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EatingWell Blogs (Page 253)

May 17, 2010 - 11:20am

Blessed are the meal makers. Those who step into the kitchen to feed the whiny mob seem saintly to me. “Feed me!” is so primal we’re saying it practically from our first breath. From that day on, it regularly crowds out other thoughts—especially around 6:00 at night. (These 10 dinners in 30 minutes will help.)

Even at my advanced age, I’m usually one of the whiners. I straggle in at the end of my long commute, piteously inquiring of my patient husband, “Is dinner ready yet?” If you’re the person who has to come up with a healthy-in-a-hurry answer to that “What’s for dinner?” question (every night! unrelentingly!),...

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May 14, 2010 - 11:42am

I love a good burger, as much for its juicy beefiness as for what I get to put on top. And I’m not talking about the bun. I love experimenting with (many) different burger toppings. Bring on unusual varieties of pickles, ketchup and mayonnaise and my mouth starts watering. I’m a condiment junkie. There, I said it.

My co-workers in the EatingWell Test Kitchen know the power of a delicious condiment—using just a little can add a lot of flavor to your meal for only a few calories or replace full-fat mayonnaise and cheese that can really pack unnecessary calories and fat. I like homemade condiments because I know what’s in my food (some processed foods have a long list of ingredients I can’t...

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May 13, 2010 - 12:11pm

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...

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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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