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EatingWell Blogs (Page 264)

September 21, 2009 - 12:05pm

What’s your favorite thing about fall? The answer for me is an easy one: it’s soup-making time again!

I’m well-known in my circle of friends for my stellar soups. Whenever we have a party and it’s cool out, it’s pretty much a guarantee that soup will be on the menu. I even made 3 different ones for my birthday party last year.

Here are my 5 favorite soups starring fall produce.

Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed peas have a starring role in this nutritious Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup. There’s no need for loads of ham or salt pork—just a...

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September 18, 2009 - 11:26am

To me, carrots are a humble vegetable. However, the Greeks once thought carrots were the secret to great sex. And the vegetable’s amorous reputation followed it to Rome, where the emperor Caligula fed nothing but carrot dishes to the Roman Senate so he could watch them “rut like wild beasts.”

Unfortunately for the Roman Senate, and any of us who want to find foods to boost our libido, carrots’ powers in the bedroom have yet to be proven. On the other hand, the pigment that makes carrots orange—beta carotene—is the same compound the body converts to vitamin A, a vitamin essential for vision, healthy skin and the immune system. Get your fill of vitamin A and give your plate a splash of color with these...

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September 17, 2009 - 10:40am

Most of the “water cooler conversation” around our office this time of year is about back to school. (Check out the recipes and tips in our new Back to School Guide!)

I’m sure this comes as no surprise because we work at EatingWell, but most of the focus has been on what to pack kids for lunch. You might find it refreshing to know that we too struggle with what to feed our kids.

So we were inspired to pull together this kids menu, highlighting some of the best foods for fueling young brains. Make sure your child’s lunchbox has these 3 foods to help your kids (and you...

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September 16, 2009 - 10:26am

Wonder what it’s like to chat about food with award-winning author and food activist Michael Pollan? Thought-provoking. At least that’s what it was like for me when I interviewed Pollan, author of The New York Times bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Penguin, 2006), for our latest issue of EatingWell Magazine. (Find out what one food Michael Pollan won’t eat in our exclusive podcast.)

We were talking, in part, because a young reader’s edition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma is being released in October, allowing Pollan’s thoughts on America’s food system to reach a whole new generation of eaters. Here are a few interesting snippets from our...

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September 15, 2009 - 12:14am

Every fall, when I was growing up in western Pennsylvania, my parents took me and my younger brother, Angelo, apple picking. We’d usually go in late September, always on a Sunday. Angelo and I loved picking—but even more, we loved the savory apple recipes and sweet apple treats that my mom made with the bushel of apples (roughly 45 pounds) stored in our downstairs fridge.

My favorite was my mom’s apple squares—sweet apple filling spread thin inside two layers of flaky crust. But I also loved her apple crisp (see EatingWell’s version below) that she made when my parents’ friends and their kids came over after the high school football games...

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