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EatingWell Blogs (Page 11)

January 22, 2014 - 10:41am

You can greatly improve your diet and clean it up in a snap by cutting back on processed and packaged foods, which can be full of sodium, added sugars and sometimes ingredients we can’t pronounce. Try cooking up a stir-fry at home instead of getting takeout, or making homemade pizza instead of frozen.

Recipe to Try: Clementine & Five Spice Chicken











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January 15, 2014 - 12:25pm

Even if you are experienced in the kitchen, there are always a few recipes that can throw you off your game. I went to culinary school, I’ve worked in restaurants and bakeries, and I’ve been testing and developing recipes for six years in the EatingWell Test Kitchen—and still I struggle with a few things. For me, they mostly involve desserts, because a dessert is often less forgiving if you make a mistake. There’s no magic fix if your chocolate mousse deflates or you overbake a meringue. Sometimes the challenges stem from trying to make dessert a little healthier—as is the case with pie crust. Fortunately, along the way I’ve learned a few helpful lessons from my mistakes. Below are 5 recipes that used to trip me up, but I’ve since learned to master. With the help of some insider tips, I now end up with spectacular results, and so can you!...

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January 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

If your recent restaurant dining involved a super-savory dish that made you drool or a salad dressing that knocked your socks off, the chef might have been using a secret ingredient: anchovies. These tiny cured fish pack a wallop of flavor in tiny amounts and because of that, chefs like to add them to everything from salad dressing to beef stew. You might be turning up your nose, thinking of those salty, shriveled bits on pizza. However, canned or cured anchovies are a totally different taste experience. That’s because they deliver umami—a taste that’s loosely defined as particularly “savory” (the other tastes are bitter, sweet, salty and sour). Umami is an mmm-inducing flavor with multiple layers. Give anchovies a try and wow the eaters in your home. Here are five ways you can use anchovies in obvious (and not so obvious) ways to pump up the flavor...

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January 15, 2014 - 10:20am

Imagine if there was a food (or category of foods) that could single-handedly lengthen your life.

Well, such a wonder food may actually exist.

A new study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), showed that people who ate a 1-ounce serving of nuts seven or more times each week had a 20 percent lower death rate than those who didn’t eat any.

It’s important to note this was merely an observational study, and not one where researchers controlled which group of participants ate nuts (and how much) and then studied who lived longer. Yet the positive findings in this study support the abundance of other data demonstrating the health benefits of eating nuts, including lowering risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.

For example, another recent study—this one published in Metabolism—showed men and...

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January 3, 2014 - 1:41pm

For most purposes, an 8- to 10-inch chef’s knife is the perfect tool. Because the blade is wider at the base, it’s strong enough to cut through a winter squash and the tapered point makes it just the right shape for the rocking motion used to mince, slice and dice. When shopping for a new knife, there are three things to consider: how it feels, what the blade is made of and the way it’s constructed. Spend some time in a kitchen store and try a few out. The material the handle is made from does not necessarily indicate quality—so find one that fits comfortably in your hand. For a long-lasting, durable knife, opt for a high-carbon stainless-steel blade. And finally, look for a knife with a “full tang” blade, meaning it’s one piece of metal that extends from blade through the handle—the continuous piece offers the best stability when chopping and makes the knife...

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