When the weather turns warm and the days get long, my husband, Jon, and I start gathering our neighbors and friends for “firepit nights.” (A month after we moved into our house, Jon built us a huge in-ground firepit.) We’ll make burgers or some chicken, tofu or even grilled pizzas; everyone else brings sides, snacks and drinks to share. On a typical Saturday, the crew gathers around 4:30 or 5 and lingers well past midnight. Often, the eating gets out of hand. So that I can still stuff myself into my shorts the next day, I’ve found that it’s helpful to follow a few simple rules for smart eating at summer barbecues:
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For me the best part of potlucks (besides how easy they are) is the fact that you get to nibble on a bunch of different things. I always head straight for the salads. Broccoli-bacon salad is one that appears over and over on potluck lineups. But usually it’s made with too much mayonnaise and bacon. (Bacon really seems to play an important role in potluck lineups…and for good reason. It’s delicious, but needs to be used judiciously to keep things healthy.) We made a healthier broccoli-bacon salad this summer with less bacon and low-fat mayonnaise. Our version has only 1 gram of saturated fat and 200 mg of sodium.
Get the recipe: Broccoli-Bacon Salad
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Memorial Day and burgers on the grill go hand in hand, but burgers can often be grease-laden calorie bombs—not so appealing for those of us who want to get the summer off to a healthy start. So here at EatingWell we’ve come up with a suite of Healthy Burger Recipes that are sure to please the palate without plumping your waistline. The key is to think outside the box and experiment with your ingredients. That way you can enjoy a juicy burger on Memorial Day, and many days ahead.
Here are a few of my favorite healthy burger recipes:
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The weather’s warm, the shorts are out and school’s almost over. That means it’s party season. Here in Vermont, we love to throw potlucks, where everyone comes and brings a dish. I’ve been attending an annual potluck here in Charlotte for about 30 of my last 35 summers that usually gets about 200 people. It’s a blast and everyone shares in the cooking. The funny thing is there are certain things that always appear on these potluck spreads. (Check out this collection of potluck recipes for a sampling.) They’re things like potato salad or pasta salad, carrot cake and Waldorf salad. And then there are the casseroles. This happens to be my personal favorite category. I love them because they’re homey and comforting and so often topped with cheese. What’s not to love?...read full post »
One of my favorite things about warmer weather are the garden-fresh herbs I plant in enormous pots that line my porch and walkway. I love that I can pluck some basil to make pesto whenever I feel inspired. Or snip some cilantro to garnish a Mexican dish or mix up a mojito with a sprig of mint. The best part? Fresh herbs add a lot of flavor with barely any calories and absolutely no fat. Get great recipes and tips for how to use other herbs, such as lemon verbena, marjoram and sage in EatingWell’s Guide to Fresh Herbs. Here are 5 of my favorite herbs to cook with.