Wendy Ruopp's Blog (Page 8)

February 5, 2013 - 3:29pm

If you do a search for jambalaya recipes, you’re going to find more to choose from than you know what to do with. There are lots of great Cajun cooks out there—and lots of jambalaya recipes full of personal expression and ingredient lists as long as your arm. (What Makes Cajun Food So Great? Top Chefs Share Their Secrets.)

But say your intention is just to tip your hat (or dinner plate) in the direction of New Orleans during this Mardi Gras season, while still getting dinner on the table tonight in just 25 minutes. In that case, you’ll want to make what the EatingWell Test Kitchen calls Express Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya.

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January 29, 2013 - 12:38pm

With just 5 minutes of prep time and 4 ingredients, you can produce baked Maple-Mustard Salmon for dinner that’s ready to eat in 15 minutes. This super-easy, healthy dinner recipe features the earthiness of mustard, the smoky sweetness of pure maple syrup and smoky spiciness of a little smoked paprika, plus heart-healthy salmon, all baked fuss-free in the oven.

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It’s so fast that you’ll want to make fast side dishes to go with it. Toss green beans with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast them on a baking sheet in the oven alongside the salmon. Make a pot of quick-cooking couscous or quinoa while the roasting is going on and everything should be ready at the same time...

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January 22, 2013 - 1:47pm

Whether you want a healthy comforting weeknight dinner or a delicious stew to enjoy on the weekend (say while you’re watching the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens in the upcoming Super Bowl!), a warming bowl of slow-cooked chicken stew with stout fits the bill with two of America’s favorites: chicken and beer.

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This recipe for Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew has a lot of flavor and it’s healthy too. It features lean chicken thighs and just a...

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January 15, 2013 - 1:05pm

So here we are in January—it’s cold outside and yet we’re trying not to crank the thermostat too high inside because the holiday bills are coming due and suddenly we’re not feeling all that flush. (Guess we’ll have to keep wearing those Christmas sweaters to stay warm.)

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Inside-Out Lasagna and More Quick Winter Dinner Recipes

I’m also feeling the effects of overindulgence in December (OK, to be honest, overindulgence that started the day after Halloween when everyone brought their leftover candy to work). I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a...

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January 8, 2013 - 3:07pm

With my new year’s resolution to eat healthy fresh in my mind, I’m focusing this week on getting more vegetables into my diet. A light, bright, tasty meal that helps me pack in more produce is a fast chicken and vegetable stir-fry.

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What I like about a stir-fry is how easy it makes putting a healthy meal together. This recipe has lots of vegetables and chicken breast providing lean protein for staying power—and it clocks in at just 225 calories. I just need to remember to start the brown rice first, so when the stir-fry’s done so is a healthy whole grain to serve it over (and if I don’t remember, I keep instant brown rice or couscous in the pantry as a quick-...

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