Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 16)

January 28, 2009 - 3:36am

Few things feed a hungry football-watching crowd as well as chili. When my husband and I had a bunch of friends over to watch the playoffs a few weeks ago, we made two chili recipes—a vegetarian chili and a hearty, meaty chili. Both chilis were a hit and the ideal meal to serve at this type of gathering because there were only two pots to clean up afterward. Plus chili is loaded with antioxidant-packed vegetables, fiber-rich beans and (if it’s not vegetarian) lean cuts of beef and pork, which makes it a satisfying and healthy meal.

So this weekend for the Super Bowl, I’m going all out with a chili extravaganza.

I’m going to cook vegetarian chili, meaty chili, white...

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January 22, 2009 - 3:36am

I’ll be honest, except for a few fries I’ve stolen from my husband’s late-night McDonald’s stops, I haven’t eaten fast food from a chain restaurant in more than 10 years. Really.

I’m probably in the minority on that one, since millions of people regularly eat fast food. But that number could be on the decline if cities like Los Angeles have their way. Last summer L.A. lawmakers banned fast-food chains from opening new outlets in South L.A. The goals? Reduce obesity and encourage new healthier food choices and food outlets.

Is this bogus or not—what do you think? I, and the other editors at EatingWell, wondered whether people think a ban on new fast-food restaurants would be effective at accomplishing these goals, so we asked three experts and our readers to tell us:...

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January 7, 2009 - 3:36am

To satisfy my sweet tooth without consuming unhealthy junk food and calorie-laden sweets, I try to have a vitamin- and fiber-packed fruit dessert every night after dinner.

These 15-minute fruit desserts are not only fast but they’re also a delicious way to eat more antioxidant-rich fruit (when cookies are tempting!).

1. Satisfy that chocolate craving with Chocolate & Banana. A drizzle of melted chocolate chips over banana slices makes an easy treat.

2. Warm, flavorful raspberries make a pleasing contrast to cool orange slices in Orange Slices with Warm Raspberries. Another winter favorite—...

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January 5, 2009 - 11:36am

When I get a snack attack—watch out. Anything is fair game when I get ravenous and usually I reach for no-fuss (unhealthy) convenience foods to satisfy my cravings, like cookies, chocolate and high-calorie crackers. But what I really need to eat to fuel my hungry body is a healthy snack. All the better if it includes fruit or vegetables.
So I try to plan ahead and some ideas that are as appealing as junk food help too. Here are 5 of my favorite quick snack recipes (under 100 calories each) to satisfy your next hunger attack.

1. Cheesy Popcorn (75 calories per serving) Freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper dress up air-popped popcorn....

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For the first time in many years, my mom and I will be together for Mother's Day. (Yay! No card this year that says, "I wish we could be together :-(. ") And now I'm a mom too. So to show Mom-a.k.a. Grandma-our appreciation this year (and spend some quality mom-time with my son), my 2-year-old fireball and I are going to make a Mother's Day brunch together.

Perfect Recipes for Mother's Day Brunch:
Easy Mother's Day Brunch Recipes
Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole and More Breakfast Casseroles
Marvelous Muffins and Quick Breads

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