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February 1, 2016 - 4:44pm

Confession time: I’m a brownie snob. For years I’ve turned up my nose at “blondies.” (OK, maybe there’s a little “brunettes vs. blondes” thing going on too.) Given the choice, I’d always pick a fudgy brownie over a wan beige blondie more defined by its lack of chocolate than the presence of any particular identity of its own.

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But recently I’ve reconsidered my prejudices. A story in EatingWell Magazine, “Rediscovering Quinoa,” brought Almond Butter-Quinoa Blondies into my life and that changed everything.

These beautiful squares mix up in 10 minutes with just a few ingredients—and best...

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January 20, 2016 - 3:06pm

Get the Recipe: Quinoa Lasagna

Quinoa is all the rage these days—and once you’ve made a few quinoa recipes, it’s not hard to see why. It cooks in 15 to 20 minutes, which means it is a truly convenient whole grain, and makes itself at home in lots of different kinds of recipes—soups, salads, casseroles, even desserts (Hello, quinoa blondies.)

When the EatingWell Test Kitchen was testing new quinoa recipes and putting the results out for lunch at our office, this Quinoa Lasagna recipe was a huge hit. A pan of it disappeared in minutes and people clamored for the recipe to make it at home.

For this quinoa lasagna recipe, the quinoa stands in for...

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January 19, 2016 - 9:48am

How many meals can you make with a corn tortilla? The outside-the-box cooks in the EatingWell Test Kitchen gave themselves the challenge of creating some new dinners based on corn tortillas. But they really outdid themselves with this Chicken Taco Bowls recipe and guess where they found their inspiration? At the bottom of a muffin tin.

By flipping the muffin tin over and nestling a tortilla into the creases between four cups, they were able to turn softened tortillas into little bowls. They filled the bowls with an easy-to-whip-up filling of chicken and your favorite healthy taco toppings.

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January 17, 2016 - 9:14am

OK, I admit, football makes no sense to me. Yet that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the whole Super Bowl extravaganza. No matter who’s playing, I’ll be watching. And eating. That’s half the fun, right?

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Of course, I have no desire to end up as big as those guys on the field. To not go overboard with extreme snacking, I’m going to make this healthy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich recipe. The chicken is crispy, tender and loaded with flavor; the secret is boneless, skinless chicken thighs that are coated in whole-wheat breadcrumbs and sautéed until golden in just a touch of oil. The sandwich then gets topped with the iconic fixings for Buffalo wings—carrots, celery,...

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January 12, 2016 - 3:21pm

Remember when your furniture was mostly plastic crates in different configurations and you ate ramen at least once a day? If you never thought you’d touch ramen again, this recipe for Easy Miso-Chicken Ramen will change your mind. It takes a little longer than pouring boiling water on the contents of a plastic pouch—but not much. It tastes a whole lot better than that packaged stuff and it’s healthier too!

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You can make this quick homemade chicken soup in just 30 minutes. You sauté the special Asian trinity of scallions, garlic and ginger in sesame oil until their fragrance tells you something great is going on in your kitchen. Add white miso and soy sauce, cut-up chicken thighs, bok choy and...

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