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September 2, 2010 - 10:35am

How would you define an “effortless meal”? For me, it’s the embodiment of simplicity in every way—from the food to the taste to the feeling it evokes.

The first time I came to appreciate the truly effortless meal was in my early twenties. I was living with a French family in Paris. Madame B, super-busy mother of three teenagers, raced around the city all day, waltzed into the kitchen around 8 p.m., and yet still whipped up a 4-course dinner out of thin air in minutes, landing effortlessly at the table with a graceful smile on her face. Her meals were a joy to consume—another factor in the effortless meal.

Related Link: Get 20 ideas for truly effortless weeknight meals

One night I was literally knocked off...

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September 1, 2010 - 11:43am
By Michelle Edelbaum in EatingWell Blogs

I haven’t actually invited anyone over yet, but I just have this feeling we’ll be having a get-together over Labor Day weekend. Impromptu, last-minute.

Even if you planned ahead for your party, you may still be in the same boat as I am: I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking on the last unofficial weekend of summer. I want to host a get-together I can actually enjoy with my friends, which means keeping cooking to a minimum. I’m not up for more than chopping, tossing and serving.

I could just throw some burgers and dogs on the grill, but this weekend I want something a little different. Here’s a full Labor Day picnic of five 15-minute dishes that require only minimal cooking so you have more time to enjoy your weekend.

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August 31, 2010 - 12:08pm

With a full-time job and two young boys (Julian, 2, and Kai, 4 months), I’ve basically abandoned nearly all domestic chores except one: preparing nutritious meals, especially our kids’ lunches. (I am a nutritionist, after all.)

Every night after Jules and Kai are finally in bed—around 8:30—my husband and I madly scramble to prepare lunches for the next day. We wash breast-pump parts, clean and refill bottles for Kai. For Julian’s lunch we peel and thinly slice carrots, halve grapes and stuff whole-wheat tortillas with low-fat cheese and chopped broccoli to make quesadillas. Find ideas for 20 more healthy kids’ lunches, including Pizza Roll-Up (pictured), here.

If this sounds like your night,...

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August 30, 2010 - 11:07am

I’m on a high from my summer vacation—and already not looking forward to it ending. No one wants to trade their carefree summer days spent outdoors for 8 hours of fluorescent lights, a desk and a computer. And even worse, the end of summer vacation also means summer is winding down. So if you’re like me and feeling a little bummed about returning to the office (or going back to school) and the upcoming season transition, I suggest you have these mood-boosting foods on hand.

Chocolate: I know, I know, this is not news to you. But what I like is that there’s some science behind the theory that chocolate makes us happy: eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it, to be exact) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in people who were highly stressed, a study done at the Nestlé...

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August 26, 2010 - 9:08am

I think my refrigerator is a wonderful thing. It keeps my milk cold, my vegetables crisp and my open condiments from growing moldy. But I think twice before I let the fresh heirloom tomatoes for my favorite tomato recipes anywhere near that magical kitchen appliance.

If you put a fully ripened tomato in the fridge, the produce patrol probably won’t flog you, but it’s best to keep tomatoes at room temperature on the counter, as nature intended.

The fridge can extend the life of many fruits and vegetables, but tomatoes are sensitive. They hate any temperature less than about 50 degrees. They’ll sustain what’s called a “chilling injury” that will turn that red orb of juicy sweetness to a mealy mess. A...

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