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EatingWell Blogs (Page 247)

May 12, 2010 - 12:03pm

No-cook dinners? I never cook dinner. You might find it hard to believe, considering I started working at EatingWell Magazine in 1990, but I don’t cook. I can cook—I just don’t have to. I’m not bragging (well, maybe a little); I fully appreciate how lucky I am to have married someone who can manage menu planning, grocery shopping and meal prep way better than I ever could.

When I try to feed the family, it’s often a recipe for disaster, or at least disappointment. First I get sidetracked deciding what to make. Then I underestimate how long everything will take and can never get everything on the...

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May 11, 2010 - 11:47am

A few years ago, I bought a hot air popcorn popper at a yard sale for 25 cents. It was one of the best investments I ever made. On the way home, I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a bag of popcorn kernels—for less than the cost of a bag of potato chips—so that I could pop a batch of fresh, hot popcorn right away. That was the beginning of my love affair with popcorn.

Now I’m obsessed. I keep a bag of popcorn kernels on hand for whenever I need a quick and easy snack. While I do love a little butter on my popcorn every now and then, I eat popcorn a lot. So to keep it healthy (and...

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May 10, 2010 - 12:50pm

Summer is just around the corner and that means that our weekends for the next few months are filling up with lots of road trips. My mother-in-law lives on Cape Cod, so we always plan a trip or two there to get in some beach time, and we’re finally going up to Acadia National Park in Maine for a weekend camping trip with friends. But the night before my husband, Dan, and I jump in the car, there’s one thing we always do: make some quick snacks.

While it’s super-convenient to grab a bite to eat at the gas station when we stop for a fill-up, we hate filling up (and wasting money!) on the mostly unhealthy options that stock the convenience-store shelves. As a food editor at EatingWell, I’ve learned that making a healthy...

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May 7, 2010 - 12:36pm

If you’re crafty (unlike me), you’re probably used to following patterns to produce beautiful results. I am more likely to dive in and figure out a unifying structure after the fact (as in, a knitted potholder that started out to be a scarf). This is my impression of how what’s now known as “the Mediterranean diet” came to be. Get 20 quick and healthy Mediterranean Dinner Recipes ready in 30 minutes or less here.

The Mediterranean diet didn’t start out as a plan. People living along the Mediterranean, for centuries, ate the bounty they were surrounded by—fresh fruits, vegetables, olives and olive oil, grains, fish from the sea and just a little meat—and it transpired, when...

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May 6, 2010 - 12:03pm

In culinary school I learned how to barbecue chicken “the right way.” It involved closely monitoring a live fire on a charcoal grill, keeping the flame low and painstakingly checking the temperature. If it was too hot, the skin would burn. And if I kept it on too long, the chicken would be dry and stringy—kind of like eating dental floss. (Find our favorite, easy BBQ chicken recipes here.)

Of course if the results were perfect, it was a pleasure to eat. But you don’t have to go through all that hoopla to enjoy delicious chicken. (...

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