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Carolyn Malcoun's Blog

September 26, 2016 - 9:01am

Maybe you don't venture into the frozen food section unless it's 100 degrees outside. But I do! Along with frozen fruit and vegetables, I keep my freezer stocked with a handful of carefully curated convenience foods to turn into an easy dinner. Fish sticks, potstickers, veggie burgers, mozzarella sticks, meatballs and hash browns are among my favorites.

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I'm all for cooking from scratch—I do it for a living! But sometimes I just don't have time for that. I have a preschooler who demands dinner immediately upon arrival at home. If I'm feeling less than inspired by what I planned for dinner that night...

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September 6, 2016 - 9:26am

My dad's Lebanese, so cooking up recipes infused with Middle Eastern flavors is well within my comfort zone. I have multiple containers of tahini in my pantry, my spice jars of allspice, cumin, marjoram, sumac and oregano are always full, and when I visit my family, I leave extra room in my suitcase so to bring home jars of Dad's pickled turnips.

Middle Eastern food is all the rage right now, thanks to the popularity of chefs like Michael Solomonov and Yotam Ottolenghi. And that's great for us all, since we can find more—and better-quality—Middle Eastern ingredients at many large supermarkets.

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While some classic Middle...

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August 19, 2016 - 9:36am

My daughter is only 4, so we have another year until she starts school. But I still pack her lunch for daycare every day. One of the easiest ways to make sure she has a healthy lunch is to use a Japanese-style bento box.

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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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