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Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 7)

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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June 11, 2010 - 11:48am

As a new mom, it is a big accomplishment for me to fit back into my skinny jeans again. After I had my son I was ready to say bye-bye to maternity clothes and then after a few more months, happy to pack up my transition clothes and roll out my pre-baby wardrobe. Unpacking each item, I felt like I was reconnecting with an old friend again, a piece of myself that I hadn’t seen in over a year!

Now more than a year postpartum, I finally (mostly) have my old figure back (I’m still not quite ready for my bikini ☺). But it took more than nursing and exercising, which I’ve finally found time to fit in. I’m also paying attention to what I eat. (What does a 1,500-calorie day look like? Find out here and get...

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May 20, 2010 - 12:23pm

When I go to the grocery store to buy bread, there are three things I look for on food labels.

1. I prefer breads made from whole grains rather than ones made from refined grains with added fiber. Whole grains (e.g., wheat, oats, rye) are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain at least as many antioxidants as some fruits and vegetables and are good for your heart.

Get grab-and-go whole grain breakfast recipes here.

Of course I'd like to bake my own bread, but when I don't have time to bake I look for bread that’s labeled "whole grain," then double check that a grain is listed first in the ingredients list. Keep in mind that for wheat, oats, corn, rye and barley, unless the word "whole" precedes the grain...

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