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I’m just going to come out and say it: I really don’t like to shop. And shopping at the holidays is really too much for me. The lines, the forgotten coupons, the midday hunger crash, the parking meter that needs more coins—I could go on.

Even though I was raised to be a good shopper (thanks, Mom!), as an adult I’ve found more fulfilling ways to spend my time (like cooking, for one). So giving a homemade gift from my kitchen is right up my alley. I get to shop at my favorite place—the grocery store—and spend time, perhaps even with my family, making yummy gifts I know my friends and family will enjoy. And I’ll save some money too!

Here are 10 easy homemade gift ideas courtesy of my fellow co-workers in the EatingWell Test Kitchen that you can make in an afternoon or less. And the recipes yield multiple...

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There are certain foods I can’t get enough of and, incidentally, most of them fall within the Italian diet. Luckily for my health, Italian cuisine follows the Mediterranean pattern of eating—it focuses on simple, natural ingredients, such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, dark leafy greens and whole grains, making it one of the world’s healthiest diets. Research suggests that the benefits of a Mediterranean-style eating pattern may include improved weight loss, better control of blood-glucose (sugar) levels and reduced risk of depression. Check out these 8 essential ingredients of Italian cuisine, compiled by EatingWell’s editors, that you should add to your diet.

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I know autumn is officially here when I make my first of many fall crock-pot meals. This year it was pulled pork (recipe follows). The meat was fork-tender, juicy and delicious. And it set the tone for a season of healthy, hearty slow-cooked meals I don’t have to spend hours tending. Or cleaning up from, which 25 percent of Americans cited as their reason for not cooking, in a recent national survey.

Recipes to Try: 14 Fall Recipes for Your Crock-Pot

Plus, my crock-pot habit is saving us money, because it makes inexpensive cuts of meat meltingly tender, such as in EatingWell’s Rich Chicken Stew, which is made with chicken thighs instead...

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I like to keep a stockpile of my favorite foods in my pantry so that when the mood strikes, I have what I’m craving. But it turns out that may not be a good idea for certain foods, because they actually lose their health punch over time, according to a report by Amy Paturel in EatingWell Magazine.   

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Keep track of how long you store these 4 items. Here's why: certain nutrients are unstable when exposed to oxygen (from the air), heat (from...

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