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March 24, 2016 - 11:17am

Some of my favorite cool-weather side dishes are comforting vegetable casseroles like good old scalloped potatoes (a.k.a. potato gratin). Typical scalloped potato recipes bathe ingredients in a heavy cream sauce and top them with crispy buttered breadcrumbs or cheese. Our version saves about 160 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat compared to a traditional recipe. (Get the recipe for Scalloped Potatoes and More Healthy Vegetable Gratin Recipes.)

Want to know how we did it? Here are our 3 simple tricks:

Tip 1: Roast the vegetables first 
Classic scalloped potato recipes rely on fat from butter and cream to carry the flavor. Not ours. We toss the vegetables with oil and roast them before they hit the baking dish. The...

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March 23, 2016 - 12:47pm

Hard-boiled eggs seem simple, but they’re one of the hardest things to cook—or to cook right, anyway. I know it sounds hard to believe, but they’re ridiculously easy to screw up.

Don’t Miss: How to Make a Perfect Omelet

Think about the last hard-boiled egg you had. Chances are it wasn’t perfect. Maybe it had a rubbery texture. Maybe the yolk was a little green around the edges or the egg white was filled with pockmarks from the shell sticking to the surface of the white when it was peeled. Maybe it broke open while it was cooking. Maybe it smelled like sulfur. You probably ate it anyway—it’s not the end of the world—but a perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg is a...

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March 22, 2016 - 11:50am

A great dip is the kind of nibble that makes entertaining easy. These 6 dips take just a few minutes to make and are loaded with healthy and easy-to-find ingredients. Just a little chopping, layering, stirring or pulsing and you’re ready to party!

Don't Miss: 5-Ingredient Dip Recipes
Homemade Salsa Recipes



Chopped: Summer Peach SalsaChopped:...

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February 18, 2016 - 11:57am

Chances are you have a microwave sitting somewhere in your kitchen. They’ve gotten smaller over the years, but even the most svelte version takes up precious real estate.  It’s time to put that baby to work.

Here are 7 unexpected uses for your microwave:

Related: Does radiation from your microwave cause dangerous compounds in your food? Get the truth here.

1. Cook fish – Cook a steak in the microwave and you’ll end up with shoe leather. Fish, on the other hand, can be cooked perfectly in the microwave. Simply wrap your fish in microwave-safe plastic with a little seasoning (salt and pepper and some lemon, perhaps) and cook for about 2 minutes on high. (The...

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February 11, 2016 - 11:12am

Everyone has a favorite comfort food. Mine is creamy chicken and broccoli casserole. It’s a warming dish of ooey-gooey melted cheese, creamy sauce, noodles and chicken, with some broccoli thrown in for good measure. It’s simple and delicious, but unfortunately the classic recipe is not very healthy.

Recipes to Try: 18 Healthy Casserole Recipes

That’s why I was thrilled when we got the chance to create a healthier version of this masterpiece in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Our lighter recipe trimmed 100 calories and 9 grams of fat per serving from the original. And even better, it’s super-easy. This recipe is made in one skillet, mostly on the stovetop (with just a few minutes of broiling at...

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