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Hilary Meyer's Blog (Page 9)

May 8, 2012 - 12:12pm

Pork Chops are one of my favorite meats to grill. They’re quick cooking and relatively cheap, but they haven’t always been so well received. The popularity of pork took a nosedive in the 1970’s because people were concerned about fat. To quell their fears, producers bred leaner pigs so the pork we’re eating today is much healthier (has less fat) than the pork you could buy 30 years ago. But this healthier pork a double edge sword, especially when it comes to lean cuts of meat like pork chops—good in that it’s healthier for us because its lower in fat, but bad in the flavor department. Fat helps meat stay juicy and flavorful when it’s cooked. Is there away to enjoy juicy pork chops with less fat? Yes! Follow these simple tips for cooking juicy pork chops every time:


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May 3, 2012 - 12:00pm

Some people have a fear of snakes. Others are afraid of heights. For me, it’s spoiled food. I’m not claiming that this fear of mine is at all rational, but do I really need to be concerned?

There comes a time when everyone has to face their fears. And that’s going to start with a little digging into expiration dates. Do I really need to throw food away by the date printed on the carton? If not, how long do I have before it really goes bad? And what does “going bad” really mean? Is it unsafe?

Don’t Miss: 10 Rules for a Healthy, Safe Kitchen

Here’s what I found that may surprise you:

1) Expiration dates aren’t required
I assumed that there is a...

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April 25, 2012 - 11:00am

I have sensitive eyes. Or so I thought while furiously chopping onions on my cutting board to avoid the waterworks that quickly ensue. I cook a lot and since onions are the backbone of many recipes, I chop a lot of onions. Recently it struck me—with tears dripping down my face—that rushing blindly through my chopping, wielding a very sharp knife, was perhaps not a brilliant idea. That got me thinking about the best (and the safest!) way to chop an onion to avoid tearing up.

Recipes to Try: Onion Rings and More Easy Recipes with Onions

There are a lot of suggestions out there: Some people swear by holding a piece of bread in your mouth while cutting onions. Others say cutting them next to a candle or under running water helps. I’ll admit, I haven’t tried all the...

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April 23, 2012 - 1:21pm

Restaurant meals taste good and eating out sure is convenient. But some of the dishes we've come to love are costing our waistlines big-time. For example, the Olive Garden's Fettuccine Alfredo serves up as many calories as some people should eat in an entire day and far more fat and saturated fat than is recommended in a day. Instead of cutting yourself off completely, try to make some of your favorite dishes at home. You may be surprised just how easy it is to make your fast-food and restaurant favorites at home and how many calories and grams of fat you'll save. EatingWell's healthy makeover of Fettuccine Alfredo, for example, has less than a third of the calories and reduced the amount of fat and saturated fat to a sixth of what is in the Olive Garden version.

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April 10, 2012 - 11:12am

Everyone has a favorite comfort food. Mine is creamy chicken and broccoli casserole. It’s a warming dish of ooey-gooey melted cheese, creamy sauce, noodles and chicken, with some broccoli thrown in for good measure. It’s simple and delicious, but unfortunately the classic recipe is not very healthy.

Recipes to Try: 18 Healthy Spring Casserole Recipes

That’s why I was thrilled when we got the chance to create a healthier version of this masterpiece in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Our lighter recipe trimmed 100 calories and 9 grams of fat per serving from the original. And even better, it’s super-easy. This recipe is made in one skillet, mostly on the stovetop (with just a few minutes of...

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