Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Diet & Weight Loss Menus Based on State Eating Culture
Arkansas Diet Menu
Arkansas - The Natural State, The Bear State, The Land of Opportunity State, The Wonder State.
For those individuals craving an overnight camping adventure to those simply wishing to desire Nature's beauty, Arkansas is all of that and so much more. Towering pines, wooded forests, waterfalls and blue mountains enhance the dining experience whether in the wild or when viewing from a picturesque window.
To salute the flavors of Arkansas we return to a slower pace of life and sink our feet in the shallows of a rushing brook with our diet menu tucked nicely inside a wicker picnic basket complete with a red and white checkered tablecloth that we plan to rest on as we enjoy our diet-wise meal. And we hope that you enjoy it, too!
Free Arkansas Free Diet Picnic Menu for Two - Total Calories About 400
To fill your picnic basket with all of these diet friendly goodies, prepare at home. All are easily portable - as well as delicious, and of course low in fat and low in calories.
Arkansas Bar-b-que Chicken - Start with 2 small frozen chicken breasts. Marinate overnight in the fridge using 1/2 cup of vinegar, a bit of salt and pepper.
The following morning as the dew clears from the woods, drain and place chicken either in your oven or on the grill. Cook until done throughout, basting with your favorite sauce. Ours contains 50 calories per serving, so that is what we allowed in our official calorie estimate. Serves two for about 200 calories each.
Arkansas Tator Salad - Cook 2 small potatoes in the microwave for about 5 minutes - or until just until soft but not on the verge of mush. You want your spuds firm and hard, just like some other objects you may enjoy. Cool, then remove peeling from tators.
Cut into bite-sized chunks and mix with the following: 2 Tablespoons of LIGHT Mayo, 1 teaspoon of pickle relish, 1 Tablespoon of prepared Mustard. Optional: a teaspoon of pimentos which adds color and taste to tator salad. Top with a shake of paprika if desired. Serves two for about 150 calories each.
Big Ice Slaw - Shred wedge of cabbage and 1 carrot. Add dash of celery seed, salt and pepper. Add 1 Tablespoon of milk and 1 Teaspoon of golden raisins (optional). Add Splenda to meet personal preference. Makes 2 servings for about 50 calories each.
Back Porch Lemonade, Diet Style - Take along chilled water to your picnic, a few lemons and a few packs of no calorie sweetener. Pour water into cup, mug or glass; add lemon juice and sweetener to suit personal taste. Zero Calories.
Enjoy this tasty dessert later in the afternoon:
Diet Dessert - Hillbilly Apple Pie - Take 1/2 cup of sifted flour and 1 Tablespoon of no calorie refrigerated butter and mix. Add a dash of ice cold water - or a few dashes if necessary. Roll dough into circle with hands, then pat out dough on floured board; run over with a rolling pin to form circle then cut in two. After adding the filling to one end, you will fold over the dough to form a pie.
Filling: 1/2 can of Comstock Apple Pie Filing with Splenda, a few dashes of cinnamon, no calorie butter spray and a bit of Splenda. Mix pie filling with cinnamon and place on dough. Form 'pie'. Spray top of pie with butter spray. Dash with Splenda. Bake at 350 degrees in preheated oven until golden brown. Serves 2 for about 135 calories each.
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