EatingWell Blogs (Page 274)
We have a lot of young mothers on staff at EatingWell and their kids range in age from 5 months to 5 years. At lunchtime the conversation often turns to how challenging it is to pack a healthy kids lunch. Between dealing with finicky eaters and no-peanut rules, it seems like it’s really hard to pull a meal together!
Here are a few tips and recipes we’ve come up with in the test kitchen to help you pack a lunch your kids will be excited about.
- Tip 1: Cut fruit into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Melon works very well.
- Tip 2: Buy yogurt in quart containers and dispense it into your own small containers each day—to save waste and money. Add your own frozen berries to jazz up vanilla yogurt and make it more...
For years I’ve toyed with the idea of going vegetarian—to better both my health and the environment. Right now my refrigerator is full of amazing summer produce, so my fiancé, Andy, and I eat meat-free meals a few days a week. But I’ve never gone completely meatless, even though I’d like to try. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when EatingWell launched this vegetarian meal plan—28 days of delicious meat-free meals, no planning necessary. It’s easy to use: just pick your calorie level and voilà!— breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack planned for nearly a month.
(If a month’s worth of easy, delicious meals isn’t enough of a reason to try eating vegetarian,...read full post »
A good melon can be downright magical. This week I bought a cantaloupe and I’m greeted with its heady fragrance each time I open the fridge. My husband and I love melons so much we’ve been known to devour an entire, perfectly ripe cantaloupe in one sitting. At farmers’ markets I'm discovering other melon varieties, too, like canary and galia. Here are tips about five of my favorite melon varieties and recipes to enjoy them in. Get more recipes for melons and other fresh summer produce from EatingWell.
Cantaloupes have bright orange, firm, sweet flesh. These round melons have tan netting over yellow/green background. Try it in: Thai-Style Melon & Beef Salad
Cut into...read full post »
When I was a teenager I wouldn’t be caught dead eating a salad. Salad was just a pile of lettuce, maybe a cucumber, and some croutons—boring! Apparently I didn't know how great a salad could really be. In college I started paying more attention to my health and began eating more salads. I moved beyond cucumber and added lots of different healthy low-cal vegetables, I whisked up delicious dressings and added a little lean protein to keep me satisfied. Boring salads were a thing of the past.
Working in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, I’ve helped develop some salad recipes that are anything but ordinary, including our 7 Simple Summer Salad Recipes.
Here are four of my favorite salads. These...read full post »
When I planned my first garden a few years ago, I asked my friend Jessica for advice on how much of each vegetable I should plant. She said very matter-of-factly, “Only plant two summer squash seeds. If both grow into plants, you rip one out.” I thought she was crazy. One plant? I had so many delicious summer squash recipes that I wanted to try.
I ignored her advice and planted six. All six survived—and produced prolifically. I was completely overwhelmed with fresh squash, as were my friends, who by the end of the summer politely declined my continuous offers of free squash.
This year, I followed my friend’s advice so my crop is more manageable. But if you have any extra check out the cooking tips below or send them my way and I’ll try them in these...read full post »