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I’ve discovered how to make casual summer entertaining super-easy and infinitely more fun: I simply plug in my slow cooker. I used to spend all day making side dishes and sweating for hours at the grill, not realizing until the end of the party that the only time I interacted with anyone was when they came to get a burger from me.
Now I let my slow cooker do most of the work. If I’m having what feels like the whole neighborhood over, I can free up space on my packed grill by using this handy tool to make one of the main courses. Who doesn’t love fork-tender brisket piled on a sandwich and topped with pickles and garlicky mayo or chicken drumsticks coated in sticky honey-orange sauce? I can also use the slow cooker to prepare great sides like a tangy, warm German potato salad starring fresh fingerling potatoes or Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole....read full post »
I heart avocado toast. It's one of my go-to breakfasts during the week. My 4-year-old daughter even digs it. But rather than just putting mashed avocado on toast, it takes practically no time to add a fried egg and some tasty veggies, which keeps me satisfied all morning.
Here's how to take avocado toast to the next level:
1. Start with a whole-grain foundation: Go for a full-flavored, high-fiber bread, such as a hearty slice of German-style rye or seeded multigrain from your favorite bakery.
2. Schmear on the avocado: This luxurious spread contains healthy fats that help you absorb nutrients in the veggies.
3. Give it protein power: Eating a protein-packed egg...read full post »
While I always have a decent selection of craft beers and a few bottles of wine in my fridge for the times when friends drop by for an impromptu summertime shindig, I’ve decided to make this The Summer of Sangria.
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I’ve never been much of a sangria fan. I’ve found most restaurant variations to be sickeningly sweet, so it wasn’t my first choice for summer drinking. What changed my mind? These killer sangria recipes developed in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. They skipped the sugar altogether and used zesty wines, flavorful liquors and tons of fresh fruit to make these sangria recipes a delight to all the senses. Worthy of a summer-long celebration of the original wine cooler? Absolutely. So pull...read full post »
I try to make a ginormous salad every day for lunch or dinner. Healthy salad recipes pack in a lot of nutrients for not a lot of calories—as long as you pay attention to the ingredients. It's easy to come up with healthy salad recipes in the summer when the market is overflowing with summer-ripe tomatoes, loads of veggies and a variety of salad greens. But dinner salads can be just as delicious and satisfying in the cooler months. I just adjust the mix for the season. This foolproof formula will have you tossing up healthy salad recipes whenever the mood strikes you!
Here are 5 tips for making a killer salad, plus a super-simple homemade vinaigrette recipe that will make you fall in love with salad again.
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I have a CSA share—that means I pay in advance to get a bag of vegetables each week from a local farm. I typically get a squash in the cooler months so I'm always on the hunt for new squash recipes.
Luckily my family loves to eat squash. And that's a good thing, as all varieties give you a big bang for your nutrition buck. One cup of cooked winter squash is high in both vitamin A (214% of the recommended daily value) and vitamin C (33%), as well as being a good source of vitamins B6 and K, potassium and folate.
Here are 6 of my favorite varieties plus delicious squash recipes to cook. Many squash varieties are interchangeable, so don't be afraid to experiment....read full post »