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Hilary Meyer's Blog

April 23, 2012 - 1:21pm

Restaurant meals taste good and eating out sure is convenient. But some of the dishes we've come to love are costing our waistlines big-time. For example, the Olive Garden's Fettuccine Alfredo serves up as many calories as some people should eat in an entire day and far more fat and saturated fat than is recommended in a day. Instead of cutting yourself off completely, try to make some of your favorite dishes at home. You may be surprised just how easy it is to make your fast-food and restaurant favorites at home and how many calories and grams of fat you'll save. EatingWell's healthy makeover of Fettuccine Alfredo, for example, has less than a third of the calories and reduced the amount of fat and saturated fat to a sixth of what is in the Olive Garden version.

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April 3, 2012 - 12:52pm

For some, the highlight of Easter is the ham. For others, maybe asparagus or dessert. But for me, it’s the copious amount of hard-boiled eggs I’m left with after the holiday has passed. I love them, and I want them to be perfect.

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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. 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...

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March 26, 2012 - 1:04pm

Now that spring has sprung, I’m loading up on more fresh veggies, and that has me thinking about the best way to store them to keep them at their freshest. I only go to the grocery store once a week, which means I have to keep my produce stored properly to avoid ending up with a giant pile of bad veggies ready for the compost pile at the end of the week.

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March 20, 2012 - 12:19pm

I love breakfast, but I’m not at my most creative in the morning. My fast fall-back: whole wheat toast with a little butter or jam. It gets the job done, but it can get a little boring.

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I’m going to take my toast offering up a few notches with just a little creativity. I want to make my toast something worth getting out of bed for. So here are 5 simple but unexpected ways to dress up your morning toast.

1. “Nova” toast
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March 5, 2012 - 1:09pm

I used to have a love-hate relationship with boneless, skinless chicken breast. On the love side, it’s a lean, healthy protein with only 142 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat per 3-ounce serving. And it cooks relatively quickly so it’s great for a weeknight meal. On the hate side, its flavor is so mild and it always seemed to be dried out from being overcooked. But all that changed when I took a moment to think about how I could make chicken breast taste better and I got creative. Now when I cook chicken breast, it’s tender, juicy and packed with flavor.

Here are my tips on how to cook the perfect, juicy chicken breast and recipes to get you started:


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