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Wendy Ruopp's Blog

May 27, 2016 - 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 13, 2016 - 11:14am

When the EatingWell Test Kitchen started talking about the “flautas” they were making, I admit I needed a translation. But when I tasted Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos, I knew just what they were: deliciously crispy rolled-up little tacos filled with beef—and a healthy surprise.

Taquitos are a standard item on fast-food menus. Typically they’re deep-fried and can be greasy, rolled up in calories and fat. It’s not hard to understand why they’d be popular. We’ve kept that crispy goodness, but our version is baked and so much better for you. We use lean ground beef for the filling and a whole zucchini, shredded and mixed in with the spices so its presence is subtle (some might say sneaky). Top it with some yummy sharp...

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February 18, 2016 - 3:34pm

My family hosts an Oscar party every year—even in northern Vermont about as far away from Hollywood as we could be, we're starstruck and red-carpet ready. We like to serve nominee-related food and drink (we don't go full Wolfgang Puck, but we have our moments). The Oscars 2016 nominees are a challenging bunch, edibly speaking, but we'll do our best to recognize the potential winners in pun form while still serving delicious party food. Here are some menu ideas, featuring some favorite EatingWell recipes renamed for the occasion:

Drinks:

We'll offer a dry Martian (martini) and a couple celebrity cocktails:

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February 3, 2016 - 3:59pm

In its classic form, chicken parm (short for Parmesan, but of course you knew that) is a dish you order at a family-style Italian restaurant when you want a big piece of chicken breast fried, coated in buttery, cheesy breadcrumbs, topped with melted mozzarella and served with a pile of pasta and tomato sauce and a solid dusting of Parmesan cheese. To replicate this dish at home, you’d go through the process of dredging and breading the chicken breasts, then getting them crispy and golden in a frying pan with plenty of oil, followed by baking them in the oven topped with gooey cheese—not to mention the homemade sauce. So delicious. So much work.

Want to enjoy this favorite dinner at home for a fraction of the effort (and calories)? EatingWell’s genius recipe makeover of chicken Parmesan (pictured above) gives you all that Italian-...

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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.)

Don’t Miss: Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes and More Healthy Baked Potato Recipes

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

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