EatingWell Blogs (Page 251)
I used to be into rock concerts packed with people, and the louder the better. Well, things have changed. I much prefer sprawling out on a checkered blanket on a lawn listening to live classical music. Not only is this more relaxing, but it allows me to do what I do best, pack an awesome picnic. Portability is key. But I also want to make sure what I’m packing in my picnic basket isn’t going pack on the pounds.
I’ve learned a few tricks since working in the EatingWell Test Kitchen that help keep my picnic fare light. I use low-fat mayonnaise and yogurt instead of full-fat mayo in my coleslaw (see the recipe below). I batter my “fried” chicken without skin and cook it in the oven instead of in a huge vat...read full post »
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...read full post »
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...read full post »
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...read full post »
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...read full post »