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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Typically I write about local, non chain restaurants.  However, when a new place, even a chain, moves into town I gotta check it out.  Plus, who doesn’t love a great burger and fries?!  When Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened a location on Red Bank Road in Cincinnati, I couldn’t resist a little taste testing.  In fact, my entire family went to Freddy’s in Centerville for Mother’s Day.  What can I say? We’re a burger, hot dog, and onion rings kind of clan.  My Mom and I both love shoestring fries and the burgers at Freddy’s, made to order, are pressed thin so you get those crispy edges.   Plus, those cheese curds are the best in town.  All six of us found something we loved on Freddy’s menu and all six of us, full from lunch, still ordered frozen custard and savored each creamy, smooth, rich bite.

Cheese curds are a must!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom!

California Steakburger

So here’s the thing.  This is part restaurant post and part cooking post.  Freddy’s sells two items that I had to bring home: Steakburger and Fry Seasoning and Fry Sauce.  The french fries at Freddy’s are dusted with this awesome seasoning.  I didn’t even use ketchup which is way unusual for me.  And the burger I ordered, the Double Steakburger California Style, had this magical sauce on it.  If you’re a Big Mac/Big Boy kind of person, this is even better.

Ready to use at home.

But, I am trying to cook healthier at home and we just got a new grill.  I decided to take that seasoning and that sauce and use it for grilling seafood and veggies.  Basically, I made this up.  I basted the shrimp and the zucchini with the Jalapeno Fry Sauce.  The potatoes and asparagus got a drizzle of olive oil and a healthy coat of Steakburger and Fry seasoning.   Then, for the fresh Tilapia, I used some grapeseed oil and the Steakburger and Fry seasoning.  I wrapped the fish in aluminum foil, threw the veggies is disposable trays, and skewered the shrimp.  All of it went on the grill at medium heat!

  • Diced potatoes 20 minutes
  • Tilapia wrapped in foil, 6 minutes each side
  • Asparagus and other veggies, 12 minutes total
  • Shrimp on skewers (soak wooden skewers first), 3 minutes each side (the jalapeno fry sauce is perfect for shrimp)

Tilapia

Veggies in Fry Sauce and Seasoning.

Shrimp basted with Fry Sauce.

Dinner is served!

This meal was delicious (if I do say so myself), pretty darn healthy, and seasoned perfectly!  The shrimp basted in the Fry Sauce was tender and spicy!  So good.  I loved the veggies, and the potatoes, but that fish was especially a-maz-ing with that seasoning.  I don’t each much fish and I’m trying to improve that.  This was incredible; I will be repeating this meal soon.  And, tip, a little seasoning goes a long way!  I’m excited to use this seasoning on burgers next.

Be like this cool kid enjoying Freddy’s custard.

This is post is sponsored by Freddy’s Steakburgers and Frozen Custard, but these are my opinions! Whether dining in, driving thru for custard or cooking with Freddy’s Fry Sauce or Steakburger and Fry seasoning, I am a fan.  I know Freddy’s is fast food, but it is definitely elevated and fresh fast food.  I’m curious, what’s your favorite Freddy’s order?

GO THERE (Freddy’s)!  TRY THAT (Steakburger and Fry Seasoning, California Burger, Cheese Curds, Custard)! 
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Packing Healthy: Bento Style and Fox 19 (video included)

About 16 months ago, I began what I hope is a lifelong journey to being healthier.  To me, that means taking time for myself, thinking about the nutrition in my food, and finding exercises I enjoy!  At this point, I’ve lost 85 pounds, but I am desperately seeking that 100!  I hope to share that achievement in a few months. Like many people, I’ve hit plateaus, felt frustrated, and picked myself back up.  And, I know I write a blog about going out, but in order to go out, I have to eat healthy in! Thanks to Fox 19, I got to share some of my journey on air.

For me, weekly shopping (at Trader Joe’s) with a strategic list (hitting the outside aisles as much as possible) and prepping lunches and snacks, has made the most impact.  If I get super hungry and don’t have something with me, I will hit the vending machine . . . or grab some chocolate from a coworker.  If I’m running errands, tired and stressed, I might hit the drive-thru!  So now I think about two things: balance and protein.  I’m not against carbs; it’s just that sometimes when I eat carbs (cereal for example) I end up hungrier sooner than I’d like to be or I experience drops in blood sugar.

One answer to these problems, for me, has been high protein bento boxes.  I buy these on Amazon, but you can pack this way in any kind of container or lunch box! Just keep extra ice packs around to ensure lunches AND snacks stay cold!  Originating in Japan, Bento style lunches, simplified, equals several smaller portions of various foods.  I pack a lot of high protein foods like hardboiled eggs, string cheese, nitrate free turkey, tuna salad, yogurt, and edamame.  I’m not super adventurous with veggies yet. I pack plenty of carrots, celery, and cauliflower. Fruit I try to keep seasonal, but I love making my own fruit medleys.  I haven’t hit the lunchroom cafeteria once in the last year.  And keeping snacks in the car has saved my butt on numerous occasions.

Check out my segment on Fox 19 (linked here) to hear more! I’d love to hear about your health journey! Whether we want to shed some pounds, get off a particular medication, or be more active, we can do this!  We are never too old to give up!  We are never too old to find adventure!

GO THERE (Trader Joes, Amazon)!  TRY THAT (Bento high protein packing)!