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August 29, 2014 - 1:24pm

What should I make for dinner? I used to ponder this question on my way home from work everyday, trying to balance my husband’s tastes with my own while also trying to avoid the same-old pasta and salad standby meal. This month, I don't even need to think about dinner because I’ll be using our new 28-day healthy dinner plan from the September/October 2014 issue of EatingWell magazine.

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My favorite part of the dinner plan: there are a variety of quick, delicious, healthy meals and side dishes to round out the meal. There are foods inspired by different cultures: Italian, Chinese, French, Thai and American, plus recipes for soups and stews, sandwiches, stir-fries...

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August 14, 2014 - 9:37am

Growing up, having fried rice for dinner was synonymous with “fridge clean-out day,” meaning that any leftover vegetables and/or proteins from the night—or week—before were on their way to the wok. Those leftovers might be pieces of Chinese roast pork, bits of leftover chicken and baby bok choy, gai lan (Chinese broccoli) and corn—but when mixed with eggs and oyster sauce, they made a quick dinner that was ready in minutes.

The fried rice recipes in a recent issue of EatingWell aren’t the smorgasbord fried rice of my childhood. And they’re not the greasy fried rice from your local Chinese takeout either. They’re healthier and much more balanced. You basically get the best of both worlds, home cooking and high on flavor.

Made with whole-...

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July 23, 2014 - 3:11pm

Sweet cherries are here, and because most are grown along the lengthy West Coast the season lasts from mid-May in California to the end of the harvest in Washington in August. Intensely flavorful and juicy, cherries are not a hard sell. But their long list of powerful nutrients seals the deal: they’re rich in anthocyanins (potent antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties) and boast plenty of blood-pressure-reducing potassium. They often grow in pairs, because multiple flowers bloom from a single bud and when they fruit, the cherries stay together. And these heart-shaped treats really are magical culinary partners when you match them with other foods. Try them in a refreshing cherry lemonade or combined with nutty farro in a hearty summer salad. Or wrap sweetened cherries and creamy ricotta in store-bought crêpes for an easy-to-make blintz. Whether...

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June 20, 2014 - 9:43am

The wine aisle can be pretty intimidating. With rows of white, red and rosé wines from all over the world lining the shelves and stacked in boxes, it can be hard to decide where to spend your money. If you don’t have a sommelier (a trained wine professional) hovering nearby to point out the best wines in the store, how do you know what to pick?

From my previous work in restaurants and at a wine store, I’ve observed that people most often choose wines based on the label. Wines with animals, pretty lettering or familiar grape varietals are the most common choices; however, a wine with an attractive label doesn’t necessarily mean good value (or taste!). After testing more than 50 bottles of wine marked at $10 and under with the EatingWell Test Kitchen team (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it), we’ve come up with some favorites in the $...

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April 14, 2014 - 3:23pm

Tofu may not be the first protein you think of when planning dinner, but here are 4 new recipes that will make tofu the star of your next menu. These vegetarian tofu dinner recipes are super-satisfying, bursting with flavor and take less than 45 minutes to make. Even diehard meat lovers will be won over!

Plus, tofu’s nutrition profile is impressive. Low in fat and for vegetarians a good source of protein, one 3-ounce serving of extra-firm tofu has around 80 calories, 0 grams of saturated fat and 8 grams of protein. There’s been some misleading information churning out from the rumor mill claiming that soy’s isoflavones (compounds similar to estrogen) are harmful, but there’s no supporting evidence. In fact, they may actually have a protective effect. Studies show isoflavones may help play a role in reducing the risk of breast and prostate cancers as...

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