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Wendy Ruopp's Blog

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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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.

Don’t Miss: Rocky Road Brownies and Skinny Dessert Bar Recipes

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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