If you start reading ingredient lists, you might think high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is in everything: from soda, cereals and granola bars to even pasta sauces and ketchup. Is that a problem? Well, it depends on whom you ask.
Some people say that HFCS is nutritionally the same as sugar, while others believe that it’s pure evil. In fact, some say that our bodies break HFCS down in a way that stokes our appetites and leads us to eat too much. Could this be true? In this second installment of a 5-part series, we investigate whether HFCS makes us feel hungrier. Here’s what we discovered:
When it comes to chicken, there’s no denying that chicken breast is the ultimate quick, healthy convenience food. Since I haven’t had much time to cook lately, I tried some new chicken breast recipes last week and was pleasantly surprised. With the help of a savory sauce or spice rub, chicken breast can deliver tons of satisfying flavors.
Here are a few of my new favorite chicken breast recipes:
Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry: Spiked with lots of zesty lemon, this delectable chicken stir-fry has a colorful mix of snow peas, carrots and scallions. But feel free to substitute other thinly sliced vegetables, such as bell peppers or zucchini. Serve with: Rice noodles or brown rice.
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When it comes to dessert, give me something with fruit. Sure, I’m sometimes swayed by an especially dark and gooey-sounding chocolate treat, but for the most part I’m a fruit-dessert gal all the way. I love sweet peaches, plums and pears. But it’s really the tartness of many fruits that makes my mouth water. So lemons and limes are obviously in my tasting “sweet” spot. And then there’s Key lime pie. To me this pie is just straight-up genius. And don’t make it sticky-sweet for me, please. I love lots of fabulous puckery lime flavor.
This lightened version of Key lime pie, which appeared in our Comfort Foods Made Healthy cookbook, is a dream. It’s got an easy graham cracker crust, a lightened healthier filling and a fluffy meringue topping that has a...read full post »
Last week when the temperature hit 90 degrees, I was in my kitchen baking strawberry rhubarb pie. I know that doesn’t sound like a logical thing to do on a hot day, but if you’d ever tried a few of my crazy-delicious summer pie recipes, then you’d understand my insanity. But don’t make the mistake I did—bake them early in the day if you can. That way the oven is off before the summer heat reaches its peak.
Here are a few of my favorite summer pie recipes as well as a few fresh summer tarts that require less time in the oven.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: Rhubarb and strawberries go hand in hand, and what better way to honor the combination than in this classic summer pie. The lattice top...read full post »
For me, summer is practically synonymous with grilling. I love to grill for two reasons. One, it’s a super-quick way to cook lean proteins and guarantees flavorful, juicy results—without having to add a lot of fat or calories. And two: I get a break from cooking. Andy, my fiancé, does all the grilling. I just do the prep work—and this handy chart with marinating and grilling times makes that part easy.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to firing up the grill. Cooking meat at the high temperatures (350°F and hotter) you use to grill—as well as broil and fry—creates compounds linked with some cancers, specifically heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
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