Hilary Meyer's Blog (Page 41)

February 20, 2009 - 3:36am

I’m going to try and take “Fat Tuesday” a little less literally this year with a healthier approach to my Mardi Gras recipes and menu. Of course I’m going to stick to the traditional favorites, but for my party menu I’m going to focus on healthier versions that stay true to those delicious Cajun flavors I love. Maybe I’ll even score a few extra beads for my efforts.
For Mardi Gras, I’m going to cook up a menu of traditional favorites, including:

Grilled Shrimp Remoulade: An updated and untraditional rémoulade makes a tangy sauce for these spice-rubbed shrimp. While this is a favorite on the grill, you can cook the shrimp on a lightly sprayed broiler rack, about 4 inches from the...

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February 17, 2009 - 3:36am

If you’re like me, both time and money are tight these days. I would love to spend all afternoon cooking an elaborate meal, but that’s not reality. I love pork, and boneless pork chops are my pick of the pig when it comes to quick and easy dinners. Plus at about $3.50 per pound, they make great budget-friendly meals. Perfect for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner that won’t break the bank.

For example, Pork Chops with Orange & Fennel Salad are a terrific antidote to a dreary winter day. Serve them with crusty whole-grain bread or brown rice.

Like that? Here are some more of my favorite...

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January 30, 2009 - 3:36am

There are plenty of people in Vermont who relish the freezing temperatures and snow that come during the heart of winter. I’m not one. While my friends are out skiing, I’m in the kitchen, dressed in my most comfortable sweatshirt, looking for new dinner recipes that are low in calories, but big in flavor.

Here are my 5 all-time favorite winter recipes (all with less than 370 calories and packed with lean protein and fiber-rich vegetables):

Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans: In this one-skillet supper, toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Serve with a mixed green salad with...

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January 26, 2009 - 3:36am

I couldn’t survive the winter without soup. It makes the cold dark days of winter much more tolerable. These days, I like to make soup at least once a week, if not more. That may seem a little monotonous, but in my world, there’s a soup to suit every occasion. Got the sniffles? Chicken noodle soup has got the cure. Well, maybe that’s a stretch, but it sure makes you feel better. Nothing is more satisfying than a creamy turkey and wild rice soup after a long day skiing. So here are a few of my favorite soup recipes. Prepare to be satisfied.

Chicken Noodle Soup with Dill: Dill makes this version of chicken noodle soup even more special, and it’s done in under an hour.


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January 20, 2009 - 3:36am

This year I’m going to be one of well over 1 billion people who will celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year on January 26. I’m throwing a dinner party to celebrate—it’s a great excuse to try some healthy Chinese recipes and share great food with friends.
Here’s my Chinese New Year Menu (including foods considered to bring good luck, such as lettuce wraps and noodles):

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps: Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining.

Long-Life Noodles with Green Tea: Baked tofu, bell peppers and scallions are...

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