Penelope Wall's Blog (Page 7)

September 29, 2010 - 11:33am

Vegetarian cooking is all the rage these days and I’m all for it. In addition to the environmental benefits, research shows cutting back on meat may have a host of health benefits, which is appealing to me too, including improved blood pressure, decreased risk of heart disease, lowered cholesterol and better weight control. But to the uninitiated, vegetarian cooking can be a little intimidating. Just replacing meat with starchy refined carbs and cheese may be “eating vegetarian”—but it’s not eating healthfully, and it’s certainly not satisfying.

In general, women need roughly 46 grams of protein per day and men need 56 grams per day.  Women who are pregnant or lactating need an additional 25 grams of protein per day. So how do you get enough protein in your diet when you're not eating meat? I love trying out recipes...

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September 10, 2010 - 11:30am

I’m not gonna lie to you—I have boxed mac & cheese at home. There are two boxes of shells and cheese sitting in my cupboard just pining to be my next dinner. But here’s the real truth: they’ve been sitting there for months gathering dust, and they will continue to do so. Do you want to know why? Nine times out of ten I just want the real deal. I want real extra-sharp Cheddar (just enough to make it taste great) and I want to be able to pronounce what goes onto my dinner plate. (Sodium Tripolyphosphate, anyone? Mmmmmm, yummy!)

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September 2, 2010 - 10:35am

How would you define an “effortless meal”? For me, it’s the embodiment of simplicity in every way—from the food to the taste to the feeling it evokes.

The first time I came to appreciate the truly effortless meal was in my early twenties. I was living with a French family in Paris. Madame B, super-busy mother of three teenagers, raced around the city all day, waltzed into the kitchen around 8 p.m., and yet still whipped up a 4-course dinner out of thin air in minutes, landing effortlessly at the table with a graceful smile on her face. Her meals were a joy to consume—another factor in the effortless meal.

Related Link: Get 20 ideas for truly effortless weeknight meals

One night I was literally knocked off...

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August 12, 2010 - 9:57am

I count myself lucky when it comes to lunch: I happen to work in a place where on most days all I have to do is wander down the hall to the EatingWell Test Kitchen around noon and fill my plate with all of the wonderful healthy food the lovely cooks put out on a daily basis. But most of us don’t have that luxury at work or at school and even I can’t always rely on it for a balanced meal.

Then there are those days when I feel so busy that even stepping away from my desk for a few minutes to grab a quick sandwich from the store will cause more anxiety than it’s worth. Sound familiar?

Related Link: 26 Quick Packable Low-Cal Lunches

The solution finally dawned on me: I’ve gotta have a back-up plan for those...

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August 4, 2010 - 11:31am

I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat a lot more healthfully in the summer. I just can’t resist all that fresh, flavorful produce to be had at a good price. All I have to do is catch a whiff of fragrant basil and it sets off a wave of cravings for more fresh foods: sweet corn and juicy tomatoes, crunchy zucchini, zingy garlic and tender greens…oh my!

Related Link: 30-Minute Summer Dinners Filled With Fresh Veggies

Frankly, I go a little too crazy at the grocery store and the farmers’ market buying up whatever vegetables and fruit look and smell the freshest. When they’re freshly picked and fully ripe they’re more than just delicious—they’re also the most nutritious, brimming...

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