Hilary Meyer's Blog (Page 3)

January 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

If your recent restaurant dining involved a super-savory dish that made you drool or a salad dressing that knocked your socks off, the chef might have been using a secret ingredient: anchovies. These tiny cured fish pack a wallop of flavor in tiny amounts and because of that, chefs like to add them to everything from salad dressing to beef stew. You might be turning up your nose, thinking of those salty, shriveled bits on pizza. However, canned or cured anchovies are a totally different taste experience. That’s because they deliver umami—a taste that’s loosely defined as particularly “savory” (the other tastes are bitter, sweet, salty and sour). Umami is an mmm-inducing flavor with multiple layers. Give anchovies a try and wow the eaters in your home. Here are five ways you can use anchovies in obvious (and not so obvious) ways to pump up the flavor...

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December 31, 2013 - 3:02pm

If you’re resolving to eat healthier this year, consider starting in the kitchen. Mastering a few easy cooking skills can do wonders for your health and your waistline. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:

Be a Breakfast Chef

1. Be a Breakfast Chef
Regular breakfast eaters tend to be leaner, and breakfast-eating dieters are more successful at losing weight. What’s more, studies have found that they also get more fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, riboflavin, zinc and iron—and less fat and dietary cholesterol. But the key is a balanced breakfast. That means having whole grains, protein...

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December 12, 2013 - 9:26am

Sometimes it’s not easy to motivate yourself to cook on a weeknight. You’re tired from working all day or maybe your kid’s soccer practice ran late. You feel rushed while you’re cooking, rushed while you eat, and then of course there’s the cleanup. You could go out to a restaurant, but that gets pricy. Plus it’s hard to monitor whether what you’re eating is healthy when you’re ordering off a menu. What if you could eat a delicious, healthy meal at home without cooking? No, I’m not talking about frozen dinners from the grocery store. With a little planning, you can enjoy 5 healthy dinners on busy weeknights with very little kitchen time.

Here’s your 7-day game plan:


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December 12, 2013 - 12:24am

My husband loves football. I love parties. So the Super Bowl is the one day a year when our interests happily meet. I love Super Bowl recipes, but I don’t want to make our party a four-hour marathon of fat-filled dips, salty chips and calorie-rich drinks. So this year, I’m giving our party a healthier spin. And the best part is that it will be so subtle, no one will even notice. Touchdown!

Here are 5 sneaky tips for throwing a healthy Super Bowl party:

Don't Miss: Healthy Low-Cal Football Snacks

1. Create a Food-Free Space


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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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