During the Super Bowl, while my husband is in front of the television yelling about bad play calls, I’ll be in the kitchen enjoying some of my favorite Super Bowl recipes. I’m going to make chips and dips, onion rings, jalapeño poppers and chicken wings just to name a few. Some of our recipes for these favorite snacks use an easy, mess free oven-fry technique that gives food a crispy golden crust and moist interior. It tastes like fried food, but it’s better for you. Score!
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When it comes to my health, and the health of my family, I like to play it safe. Recent news confirms that I’ve been doing the right thing by limiting my family’s exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA), an estrogen-like chemical used in polycarbonate plastics. BPA is used to make some reusable water bottles, clear plastic food-storage containers and some baby bottles; it’s also in the linings of some food and drink cans, and other things, such as dental sealants. Studies have linked BPA to the development of precancerous lesions and abnormal development of reproductive systems in animals.(Concerned about pesticides too? Find a list of 12 fruits and vegetables you should consider buying organic.)...read full post »
Last week was super-busy for me. I had bills to pay, people to see and a very cluttered house to clean. I never felt like I could get ahead, let alone give myself time to fix dinner. When I need to eat and get on to something else, I find it hard not to reach for the phone and just order pizza for delivery. But in the time it takes me to order and actually get the pie, I could make an ultra-quick recipe (and I also wouldn’t feel guilty for ordering pizza). It’s not hard to make dinner in 20 minutes—especially if you focus your meal around quick-cooking chicken.
Here are some ultra-quick chicken recipes that I like to make instead of ordering takeout:
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I was late for my plane over the holidays but that didn’t keep me from taking a few extra minutes to place my order. I was standing at the Dunkin’ Donuts counter in JFK, weighing two numbers: 2.16 and 510. Which one do you think was the number of calories in the muffin?
The first was the price of a muffin in dollars. The second, the cost of the muffin in calories. Could just seeing those two numbers propel me to count my calories in the same way I might count my pennies? (Find our top 5 picks for healthy foods at the airport.) According to the authors of the Health Care Reform Bill, the answer is yes — so much so that more than 200,000 fast food outlets (as well as...read full post »
I’m getting ready for Week 3 of my 500-calorie dinner challenge where I’m cooking 500-calorie dinners from new book, EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners, 5 nights a week for 5 weeks. The recipes I’ve been making for Week 2 have been going smoothly (and deliciously). I think my secret to success this week has again been planning ahead. (It’s one of the...read full post »