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November 25, 2013 - 11:14am

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 Cheddar, roll it up and bake for less than 20 minutes for an easy, healthier Mexican fast-food...

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November 21, 2013 - 10:43am

Annually, the average American consumes 38 percent more white meat than dark meat from chicken. We’d like to buck the trend and give some love to one of our favorite cuts: boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Why are thighs so great? Sans skin and after a quick trim, they fall into the lean category, with 166 calories, 8 grams of fat and just 2 grams of saturated fat per 3-ounce portion. That is only 26 calories, 5 grams fat and 1 gram saturated fat more than 3 ounces of chicken breast. But with slightly more calories and fat come huge culinary advantages: that little bit of extra fat helps keep chicken thighs tender, so they can simmer away in a ramen soup with bok choy without drying out. Plus dark meat has more flavor than light, so it goes with bold ingredients like hot sauce and blue cheese in a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Chicken thighs contain...

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November 20, 2013 - 3:11pm

For the first time in our lifetime, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be celebrated on the same day, Thursday, November 28, 2013. (This won’t happen again for another 77,000 years!) For my multicultural family (my dad is Chinese and Buddhist, my mom’s a Jewish New Yorker), the convergence of these two holidays is special because both commemorate freedom and gratitude. Another perk of this rare holiday combination means two food-centric meals merge into one delicious menu that honors both celebrations.

The menu I put together represents a mix of traditional favorites from each holiday that complement each other. While this menu isn’t for a kosher meal, you can easily adapt the menu: just swap oil for butter in the Brussels sprouts and take a break between dinner and dessert—something you’ll probably want to do anyway to fully savor this “historical” blend...

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November 20, 2013 - 11:22am

Our double issue for November and December is an easy one to love: it’s stuffed with gorgeous photos of fabulous food and it arrives just when you start thinking about cooking for all the season’s celebrations. Everyone who works at EatingWell found recipes they wanted to make at home after getting to taste them at work—and they were happy to tell me about their favorites.

A Light & Fluffy Cheesecake That Tastes as Good as It Looks
Breana Lai, Associate Food Editor, says: “I adore the Cranberry-Lime Cheesecake (pictured above) because of its creamy,...

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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).

Don’t Miss: Fabulous (& Healthier) Cheesecake Recipes

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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