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February 2, 2016 - 2:54pm

The scene: My kitchen. The time: Tonight, about 30 minutes before everyone melts down from starvation. The options: Join in the meltdown; scrounge around for enough money to order pizza; or do something special with those innocent-looking potatoes in the pantry. I bought them recently, thinking it would be a good idea to have potatoes in the house, just in case. And in this case, I can turn them into Asparagus & Ham Stuffed Potatoes in 30 minutes and turn dinner drama into a satisfying family meal. (At less than $3 per serving, it’s cheaper than pizza too.)

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The potatoes are easily cooked in the microwave while you organize the “stuff” to stuff them...

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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?

Don't Miss: What Is the Healthiest Super Bowl Food?

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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