I’m head over heels in love with soup. Once the weather turns cooler, I make a batch of soup (or more!) each week, trying new recipes as well as improving upon tried-and-true favorites. I love the whole process of creating a pot of soup—from chopping to the final stir—and the simplicity of serving it. Just add a hunk of warm bread and dinner is served.
Here are three more reasons I love soup:
1. It’s a great way to use up leftovers or produce items that need to be eaten. When I decide to make a pot of soup, I start by surveying my refrigerator: do I have any opened boxes or cans of broth in the fridge? What...read full post »
If you regularly read the EatingWell blogs, you may have gotten the impression that we all make complicated recipes every single night for dinner. That’s soooo not the case.
While I do love to experiment with easy main-dish recipes during the week, most of the time I keep my weeknight dinners simple. I’ll saute fish fillets, bake chicken breasts, grill steaks—i.e., prepare the main event without a recipe. On nights like those, I usually give the side dish a little more attention. But not much more. Basically, I keep a few vegetables on hand that I know I can easily jazz up with some fresh herbs, zingy spices or a simple sauce.
Here are 5 quick side dishes and fuss-free main dishes to serve them with. Bonus: These vegetable sides are chock-full of nutrients, like beta carotene (which is converted to vitamin A—good for...read full post »
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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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...read full post »
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.
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...read full post »