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January 4, 2016 - 10:41am

I think it’s a happy coincidence that January is not only national soup month, but also the peak of people’s efforts to lose weight. Research shows that soups can help you lose weight: in one study, published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, people consumed the fewest calories on days when they ate soup rather than the same ingredients in solid form. Soup has a high water content, which can help you feel full. Broth-based soups packed with veggies give you the biggest bang for your caloric buck. And, just like salad, soup is a good vehicle for vegetables (the fiber in vegetables also promotes feelings of fullness for few calories). And in a study published in Appetite, people who started lunch with vegetable soup ended up eating 20 percent less than those who skipped the soup.


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February 18, 2015 - 9:43am

EatingWell’s Oscar-Ready Party Menu for 2015

My family hosts an Oscar party every year and each time we try to outdo ourselves when it comes to the party food and menu. It’s a fun challenge to pair dish ideas with nominees, giving our inner punners free rein. (In past years, for instance, we’ve had Lord of the Onion Rings and Dallas Buyers Club Sandwiches.)

Here’s the food we’ll be serving on Oscar night (Sunday, Feb. 22) in honor of this year’s eight Best Picture contenders.



Appetizers:

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July 7, 2014 - 12:39pm

We celebrate summer in the July/August issue—starting with multicolored heirloom tomatoes on the cover. (Use your summer tomatoes in recipes like Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fried Capers or Tuna Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes with Arugula from this issue.) If you’ve got okra from the farmers’ market or your garden (lucky you), we’ve got four new recipes to make with it, including a very Southern Black-Eyed Peas...

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May 29, 2014 - 1:49pm

Tonight’s assignment: figure out how to turn one pork chop into dinner for four. It doesn’t take a miracle—just this fabulous recipe for Thai Fried Rice. In four easy steps, I can make one of my favorite takeout dishes at home.

Don’t Miss: Healthy Thai Food Recipes

And it’s even faster when I have leftover rice on hand! That one boneless pork chop gets sliced into matchstick pieces—part of the secret to stretching it to serve four and a healthy way to enjoy meaty flavor with just a little bit of meat—and stir-fried with garlic. Then mushrooms hit the pan for a couple minutes, followed by the rice, scallions and one of those Thai secret ingredients, fish sauce. Garnish with cilantro, lime...

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May 29, 2014 - 1:38pm

When it comes to grilled food, I sometimes get a little tired of the endless parade of hamburgers and hot dogs. I’m not tired of grilling, mind you—I’m just ready to have something different. Thankfully, I’ve found a great meal to shake up my grilling routine.

Don’t Miss: 23 More Quick Grilling Recipes

This recipe for Grilled Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-Mint Salad is just what I’m looking for. (Don’t have a grill? See the Broiler Variation at the end of the recipe.) Chicken thighs are just about my favorite part of the bird—the dark meat is juicy and flavorful and a boneless thigh cooks...

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