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Applebee's Expands its Under 550 Calorie Menu for 2012

LongIsland.com

Applebee's introduces four new dishes with less than 550 calories to provide more lower calorie options for New Year's resolvers.

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Long Island, NY (January 4, 2011) -- When it comes to New Year's resolutions, losing weight has to be at the top of the list for most of us. With all the calorie-laden holiday celebrating, it's hard not to put on a "few extra." The problem comes with post holiday dieting-its success depends largely upon keeping it interesting. Those restricted to a day-in, day-out diet of lettuce and carrots are sure to lose their resolve long before they lose any real weight. But, don't despair-that doesn't necessarily mean you're stuck on the salad merry-go-round. Restaurants like Applebee's are becoming more conscientious and more creative when it comes to lower-calorie meal choices.

In fact, Applebee's is grilling up some sizzling new Under 550 Calorie entrees for guests. Applebee's has infused its 2012 menu with some new, exciting lower-calorie offerings that won't break the bank for those on a strict calorie budget.

The new Under 550 Sizzling Asian Shrimp & Broccoli is brought to your table on a sizzling skillet with blackened shrimp piled over rice, broccoli, red peppers, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, mushrooms, carrots and bok choy. To finish, all is drizzled with a sweet & spicy sauce and topped with cilantro.

Applebee's is also adding a new Roasted Garlic Sirloin to its Under 550 Calorie offerings this year. It starts with a garlic-marinated 7 oz. sirloin, topped with sauteed onions, that is served alongside herb potatoes and a delightful grilled Portobello mushroom cap filled with hot creamed spinach.

If you enjoy the variety of surf and turf, Applebee's Under 550 Calorie Signature Sirloin & Garlic Herb Shrimp is another mouthwatering lower calorie option. The 7 oz. sirloin is grilled to your liking and topped with succulent shrimp in a light cream sauce accompanied by herb potatoes, seasonal vegetables, fresh bruschetta, sliced almonds and chopped parsley.

Filling out the new Under 550 Calorie lineup (and not your waistline) is Applebee's new Sizzling Chili Lime Chicken. When spicy chili sauce meets tender grilled chicken and colorful Asian style vegetables served over rice with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice, you get a skillet full of flavor.

Clearly, those determined to chop unwanted calories from their diet don't have to stick with salad as their main course. When it comes to dining out, restaurants like Applebee's are offering a choice of tasty options that just might help you look forward to keeping this year's New Year's resolution.

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