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...read full post »
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.
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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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...read full post »
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 ...read full post »
While working on five new freezer-pop recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, I was greeted by, “Mom, Mom, did you bring me another popsicle?” when I got home at the end of every day. My son Sawyer was our official under-5 taste-tester and he took his job seriously. Although his hands-down favorite was the Vanilla-Orange Freezer Pop, he gave high marks to all, except the coffee-flavored confection. Just one taste of the chocolaty Mocha Ice Pop and he declared, “This one’s just for moms and dads.” What Sawyer didn’t know is that all the pops we developed are less than 90 calories each, so you can experience guilt-free pleasure when cooling off with one.
In addition to all...read full post »