EatingWell Blogs (Page 11)
The wine aisle can be pretty intimidating. With rows of white, red and rosé wines from all over the world lining the shelves and stacked in boxes, it can be hard to decide where to spend your money. If you don’t have a sommelier (a trained wine professional) hovering nearby to point out the best wines in the store, how do you know what to pick?
From my previous work in restaurants and at a wine store, I’ve observed that people most often choose wines based on the label. Wines with animals, pretty lettering or familiar grape varietals are the most common choices; however, a wine with an attractive label doesn’t necessarily mean good value (or taste!). After testing more than 50 bottles of wine marked at $10 and under with the EatingWell Test Kitchen team (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it), we’ve come up with some favorites in the $...read full post »
Following the alkaline diet means eating mostly plants, limiting meat, skipping dairy, sweets, alcohol and caffeine and banishing processed food. Sounds like a healthy move, right?
Not so fast. Most of the touted health benefits of the alkaline diet aren’t research-backed. The theory behind it is that our Western diet (rich with saturated fat, simple sugars and sodium and lacking in potassium, magnesium and fiber) produces acid, driving our body’s pH down slightly, making it more acidic. So the thinking goes that having an acidic pH fuels chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and obesity and promotes ailments like bloating and chronic fatigue. Eating a diet that makes your body more alkaline staves off those health problems. Nice theory. The reality is that your body, especially your kidneys and lungs, maintains a steady pH regardless of what you...read full post »
I’ve discovered how to make casual summer entertaining super-easy and infinitely more fun: I simply plug in my slow cooker. I used to spend all day making side dishes and sweating for hours at the grill, not realizing until the end of the party that the only time I interacted with anyone was when they came to get a burger from me.
Now I let my slow cooker do most of the work. If I’m having what feels like the whole neighborhood over, I can free up space on my packed grill by using this handy tool to make one of the main courses. Who doesn’t love fork-tender brisket piled on a sandwich and topped with pickles and garlicky mayo or chicken drumsticks coated in sticky honey-orange sauce? I can also use the slow cooker to prepare great sides like a tangy, warm German potato salad starring fresh fingerling potatoes or Quinoa-Summer Squash Casserole....read full post »
Tonight’s assignment: figure out how to turn one pork chop into dinner for four. It doesn’t take a miracle—just this fabulous recipe for Thai Fried Rice. In four easy steps, I can make one of my favorite takeout dishes at home.
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And it’s even faster when I have leftover rice on hand! That one boneless pork chop gets sliced into matchstick pieces—part of the secret to stretching it to serve four and a healthy way to enjoy meaty flavor with just a little bit of meat—and stir-fried with garlic. Then mushrooms hit the pan for a couple minutes, followed by the rice, scallions and one of those Thai secret ingredients, fish sauce. Garnish with cilantro, lime...read full post »
When it comes to grilled food, I sometimes get a little tired of the endless parade of hamburgers and hot dogs. I’m not tired of grilling, mind you—I’m just ready to have something different. Thankfully, I’ve found a great meal to shake up my grilling routine.
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This recipe for Grilled Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-Mint Salad is just what I’m looking for. (Don’t have a grill? See the Broiler Variation at the end of the recipe.) Chicken thighs are just about my favorite part of the bird—the dark meat is juicy and flavorful and a boneless thigh cooks...read full post »