Do you ever have a night when you are sick of cooking? You’re tired, everything seems to have gone wrong and the thought of having to spend an evening in the kitchen doesn’t sound like any fun? (I am waving my hand wildly in the air.) Lately we have been on a strict diet and and, although the prospect of going out to eat was tempting, I wasn’t sure if we could find a flavorful meal option that didn’t contain a lot of calories. When Applebee’s challenged me to try their “Unbelievably Great Tasting and Under 550 calorie menu,” I couldn’t get to my car fast enough! With choices like Roma Pepper Steak or Cheddar Grilled Salmon, I could have my steak and eat it too!
I decided to surprise my family by telling them the choices they could order without letting them know the meals were lower in calories. Bryan chose the Lemon Parmesan Shrimp, featuring blackened shrimp sauteed with basil, onions and tomatoes and served over rice with a zesty lemon cream sauce, while my daughter and I chose the Napa Chicken and Portobellos, a flavorful grilled chicken breast topped with portobellos and onions. After they sampled the dish I asked if they could tell it was 550 calories or less. “No,” Bryan exclaimed, “this is really good!” “The only way I could tell on my dish was that it wasn’t served with many roasted potato wedges,” my daughter added. We even ended our meal by splitting a dessert shooter sundae, which, by the time we all had some, didn’t add up to an abundance of calories.
To celebrate the new Unbelievably Great Tasting Menu, carefully crafted by Applebee’s Executive Chefs, they are giving a few lucky fans a chance to #Beefamous and star in an Applebee’s commercial. To participate, fans simply create a Vine video that shows their “unbelievably surprised” reaction and share it using #BeeFamous. The best Vine videos will be part of the new commercial.
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One person will receive a $50 Applebee’s Gift Certificate.