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EatingWell Blogs (Page 243)

March 17, 2010 - 11:20am

There are many kinds of vegetarians out there, but my version falls closer to the “selectatarian” category. I’m a used-to-be-meat-free-but-got-sidetracked-by-the-bacon vegetarian. I do eat meat once in awhile, but I like to limit it to special occasions.

Whether or not you’re a full-on vegetarian, there are plenty of reasons to eat less meat—even once or twice a week. It’s better for your health, not to mention the planet. Plus, you can save a lot of money! Just think of all the delicious, healthy meals you could make with a can of beans. With all those benefits, it’s no wonder the Meatless...

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March 16, 2010 - 11:46am

I want cheap, fast food for dinner. I’m not talking about the stuff you get at the drive-through window. I’m talking about food that’s healthy, that I can make at home, quickly. That’s why I cherish the sandwich. Sandwiches are the ultimate ultra-quick dinner. I can whip up a satisfying dinner sandwich start to finish in 30 minutes or less without a hitch. To keep it interesting and feeling more like dinner, I change up what I make, and think beyond the deli-meat and cheese combos. What I put between my two pieces of bread varies each time, but what remains constant is the fact that sandwiches are ...

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March 15, 2010 - 11:45am

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the last thing I want to do is plan a menu of meals for the week. When I shop during those I-don’t-feel-like-planning weeks, I’m more apt to buy things that we always like to eat, then fill in the blanks with whatever I have in my well-stocked pantry when it comes time to make dinner. If you like to improvise when you cook, buying what looks good or is on sale at the store can save you money too. (Get quick dinner recipes that cost less than $3 a person.) Here are 5 foods I buy at the store when I don’t feel like planning dinner,...

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March 12, 2010 - 12:06am

I hail from a family of overachievers when it comes to lasagna. My sister makes her own fresh pasta and homemade sauce before assembling the actual casserole. It literally takes her all day—and the results are truly amazing—but for the rest of us normal people, that kind of dedication to a single meal is simply not realistic. Even without the special sauce and fresh noodles, lasagna can be pretty time-consuming, especially when all you have time for is a quick weeknight dinner after work.

But if you...

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March 11, 2010 - 11:32am

Since I’ve become a mom, it’s a challenge for me to get enough sleep. It’s become harder for me to fall asleep because I’m thinking about work, the baby, all the stuff that needs to be done around the house, what to make for dinner the next night...and the list goes on. (At least I’ve got a handle on the dinner thing—I either make one of these cheap, 30-minute dinner recipes or make a super-easy meal in my slow cooker.)

I’m not OK with getting less than the recommended 8 to 9 hours per night, since sleep is so important to my health and my figure (research links weight gain with sleep loss...

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