EatingWell Blogs (Page 247)
This Memorial Day, my husband, Dan, and I are having a BBQ. Since I’m a food editor at EatingWell, our friends are used to a delicious spread of food when they come over for dinner. But throwing a backyard BBQ doesn’t need to be complicated or costly—the menu we’re going to serve is full of inexpensive dishes that are super scrumptious too. Here’s a sneak peek at our menu, which for everything from drinks to desserts, costs just about $5 per person:
When I’m entertaining, I love to grill a big hunk of meat. It‘s just easier to have only one thing to pay attention to rather than keeping track of who wants cheese on their burger and who doesn’t. Smoked Turkey Breast is great for entertaining because it feeds a crowd, plus it costs about $1.50 per serving....
When I go to the grocery store to buy bread, there are three things I look for on food labels.
1. I prefer breads made from whole grains rather than ones made from refined grains with added fiber. Whole grains (e.g., wheat, oats, rye) are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain at least as many antioxidants as some fruits and vegetables and are good for your heart.
Of course I'd like to bake my own bread, but when I don't have time to bake I look for bread that’s labeled "whole grain," then double check that a grain is listed first in the ingredients list. Keep in mind that for wheat, oats, corn, rye and barley, unless the word "whole" precedes the grain...read full post »
This time of year my husband is chomping at the bit to grill, grill, grill! He wants to grill everything—which is fine by me because not only is grilling a super-quick way to cook, but when it comes to lean proteins it guarantees flavorful, juicy results—without having to add a lot of fat or calories. (Or do extra dishes!)
As a nutrition editor I’ve read some studies that suggest cooking meat at the high temperatures you use to grill (as well as broil and fry) produces compounds linked with cancer—heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs...read full post »
There’s something about spring fruits—plump cherries, tart rhubarb, juicy apricots and sweet strawberries—that I just can’t get enough of.
I make sure my neighbor with the unruly rhubarb patch knows she can pawn off any extra on me. When the organic berry patch down the road opens up, I go on several picking sprees to satisfy my urge for fresh berries plus have enough to make jam and to stock my freezer with frozen fruit. And when apricots hit the market, I snatch them up to snack on. (Click here to find out which 12 fruits and vegetables you should buy organic.)
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Blessed are the meal makers. Those who step into the kitchen to feed the whiny mob seem saintly to me. “Feed me!” is so primal we’re saying it practically from our first breath. From that day on, it regularly crowds out other thoughts—especially around 6:00 at night. (These 10 dinners in 30 minutes will help.)
Even at my advanced age, I’m usually one of the whiners. I straggle in at the end of my long commute, piteously inquiring of my patient husband, “Is dinner ready yet?” If you’re the person who has to come up with a healthy-in-a-hurry answer to that “What’s for dinner?” question (every night! unrelentingly!),...read full post »