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EatingWell Blogs (Page 244)

July 20, 2010 - 11:24am

What’s a girl to do with buckets of fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions from her garden? Make fresh homemade salsa, of course!

Usually I’m the boss in the kitchen, but when it comes to salsa, my husband, Russ, is the man. His mother is from Mexico City, so he’s been eating salsa since birth. Good salsa, that she made by the gallon to feed her five kids for a little pre-dinner snack.

So I’ve learned the nuances of making amazing homemade salsa, like using the juiciest tomatoes possible and not overdoing it on the hot peppers. Speaking of which, here’s a tip when you’re prepping your peppers: the membranes that hold the seeds are the spiciest part of chile peppers (that...

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July 19, 2010 - 10:56am

I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine: I don’t take a multivitamin. I know, I know, I’m a registered dietitian, how could I not take a multivitamin? Like some people go on and off the diet bandwagon, I go on and off the multivitamin bandwagon. It’s not for lack of trying, it’s just a habit that never stuck because I don’t remember everyday—and I get most of the nutrients I need from the food I eat anyway.

Related Link: 8 secret-weapon foods to power up your diet.

But when this new research came across my desk showing that taking a multivitamin may help you lose weight, I jumped back on the bandwagon. After all, I’m always...

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July 16, 2010 - 12:01pm

It’s too hot and humid for me to consider turning on my oven or stove in the evening. I’ve got the whole no-cook dinner thing down and am well versed in making my whole meal on the grill, but what about dessert? I need sweet treats in my life, but right now I don’t want to turn on the oven to bake cookies and I want more variety than ice cream.

Well, the oven isn’t my only option for cooking dessert—I can make (pretty impressive, it turns out) desserts in the microwave. Many of these dessert...

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July 15, 2010 - 10:46am

My husband, Russ, likes to make recipes that have at least 4,000 ingredients and take a minimum of 8 hours to cook. OK, so that’s a slight exaggeration. But only slight. He does prefer recipes that are more of a production.

But me, I like to streamline. I’m always looking for shortcuts and ways to speed things up (maybe because I cook all day at work in the EatingWell Test Kitchen). So when Russ doesn’t have all day to cook, I step in and look for dinners I can make in 3 steps or less. That way, I’m guaranteed to not spend all night in the kitchen.

Here are some of my picks for super-simple dinner recipes done in 3 steps or less:

Steak...

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July 14, 2010 - 11:08am

When I was writing about corn for the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine, I decided to pose this question online: What do you want to know about corn?

My friend Lee pointedly asked, “Is corn even good for you?”

Good question. Is corn even good for you? Actually, it is, for two reasons.

Related Link: Find fiber-rich recipes to help you shed pounds.

First, corn is a starchy vegetable, and like other starchy vegetables (potatoes, peas) it contains fiber—in this case 4 grams per 1 cup of kernels, which is about 1 large ear. Eating enough fiber is important for helping to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer....

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