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November 20, 2013 - 10:46am

Smooth, creamy and custardy, a flan is a delectable dessert to enjoy at the end of a special meal, especially Thanksgiving or Christmas. But just looking at that photo with the irresistible baked-sugar glaze on top, I assumed flan would be tricky to make at home—until I tried this healthy recipe for Flan de Queso. (That’s translated as Caramel Cream Cheese Custard, just so there’s no confusion).

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Flan is a traditional Spanish custard dessert and this recipe calls for just 7 ingredients (including reduced-fat cream cheese, which cuts fat and calories from the dish without sacrificing flavor or texture). It takes just 15 minutes to make! The only hard thing about it is...

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November 20, 2013 - 10:20am

Next time you open your pantry, take a closer look at the packaging of your food.

You probably see a cacophony of health claims and healthy–sounding words: High in protein! With omega–3 fatty acids! Contains probiotics! High in calcium! Whole wheat! High fiber! Gluten–free! All–natural! Organic!

This labeling free–for–all is a growing trend by food manufacturers—which Rachael Moeller Gorman reported on recently for EatingWell Magazine. Companies claim they do it to give consumers what we want. And we do want healthy options: a recent NPD Group market analysis found that people are increasingly interested in adding “good things” to food (more is...

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November 19, 2013 - 2:30pm

Keeping a box or two of crackers on hand is helpful for whipping up a quick appetizer when guests (not always expected) drop by. They’re also a staple for an easy snack. Unfortunately, many crackers contain excessive sodium, sugar and unhealthy fats. Here’s what to seek out on labels and some brands that meet our criteria.

Check Your Oil:
Some crackers list 0 grams of trans fat but are still made with partially hydrogenated oils. Double-check the ingredient list and pick heart-healthy oils instead.

More Than Wheat:
Whole-wheat is a healthy choice—and crackers are now also made with quinoa, brown rice, whole rye, amaranth and more good-for-you whole grains.

Flavor Trip-Up:
Flavored crackers, while tasty, can tip the sodium scales with 300 mg or more per serving—...

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November 19, 2013 - 10:16am

What are you in the mood for tonight—Italian? Mexican? Chinese? Hold the phone! Takeout is tempting, but instead of ordering out (again) you can make a tastier, healthier dinner that will satisfy your craving and be ready in the same amount of time it would take to find the restaurant menu, decide what everyone wants, dial, order and wait.

You may be skeptical that it can really be faster to cook than call. Believe it: our Test Kitchen has developed recipes for five takeout favorites that are ready in 45 minutes—some deliver in under 30. For a night when you’re craving Indian food, there’s a spice-happy Vegetarian Tikka Masala, warming and satisfying, to serve with rice. (Takeout Tikka has as much as 17 grams of saturated fat per serving; ours has 3 grams.) Or make your own General Tso’s Chicken. All it takes is 30 minutes and a wok to reproduce this...

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November 18, 2013 - 4:04pm

During the busy holidays, knowing a dead-easy side dish that’s also festive is like having a secret weapon. And we’ve got three of them just for you. We’ve taken familiar veggies of the season—carrots, green beans and Brussels sprouts—and spruced them up with a few effortless tricks to make these sides truly special: Carrots get glamorous with a glaze of pomegranate molasses and a sprinkle of pistachios. Brussels sprouts are dressed up with savory pancetta and sage. Bundles of green beans look as pretty as a present when wrapped with a “ribbon” of scallion and drizzled with garlicky browned butter. In fact, these easy sides are so good they might just become the feature event on your holiday table.

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