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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 9)

October 14, 2010 - 11:23am

One of my favorite things about going to the farmers' market in the fall is seeing all the cool varieties of winter squash. I love their funky shapes and stunning colors.

Related: How to Choose 7 Types of Winter Squash

Though I usually declined winter squash as a kid (so often drenched in brown sugar and butter, it didn't please my salty-tooth), I'm a huge fan of it now. Added bonus: A cup of cooked squash provides more than twice the recommended daily value of vitamin A, plus plenty of vitamin C.

Winter squash's creamy texture is versatile in so many applications. Here are my favorite squash to sauté, stuff, make soup with and roast. With recipes this delicious, squash may become a regular on...

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October 7, 2010 - 12:16pm

There are some vegetables that are pretty easy to love—red bell peppers and carrots come to mind. But many people have hangups about certain vegetables. Sometimes it just takes the right preparation of one of those vegetables on your “nasty” list to change your mind.

Related Link: The Easiest Ways to Cook 20 Vegetables

Take my husband, for instance: when I met Dan, he hated Brussels sprouts...until one fine fall day. I braised them in a little chicken broth with fresh thyme and sliced shallots until they were perfectly tender. Dan whined a bit when he saw them on his dinner plate, but he’s good about trying things he doesn’t like. His eyes lit up after his first bite. He now...

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September 28, 2010 - 11:19am

I don’t know why it still shocks me when I read that we aren’t eating our vegetables. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that most Americans eat less than half the amount of recommended vegetable servings. What gives, people? Vegetables are so awesome! You just have to cook them right.

So here’s my challenge to you: pick one new vegetable to try each week. To get you started, I’ve selected three of my favorite fall vegetables. Not only are they ripe right now and at their most delicious and nutritious, they all keep well and are endlessly versatile. Plus you can get good deals on them if you shop smart. Here are my best tips for cooking these 3 vegetables and how to get the best deal on them at the grocery store.

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September 22, 2010 - 11:21am

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.

Related: Healthy Homemade Bread Recipes to Serve with Your Soup

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...

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September 13, 2010 - 11:31am

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...

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