Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo—olé! We’re way too busy this week to throw a proper dinner party on a Tuesday night. Plus it’s a “school night,” so we’re just going to have friends over for a low-key margarita and chips-and-salsa party on our deck. It’s a good excuse to get together and unwind after work. And since most salsas taste better with age, I can make them tonight. (And if you do have time to throw a dinner party, check out our Healthy Mexican Recipe Collection!)
My favorite salsa is Salsa Rojo. It’s a homemade version of the tomato salsa served at taco stands and burrito joints everywhere. Try it with all your favorite Mexican foods—it even works as enchilada sauce.
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When I was researching sugar snap peas to write a column for EatingWell, I discovered a man by the name of Calvin Lamborn. You’ve probably never heard of him—I hadn’t. But Mr. Lamborn deserves a round of applause because he’s the guy who made sugar snap peas so sweet and succulent that you want to eat them raw. Though edible-podded peas have been enjoyed for hundreds of years, Lamborn accidentally developed snap peas in the late ’60s while breeding shell peas. Though sugar snap peas are a cultivar of snap peas, you’ll most likely see them called “sugar snap peas” at the grocery store.
Enjoy a delight of early summer tonight with one of these snappy sides. Bonus: A 1-cup serving of the versatile vegetable gives you one-third of your Daily Value of vitamin C and 3 grams...
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 »