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Breana Lai's Blog (Page 3)

November 20, 2013 - 3:11pm

For the first time in our lifetime, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be celebrated on the same day, Thursday, November 28, 2013. (This won’t happen again for another 77,000 years!) For my multicultural family (my dad is Chinese and Buddhist, my mom’s a Jewish New Yorker), the convergence of these two holidays is special because both commemorate freedom and gratitude. Another perk of this rare holiday combination means two food-centric meals merge into one delicious menu that honors both celebrations.

The menu I put together represents a mix of traditional favorites from each holiday that complement each other. While this menu isn’t for a kosher meal, you can easily adapt the menu: just swap oil for butter in the Brussels sprouts and take a break between dinner and dessert—something you’ll probably want to do anyway to fully savor this “historical” blend...

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November 12, 2013 - 10:21am

Stacy Fraser, EatingWell’s Test Kitchen Manager, and I recently offered dinner ideas and advice to a group of working mothers. When we asked, “What is the most difficult part of making a healthy dinner?” the overwhelming answer was one word: time. Serving a healthy dinner is hard when you’re trying to juggle school, work, exercising, grocery shopping and activities for kids and parents. The last thing you want is to add another to-do to your list—to plan your meals. Most of us just make it up on the fly. At 4:55 p.m. In the grocery store.

So we figured we could help out. We spend our days thinking about food and what to eat (and we have to feed our families every night too!). So we came up with a FREE downloadable mini cookbook of 20 weeknight-friendly recipes for busy families, enough to get you through a month of meals...

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October 24, 2013 - 3:30pm

Juicing is an easy and quick way to get more healthy fruits and veggies into your diet. But what to do with all the leftover juice pulp when you’re done? While the bulk of the vitamins and minerals are in your juice, the resulting juice pulp contains almost all of the fiber. Sure, you can always compost those shreds. But we came up with some ways to reduce food waste and get that unused fiber into your diet. Research shows that consuming fiber-rich foods is important for helping to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and it might boost weight loss by helping you feel full longer after you eat.

To make use of this fiber from the juicing process, I tested two techniques: stirring it into chili and baking it into bread.

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October 7, 2013 - 3:09pm

Even though I work with and think about food all day as an assistant food editor at EatingWell, I often don’t get the chance to make a weeknight dinner plan and shopping list. And there are plenty of good reasons I should make the time—research shows that people who plan their meals eat healthier and spend less money on food. Who doesn’t want that? Luckily the EatingWell Test Kitchen has already done the work for me. They’ve chosen 5 dinner recipes—one for each weeknight—that all cost less than $3 per serving, cook in 45 minutes or less and offer a variety of flavors.

Get the full 5-day plan, plus shopping list and all the recipes, in one amazing and free pdf.

We’ll start with ravioli and work our way...

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September 19, 2013 - 9:45am

I'm sad that my month of planned dinners is ending next week, but we saved the best recipes for last. These healthy dinners will have your house smelling delicious and your plates full of comforting foods.

Get the full 28-day plan, plus shopping lists for each week and all the recipes, in one amazing and free PDF.

Starting with a creamy white chili, we'll then make our way through crispy pork, lamb chops with an orzo salad, quick shrimp risotto, French toast and end with a savory bread casserole. And don't forget the sides: easy vegetables, salads and proteins to round out your meals.


Here are the recipes for the week:

Sunday:...

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