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EatingWell Blogs (Page 247)

June 30, 2010 - 10:54am

If I had to pick the one food that’s my biggest weakness, without question it would be cheese. Every day I include cheese in my breakfast—over-hard egg (like over-easy but with a hard yolk) on whole-grain toast with a little super-sharp Cheddar—and if we have pasta or Mexican for dinner, I’m most likely going to sprinkle a little on top. And I love cheese and crackers for a simple snack. (Find out how to buy the healthiest crackers to snack on.)

Cheese is rich in calcium, a bone-strengthening mineral that most of us don’t get enough of, so I know I shouldn’t exclude it from my diet....

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June 29, 2010 - 11:32am

I just don’t seem to have the attention span I once did. (Wait, what was I talking about?) There are so many distractions these days. And this applies to dinner how? Bear with me... (Hunger makes it hard to concentrate.) Attention span... dinner... oh right, got it: These dinners are built on just five ingredients. That’s a retainable list, even for me. (Oil, salt and pepper don’t count as part of the five, but that’s OK because I never forget them anyway.)

When you’re making a meal with just a handful of ingredients, each one needs to pull its weight. Nothing too exotic here—no need to curate a condiment museum—just good-quality, full-flavored foods cleverly combined for maximum enjoyment in a very...

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June 28, 2010 - 11:31am

Does this ever happen to you? I’ve planned like crazy for a big 4th of July dinner for out-of-town guests who are coming this weekend, but I’ve neglected to consider that they may want food the other nights they’re staying over. Oops.

Going out to eat is a solution, but that’s often expensive. And when I’ve poured my heart and soul (as well as the contents of my wallet) into the meal I’ve made the night before, all I want now is to make a cheap, easy, quick dinner (like Mexican...

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June 25, 2010 - 11:53am

Few things make me sadder than ruby-red tomatoes with no taste, a golden ear of corn with no sweetness, cucumbers with soft, wrinkly ends and zucchini that’s so banged up I have to peel it.

Since I shop for vegetables every Saturday at the farmers’ market (and what seems like most nights before dinner at the supermarket), I don’t want to waste money or my time. So I asked my friend Carolyn Malcoun, EatingWell’s associate food editor and resident veggie queen, for tips on how to pick veggies that will be ripe and flavorful. (Perfect for using in these veggie-packed summer dinners.) Here are her tips for perfectly picking 4 summer favorites:


Tomatoes

Known as a “love-apple” in...

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June 24, 2010 - 11:13am

I consider myself lucky to live in one of the most beautiful states in the U.S.—Vermont. One major benefit of living in the Green Mountain State is having an endless number of day hikes within an hour or so drive. My husband and I try to get out every weekend to tackle a different mountain. Inevitably, halfway down the trail we start talking about the juicy burgers and ice-cold beers we’re craving after our day out in the woods.

While it’s easy to stop by our favorite brew pub for both those things, I know I can make a healthier (and better-tasting) burger at home. Since burgers can be high in fat and calories, I start by making them with lean meat and I keep an eye on portion size. Then I turn to...

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