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Hilary Meyer's Blog

September 14, 2009 - 11:18am

I’m trying to eat more vegetarian meals, so I’m obsessed with beans. And the bean recipes I’ve been making have made it incredibly easy. I thought I would feel less satisfied without having meat as part of my dinner, but beans fill me right up. Since they’re packed with fiber I never feel hungry after a meal. And my wallet isn’t suffering either—a can of beans is much cheaper than a pound of chicken or beef (and a pound of dried beans is even less expensive!). Now that’s what I call satisfaction.

Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian recipes with beans:

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September 10, 2009 - 11:37am

If you’re looking for a way to make your food dollars and your cooking efforts go further, think cheap chicken dinners. A whole chicken can go a long way. Once a month, my husband and I buy a fresh chicken from a local farm. Sometimes I roast it whole and use the leftovers in another meal the next night. If I don’t want to cook the whole thing at once, I divide it up so we can have the breast one night and the legs another. Because I think this fresh local chicken tastes so amazing, I get really excited about the delicious chicken recipes we can make with our special purchase.

Here are some of my all-time favorite chicken...

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September 2, 2009 - 10:34am

I often drive to visit my family on long holiday weekends. I used to not enjoy the trips because when I got hungry I would have to pull over at a rest stop and buy fried food that I would spend the latter half of my drive regretting. So now I pack a cooler with healthy lunches that keep me satisfied for the entire trip. When I stop, I find a picnic bench and enjoy a sandwich or salad that I packed and I don’t have to deal with swarms of people, greasy food or regrets.

BBQ Chicken Sandwich – Toss leftover cooked chicken with barbecue sauce and crunchy carrots for a quick and healthy lunch.

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August 20, 2009 - 11:54am

As a kid, my sister didn’t eat anything except macaroni and cheese. This presented a challenge for our mom, especially during breakfast when mac and cheese wasn’t on the menu. Then Mom started making smoothies for breakfast. For some reason, the fresh fruit in a bowl that my sister refused to eat was suddenly “so yummy” after being blended with yogurt, milk or even tofu—something my sister wouldn’t have otherwise touched with a 10-foot pole. And the best part for Mom, was that smoothies take 5 minutes or less to make.

Here are some kids’ breakfast-smoothie recipes all ready in 5 minutes or less:

Wake-Up Smoothie – You can jump-start your day in just minutes with this nutritious, tasty...

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August 17, 2009 - 11:39am

I would love to wake up in the morning with plenty of time to sit down and enjoy a good healthy breakfast, but most days that doesn’t happen. Do I skip breakfast and wait until lunch to eat? No way. I think I would starve to death.

Instead, I plan ahead. When I wrap up a granola bar for myself the night before I keep it on the kitchen counter next to my car keys so I don’t forget it or I make muffins and wrap leftovers individually in plastic wrap so I can defrost them one at a time. As I’m rushing out the door, it’s easy to just grab my breakfast and enjoy it once I get to work.

Here are some of my favorite grab and go breakfast recipes:

Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars –...

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