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.
|Numbers to Look For:|
|Saturated Fat||≤ 0.5 g|
|Sodium||≤ 200 mg|
|Dietary Fiber||≥ 2 g|
|Sugars||≤ 2 g|
|Serving Size: About 30 grams (serving sizes may vary).|
Ingredients to look for: Healthy oils (olive, canola), whole grains (whole wheat, brown rice, whole rye)
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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...read full post »
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In the mood for Chinese tonight? Hold the phone! Takeout is tempting, but you can make a tastier, healthier dinner that will satisfy your craving and be ready as fast as it would take to find the restaurant menu, decide what everyone wants, order and wait.
To make your own General Tso’s Chicken—a takeout favorite—all it takes is a wok and a handful of basic ingredients to reproduce this must-order dish of saucy chicken and crisp snow peas—with less fat and half as much sodium as the #16 from your neighborhood joint.
And yes, it really can be faster to cook than call. Our Test Kitchen has developed a recipe that is ready in 30...read full post »