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EatingWell Blogs (Page 255)

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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February 3, 2010 - 11:01am

I like to make salsa at home—it’s simple and I can make it just as I like it: red or green, hot or mild, lots of or little cilantro, with a little fruit thrown in, or simple tomato like this Salsa Rojo recipe. But there are also some great jarred salsas on supermarket shelves, which are handy to have in your refrigerator for a quick appetizer when all your friends decide at the last minute, that they’ll be watching the Super Bowl at your house.

(For more recipe ideas for your impromptu fiesta, check out our Chips and Dips, Super Bowl favorites and...

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February 1, 2010 - 11:46am

I’ve been cooking dinners from our new book EatingWell 500 Calorie Dinners five nights a week for a few weeks now as part of our 500-Calorie Dinner challenge. I’ve also talked with people about the book a lot, and one of the questions that keeps coming up is about cost. People wonder (or perhaps assume) that if you’re going to cook these great dinners every night it’s going to cost a lot of money.

I’m not sure why people think it’s going to be expensive...because in fact many of the recipes in the book cost less than $3 a serving. Plus one of the keys to losing weight can also help...

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January 29, 2010 - 9:57am

Let’s face it: Americans eat too much sugar. Me included! When I think about it, I have a decent-sized list of foods that I deliberately add sugar to: my 2 cups of coffee, the maple syrup I add to my morning oatmeal, that piece of chocolate I nibbled on after lunch today and, oh yeah, the sugar-laden piece of cheesecake I had for dessert last night. Then there are the foods where I unconsciously consume sugar...

Needless to say, it’s no surprise that a recent study says that Americans consume 355 calories—or 22 teaspoons—of added sugars a day. (Added sugars are those added to food by consumers or manufacturers.) (Find 3 easy ways to break your sugar habit here.)

OK, so we eat a lot of sugar. What’s so...

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