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Hilary Meyer's Blog

October 20, 2009 - 9:41am

When we were kids, my mom loved to bake with my sister and me. She would put my sister in charge of mixing the dry ingredients and I was in charge of the wet. We loved having a job in the kitchen and we looked forward to eating the delicious cookie recipes we made as our after-dinner treat.

It turns out my mom was onto something by keeping us busy in the kitchen: experts say that when kids help plan, cook, serve and clean up after meals, they’ll be more interested in eating with the family since they have a stake in the meal. Since it’s so important for kids to eat a healthy diet, choose to make...

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October 14, 2009 - 10:43am

I’ve heard about a million times that I should be getting more fish in my diet, especially salmon. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids that are good for just about everything from your heart to your brain. Salmon can keep your skin beautiful and healthy too. Find out how much you need to eat here.

So to keep it interesting, I found some new salmon recipes that use not only fillets, but smoked salmon as well—even salmon in a can. Plus they’re all done in less than 45 minutes.

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October 12, 2009 - 10:37am

The name says it all. This “Died and Went to Heaven” Chocolate Cake is one of my favorite cake recipes to whip up for guests. Why? It’s full of chocolaty goodness, but not fat and calories. People are always pleasantly surprised when they sink their teeth into this rich and moist chocolate dessert for a mere 139 calories. Find more than 20 amazing chocolate dessert recipes made healthy here.

The secret to this recipe lies in the ingredients. Cocoa powder delivers rich chocolate flavor without adding too many calories and nonfat buttermilk keeps it moist without adding tons of fat.

Another perk: it takes only 25...

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October 2, 2009 - 10:16am

If I was stranded on a desert island and could eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would have to be potatoes. I never get tired of them. Apparently, neither does Oprah Winfrey. She’s been quoted as saying, “My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.”

Love her, and love potatoes—my ultimate comfort food. I’ve got plenty of great potato recipes to make the most of this versatile vegetable. And don’t let the low-carb craze deter you from enjoying potatoes. They’re high in potassium, vitamin C and offer fiber, too, especially when you eat them with their delicious skin.

Here are some of my favorite...

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September 25, 2009 - 11:18am

I’m sad to see summer go, but it means that fall is here, and I’ve got some delicious fall recipes ready for the occasion. Fall has a lot to offer in the produce department—including sweet apples and pears, tart cranberries and savory Brussels sprouts and fennel. All this fresh produce inspires me to whip up some warming dishes on cool fall nights.

Here are some of my favorite fall dessert, dinner and side dish recipes using fresh fall produce. (For more inspiration on cooking fall vegetables—from beets and squash to sweet potatoes—check out our new Vegetable Roasting Guide...

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