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Brain Strain Thursday 21

52% of parents think you should do THIS for your kids, while 30% think it's a terrible idea

Incorrect Guesses: school homework, buy them a cell phone, buy them their first car, pay for college education, spank them, get them a pet, make their bed or clean their room, put them on birth control, allowance, allow them to have a boy or girl friend sleep over, set a curfew, tell white lies for them, drive them to school, set them up a credit card or checking account, play video games

Correct Answer: let them win at board games
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Adobo Shrimp Scampi

Hope you're not afraid of a little spice...

2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, saute the tomatoes, peppers and garlic in oil for 2 minutes. reduce heat to medium; stir in the shrimp, broth, cilantro, lime juice, butter and salt. Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove from the heat; sprinkle with cheese.
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Brain Strain Wednesday 20

A new study says you can improve your memory and your problem solving skills at work if you do THIS more often

Incorrect Guesses: smile, socialize with co workers, stand up when you work, sudoku, take a walk, tap dance, eat healthier

Correct Answer: laugh
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Skillet Chicken and Veggies

Change out the veggies to suit your family's tastes!

1 package (7 oz) spaghetti
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 large zucchini, julienned
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the chicken, garlic and basil in oil for 2-3 minutes or until garlic is tender. Add the mushrooms, zucchini, onion and peppers. Cook and stir for 5-7 minutes until chicken juices run clear and veggies are crisp-tender.

Stir the mayonnaise and 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese into chicken mixture. Drain spaghetti; top with chicken mixture. Toss gently to combine. Serve sprinkled with remaining cheese.
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Brain Strain Tuesday 19

Most people 35 and older have THESE in their house, but they usually put them away whenever they have company over.

Incorrect Guesses: Depends under garments, a pet, nose or ear hair trimmer, candles

Correct Answer: reading glasses
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Pasta Veggie Stir Fry

Monday, Monday...let's go Meat Free! You won't miss it with all the garden goodness in this dish.

2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
2 medium carrots, julienned
1 medium leek, white portion only-julienned
2 small zucchini, julienned
1 each medium sweet red, yellow and green peppers, cut into thin strips
1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-in pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or wok, stir-fry the carrots, leek, zucchini, peppers and green beans in hot olive oil for 3-4 minutes until crisp tender. Drain pasta; add to the vegetables mixture. Drizzle with sesame oil. Stir fry for 2 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, salt, chili powder and ginger. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat.
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Brain Strain Monday 18

A majority of people said they would switch to a new cellphone if it had THIS feature

Incorrect Guesses: unlimited data, tracking system

Correct Answer: longer battery life
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Summer Sausage Packets

Firing up the gril this weekend? Easy foil packages, full of all your favorite things, cook up easily (and clean up is a breeze!).

1 pound summer sausage, cut into 1-in pieces
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-in cubes
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced
1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 small yellow summer squash, sliced
1 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-in pieces
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup butter, cut into eight cubes
1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Gently stir in the chicken and tomatoes. Divide mixture among eight double thicknesses of heavy duty foil (about 12-in square). Top each with a butter cube.

Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and veggies are tender. Carefully open foil to allow steam to escape; drizzle with dressing.
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Brain Strain Friday 15

THIS takes most people 12 minutes to do.

Incorrect Guess: brush and floss their teeth

Correct Answer: shower
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Fajita Skillet

It's the fresh pineapple that'll knock your socks off!

2 flour tortillas (10-in), cut into 1/2-in strips
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/2 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
1 medium green pepper, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp lime juice
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
1 medium tomato, chopped

In a large skillet, fry tortilla strips in 2 tbsp oil on both sides for 1 minute or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. In the same skillet, cook the chicken beef, green pepper, onion, soy sauce, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin and pepper in remaining oil for 3-4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and lime juice until smooth; add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Stir in pineapple and tomato; heat through. Serve with tortilla strips.
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