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Hilary Meyer's Blog (Page 9)

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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April 3, 2012 - 12:52pm

For some, the highlight of Easter is the ham. For others, maybe asparagus or dessert. But for me, it’s the copious amount of hard-boiled eggs I’m left with after the holiday has passed. I love them, and I want them to be perfect.

Recipes to Try: Our Best Easter Recipes

Hard-boiled eggs seem simple, but they’re one of the hardest things to cook—or to cook right, anyway. I know it sounds hard to believe, but they’re ridiculously easy to screw up. Think about the last hard-boiled egg you had. Chances are it wasn’t perfect. Maybe it had a rubbery texture. Maybe the yolk was a little green around the edges or the egg white was filled with pockmarks from the shell sticking to the surface of the white when it was peeled...

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March 26, 2012 - 1:04pm

Now that spring has sprung, I’m loading up on more fresh veggies, and that has me thinking about the best way to store them to keep them at their freshest. I only go to the grocery store once a week, which means I have to keep my produce stored properly to avoid ending up with a giant pile of bad veggies ready for the compost pile at the end of the week.

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How to Get All Your Fruits and Vegetables for $2.25 a Day

And as it turns out, the refrigerator is not the go-to storage unit for...

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