It may be because I'm a nutrition nerd, but I'm pretty excited about the FDA announcement today about changes to the nutrition facts panel on food packages. I scour nutrition labels as part of my job. I used to teach people how to shop at the grocery store and it always made me proud to hear them say shopping took twice as long because they were reading all the labels. OK, so grocery shopping doesn't need to take two hours, but it's important to know what you're eating. Some of the changes to the nutrition facts label make it easier to find the information you need to make healthy food choices.
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I’m a sucker for stuffed pasta of any kind. I don’t care what shape it is, ravioli, manicotti, whatever, if it comes out of the oven swimming in red sauce, oozing and bubbling under a thick layer of melted cheese then I want in. Who doesn’t? It’s comfort food at its finest. Not so comforting is the fact that meals like these pack a mean punch in the fat and calories department (some upwards of 800 calories and 20 grams of saturated fat!). So to continue to enjoy stuffed pasta, I’ve committed to making my own at home. One recipe I go back to again and again is EatingWell’s Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells. You get all the ooey-gooey goodness of stuffed pasta right out the oven, with less fat and fewer calories. Here’s how we made them healthier...read full post »
When the EatingWell Test Kitchen started talking about the “flautas” they were making, I admit I needed a translation. But when I tasted Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos, I knew just what they were: deliciously crispy rolled-up little tacos filled with beef—and a healthy surprise.
Taquitos are a standard item on fast-food menus. Typically they’re deep-fried and can be greasy, rolled up in calories and fat. It’s not hard to understand why they’d be popular. We’ve kept that crispy goodness, but our version is baked and so much better for you. We use lean ground beef for the filling and a whole zucchini, shredded and mixed in with the spices so its presence is subtle (some might say sneaky). Top it with some yummy sharp...read full post »
I heart avocado toast. It's one of my go-to breakfasts during the week. My 4-year-old daughter even digs it. But rather than just putting mashed avocado on toast, it takes practically no time to add a fried egg and some tasty veggies, which keeps me satisfied all morning.
Here's how to take avocado toast to the next level:
1. Start with a whole-grain foundation: Go for a full-flavored, high-fiber bread, such as a hearty slice of German-style rye or seeded multigrain from your favorite bakery.
2. Schmear on the avocado: This luxurious spread contains healthy fats that help you absorb nutrients in the veggies.
3. Give it protein power: Eating a protein-packed egg...read full post »
While I always have a decent selection of craft beers and a few bottles of wine in my fridge for the times when friends drop by for an impromptu summertime shindig, I’ve decided to make this The Summer of Sangria.
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I’ve never been much of a sangria fan. I’ve found most restaurant variations to be sickeningly sweet, so it wasn’t my first choice for summer drinking. What changed my mind? These killer sangria recipes developed in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. They skipped the sugar altogether and used zesty wines, flavorful liquors and tons of fresh fruit to make these sangria recipes a delight to all the senses. Worthy of a summer-long celebration of the original wine cooler? Absolutely. So pull...read full post »