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Michelle Edelbaum's Blog

December 16, 2015 - 9:59am

This year Christmas will be a kind of old-meets-new tradition in my house. I’m hosting my in-laws. We’re going to wear ugly Christmas sweaters from the ’80s. We’ll probably listen to old records from my childhood—the Chipmunks, Fleetwood Mac, Bing Crosby. We’ll watch White Christmas and Elf (classics).

On the food side, we’re going both traditional—baked ham and green bean casserole (homemade, natch)—and ushering in a new era with muffin-tin stuffing and Brussels sprouts (oh yeah, baby).

But when it comes to dessert, I want to go retro all the way. OK, retro with a twist. These updated recipes for classic Christmas desserts are healthier...

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February 26, 2013 - 9:44am

First Lady Michelle Obama is the ultimate busy mom—last week she presented at the Oscars, this morning she’s on Good Morning America talking about her latest effort to help Americans eat healthier—the MyPlate Recipes Partnership. Starting today, you’ll be able to find healthy MyPlate-inspired recipes from EatingWell and 17 more of America’s top publishers to help you eat in line with the MyPlate guidelines, the USDA’s nutrition icon and guide, on our websites and on a new MyPlate Pinterest page at pinterest.com/myplaterecipes.

As a partner in this effort, EatingWell and our fellow publishing brands got to visit the White House last week. It was really fun to get a tour...

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February 6, 2013 - 3:23pm

If you want to melt hearts this Valentine’s Day, dark chocolate-dipped strawberries are one of the most romantic foods to serve. They seem fancy and decadent, but they couldn't be easier to make. Just use your microwave to melt chocolate (no double boiler on the stovetop required!). Whip up a batch before dinner and they’ll be ready by the time you hit dessert. (For a gift, let the treats cool, wrap in wax paper and place them in a pretty box.)

Don’t Miss: Recipes to Make Your Own Box of Chocolates

You can go beyond strawberries, too, of course, and use anything from fresh or dried fruits to nuts or pretzels. More good news: dark chocolate is full of flavanols, which promote heart health and may also help reduce inflammation. (...

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December 21, 2012 - 11:48am

Trying to eat healthier and maybe even lose a little weight? That’s one of my goals for the new year and I’m going to really focus on having a healthy, low-calorie dinner to help me meet my goals. Science shows that when it comes to losing weight, what’s most important is how much you’re eating. (See what a 1,200-calorie day of food looks like.)

Must Try: 5-Day 1,500-Calorie Diet Meal Plan

Here are some delicious, satisfying and healthy 400-calorie recipes for dinner that are ready in 40 minutes or less to help you eat better and keep your calories in check so you can maintain or lose...

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September 24, 2012 - 1:00pm

With two little boys at home, I’m on a mission to streamline my dinner routine. My focus? Simplify. One of the awesome parts of working as the digital editor at EatingWell Magazine is that I’m surrounded by amazing healthy food every day. The problem is, I think I can go home and cook all of these awesome recipes on a weeknight, when what I really need to do is just get a healthy, simple meal on the table so my family can still have some time to enjoy our night.

Recipes to Try: 20-Minute 5-Ingredient Dinner Recipes

I combed EatingWell’s recipe database and found these healthy, super-simple 4-ingredient dinners to help me eat well but cook simply. (I didn’t count kitchen staples like salt, pepper, oil, flour, sugar...

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