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Wendy Ruopp's Blog (Page 5)

August 13, 2013 - 9:31am

A blender can be your best friend for a quick summer supper. I mean, I'll have to make sure the margarita mix is all gone and give it a quick rinse… But then in goes tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, a clove of garlic, some good white sandwich bread, oil and vinegar—and out comes gazpacho. It's so easy! I can blend up a batch in the morning and let it chill all day, then spend a few minutes in the evening making crispy, herby croutons to garnish bowls (or margarita glasses) of health-packed, song-of-summer, refreshing cool soup for supper.

This chilled soup—made with fleshy chunks of  ripe tomatoes, cucumbers crisper than a cold hilltop morning and topped with cubes of crusty bread—can refresh even the hottest August days. That's one reason the Spaniards and Portuguese developed this regional classic. They blend the garden's best with  garlic, vinegar...

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May 21, 2013 - 10:30am

This quinoa veggie burger recipe is a meat-lover’s burger: toasted pecans, mushrooms, Cheddar cheese, fresh herbs and red quinoa pack this vegetarian burger full of delicious flavor. It’s one of the new tasty quinoa recipes I liked from the last issue of EatingWell Magazine, so I was happy when my husband surprised me by saying, “Let’s make these quinoa veggie burgers.” (He’s mostly a don’t-fence-me-in creator in the kitchen, but he was so inspired by that delicious-looking photo that he was willing to follow a recipe for a change.)

New Recipes to Try: Quinoa Lasagna & 19 Easy Quinoa Recipes

These quinoa veggie burgers are worth following a recipe for. Not only are they simple to put together, but...

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May 1, 2013 - 2:52pm

Thai food is so flavorful and so full of healthful fresh vegetables—why don’t I cook it at home more? Naomi Duguid’s story “Thai Tonight” in the May/June 2013 issue of EatingWell Magazine helped me realize what I’m missing: a few easy-to-find Thai ingredients.

Don't Miss: 10 Essential Ingredients of Thai Cooking

I just need to slow down in the “Asian” aisle at the supermarket and add a jar of fish sauce and a jar of curry paste to my shopping cart along with a couple cans of “lite” coconut milk (so when I use one this week I still have one for the next time I need it).

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April 29, 2013 - 10:01am

Does it ever occur to you to make Caesar salad at home? I never think of it until I’m at a restaurant and it suddenly looks like the best thing on the menu—especially with some grilled chicken on top (even if I have to pay extra for that).

With this recipe dreamed up by the EatingWell Test Kitchen, it’s not just the chicken that’s grilled—the romaine lettuce is too! (Another thing I’d never think of.) That lightly charred lettuce adds more delicious smokiness to the Caesar salad filling for this easy meal rolled up in a warmed spinach wrap.

New Recipes: Healthy Grilled Salad Recipes and More Unexpected Foods for the Grill

Because you can pick it up and eat it, this...

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April 24, 2013 - 2:27pm

Unpredictability may spice up a marriage, sure—but predictability can be comforting without being boring. For instance, when my husband and I go out to eat, we can predict with a pretty high degree of accuracy what each other will order. If we’re out for Asian food he’ll go for spicy and garlicky—and I’m going to want sticky chicken with sesame seeds.

Don’t Miss: Sweet & Sour Chicken and More Better-Than-Chinese-Takeout Recipes

The unpredictable part is that it turns out I can make sticky chicken we’ll both love at home (it’s so easy!). This EatingWell recipe for Oven-Barbecued Asian Chicken is everything we’re looking for. The sauce has fresh ginger and plenty of garlic and just enough...

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