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November 7, 2012 - 10:25am

I enjoy food WAY too much to always be on a diet. Instead of giving my eating habits an overhaul, I’m going to make small changes to what I’m already doing when I’m cooking to save more than 500 calories. Here are 5 little tricks that save calories at dinner.

Don’t Miss: 10 Cooking Tips to Make Your Favorite Foods Healthier

1. Use a Nonstick Skillet
Cooking oil does a terrific job of preventing foods from sticking to the pan. It also does a terrific job at making your pants not fit. So in order to use less of it, consider using a nonstick pan. The smooth nonporous surface makes it harder for foods to stick and burn. You only need a tablespoon of oil to brown...

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October 23, 2012 - 10:09am

Before I became a mother I didn’t think too much about Halloween and candy bars … and sugar comas. But now that my daughter is old enough to indulge in all that Halloween has to offer, I’m paying more attention. I know a few candy corns won’t hurt anybody, but the problem with Halloween is that even though it’s only one day, the candy and parties appear for weeks beforehand (and of course the candy hangs around afterward too.) So this year I’m going to make some healthy Halloween treats that I used to enjoy when I was a kid. They’re delicious, but not overloaded with sugar and other not-so-desirable ingredients.

Here are 4 recipes perfect for Halloween celebrations that you’ll feel good about sharing with your family and friends:

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October 16, 2012 - 11:25am

When I was in culinary school we learned a lot about how to develop flavors. These methods usually involved high-end ingredients, a lot of prep time and sometimes following complicated procedures to get good results. Little did I know a much easier path to culinary greatness was sitting in my pantry the whole time I was sweating in a restaurant kitchen. That would be my slow cooker.

The humble slow cooker can turn out some pretty mean food if you know a few tricks. Not to mention it’s convenient, relatively inexpensive and very easy to use. (Dinner practically cooks itself!) Take EatingWell’s recipe for Flemish Beef Stew (see full recipe below), for example. In culinary school I would have been...

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October 9, 2012 - 12:51pm

It’s hard to deny that bacon possesses some magical qualities. It regularly gets people out of bed in the morning, it converts vegetarians to meat eaters. In fact I’m having a hard time writing this blog because all I can think about is bacon’s intoxicating aroma. Everything about bacon—its smoky perfume, its salty, yet subtly sweet bite—screams “Eat me! Eat lots of me!”  But here’s where the fairy tale ends. If you sit down to a plate full of bacon, you will probably die. Okay, maybe not. If you sit down to a plate full of bacon, you will probably regret it.

Don’t Miss: The Bacon Calculator: How Much Fat Is In Your Dinner?

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October 3, 2012 - 9:18am

We all know couples that just “work.” One person might be a talker and the other a listener. One might be flaky and the other one more organized. Whatever it is, successful couples are often complementary. The same goes for food. One element plays off the strength of another, making it a winning combination—a power couple, if you will (think peanut butter and jelly). Below are 5 fantastic food pairings that play well together. Stick with these and you’ll never be disappointed.

Pork and Apples:
Pork has a mild, unobtrusive flavor. It does well with anything that can give it a little jolt. However, the best pairing is with apples. Apples aren’t particularly strong flavor-wise, but they deliver both a sweet and slightly sour element that works well with the mildness of pork. Apples are meltingly tender...

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