I love those stretches when my eating is nearly picture-perfect: yogurt and berries for breakfast, salads for lunch, fish for dinner; plus, plenty of water and a couple of healthy snacks in between. (You know what I’m talking about, right?)
But inevitably something—like the candy dish at work—breaks my stride. On my way to a meeting, I’ll help myself to a few peanut M&Ms. On my way back from the printer, I’ll snag another handful. And so it goes. Before I know it, I’ve easily eaten more than a serving. Ick.
In the past, this sort of unplanned eating might have led me to throw in the towel for the day and just eat whatever I wanted and as much of it as I liked. But now I know...read full post »
I’m bonkers for all the mushrooms, beef and creamy sauce in beef stroganoff. I could just bathe myself in it. OK…maybe not bathe. But how about bathe a bunch of egg noodles in the luscious sauce and then chow it down! That sounds like a serious comfort-food dinner to me and one that’s an easy crowd pleaser. Plus our recipe only takes 40 minutes start to finish.
Get the recipe: Beef & Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff
• We use flank steak, which is a relatively lean cut of beef.
• We make sauce with beef broth thickened with a little flour.
When I’m in the mood to cook vegetarian recipes, I reach for portobello mushrooms. Portobellos are about as close to a juicy steak as the plant kingdom comes. Just try a grilled portobello cap on a bun with burger fixings, for proof. These easy recipes show how delicious portobellos can win carnivores’ hearts. Pure satisfaction, no fat and no steak knives required.
Get the recipe: Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos
Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian portobello mushroom recipes:
Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos (shown above): Here we take the elements of a...read full post »
Peanuts and peanut products, such as peanut butter, are just the latest items to be recalled because of Salmonella contamination. But does that mean you should stop enjoying these otherwise healthy foods? No! Peanuts and peanut butter are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Plus, peanuts deliver some protein, fiber, magnesium, copper and vitamin E.
What you should do before you enjoy peanuts or peanut products is check to make sure the food you have isn’t part of the recent recall. The Food and Drug Administration’s website at fda.gov is the best place to go for an up-to-date list of products involved in the recall.
But once you’ve determined your peanuts and peanut butter have a clean bill of health, enjoy them in...read full post »
Few things are more comforting than baked chicken. And Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken is one of my favorite recipes because it’s just as good cold the next day as it is hot from the oven. It’s my go-to recipe for picnics, and I’m even going to bring it to the March Madness party my friends are hosting later this month. The chicken is quickly marinated in mustard and maple syrup, then coated in breadcrumbs and baked for that crispy, delicious crust we all love. But since it’s not deep-fried, it’s way healthier than the crispy chicken-in-a-bucket from you-know-where.
Get the recipe: Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken
Some of my other favorite baked chicken recipes:
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