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January 25, 2013 - 11:46am

In the EatingWell Test Kitchen, we use cooking spray because it’s a fast, no-mess way to make a tiny bit of oil go a long way so we can keep calories in check. Calorie for calorie, cooking spray is similar to other oils: spraying for 1 second (enough to coat a large skillet) is about 9 calories; 1/4 teaspoon canola oil is 10 calories and would be just enough to very thinly coat a skillet.

In addition to using cooking spray to quickly coat a pan with a little oil, we also use it to coat breaded foods like chicken and fish for “oven-frying.” The oiled breading gives a deep-fried crunch with a fraction of the ­calories and fat compared to deep-frying.

Cooking sprays do contain propellants to push the oil out of the can, but the propellants are on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) list and...

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June 20, 2012 - 10:45am

Inside the EatingWell Test Kitchen—picture four home kitchens in one room—you’ll find us trying to solve problems. What problems? Creating recipes that meet high standards of taste and health, but are easy and quick enough for a weeknight. So how do we do it? We turn to our arsenal of healthy cooking tricks and techniques we’ve learned over the past 10 years, some from the chefs and cookbook authors we work with, others developed through lots of trial and error, right here in our kitchen.

Some of our tastiest results include: comfort foods like mac & cheese and fried chicken that are light enough to eat every day, baked goods with more fiber but fewer calories and less fat, and even healthier ice creams. Our other challenge: we want to make sure that when you make our recipes you get the same great results. So we test our...

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November 24, 2010 - 10:35am

As the EatingWell Test Kitchen manager, I've looked forward to our annual cookie contest for the past six years. Even though I was on maternity leave during most of this year's contest, overseeing the selection process was one part of my job that I just couldn't give up.

Related: 18 of Our Favorite Prize-Winning Holiday Cookies

We asked our readers for the best recipes for healthy, festive holiday cookies and more than 300 recipes flooded my mailbox. The recipes were screened by our registered dietitian to cull those that were too high in saturated fat, sodium and/or calories.

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April 28, 2010 - 12:09pm

Cupcakes are not just for kids anymore. They’re perfect for wedding showers, baby showers, whimsical weddings and even Mother’s Day. This year, my mom will be visiting us on Mother’s Day and my son, Sawyer, and I are already planning to bake her a special batch of healthier Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes to show her how much we love her. 

When I make cupcakes at home or when I’m developing new recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, I try to keep the ingredients as healthy as possible. To limit saturated fat...

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December 9, 2009 - 12:01pm

Every year when I was a kid, my mom, my sisters and I baked dozens of rich, buttery cookies to fill our famous holiday gift tins. I still love giving homemade cookies as gifts to friends and family, but I don’t want to feel like I’m sabotaging someone’s diet with my present. So this year, I’m going to fill my cookie tins with healthier cookies, like these delicious Boot Tracks and 9 more irresistible cookie recipes for 100-calories or less.

To make the cookies in your holiday tin healthier (and still use your favorite recipes), try my ...

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