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Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 7)

August 3, 2010 - 11:38am

In my house, I’m the lunch lady. One of the tasks that fall on my side of our family’s “chore chart” is to pack lunch for our son. This may not seems like a big deal, but I take my job very seriously.

While we’re apart for the day, I want him to have food that’s healthy, tasty and will feed his developing mind. But which foods will deliver the nutrients he needs for healthy cognitive function and memory?

Related link: How to Eat for A Sharper Mind at Any Age: 5 Brain-Boosting Foods

I asked my friend, Brierley Wright, M.S. R.D., EatingWell’s associate editor of nutrition, for advice about foods for fueling young brains. For optimal brain development she suggested...

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July 21, 2010 - 10:56am

I’m always looking for ways (beyond crunches, aagh!) to keep my post-baby waistline trim. But I’ve learned about a cooking trick that goes beyond just eating low-cal to lose weight: there are actually two dinner ingredients that can help reduce abdominal fat.

Related Link: 7 foods that do the weight loss work for you.

Research suggests that eating more whole grains or including vinegar of any type in your diet may help reduce total body fat and abdominal fat, according to an article Ana Mantica wrote for the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine. Here’s a quick synopsis:...

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July 16, 2010 - 12:01pm

It’s too hot and humid for me to consider turning on my oven or stove in the evening. I’ve got the whole no-cook dinner thing down and am well versed in making my whole meal on the grill, but what about dessert? I need sweet treats in my life, but right now I don’t want to turn on the oven to bake cookies and I want more variety than ice cream.

Well, the oven isn’t my only option for cooking dessert—I can make (pretty impressive, it turns out) desserts in the microwave. Many of these dessert...

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July 9, 2010 - 12:17pm

Steak dinners are a special treat in my house. In fact, my husband and I don’t usually buy steak to make at home because it can be expensive. So I save my steak splurges for restaurant meals.

But last week I was craving steak and trying to justify the cost as I stood in front of the meat case at the supermarket when I realized how silly my thinking is. I could make 5 steak dinners at home for the price I would pay for one meal in a restaurant.

Related Link: 30-minute dinner recipes that serve 4 for $3 or less per serving.

These five steak recipes come in at less than $3 per serving—I can serve 4 people for less than $12. I’d definitely pay more than that if I were eating out—even at a...

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June 25, 2010 - 11:53am

Few things make me sadder than ruby-red tomatoes with no taste, a golden ear of corn with no sweetness, cucumbers with soft, wrinkly ends and zucchini that’s so banged up I have to peel it.

Since I shop for vegetables every Saturday at the farmers’ market (and what seems like most nights before dinner at the supermarket), I don’t want to waste money or my time. So I asked my friend Carolyn Malcoun, EatingWell’s associate food editor and resident veggie queen, for tips on how to pick veggies that will be ripe and flavorful. (Perfect for using in these veggie-packed summer dinners.) Here are her tips for perfectly picking 4 summer favorites:


Tomatoes

Known as a “love-apple” in...

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