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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog

August 17, 2016 - 11:20am

I’m a vegetable lover. I eat vegetables at least three times a day: sautéed chard stirred into scrambled eggs for breakfast, a big garden-fresh salad for lunch and grilled corn and steamed potatoes as side dishes with dinners in the summer. I don’t have much trouble eating enough vegetables, but I know I’m the exception, not the rule.

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Ninety percent of Americans don’t eat enough vegetables, according to the USDA. The recommended amount for everyone age 9 and up is two to three servings a day. (For most vegetables, like green beans, a serving is 1 cup. For raw leafy vegetables, like salad greens, a serving is 2 cups.)...

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July 14, 2016 - 9:51am

What's my go-to summer potluck dish? Sesame noodles! They're easy to make and hold well, so I can make them in advance. This handy sesame noodle recipe formula has endless flavor combinations, so I can make a batch for pretty much every party I go to without my friends giving each other the side-eye and saying, "Oh no, Carolyn brought sesame noodles again."

All you have to do is add a flavoring to the sauce and switch out the vegetables and noodles. And the best part is, they only take 20 minutes to put together. With so many combos to try, you will be serving up these cool noodle salads all summer long.

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June 6, 2016 - 9:43am

I'm not typically a sneaky chef. I'm lucky that, so far, my daughter eats the same food at dinner that my husband and I are eating. She loves "crazy" stuff like beets, parsnips and rutabaga. That being said, she'd choose a sweet treat over veggies any day, like most kids her age. So I'm not adverse to sneaking more veggies in where she least expects it—dessert. And, let's face it: a little extra veg couldn't hurt the grownups either.

Here are 9 ways you can turn vegetables into dessert:

1. Put potatoes into cupcakes: Mashed potatoes give Blueberry Cupcakes great texture, almost like pound cake.

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May 30, 2016 - 1:14pm

I’ve discovered how to make casual summer entertaining super-easy and infinitely more fun: I simply plug in my slow cooker. I used to spend all day making side dishes and sweating for hours at the grill, not realizing until the end of the party that the only time I interacted with anyone was when they came to get a burger from me.

Now I let my slow cooker do most of the work. If I’m having what feels like the whole neighborhood over, I can free up space on my packed grill by using this handy tool to make one of the main courses. Who doesn’t love fork-tender brisket piled on a sandwich and topped with pickles and garlicky mayo or chicken drumsticks coated in sticky honey-orange sauce? I can also use the slow cooker to prepare great sides like a tangy, warm German potato salad starring fresh fingerling potatoes or Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole....

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May 11, 2016 - 9:36am

I heart avocado toast. It's one of my go-to breakfasts during the week. My 4-year-old daughter even digs it. But rather than just putting mashed avocado on toast, it takes practically no time to add a fried egg and some tasty veggies, which keeps me satisfied all morning.

Here's how to take avocado toast to the next level:

1. Start with a whole-grain foundation: Go for a full-flavored, high-fiber bread, such as a hearty slice of German-style rye or seeded multigrain from your favorite bakery.

2. Schmear on the avocado: This luxurious spread contains healthy fats that help you absorb nutrients in the veggies.

3. Give it protein power: Eating a protein-packed egg...

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