Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 8)
One thing I love about working in the EatingWell Test Kitchen is that we can make just about any recipe healthier. Even though Asian food in general has a healthier halo (often lean meat or fish and lots of vegetables cooked with little fat, over rice or noodles), it’s easy to end up with a plate piled with chunks of fried meat drowning in a sauce sweeter than fake maple syrup over a pile of white rice.read full post »
On a cold, rainy, early spring day last March, assistant food editor Hilary Meyer and I were testing recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Conversation segued into Whine Fest 2010 about our gardening prospects for the upcoming season—I had moved into a new apartment that didn’t have any space to garden and she was sick of trying to coax tomatoes and other sun-loving plants from her decidedly shady garden. Then, a eureka moment: there was plenty of flat, sunny, open land right next to our office. Why not plant a garden there?
With the help of our husbands, we transformed a pretty substantial chunk of land into a really amazing garden. We wrote about our EatingWell garden in the March/April issue of EatingWell Magazine, where Hilary compiled this list of 5 essential tools to help you get your garden off...read full post »
If you’re like many women, I’m going to venture a guess that you fall off the healthy-eating bandwagon once every, say, 28 days, give or take a few. Am I right? You know what I mean. PMS cravings. Even my super-clean-eating friend told me, “I’m not big on food cravings, but that’s the only way I know that I’m PMS-ing.” Ain’t that the truth. As I write this blog, I’m working my way through a bowl of spicy baked cheese puffs and waiting for Aunt Flo’s monthly visit.
So what’s a girl to do when she wants to “be good,” but every hormone and emotion in her body is screaming, “BE BAD! BE VERY BAD! EAT THAT!”?
I started off by asking my favorite gal pals what they craved most when they’re PMS-ing. Although a...read full post »
My cousin lives in New Orleans and just about every year my husband, Dan, and I talk about heading down there for Mardi Gras. For some reason we can’t seem to get it together enough to actually make it happen. But we still like to celebrate, so we invite a few friends over for a no-fuss Fat Tuesday celebration.
Since Fat Tuesday always falls on a weeknight (duh), I like to whip up a batch of this Sausage Gumbo for the festivities. It’s much healthier and easier to make than a traditional gumbo, which takes hours of cooking plus involves making a black roux that’s loaded with saturated fat (and needs careful attention). One recipe I found had 480 calories and 40 grams of total fat per serving—eep!
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Risotto done right is absolutely sublime: rich and luxurious with just a touch of toothsomeness. Risotto, an ultra-creamy rice dish, is made by slowly combining hot broth with arborio (or other “risotto-style”) rice. Despite its reputation for being fussy or time-intensive, risotto is actually quite simple to make. While you do need to attend to the pot while you’re making risotto, that step only takes about half an hour. And the results are more than worth it! All you need are a few choice ingredients and a bit of time at the stove and you’ll have a pot of creamy risotto that an Italian nonna (grandmother) would be proud of.
Recipes to Try: Our Best Risotto Recipes
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