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EatingWell Blogs (Page 248)

February 10, 2010 - 10:55am

If my house ever caught on fire, I wouldn’t be scrambling for my wedding album or my jewelry box. Of course I’d rescue my husband and pets, but the one item I’d fight to save is my enamel-coated cast-iron Dutch oven. I can’t imagine my life without it. It’s the perfect vessel for cooking up a warming winter supper. It conducts heat evenly, which is perfect for braising. It goes from stovetop to oven with ease and the enamel surface makes it a breeze to clean.

Some Dutch ovens can be on the expensive side, but the truth of the matter is that many of them last forever and if they don’t, many companies will send you a replacement. Mine has taken a lot of abuse and it keeps on ticking. In...

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February 9, 2010 - 11:46am

My husband was first told he had high cholesterol at 30 and since then he’s become acutely conscious of his heart health—particularly which foods are heart-healthy. I thought for sure when I pulled together a list of “surprising” foods that promote heart health, he’d look at me and say, “Duh!” Instead he surprised me by raising his eyebrows and smiling (probably because he could now add more foods to his “good for your heart” list). Find 10 recipes for brownies and more heart-healthy comfort foods here.

Here are 6 on-the-go snacks that...

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February 8, 2010 - 11:59am

Over the years we’ve all heard some nutrition information and advice that seemed so black-and-white it was hard to imagine it would ever change. I think one of those bits of information is cutting back on saturated fat to improve your heart’s health. For years research has suggested that keeping a cap on saturated fats helps reduce risk of heart disease primarily by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol, which can lead to plaque buildup in arteries.

But I just read a new study that challenges our accepted thinking. The study, to be published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pooled and analyzed the results of 21 previous studies and found no clear evidence that consuming more saturated fat led to a higher risk of heart...

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February 5, 2010 - 11:49am

I’m not sure why it took me so long to catch onto the slow-cooker phenomenon. Now that I have one I know it’s a busy mom’s lifesaver! (Click here to find out which slow cooker the EatingWell Test Kitchen cooks recommend.)

My husband and I both work and when we get home at night we want to spend time with our son. But we still need to eat dinner and we want it to be healthy. My new slow cooker is solving all these problems for me (and more!).

Here’s how it works for me:

• Before I leave for work in the morning I load up the slow cooker with the ingredients in the recipe. (Confession: I look for recipes that require little to no work, like minimal chopping and browning.)
• When I...

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February 4, 2010 - 11:23am

Can you believe it’s February already? If you’re anything like me, it may be time for a New Year’s resolution check-in. (My biggest resolution was to stop cursing so much...definitely a work in progress.) The key to keeping committed to your goal—whether it’s to lose 10 pounds by summer, or to cook lower-calorie recipes at home more often (EatingWell’s easy, delicious 500-Calorie Dinners can help you do both)—is to renew your vows. Then troubleshoot the obstacles that are getting in your way. Here’s some help:

The problem: You’re too busy to plan and cook healthy meals.

The solution: Simplify. Don’t...

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