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September 29, 2009 - 10:38am

Whenever I see ground beef on sale, I stock up. Knowing I have a few packages stashed away in my freezer helps solve the nightly question of “What’s for dinner?” I just pull out some ground beef the night before I plan to use it and let it defrost in my refrigerator. When I get home from work the next day I can cook up any of these delicious recipes using ground beef in 45 minutes or less. Bonus: they’re all $3 or less per serving.

Hamburger Buddy: The simple one-skillet spin on boxed burger “helper” was developed with picky eaters in mind. To make this healthier version, we use 90%-lean ground beef and replace regular...

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September 28, 2009 - 11:37am

At a few years shy of 30, I’m far from the age when the majority of breast cancer cases occur (50+). And then there are the factors that increase my risk of breast cancer that I can’t control, like family history, getting older and, um, the obvious…being a woman.

So why bother trying to prevent breast cancer? For one, second to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer women face. Fortunately, there are lifestyle changes I can make now, including making better choices about what I eat and drink, to tip the odds in my favor in the years ahead.

Here’s what I’m going to do:

1. Stay lean, move more
One of the most important ways...

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September 25, 2009 - 11:18am

I’m sad to see summer go, but it means that fall is here, and I’ve got some delicious fall recipes ready for the occasion. Fall has a lot to offer in the produce department—including sweet apples and pears, tart cranberries and savory Brussels sprouts and fennel. All this fresh produce inspires me to whip up some warming dishes on cool fall nights.

Here are some of my favorite fall dessert, dinner and side dish recipes using fresh fall produce. (For more inspiration on cooking fall vegetables—from beets and squash to sweet potatoes—check out our new Vegetable Roasting Guide...

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September 24, 2009 - 11:17am

My wedding is a mere 6 weeks away. And with my final dress fitting just around the corner I’m focused on not gaining—or losing—any weight. I’m on track weight-wise (now, if my arms could just look like Michelle Obama’s…), but lately my sweet tooth has been getting the better of me. So to satisfy my dessert cravings, but not go overboard, I’ve been whipping up some of these low-calorie dessert recipes—that way I only have to cut back a little bit at one of my other meals.

If you’re like me and trying to maintain your weight—or maybe even drop a few pounds—don’t feel like you need to banish dessert altogether. Indulge guiltlessly with these 100-calorie (or less!) desserts...

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September 23, 2009 - 11:22am

As a nutrition editor, I know the value of eating loads of fruits and vegetables. I prefer to buy local when I can, but I’ve never been a purist about eating only organic. Now that I’m a mom, there are some foods I feel more comfortable about buying organic. Apples are one of these foods. Apples still rank high on the nonprofit Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues. Long-term exposure to pesticides has been associated with cancer, infertility and neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson’s.

I know that pesticides are far more dangerous to children (whose bodies are smaller and whose nervous...

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