Hilary Meyer's Blog (Page 2)

November 21, 2013 - 10:43am

Annually, the average American consumes 38 percent more white meat than dark meat from chicken. We’d like to buck the trend and give some love to one of our favorite cuts: boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Why are thighs so great? Sans skin and after a quick trim, they fall into the lean category, with 166 calories, 8 grams of fat and just 2 grams of saturated fat per 3-ounce portion. That is only 26 calories, 5 grams fat and 1 gram saturated fat more than 3 ounces of chicken breast. But with slightly more calories and fat come huge culinary advantages: that little bit of extra fat helps keep chicken thighs tender, so they can simmer away in a ramen soup with bok choy without drying out. Plus dark meat has more flavor than light, so it goes with bold ingredients like hot sauce and blue cheese in a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Chicken thighs contain...

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August 23, 2013 - 12:27am

There’s nothing more enticing than walking into the kitchen and taking in the heady scent of onion, garlic and chili powder from a big pot of chili bubbling on the stove. And if you’re throwing a party, serving up steaming bowls of chili with all the fixings is a fun, casual way to serve a crowd.

At your next gathering, serve chili family style—right from the pot—with lots of different toppings. Go for classics, such as cheese, sour cream and hot sauce. Add plenty of fresh options, too: scallions, jalapeños, onion, radishes, avocados and cilantro.

Worried that chili isn’t good for you? Don’t be. We’ve got four tricks to keep it healthy but still hearty:

4 Rules for How to Cook Healthy Chili:

1. Start with lean meat (or none at all).
2. Slip in at least 3 cups of fresh...

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August 22, 2013 - 9:57am

Our healthy cornbread recipe is moist and delicious but has whole grains and less sugar than most versions. Learn the tricks we use to make cornbread healthy.

If you’re a fan of sweet cornbread but don’t want an overload of added sugar, then give this recipe a try. We cut the sugar nearly in half compared to a boxed version. But it’s still plenty sweet thanks to a touch of honey and the natural sweetness of fresh corn kernels, which also help to boost fiber and keep it delectably moist. See for yourself. We think it stacks up pretty well.

Whole-Grain Cornbread
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This whole-grain cornbread recipe is quick enough for a weeknight. Serve the leftovers with a drizzle of...

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August 15, 2013 - 10:38am

My husband, Russ, is a pizza fanatic. A salad glistening with a thin coat of dressing is more up my alley. So to keep us happy, I started making both. Not just pizza with a side of salad, but a pizza that was a salad. A pizz’alad, if you will. A pizza that took the goodness of pizza—a thin crackly crust, the mmmm-inducing pungency of melted cheese—and combined it with the snap of lettuce and the virtues of farm-fresh vegetables. I know it sounds a little weird, but it has been a HUGE hit among my friends and family. It makes for a memorable meal where both pizza lovers and salad lovers can be happy. Top your pizza with salad and serve with icy beer, wine and no-fuss appetizers like olives and you’ve got a recipe for a relaxed get-together.


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April 30, 2013 - 11:11pm

Anything draped in a velvety-smooth cream sauce is bound to be delicious. It’s also bound to be high in calories and full of saturated fat—which most of us could do without. So before you kiss your mother’s recipe for macaroni and cheese goodbye or take your last spoonful of a creamy, comforting soup, consider that you could make the same creamy recipes with WAY less fat and fewer calories by using no cream at all. Yes, really.

Chef John Ash developed a no-cream cream sauce for EatingWell Magazine made from simple pantry staples as a way to slash fat and calories from dishes that are usually laden with fat. One cup of his Cream Sauce without the Cream has only 159 calories and 0 grams saturated fat. Compare that to 1 cup of heavy cream, which has 820 calories and 55 grams saturated fat.

Here are our tips to make a...

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