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March 6, 2009 - 3:36am

Few things are more comforting than baked chicken. And Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken is one of my favorite recipes because it’s just as good cold the next day as it is hot from the oven. It’s my go-to recipe for picnics, and I’m even going to bring it to the March Madness party my friends are hosting later this month. The chicken is quickly marinated in mustard and maple syrup, then coated in breadcrumbs and baked for that crispy, delicious crust we all love. But since it’s not deep-fried, it’s way healthier than the crispy chicken-in-a-bucket from you-know-where.

Get the recipe: Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken

Some of my other favorite baked chicken recipes:

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February 27, 2009 - 3:36am

My mother-in-law and I are die-hard beet lovers, but even we don’t usually think of having beets on a weeknight because cooking them whole can take up to an hour—who has time for that? So I was thrilled when she and I finally got to chat about 4 quick and healthy beet recipes in the February issue of EatingWell and she practically shouted, “I can’t believe I never thought of cutting beets before cooking them!” A revelation!

If you cut beets up first, they need only about 10 minutes in the steamer (see Tip, below). And once you steam them, beets go well with so many flavors. I especially love Brown Sugar-Glazed Beets, lightly sweetened with orange juice and brown sugar.

Or if I get a hankering for...

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February 25, 2009 - 3:36am

Ah, lasagna… Quite possibly my favorite comfort food, lasagna was one of the first dishes I learned to master post-college. I experimented with many different combinations of ingredients as the seasons changed, but Classic Lasagna layered with meat sauce and ricotta cheese filling was always my favorite.

I think the reason I mastered lasagna first was because it is the perfect dish for entertaining, which I loved—and still love—to do. A single pan makes enough to entertain several friends (and who doesn’t love Italian food?), it can be made in advance and leftovers are a beautiful thing. Once the lasagna has cooled, individually wrap pieces in foil then freeze them in an airtight container. You...

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February 5, 2009 - 3:36am

The first time I baked bread from scratch was 10 years ago when I spent an entire weekend cooking and baking. I’d armed myself with the ingredients for a simple loaf of whole-wheat bread and went for it. I was rewarded with an apartment filled with the warm aroma of homemade bread.

What better way to add some whole-grain goodness to your diet? (People who eat plenty of whole grains tend to be leaner and healthier than those who don’t.)

I was really excited when award-winning cookbook author Nancy Baggett shared 5 of her easy, amazing recipes for no-knead breads. I love dunking chunks of Crunchy-Munchy Corn & Millet Bread—a rustic round loaf that’s crunchy on the outside and moist and soft on the inside—into creamy chowder. And chewy-crisp and fragrant...

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January 27, 2009 - 3:36am

When it comes to watching the Super Bowl, I’m all about appetizers. So when I planned my Super Bowl party menu this year, the only hard part was deciding which of my favorites to make. Boneless Buffalo Wings with Spicy Blue Cheese Dip made the cut without question.

Not only are they incredibly easy to make, they’re boneless so I don’t have to worry about our dog sneaking discarded bones off the coffee table during the game. EatingWell’s version is made with healthy white-meat chicken tenders dredged in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, then pan-fried in just a small amount of oil and drizzled with a tangy hot pepper sauce.

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