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September 9, 2010 - 11:51am

I heart leftovers. But I know not everyone does. Maybe it’s because many people think of leftovers as eating-the-same-meal-every-night-for-a-week. But I’m going to try to change your mind. It’s easy to transform certain leftover ingredients into completely different dishes if you think a little creatively. And using leftovers can help you save money and avoid waste. Here are yummy recipes—many of which are from our new book, EatingWell on a Budget—to help you rethink your leftovers.

Related Link: 15 Tricks to Save Money on Groceries But Still Eat Well

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August 25, 2010 - 12:05pm
By Carolyn Malcoun in EatingWell Blogs

It seems that most summer parties, at least the ones I’m invited to, are potlucks. And since Labor Day weekend is on the horizon, there’s at least one more summer potluck on my social calendar. I know some of you hate potlucks, perhaps for the very reason I love them—none of the food really goes together. I like that, though—one of the best potlucks I’ve been to featured handmade spring rolls, Indian-spiced carrot soup and tiny profiteroles filled with homemade ice cream, among other tasty treats. And this wasn’t a potluck of international foodies, just my friends who like to cook and eat.

I like to bring something a little out of the ordinary to a potluck. And if you’ve been to a few already this summer, perhaps you’re looking for something different to wow your fellow potluck-goers. Here are 5 of my...

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August 18, 2010 - 11:48am

When it comes to lunch, not much has changed since I was a kid—even at age 34, I’m still envious when a co-worker pulls out a treat that I wish I had in my lunch bag! Whether you’re packing a lunch for the kids or brown-bagging it at work, it’s always nice to include a little treat.

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I like to make these easy, healthy homemade fruit bars on Sunday afternoons. This recipe makes a nice-size batch and holds well for up to 5 days, so I can put them in my lunchbox all week as a special treat. And whether you...

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August 11, 2010 - 11:44am

I guess because I’m a food editor at EatingWell, I shouldn’t be surprised that my friends were shocked when I told them I stopped for dinner at McDonalds on my last road trip. I know, I know, don’t I eat better than that? Well, quite honestly, I was in a rush to get out of town and beat the traffic, and there weren’t any quick and healthy options on the stretch of road I was on!

Since summer is in full swing and lots of us are hitting the road for vacation this month, you just might find yourself in the same boat. To help you make better choices when you do stop at a fast food restaurant, I’ve compiled a list of 4 popular fast food meals that are diet-busters and provided lighter options to order instead. I’ve also included recipes for healthier make-at-home versions so you can satisfy that fast food craving...

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July 29, 2010 - 11:19am

There are about 97,634,347 things I’d rather do after work in the summer than make dinner. (Gardening, hiking, swimming, running, biking and porch-sitting-with-cocktail-in-hand, just to name a few.) I’m sure you can relate.

Even so, we still need to eat. And while it’s so easy to grab a burger on the way home, I’d rather make something that I know tastes great, is good for me and will help me save the money I would have spent on takeout. Armed with these recipes—ready in just 5, 10, 15 and 20 minutes—the excuse that there’s not enough time to make dinner flies out the door. I even paired each recipe with a super-quick side dish.

Got 5 Minutes? Make Turkey Pastrami Sandwich—At our house, “dinner in 5 minutes” often translates to PB&J. But in the same...

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