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EatingWell Blogs (Page 257)

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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May 10, 2010 - 12:50pm

Summer is just around the corner and that means that our weekends for the next few months are filling up with lots of road trips. My mother-in-law lives on Cape Cod, so we always plan a trip or two there to get in some beach time, and we’re finally going up to Acadia National Park in Maine for a weekend camping trip with friends. But the night before my husband, Dan, and I jump in the car, there’s one thing we always do: make some quick snacks.

While it’s super-convenient to grab a bite to eat at the gas station when we stop for a fill-up, we hate filling up (and wasting money!) on the mostly unhealthy options that stock the convenience-store shelves. As a food editor at EatingWell, I’ve learned that making a healthy...

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