per year.
That’s a lot of cereal. and Dr. Charles Platkin, HUNTER College and City University of New York School of Public Health lead a Cereal Investigation.
The cereal investigation ranks and provides each of the 301 cereals a health score (using 19 criteria), the investigation also includes separate rankings for calories, sodium and sugar, as well as investigation averages.

These are the lowest-ranked unhealthiest cereals based on the’s findings.

1. General Mills Monsters Boo Berry (Tied for last place)
1. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (Tied for last place)
1. Post Fruity Pebbles (Tied for last place)
1. Post Summer Berry Pebbles (Tied for last place)
1. General Mills Chocolate Lucky Charms (Tied for last place)
6. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cocoa Krispies
7. General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch Frosted Toast Crunch
8. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
9. Quaker Honey Graham Oh’s
10. Kellogg’s Granola Low-fat Granola Multigrain with Raisins’s Top 10 “Healthiest” Cereals

These are the highest-ranked healthiest cereals based on the’s findings.

1. Nature’s Path Organic Millet Puffs
2. Barbara’s Shredded Wheat
3. Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits Autumn Wheat (Tied for 3rd place)
3. Quaker Oats Old Fashioned (Tied for 3rd place)
5. Nature’s Path Oatmeal Gluten Free Selections Homestyle
6. Kashi 7 Whole Grain Cereals Puffs
7. Post Shredded Wheat Original Spoon Size
8. Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Original Flavor
9. Post Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat’n Bran
10. Nature’s Path Original Hot Oatmeal

So should you stop eating boxed cereal? Not necessarily. According to a study reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, it is better to eat something than start your day on an empty stomach. People who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be overweight than those who don’t.

Cereal Healthy Eating Tips

*Not For the Carb-Minded: Researchers have demonstrated that a “low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than the low-fat diet.”
*Don’t be Fooled by Health Claims on the Package: Yes, cereals are nutritionally dense and can be very filling — especially the ones made from whole grains. However, just because they have extra vitamins and minerals doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want. Even if a cereal boasts “High Fiber,” “Excellent Source of Calcium,” or “Organic,” it may still contain a significant amount of sugar, sodium, calories and even fat.

*Added Fiber: Many cereals have added fiber; check the label for chicory root/inulin, maltodextrin, polydextrose, soy hulls, wheat fiber, oat fibers and sorghum fibers. Many researchers believe that added fiber doesn’t have the same health benefits as naturally occurring fiber in whole foods. Bottom-line, don’t just look at the amount of fiber on the food label; you need to also check the ingredients list.

*The Fewer Ingredients the Better: Choose the cereals (and all your foods) that have the fewest ingredients, and make sure they’re names you can pronounce.

*Avoided Added Protein: Cereal companies are trying their best to overcome the low-carb craze and capitalize on the idea that protein keeps you full, by adding protein to cereal. Don’t be fooled: it’s not the same as eating eggs or egg whites and other low calorie protein sources. However, cereals with nuts are a great source of protein.

*Whole Grains are Important, but not the Only Thing That’s Important: Look for whole grains as the first ingredient on the food label. These could include: brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, graham flour, oatmeal, quinoa, rolled oats, whole-grain barley, whole-grain corn, whole oats, whole rye, whole wheat and wild rice.

*Avoid “Fortified with Vitamins”: Research is demonstrating that adding vitamins to cereals is not the same as getting them from whole foods. Looking for vitamin C? Eat an apple.
*Stick with Low Calories: Choose cereals that are low in calories per gram. Divide the number of calories in the serving by the weight in grams listed on the cereal box.
*Watch the Sodium: Many cereals are high in sodium; the Institute of Medicine recommends no more than 1500mg of sodium per day.
*Avoid Added Sugar: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the term “added sugar” is defined as any “sweeteners added to processed and prepared foods.” While many sugars are found naturally in foods, such as milk, fruit, vegetables and grains, it’s the sugars added to many of the foods we eat (by food companies) that we have to watch out for. .

When you read a food label, look out for: Corn Syrup, Cane Sugar, Brown Sugar, Brown Sugar Syrup, Dextrin, Dextrose, Dried Cane Syrup, Glucose, Fructose, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Honey, Invert Sugar, Lactose, Maltodextrin, Maltose, Mannitol, Molasses, Natural Sweeteners, Polydextrose Raw Sugar, Sucrose Syrup, Turbinado Sugar, Xylitol, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Evaporated Cane Juice, Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals, Evaporated Cane Sugar, and Maple Syrup.

*Serving Size Matters: Remember cereal is measured by volume not density. In theory, the more dense the cereal (the more grams per serving), the less you are likely to eat. So, when you’re trying to pick the best cereal, check the weights listed next to the serving size (grams) and compare the calories per gram by dividing the calories by the number of grams per serving.
*Skim It: Choose skim milk to go with your cereal. You get essentially the same nutrients from skim milk as you do from drinking whole milk, minus the fat.
The preceding figures are a summary of the rankings. You can view the full report here:

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