Stacy Fraser, EatingWell’s Test Kitchen Manager, and I recently offered dinner ideas and advice to a group of working mothers. When we asked, “What is the most difficult part of making a healthy dinner?” the overwhelming answer was one word: time. Serving a healthy dinner is hard when you’re trying to juggle school, work, exercising, grocery shopping and activities for kids and parents. The last thing you want is to add another to-do to your list—to plan your meals. Most of us just make it up on the fly. At 4:55 p.m. In the grocery store.
So we figured we could help out. We spend our days thinking about food and what to eat (and we have to feed our families every night too!). So we came up with a FREE downloadable mini cookbook of 20 weeknight-friendly recipes for busy families, enough to get you through a month of meals...read full post »
A bowl of “loaded” baked potato soup on a restaurant menu is a load of temptation—you know you want it, but you also know where that “load” of cheese, bacon and sour cream topping is going to end up: on your hips. The cooks in the EatingWell Test Kitchen kept the tempting name when they created this Loaded Baked Potato Soup, but included just enough of the signature ingredients to give it the flavor you love without all the fat. At just 304 calories for a generous serving, this recipe gives you something you wouldn’t get at that restaurant: room for dessert.
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My husband (lovingly) mocks me sometimes for being a wuss about spicy foods—no extra hot sauce for me, thanks. But these South Texas Steak Fajitas from EatingWell magazine are a hit for both of us. The marinade has all kinds of deliciously fresh ingredients, such as jalapeño peppers, onion, cilantro, beer and lime juice that give the steak layers of taste-bud-popping flavor. And this recipe is so convenient: you can marinate the meat the night before or in the morning. When you’re ready to cook, everything goes on the grill for a few minutes, so by the time the tortillas are heated, the fajita fixin’s are ready. Everyone can assemble their own dinner to their own taste, with just as much heat as makes them happy.
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Yesterday Kraft announced that they'll be phasing out the use of Yellow 5 and 6 in some of their packaged mac-and-cheeses, specifically their character-shaped pastas (SpongeBob Squarepants, Halloween and winter shapes, plus two other new shapes) and instead will color them with spices such as paprika. (Their “original flavor” elbow-shaped macaroni won't be changed.)
Some say the switch was spurred by a Change.org petition that garnered 348,000 signatures, though Kraft denies it. Regardless of what motivated the swap, it's great news! Yellow 5 and 6 are two of the most commonly used synthetic food dyes and contain compounds that research has linked with cancer and that may cause allergic reactions in some people. And, in 2011, the FDA said that although there isn't enough evidence to conclude that...read full post »
When I sent an office email to gather staff picks from the September/October issue of EatingWell, I was hoping at least two or three of my busy colleagues would take a minute to write back. But it turned out the issue was so enthusiastically received that I have 9 favorite recipes to share with you.
1. Chickpea...read full post »