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Snickers Surprises

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(NAPSA) - Here's some tasty food for thought: Who says breakfast food favorites can't be eaten for dinner?

Many parents, studies show, have fond memories of eating "morning" foods in the evening every once in a while-and now, experts say, that old "breakfast for dinner" concept is making a big comeback with today's time-pressed families, balancing office work, homework, housework and after-school activities. Most of the "breakfast for dinner" ingredients may already be at hand-cereal, eggs, syrup, sausage, to name a few-reducing the need for a last-minute trip to the store. Fresh sausage is available in a quick and convenient form these days, thanks to Jimmy Dean Fresh Links and Patties; they come in a variety of tasty flavors that take less than 10 minutes to prepare. Another mealtime idea that's in good taste: brown cut up sausage links with green onions. Stir into creamy eggs scrambled with cheese. It's a meal that's made in minutes but tastes extra-special.

Baking cookies is one of the easiest activities that families can do together. Whether cookies are made for gifts or to fill your own cookie jar, the results may be pleasing. For example, try Snickers Surprises:

Ingredients:

  • two sticks creamy butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 bag of Snickers Miniatures

Directions:

Combine the butter, peanut butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour, salt and baking soda, then chill dough for two or more hours. Place one unwrapped Miniature in center of 1 tablespoon of dough.

Form dough into a ball around each Miniature, place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 F for 10 to 12 minutes.

A bowl of cereal, especially whole-grain cereals such as Cheerios, Wheaties, Total and Wheat Chex, in particular has surfaced as an influential part of a weight-reducing plan. Sixty percent of the National Weight Control Registry members say they "always" or "usually" eat a bowl of cereal as part of their meal. Data from the Nielsen's National Eating Trends Survey shows that women who are frequent cereal eaters (eating cereal more than seven times in a two-week period) weigh, on average, about nine pounds less than women who eat cereal less frequently or not at all. For men the difference was six pounds. Data from the survey also shows that those who do not eat cereal or eat cereal infrequently are more likely to be overweight or obese.


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