Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Daddy Daughter Night at Chili's!!!

Tomorrow night, October 23rd from 5-9pm is Daddy Daughter night at Chili's in Conway! Take a break out from the weekly bustle and treat your special little girl to some texas cheese fries and a kids pizza while you enjoy some fajitas or a steak. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

No Worries Wednesdays at Outback Steakhouse and kids meal review!

No Worries Wednesdays at Outback Steakhouse and kids meal review! 

Every Wednesday is 2 for $25.

You get two entrees, each with a side and side salad plus one dessert or Aussie-Tizer to share for just $25. Get this deal with a glass of water with lemon for each of you and add in a generous 18% tip if the service was good (or more if it calls for it, less if it was less than acceptable) and you can get out of there under $30 + tax. Great deal for a date night.

Our no-fail appetizer are the Aussie Cheese Fries ($6.79 for small order, $8.49 for a regular order). It seems like at our last visit that the small order got a little smaller, but the large order is massive. Great for a table of five or more. Our last trip was a party of five; two adults and three kids and the small didn't seem like enough. However, after the salad and entree, we left full. I guess after having the larger regular order, the small just seems inadequate.

Or if you want a steak but can skip the app and dessert, they have their six oz. (I believe this is the right size) Outback Special for $9.99 and it comes with your choice of two sides. This entree paired with an ice water and appropriate tip will get you out without straining the dining out budget. The Wednesday deal is probably the better of the two options, mainly since you can choose from more than just steak, but at least you have options.

There's no Kids eat free option that I've found but their kids menu is pretty good. Meals start at $4.99 and range up to $7.99 for kids steak tips. My guys are partial to the Mac-A-Roo 'N Cheese (their mac'n cheese option in case you didn't catch that) and while it's the only option without a side, you get a large portion of ziti  noodles smothered with cheese. Neither of my boys were able to finish it, and the leftovers were enjoyed the next day. The other items come with a choice of apples and grapes, broccoli, or fries and includes a glass of 2% milk, 100% apple, orange, cranberry, or pineapple juice, or a soft drink. I know that the soft drink comes with free refills but I can't say for sure if any of the other options do. YMMV.

A final mention on the kids items are the Kids LiveWell items. Kids LiveWell is a program started by The National Restaurant Association to work with restaurants to provide menu items for kids that are healthy. The menu items here are the Joey Sirloin Medallions ($7.99) and the Grilled Chicken on the Barbie ($4.99). These items are by default served with steamed broccoli and either 100% apple or orange juice to fall under the Kids LiveWell program. For more information on this program, check it out here.

Overall our last visit was a good one and we made it out under $50 for the whole family. That was a small aussie fries, two adult entrees, two kids entrees, one dessert, and two adult teas (kids drinks were included in their meal price). Roughly $12 per person.

Check out the menus at these links:

Store hours are: 
Mon: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Tue: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Wed: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Thu: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Fri: 4:00 PM-11:00 PM
Sat: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
Sun: 11:00 AM- 9:00 PM

And finally this information is from their website or from personal experience. Prices and menu items are subject to change and we have no control over that. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Calendar Update and some pork chops

After playing with the Meal Calendar, I decided to break out the Kids Eat Free nights from that menu and do another one showing all the nights Kids Eat Free. Hope this helps when you're looking for where you can get a good meal on the cheap.

This past Thursday we didn't have any chicken thawed out for the Garlic Chicken on our Menu Calendar so had to come up with something quick. In digging through the fridge, I found a package of pork shops ready to cook. I'm not a huge pork chop fan but it was that or Spaghetti-Os or Mac and Cheese...

So I checked my stash of recipes. I am actually signed up to several different recipes sites (Kraft Foods, Weber Recipe of the Week, AllRecipes.com) where they send me different recipes daily. I use Gmail to automatically tag each email with a label called Recipe and archive it. This way my inbox isn't flooded. If you need a walkthrough on how to do this, comment here or on facebook and I'll do a post on it.

Anyway, I found the recipe I was going to try. It was the first one that sounded decent. I like spicy so the "Mexican" in the title gave me hope. So I skim over the ingredient list and directions...

See the entire recipe here at KraftRecipes.comOriginal Recipe.

4  bone-in pork chops (1-1/2 lb.)
1tsp.  chili powder
1tsp.  ground cumin
1tsp.  canola oil
3/4cup  long-grain white rice, uncooked
1-3/4cups  water
1/2cup  TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Medium Salsa, divided
1/4lb.  (4 oz.) 2% Milk VELVEETA®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, divided

SPRINKLE chops with seasonings. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chops, seasoned-sides down. Cook 5 min. on each side or just until browned on both sides and done (160ºF). Transfer to plate; cover to keep warm.

ADD rice to same skillet; cook and stir 1 min. Add water; bring to boil. Cover; simmer on medium-low heat 16 min. or until most of liquid is absorbed. Stir in half each of the salsa and VELVEETA; top with chops. Simmer, covered, 5 min. or until liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, microwave remaining salsa and VELVEETA in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 to 40 sec. or until VELVEETA is melted; stir until blended.

SERVE chops over rice; top with VELVEETA sauce.

yeah, I think I've got everything. I'm now committed to the meal.

I get the oil heating and open the pork chops. This is when I notice the chops that I have are boneless and a little more than 1.5 lbs. Oh well, just have to cook them a little longer. I keep going and realize that I have no salsa and I have no long grain rice, just minute rice. Huh... Well, I had to adapt and I'm happy to say that it turned out very well.

My variation:

4 pork chops (1-1/2 lbs, boneless)
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. olive oil
2 cups minute rice.
1 can (10 oz) Rotel, divided
1/2 lb. (4oz) 2% Milk Velveeta, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, divided

Mix seasonings in small bowl and sprinkle over pork chops. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chops, seasoned-sides down. Cook 5-10 minutes on each side or just until browned on both sides and done (160F). These have to cook longer due to the extra meat. Transfer to plate and cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, prepare the rice as directed on the box.

When rice is done, add rice to same skillet you cooked the pork chops in (this includes any water left from the rice). Stir in half each of the Rotel and Velveeta and top with pork chops. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and Velveeta is melted. Meanwhile, mix remaining salsa and Velveeta and microwave on high for 30 seconds to one minute or until cheese dip is desired consistency, stir well.

Spoon rice onto plates, top with porch chop, then top with Velveeta mixture. Serve with green beans and Country Time Half and Half Lemonade-Tea.