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November 12, 2014 - 9:47am

Some people have pasta night every week, but the one thing you’re guaranteed to find on my weekly menu is “Taco Night.”

This is a throwback to childhood, as we had crunchy tacos—the kind that came in a box complete with the seasoning packet to doctor up ground beef, taco sauce and shells—almost every week. But now I don’t discriminate; I love them all: fish tacos, chicken tacos, steak tacos, vegetarian tacos, even easy egg tacos for breakfast!

Are you ready to shake up your taco-night routine? Give one of these healthy taco recipes a try.

Don’t Miss: 3 DIY Tortilla Tricks: How to Make Your Own Taco Shells, Taco Bowls and Tortilla Chips


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November 6, 2014 - 3:58pm

When it comes to being ready for a last-minute dinner, a frozen pizza could be your best friend. But just because you’re taking a shortcut doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a healthy dinner. Here’s what to look for.

A Better Bottom: More dough means more calories, so choose thin-crust over deep-dish when buying frozen. Buy pizzas that have whole grains in the crust whenever you can and skip ones stuffed with cheese.

Keep it Simple: Less is more when you’re picking pizzas. Some loaded frozen pizzas (see our brand picks) are tasty, but many had soggy toppings in the end. Meat-lover pizzas were higher in calories and sodium on a whole. Adding your own veggies helps the toppings stay crunchy and you can choose what you like.

Mind Your Portions: One serving of reheated pizza won’t seem...

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November 5, 2014 - 11:32am

When I’m desperate to make an easy dinner, my mantra is “Put an egg on it.”

I can pretty much always find something in my fridge to cook or roast and top with scrambled, poached or fried eggs. They’re the ultimate budget-shopper’s protein (at less than 40 cents each), last longer than any cut of meat and can help you make the most of your miscellaneous fridge finds.

Wilting greens? Sauté them with some sliced onion and finely chopped garlic and they become the perfect meal when topped with a poached egg.

A mishmash of root vegetables? Roast them into a delicious hash and top with scrambled eggs for an easy weeknight dinner.

If there’s an errant piece of bacon or sausage lying around, I’ll cook it up to add to my easy egg dinner to make it that much tastier.

While you might not think to add an egg dinner to your...

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November 5, 2014 - 11:23am

I love sausage. More important, my 2-year-old daughter loves sausage, so if I can add it to something I’m cooking, there’s a good chance she’ll gobble it up. But we try to be mindful of what we eat, so I opt for turkey sausage.

Why? Nutritionally speaking, it’s a leaner choice than pork sausage, with roughly half the calories and only one-fifth the saturated fat per serving. In terms of flavor, I think they’re almost equal: like pork, turkey sausage spices up every dish it meets with a savory blast. So I always keep healthy links of turkey sausage in my freezer.

(What about chicken sausage? Most chicken sausage is sold precooked, so it’s not interchangeable in the recipes that we’ll get to later.)

Links of turkey sausage are great for making fast “no-recipe” meals—you’ll often find me stirring cooked turkey sausage into jarred...

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October 29, 2014 - 10:16am

Staying healthy while you’re flying can be challenging (especially if you’re stuck in the air during mealtime).

Luckily, it’s getting easier, as more airports are carrying healthy snacks like plain yogurt, nuts and dried fruit. With a little advance planning, you can pack your own healthy snacks—but that’s not always an option.

To help you make healthy choices at 30,000 feet, we scoured airline menus for nutritious airplane food that would fight off mid-flight hunger pangs. And although airplane food has a bad reputation, we were pleasantly surprised to find airlines carrying healthy in-flight eating options.

Our menu picks include a balance of healthy proteins and some healthy fats, both of which keep you from getting hungry better than sugar and other refined carbs. We also looked for dishes with whole grains, fruits and vegetables—...

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