15 Places Where Kids Can Eat For Free

You never realize how true the phrase “every little bit helps” is until you have children – and spending $4 for a plate of food your child is probably going to turn their nose up at before tossing it on the floor, well. It’s not the best part of being a parent.

We do still enjoy not having to cook once in a while, and going out to eat also means we don’t have to clean. If you’re having a day (or week) when those two things sound really good, here are 15 restaurants where kids eat free.

15. Chili’s

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If you’re a rewards member, you’ll get a free kid’s meal as long as you spend at least $5 every 60 days.

14. Hooters

Kid’s meals are always free, but make sure to check with your location to verify.

That is… if this is somewhere you don’t mind taking your kids.

13. Marie Calendar’s Restaurant and Bakery

On Saturdays, kids under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

12. Qdoba

If you order an adult entree on Wednesday or Sunday, you’ll get a free kid’s meal.

11. Red Robin

You’ll want to check with your nearest location, but many offer “kids eat free” deals on different nights of the week, and often discounted meals at other times.

10. Applebee’s

The day of the week and hours could change based on where you live, so check ahead, but their menu is full of kid-approved classics that will hit the mark.

9. Denny’s

Kids eat free when adults order an entree, but it is limited to two free meals per adult.

8. IKEA

The Swedish home store offers free baby food with every entree purchased, and certain locations offer free bigger kid’s meals on special days of the week.

7. Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant

This New England-based chain offers free kid’s meals on Saturdays and Sundays.

6. Ruby Tuesday

Every Tuesday after 5, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.

5. Bob Evans

Head here on Tuesdays after 4 p.m., when your kid under 12 eats for free as long as you order an adult entree.

4. Dickey’s BBQ Pit

On Sundays, kids under 12 eat free with any party that spends at least $10.

3. Johnny Rockets

This old fashioned diner offers free kids meals on Tuesdays from 4-8pm with the purchase of an adult meal and a drink.

2. Moe’s

Kids eat free on Tuesdays at participating locations, and they include a drink and a cookie!

1. Uno’s

Tuesdays are free kid’s meals day here, too, so hopefully your kid is more adventurous than mine (even when it comes to pizza).

I’m definitely keeping this list in my back pocket! My kids are fairly good at eating out, but having an iPhone to hand them after they’ve finished eating (in 5 minutes) and you haven’t is a lifesaver.

What’s your go-to plan for eating out with kids? Tell us about it in the comments!

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A Collection of the Best 1990s Memes

Growing up in the 1990s didn’t make us special. I’m not mad at these “damn kids today” because they don’t know what dial-up is. I’m thrilled for them. It was horrible. Nobody deserves that.

Nevertheless, it hits some sweet, sweet spot in the brain to let memes transport us back to a time in our history that seems to have been curated entirely by that orange Nickelodeon blob guy.

I wonder what he’s up to. I hope he’s found work. Let’s reminisce with some 90’s memes in his honor.

15. I didn’t even have cable, so even this felt like luxury

14. Nobody ever bought these, they just sort of appeared

13. Seeing this meme is how I learned there’s a Rugrats reboot coming

12. The higher the hair the closer to God

11. This was broken 10 minutes in

10. Back when things were “on” at a “certain time”

9. Give your little brother the bad controller

8. I had two sisters and these were scattered everywhere

7. My heart literally just skipped a beat

6. Then DVDs came along and you’d end up returning them because “they had the black bars”

5. I mean, the world was slightly less on fire

4. It’s impossible to explain now why we thought these would be valuable

3. I STILL DON’T KNOW

2. Bottom right still gives me anxiety

1. Who could forget “tent pants”

Well, realizing how long ago all of this happened makes me think I should probably go join AARP.

While I’m gone, tell me in the comments what your favorite distinctly 90’s thing was.

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The Truth About Your “Washed and Ready-To-Eat” Vegetables

Between our work schedules, family obligations, keeping the house in some semblance of order, putting food on the table three times a day, running kids to school and activities, there just isn’t a ton of time to spare.

Especially if we also want to keep up with what everyone else is somehow finding the time to watch on Netflix.

So when someone offers us a shortcut, like produce that’s been washed and dried and is clean and ready-to-eat, we’re more than a little tempted to fork over the extra cash in exchange for the convenience.

Today ran some tests on those “ready-to-eat” vegetables and compared them to similar results on regular (less expensive) options and found that there’s a considerable amount of bacteria on the produce, regardless of the price tag.

In fact, they found that the produce that claims to have been washed contained more bacteria spores, in most cases.

Glen Pinna from Biotech Laboratories compared ready-to-eat lettuce with pieces of fresh lettuce, and broccoli with the already cut and washed florets.

The “washed” lettuce contained 9.5 million microbes per gram, compared with 470,000 microbes per gram on the loose lettuce, and the cut and washed florets contained 850,000 microbes per gram compared to around 280,000 on the unwashed heads.

Pinna went on to explain his thoughts on the findings:

“The conditions they’re creating is really promoting the growth of bacteria.

Anything that you’re chopping up and putting into a bag and sealing and not holding under five degrees, those bugs are going to increase.”

He advises buying fresh produce, and when it comes to green leafy vegetables, definitely giving them a wash yourself in order to reduce the number of microbes that could not only potentially cause illness, but cause the food to spoil.

Surprisingly, when it comes to fresh fruit, he said tests show that washing them does essentially nothing to decrease microbes – no word on how it affects pesticides, though, so my berries are still getting a dunking.

Does this surprise you? It does me, a little bit, but I’m certainly glad for the knowledge.

As one of the aforementioned busy parents, if I can’t save time, I’m most definitely up for saving money!

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A Twitter Story About a Tense Pastry Standoff Ends up Turning the Tables

This sure is interesting…

Manners are a double-edged sword.

Whether you’re being polite out of genuine kindness, social obligation, or just because you’re too much of a hopeless introvert to be frank with anyone, there come moments when the polite and realistic halves of your brain get into an internal screaming match about how to handle the sheer audacity of someone’s actions.

Twitter user @LittleCecil2 brought us a riveting story of white-hot public tension surrounding a pastry. It starts great, but wait ’till you get to the twist ending.

Oh boy…

Once might have been a mistake. But then…

Speaking up is out of the question. It’s time to strategize.

COUNTERATTACK!

Now it’s getting personal.

This is a matter of integrity.

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Personally, I think I’d probably move to a new country with a new identity and start a new family after something that embarrassing. Glad he took it so well.

What manners-stand-offs have you had?

Tell us in the comments.

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Here’s Your Ultimate Guide to Loading a Dishwasher Correctly

Did you know nine out of ten marriages end because SOMEONE feels the need to unload and reload the dishwasher after someone else already loaded it?

I exaggerate only because I’m defensive.

The fact is, fights between couples over loading the dishwasher the correct way are fairly common.

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As someone who is unfairly accused of being a dishwasher loading dud, I’ve found an expert guide on how to do this stupid chore the right way.

It turns out everyone’s wrong. Even you. So read this, get on the same page with your honey, load the dishes, then you can both go see a movie.

First, cups and small bowls should be placed on the top rack upside down. Lean them if water tends to collect on the bottoms.

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Chef and blogger at Home Kitchen Land, Heloise Blaure, says, “All plastic items should go on the top rack, too, because the heat comes from the bottom and can warp plastics.” Large utensils like spatulas and ladles should lie flat on the top rack to get properly cleaned as well.

The bottom rack gets all the plates, large bowls, pots and pans, with the biggest pieces along the sides.

Spoons and forks go in the utensil holder handle end down. Knives go in blade down (but it’s much better to hand-wash kitchen knives).

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That’s all sort of common sense, but there are also important ways to load dishes that do prevent everything from getting properly cleaned.

Avoid overloading. According to Whirlpool, anything nesting will not get clean.

Do not put large flat items against the door. Baking sheets and platters should be in the rack so that detergent can get out of the door and reach the rest of the washer.

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Don’t lay pans face down on the bottom rack if your machine doesn’t have an upper spray arm. Items placed like this and not on their side in the rack blocks water from getting up top.

Before closing the door and starting the dishwasher, give the upper rack spray arm a spin to see if it hits anything. Rearrange your items until the arm spins freely.

Also – and this is key – water comes from the center of the sprayer, so point your dirty dishes toward the center instead of placing them all facing the same way.

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Melissa Maker, host of the YouTube channel Clean My Space, says to go ahead and remove bits of food from your dishes before loading, since etoo much food waste can sit in your washer and mold. But don’t go crazy on pre-rinsing. That just wastes water.

Don’t use your dishwasher to clean cast iron pans, non-stick pans, fine china, metal finishes, wood utensils and cutting boards, or your cooking knives. All the water running through the machine will ruin these items. Also, check other items for labels that show they are hand wash only.

To keep your dishwasher running properly, keep it clean by checking for left-over food bits and by running a cycle with vinegar once a month.

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Pre-heat the water by running your hot water faucet so your washer doesn’t start with cold. And you can save energy by not using the heated dryer cycle.

This isn’t just a guide for cleaner dishes, folks. This is a guide for happier, healthier marriages.

Also good for roommate and parenting situations.

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Dunkaroos Are Making a Comeback

If you grew up in the 1990s, there are a few things you’ll never forget. Chain wallets. Hey Arnold! Tamagotchis.

So many awesome TV shows, movies, games and snacks were intertwined with my childhood.

And while I am only two years away from turning 30, I am just as excited as the rest of my ’90s brethren about a serious snack comeback. 

I’m not kidding, guys. Dunkaroos are back.

The news became official the day after the Super Bowl with a video clip featuring popular fads from the decade.

General Mills stopped producing Dunkaroos in the United States in 2012. Though they were available online and in Canada up until 2018, the previously popular snack seemed all but retired.

The news of its rebirth sounded like a rounding up of the troops on Twitter.

The snack is set to hit shelves this summer.

And let’s just say the impending sugar rush when you pair Dunkaroos and a Disney flick is going to be epic.

The ’90s generation also featured a number of hit TV series that still exist in today’s streaming-based environment.

Not even the superheroes could escape from Dunkaroos’ delicious reach.

Of course, there will always be detractors/haters/people who don’t appreciate delicious nostalgia.

Obviously this guy must’ve been more of a Go-Gurt fan during his heyday.

For others, the reintroduction of the childhood snack measured up with a few other pretty significant events.

I guess it’s all about perspective, right?

While the launch date is still to be announced, it might be time to get started on your Summer 2020 body now. Because by the time Dunkaroos have danced their way back into stores, all your New Year’s resolutions will go out the door right alongside your favorite ’90s kids snack.

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Dunkin’ Donuts and Franks RedHot Are Taking Sweet and Spicy to a New Level

The tastebud-tantalizing combo of sugar and heat is a serious game-changer that will instantly make your dish the talk of the party.

But as much of an advocate as I am of full-flavor eating, sometimes some ideas are best left as just that. But I’ll leave it to the professionals to decide what’s delectable and what’s disgusting.

Apparently, the combination of America’s signature breakfast item and a popular condiment were a match made in heaven – otherwise known as the Frank’s RedHot Jelly Donut at Dunkin’ Donuts.

The campaign launched on Super Bowl Sunday and instantly became a hot topic on social media.

Safe to say some people were skeptical at the odd flavor pairing.

However, you can be assured there was plenty of research put into this fantastical idea.

Rick Golden, Dunkin’s manager of donut excellence, and his team tested more than 12 different flavor combos. Ultimately, the Frank’s RedHot Jelly Donut won out.

Donut aficionados are all too familiar with Dunkin’s tried and true offerings. But this spicy special offered only in two Miami locations on February 3 was a stark departure from anything the iconic brand offered previously.

Those lucky enough to get their hands on were able to savor over the apple- and raspberry-flavored jelly stuffed donut with white icing and a hot sauce drizzle.

Both Dunkin’ and Frank’s RedHot encouraged people to respond on social media with their own innovative ideas. Considering both brands have extensive product lines, the possibilities are truly endless.

And as we’ve seen with other restaurant titans like Taco Bell, ideas that start out as local specials can quickly grow into national offerings.

So if you’re down with the sweet and spicy, start cookin’ up recipes that could make their debut in your town.

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This is Why You Pay More for Brown Eggs Than White Eggs

Eggs are the king of the kitchen in my house. No matter the time of the day or the flavor I’m feeling, eggs are at the center of my plate.

Scrambled, sunny side up, poached or hardboiled, those delectable, nutrient-dense delights come in a variety of sizes and colors…and prices.

Consumers are often all too familiar with the subtle price differences between brown and white eggs. But most people don’t have an explanation for the discrepancy.

The secret really isn’t so much of a secret. It’s all comes down to science.

Sharman Hicknman, the director of community outreach and education for Hickman’s Family Farms, explained that eggshell color (and therefore price) is based on genetics. And yet, for the consumer, there is no noticeable difference in consuming brown eggs or white.

According to Jesse LaFlamme, CEO of Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, the breed of chicken and its associated genetics determine whether a hen possesses pigment genes. When these genes are are active, the chicken creates a natural chemical that coats the egg and gives it its distinctive tone.

LaFlamme offered a helpful hint to figure out what color egg a particular breed will lay: Look at the ear feathers. For example, an Ameraucana produces blue eggs, whereas an Orpington lays brown ones.

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For farmers, the color of the eggs probably isn’t as important as how fast their chickens can lay them. And when it comes to efficiency, the Leghorn breed—which lays white eggs—is at the top of the class.

According to Hickman, the Leghorn is a popular choice for farmers because hens who produce colored eggshells must be fed more and are more expensive to maintain.

Malina Linkas Malkani, a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said, “Choosing between brown and white eggs is a matter of personal preference. But it’s important for people to know that the color of the eggshell is related to the breed of the hen, not the egg’s nutrient content, flavor profile, quality, or shell thickness.”

When it comes to eggs, I tend to go with whatever’s cheapest.

They all taste good to me.

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The FDA Approved a Drug for Treating Allergies to Peanuts

As someone who had a peanut allergy before anyone cared about trying to accommodate them, this story is near and dear to my heart.

I went to school with kids who brought peanut butter lunches. I flew Southwest airlines high on Benadryl. I’ve had an innocent-looking salad at a Japanese restaurant send me to the emergency room and I learned the hard way that no protein bar – regardless of the promises (lies) on the label – is safe to eat.

So, even though after 40 years of learning to hate even the smell of peanuts I could never eat one, I appreciate the FDA working toward a way to eliminate this very scary way of life for so many.

The treatment is the first of its kind, and though it will not allow allergic kids to eat peanut-heavy foods, it should reduce their risk of going into anaphylactic shock in the case of an accidental ingestion.

Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc is behind the treatment, called Palforzia, which works by exposing patients to a drug derived from peanut powder. The initial dose is equivalent to a small amount of peanuts and is mixed into a semi-solid food like applesauce, yogurt, or pudding.

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Your first dose is consumed in one day under the supervision of a medical professional, but subsequent phases, taken over the course of several months, can be done at home.

There are 11 increased dose levels in the protocol, which is going to be offered to alleric children between the ages of 4 and 17.

Dr. Peter Marks of the FDA is definitely aware of how this might positively affect many Americans.

“Peanut allergy affects approximately 1 million children in the U.S. and only 1 out of 5 of these children will outgrow their allergy.

Because there is no cure, allergic individuals must strictly avoid exposure to prevent severe and potentially life-threatening reactions.”

A related study showed that the treatment increased the amount of peanuts that allergic children could tolerate, but didn’t comment on whether it totally protected them against accidental encounters.

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Posted @withregram • @allergeninside 🗞FOOD ALLERGY NEWS🗞 ———————————————— FDA approves first drug for treatment of peanut allergy for children on Friday, January 31st 2020 . Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Palforzia [Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Allergen Powder-dnfp] to mitigate allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to peanuts. Treatment with Palforzia may be initiated in individuals ages 4 through 17 years with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy and may be continued in individuals 4 years of age and older. Those who take Palforzia must continue to avoid peanuts in their diets. . Peanut allergy affects approximately 1 million children in the U.S. and only 1 out of 5 of these children will outgrow their allergy. Because there is no cure, allergic individuals must strictly avoid exposure to prevent severe and potentially life-threatening reactions,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “Even with strict avoidance, inadvertent exposures can and do occur. When used in conjunction with peanut avoidance, Palforzia provides an FDA-approved treatment option to help reduce the risk of these allergic reactions in children with peanut allergy.” —————————————————— LEARN MORE AND GET THE NEWS DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX @allergeninside . . #foodallergynews #allergynews #peanutallergy #peanutallergies #allergytreatment #foodallergies #peanutallergytreatment #foodallergy #allergicreaction #peanuts #allergens #foodallergymom #foodallergydad #allergykids #foodallergykids #allergymom #allergydad #allergymama #foodallergymama #foodallergyfamily #allergyfamily #allergy #allergylife #foodallergylife #anaphylaxis #foodallergens #palforzia #allergyawareness #foodallergyawareness #allergeninside

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The authors released this statement:

“Even with strict avoidance, inadvertent exposures can and do occur.

When used in conjunction with peanut avoidance, Palforzia provides an FDA-approved treatment option to help reduce the risk of these allergic reactions in children with peanut allergy.”

And Dr. Subhadra Siegel, chief of pediatric allergy and immunology at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., underscores what a giant relief this will be for many in her own statement.

“It’s a big deal.

The thought of relieving that anxiety and being able to eat in a restaurant without worry.

These are huge debilitating things for families with food allergies.”

Mistakes have happened in my adult life, so it’s easy enough to imagine how constantly terrifying it would be to worry that you child might die from sneaking the wrong cookie at a birthday party.

That, at least, might soon be a thing of the past.

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