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EatingWell Blogs (Page 252)

April 8, 2010 - 12:05pm

There must be something in the air, because I’ve talked about one of my favorite comfort foods—meatloaf—three times this week. One morning my office-mate and I discussed our common meatloaf craving, then my sister called the next day and asked for my favorite meatloaf recipe, then my friend e-mailed me the day after that wondering if she could substitute something leaner for the ground pork in her favorite meatloaf recipe. (The answer: of course.)

I love making meatloaf, and enjoying the leftovers. Since it’s just my husband and me at home, we get at least two dinners out of one meatloaf, plus enough food for both of us to...

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April 7, 2010 - 12:02pm

What’s your escape from a bad day? A massage? A walk with the dog? Or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? At one time or another, most of us have turned to food to soothe a negative mood. I know I have. And even celebrities do it too. But where does one draw the line between eating occasional treats to cheer up—and the type of bingeing for which you should seek help? American Idol judge, songwriter and music producer Kara DioGuardi recently has been talking about her struggle with binge eating disorder (BED), which is characterized by eating large amounts of food—not out of hunger but for emotional reasons—and feeling out of control while doing it. Could you be struggling with...

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April 6, 2010 - 11:33am

We use a lot of oil in my house. That sounds gross, I know. Let me explain. It’s really just that one of our healthy-cooking rules is to not use much, if any, butter. So when we need a little grease—be it in a skillet or a muffin tin—we use oil.

Most of the time, it’s canola oil, which led us (and a lot of EatingWell readers) to wonder: is it really all that healthy to cook with? (Choose a cooking oil based on your needs and preferences with this Cooking Oil Guide.)

Here’s what I found:

• Canola oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, the kind that, when used to...

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April 5, 2010 - 11:17am

Let’s face it, a quick dinner isn’t so quick if you’re stuck washing a dozen pots and pans when you’re through. To me, nothing is worse than facing a mountain of dishes in the sink when dinner is over. But I’ve figured out a way to keep that mountain to a minimum.

Over the past several weeks, I’ve blogged about some of my favorite meals—One-Dish Dinners, 4 Simple One-Skillet Suppers and ...

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April 2, 2010 - 12:29pm

How many of us grew up eating grilled cheese sandwiches? As a kid, it was my favorite food for hot lunch. Even now, I still get weak in the knees for grilled cheese. And my husband, Colin, asks if we can have it for dinner at least once a week.

I try to indulge the craving often, but let’s face it: greasy grilled cheese is not exactly the healthiest fare, and I also want to get a satisfying meal out of the deal. So, I like to spice things up with unexpected—and healthful—ingredients. This week for dinner, for example, we made Hot Chile Grilled Cheese sandwiches. Mashed-up beans, salsa and hot peppers bulk up the...

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