My mother-in-law is from Mexico City and over the years she has instilled in me a deep love for Mexican food—and saving money. So when May 5 rolls around I spice things up and show my friends from north of the border what Mexican food is really about with these easy Cinco de Mayo dishes. All of my budget-friendly Mexican recipes are fresh, light and tasty (and best of all inexpensive) to work into our party menu. Here are a few winners that will be on our table:
Chilaquiles Casserole: Our version of this enchilada-style chilaquiles casserole is packed with nutritious beans and vegetables. Canned prepared enchilada sauce has great flavor and keeps the prep time quick. It can vary in heat level...read full post »
I know how important it is to stay hydrated and I try to sip water all day, but sometimes I fall behind. So I also try to eat foods, such as cucumbers or strawberries, that can contribute to my fluid intake, helping to prevent the headaches and sluggishness caused by dehydration. Another good reason to eat water? Research shows that eating foods that are full of water helps keep you satisfied on fewer calories. (Interestingly enough, drinking water alongside foods doesn’t have the same effect.) This includes soup, of course, and also juicy fruits and vegetables. These are four of my favorites:...read full post »
Should the U.S. ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
When we posed this question in EatingWell Magazine (April 2009), we clearly touched a chord. The responses poured in on both sides of the GMO debate. Tell us what you think and find out what others are saying here.
But can genetically modified organisms—particularly plants that have been bred to resist diseases or herbicides—impact your health? Gretel Schueller interviewed Lisa Weasel, a biologist and author of Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Foods. Get the full story, including some background information on GMOs, here...read full post »
Cinco de Mayo means it’s time to bust out some of your favorite Mexican recipes and start pouring the margaritas. I like my margaritas on the rocks, with salt, please. And I prefer to make them with fresh lime juice—forget the premade mix. You probably have your own favorite take on the margarita…and I’m not going to say it’s wrong, but I would like to suggest a few other delicious drinks that are equally wonderful for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
The photo above is the Salty Chihuahua. It’s sort of a cross between the salty dog (vodka, grapefruit juice and a salt rim) and a margarita. It has tequila, Cointreau and grapefruit juice. Go for a good-quality juice like Odwalla or squeeze your own....read full post »
Eating a diet that supports a healthy planet is important to me, but sticking to my food budget is too. Eating green has a reputation of being expensive, thanks to the exorbitant prices we typically see at the local health food store, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Budget-friendly meals can also be sustainable and I like to buy produce that supports local farmers. Here is my favorite salad using locally produced greens and tomatoes (and it’s under $2.50 per serving):
Couscous, Lentil & Arugula Salad with Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette: This hearty combination of whole-wheat couscous and lentils perched atop a lightly dressed bed of arugula makes a tasty vegetarian main-course salad. The lemony vinaigrette is especially good for bringing...read full post »