I’m hosting Easter brunch this year. As if looking through my billions of brunch recipes trying to decide what to make wasn’t enough of a challenge, I’m also putting a cap on how much I spend. Budget-friendly recipes are a must. Can I really pull off holiday entertaining on a budget? I can, if I choose my menu wisely.
This year, I’ll skip the expensive spiral ham I usually serve and make a frittata with ham in it instead. That way I can still have ham (what’s a brunch without ham?!) but I can buy it in a smaller quantity. I’m going to keep it simple, but it’s still going to be delicious—...read full post »
March Madness means sports madness in my house. My husband loves to kick back and watch big games, playoffs and tournaments, like March Madness, with friends at our house. And because he’s a man (sorry for the stereotype), he rarely gives me much advance notice that his friends are coming over to watch the game. I’m lucky if he tells me before I walk in the door from work. Typically on the heels of telling me his friends are on their way, he throws in a request for something to snack on. And if I could make it healthy, he’d like that too.
I’m more than happy to oblige with chips and dips—my go-to snack. We always have healthy baked chips and vegetables around and I can whip up a...read full post »
It’s officially spring. And after the long winter my taste buds AND my kitchen are just crying for the light, crisp flavors of spring veggies: fresh salad greens, peas, asparagus and tender new potatoes.
For a quick spring dinner, light and easy is the name of the game. I like to make recipes I can pull together quickly for a nice meal with my husband after work (our favorite spring dinner is the Lemony Asparagus Pasta—it makes just enough for the two of us). And if my friends decide to pop over at the last minute, a satisfying salad is the perfect in-an-instant solution for company. Just toss all the ingredients into a gigantic bowl and dinner...read full post »
I think we all have one of these friends: she’s thin and fit, yet when we go out to eat she packs away more food than a linebacker. Burger, fries and a shake? No problem. I’m often tempted to keep up: if she can eat it and look that good, I can too, right? (Look better in 4 weeks with our super-easy plan to slim down.)
Not so fast, I tell myself, remembering what I read in our latest issue of EatingWell Magazine. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that female college students who watched a film alongside a researcher...read full post »
We all have bad days. And many of us, myself included, turn to tried and true comfort foods to lift our spirits. (I bet my friends Ben & Jerry are at your house too.)
Hopefully your bad days are few and far between, but when they do unexpectedly pop up, here are three scientifically tested foods worth trying instead:
Fruits & Vegetables (and other whole foods): Yes, you read that right—healthy, whole foods! In a recent study of close to 3,500 men and women published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, those who reported eating a diet rich in whole foods in the previous year were less...read full post »