First Date 3 Course Meal

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By Cooking Panda


Jalapeno Poppers, The Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 3 jalapeno peppers, de-seeded and halved lengthwise
  • 4 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 strips bacon, cut in half
  • Directions

    1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.

    2) In a bowl, mix together cream cheese and mozzarella.

    3) Spoon filling into jalapeno halves. Wrap each half with bacon and place on baking sheet. If necessary, secure bacon with a toothpick.

    4) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bacon is fully cooked. Serve and enjoy!

    Zucchini Lasagna, The Main Course

    Ingredients

  • 1/3 pound ground beef
  • 2 medium zucchinis, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 7 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 7 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup diced artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil, plus more for topping
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Directions

    1) Salt thinly sliced zucchini and set aside to rest for 20 minutes. This will drain excess moisture.

    2) Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a bread loaf with cooking spray.

    3) Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain and set aside.

    4) To the same pan, add olive oil and onions. Cook for 3 minutes, or until onions soften. Stir in garlic and cook for a few seconds.

    5) Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, artichoke hearts, basil and ground beef. Taste and season with salt and pepper as necessary. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

    6) In a bowl, mix together ricotta and Parmesan cheese.

    7) Start layering your lasagna! Spread 1/3 of the meat sauce in the bottom of the bread pan. Top with zucchini slices, 1/2 of the ricotta mixture and 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella. Layer again, meat sauce, zucchini slices, ricotta and mozzarella. Top with remaining sauce, zucchini and a final layer of cheese. Sprinkle with basil.

    8) Bake for 45 minutes, or until fully cooked through. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

    Mini​ ​Strawberry​ ​Pudding​ ​Pies, The Dessert

    Ingredients

  • 2 mini graham cracker pie shells
  • 1 (3.4-ounces) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup Cool Whip
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  • Sliced strawberries, for garnish
  • Directions

    1) Whisk together pudding mix and cold milk until thick.

    2) Gently fold in strawberry jam and Cool Whip. Add a few drops of red food coloring to give the pudding a pink hue.

    3) Fill pie shells with pudding mixture and top with sliced strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve and enjoy!

    *Note: If you have filling leftover, fill more mini pie shells, or pop in the fridge and enjoy on its own later!*

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    This Wheel Of Food Is A Must-Have For Picky Diners

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    By Cooking Panda

    You probably already know that the key to a harmonious and lasting bond in any relationship (be it romantic, platonic or familial) is to be nice to one another — and to know where you want to eat for dinner.

    No, really; what is it about choosing which restaurant to go to for a meal with your dining partner that grinds so many people’s gears? We feel like it’s the never-ending fight, and almost always ends in unsatisfied appetites and name calling.

    Fortunately, however, this genius duo has come up with a solution for us all!

    BuzzFeed reports that Jared Baker, a 20-year-old college student, was speaking with his father, Jerry, one night about how difficult it was to decide on where to eat for dinner when one of them had a date.

    The two are thick as thieves, and laughingly agreed that it’s often pretty dang tough to settle on a destination for food.

    Little did Jared know that Jerry had a little surprise up his sleeve, because a few days later, Jerry showed his son this amazing little invention that is turning our culinary worlds upside down:

    Yes, that’s what it looks like — a Wheel of Food!

    Essentially, all you have to do is spin the wheel and allow the nifty little device to determine your ultimate dining destination for the evening. Say good-bye to fights, tears, disagreements and sub-par food: This wheel allows you to unite with your partner, and blame all gastric disappointments on the wheel instead of one another.

    Um, yes please!

    “Because I’m tired of the ‘it doesn’t matter,'” Jerry wrote when he shared his brilliant invention on Facebook.

    His post has been shared more than 171,000 times online as of Feb. 6, so we guess a lot of people are likewise sick of the restaurant disagreements.

    What do you think of this Wheel of Food?

    Source: BuzzFeed / Photo Credit: Jerry Baker/Facebook

    Tags: date night, dining, dinner date, food choice, Wheel of Food
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