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May 3, 2010 - 11:34am

I really truly love salad. When the weather gets warmer, I have one for either lunch or dinner every day—sometimes both. (Get 25+ recipes for side salads and main-dish salads.)

I always have one or two varieties of lettuce in my fridge, plus I grow my own salad greens. (Find out how easy it is to grow your own salad greens—no garden required!) And if I’m pressed for time, I head to the salad bar at my local supermarket in the morning when I’m shopping for the ingredients I need to test recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen.

But it’s easy to pack too many calories into...

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April 30, 2010 - 1:08pm

A couple of weeks ago, my lovely colleague Penelope blogged about lazy lasagna & more sneaky comfort food shortcuts. I’m all about taking shortcuts, especially when I’m pressed for time and have to get dinner on the table fast (In fact, I’m the one who developed that “lazy” recipe for Inside-Out Lasagna in the EatingWell Test Kitchen.)

But I’m married to one of those men who relishes the process of cooking and savors the results of his labor. I can’t complain. One of my husband’...

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April 29, 2010 - 12:54pm

When I shop for fruits and vegetables I always consult the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) pocket-size Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, which identifies fruits and vegetables that have the highest and lowest pesticide residues. So I’m pleased that EWG, a nonprofit organization, is updating the list again this year. Their 2010 update is based on new data from the USDA and FDA on pesticide residues in produce. Three new foods made the “Dirty Dozen,” the 12 fruits and vegetables that are most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, and three new foods were added to the...

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April 28, 2010 - 12:09pm

Cupcakes are not just for kids anymore. They’re perfect for wedding showers, baby showers, whimsical weddings and even Mother’s Day. This year, my mom will be visiting us on Mother’s Day and my son, Sawyer, and I are already planning to bake her a special batch of healthier Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes to show her how much we love her. 

When I make cupcakes at home or when I’m developing new recipes in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, I try to keep the ingredients as healthy as possible. To limit saturated fat...

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April 27, 2010 - 10:41am

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I like to show my mom how much she means to me by helping her have the most chill and relaxing day possible. She loves to sleep in—or really, she likes to lie in bed until late morning reading a book, possibly with our dog curled up next to her. Luckily, she’s happy to be coaxed out of bed by a delicious brunch.

I like to make Mom an amazing brunch at home, instead of going out. Having a full spread of delicious homemade brunch recipes feels like a splurge, but costs less and is yummier than what we’d get if we went out to a crowded restaurant. This menu of brunch dishes is super-easy to make, plus many can be prepared in advance so I can have a relaxing morning as well.

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