I have a CSA share—that means I pay in advance to get a bag of vegetables each week from a local farm. I typically get a squash in the cooler months so I'm always on the hunt for new squash recipes.
Luckily my family loves to eat squash. And that's a good thing, as all varieties give you a big bang for your nutrition buck. One cup of cooked winter squash is high in both vitamin A (214% of the recommended daily value) and vitamin C (33%), as well as being a good source of vitamins B6 and K, potassium and folate.
Here are 6 of my favorite varieties plus delicious squash recipes to cook. Many squash varieties are interchangeable, so don't be afraid to experiment....read full post »
You probably already know that you're supposed to be eating fish twice a week. Fish are a lean, healthy source of protein—and the oily kinds, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, etc., deliver those heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fats you've probably also heard you should be getting in your diet. (Find out if you need an omega-3 supplement here.)
Featured recipe: Garlic Roasted Salmon...read full post »
There's nothing more comforting than coming in from a cold day to a bowl of piping-hot soup. And this Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup recipe has become my go-to. Here's why.
My family has their favorites—Dad always wants chicken noodle soup with matzo balls and Mom prefers seafood-heavy cioppino—but since learning to make French onion soup in culinary school, I can't get enough of the cheesy-topped broth. It only requires a few staple ingredients, but every bite feels so luxurious.
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Bitter foods have a bevy of health benefits. But if you've hated Brussels sprouts since you were a kid or the thought of kale makes you cringe, you're missing out on their nutrients. With some culinary craftiness and a little bit of perseverance, you can teach yourself to genuinely like the taste of bitter and get all the health benefits those foods have to offer. Try broccoli rabe, kale, grapefruit and more in these delicious recipes for bitter foods and implement these...read full post »
Is it OK to have some fries if you're trying to lose weight or eat cleaner? Turns out, your favorite indulgences are no longer off limits, even when you're trying to slim down or eat healthier. Adding a small portion of a splurge food to an otherwise healthy plate tricks your brain into thinking your healthy dish is just as decadent as a junky smorgasbord, revealed a recent study from the journal Management Science. It's called the "vice-virtue bundle." "Good taste brings about satisfaction, but so does knowing you made a wise choice," says lead author Kelly Haws, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University.
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