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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog

March 10, 2011 - 11:03am

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...

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March 4, 2011 - 11:42am

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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February 11, 2011 - 11:10am

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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February 2, 2011 - 11:39am

When I told my husband, Dan, that I was blogging about Rocky Road Brownies (find the recipe below), he turned to me and said, “The Rocky Road Brownies? That was the best dessert you ever brought home from EatingWell.” He might be right. Although every recipe that chocolate expert Alice Medrich developed for the latest issue of EatingWell is truly amazing, it’s quite possible that these Rocky Road Brownies were the Test Kitchen’s favorite. We happily tested every nuance and fought over the leftovers. Even Deputy Food Editor Jessie Price, who isn’t normally a fan of Rocky Road anything, brought an entire pan home...

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January 24, 2011 - 10:36am

Are you one of the millions of Americans who cited losing weight as one of their New Year’s resolutions? I hope you haven’t given up yet. One of the 2011 resolutions my husband and I made is to eat more healthfully (and by default, lose weight). Like most people, Dan and I are busy and find it hard enough to fit in exercise every day, let alone get a healthy meal on the table.

So we’re working hard to plan easy healthy meals to help us meet our goals. I’ve found that the best tool in our kitchen to help us succeed in our efforts is our slow cooker. With just a little bit of prep in the morning, we...

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