During the busy holidays, knowing a dead-easy side dish that’s also festive is like having a secret weapon. And we’ve got three of them just for you. We’ve taken familiar veggies of the season—carrots, green beans and Brussels sprouts—and spruced them up with a few effortless tricks to make these sides truly special: Carrots get glamorous with a glaze of pomegranate molasses and a sprinkle of pistachios. Brussels sprouts are dressed up with savory pancetta and sage. Bundles of green beans look as pretty as a present when wrapped with a “ribbon” of scallion and drizzled with garlicky browned butter. In fact, these easy sides are so good they might just become the feature event on your holiday table.read full post »
This holiday, skip sugary treats or high-calorie indulgences and give the food lovers on your list one of these stand-out gifts:
For the Cook:
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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 »
When it comes to food, “creamy” is such an enticing word, isn’t it? It promises deliciousness and conjures up satisfying comfort food. It also usually conjures up a heap of calories and fat—but not this recipe for Creamy Mustard Chicken developed by the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Without using any heavy cream, this recipe delivers on velvety goodness while being kind to your waistline. In fact, it’s even heart-healthy!
In just 35 minutes you can boil angel hair pasta, sauté the...read full post »
No-brainer—walk it out! And that’s not just because strutting your stuff will burn some of the calories you ate. Scientists actually put both options to the test.
As its name suggests, drinking a digestif, such as brandy, is meant to help you digest your meal (for the record, an aperitif is drunk before a meal, to whet the appetite). But when researchers compared the digestive effect of digestifs (say that five times fast) to walking, walking won hands down. Pounding pavement—or hoofing it on the treadmill, which is how a small group of men were tested—sped up the rate at which food passed through the participants’ stomachs. Drinking a digestif didn’t change the rate of digestion. And, unfortunately, neither sipping nor strolling alleviated that I-need-to-unbutton-my-pants feeling after a large meal.
There are other boons to moving after a...read full post »