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Hilary Meyer's Blog

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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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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