I’m really into salads. I don’t mean I like to eat them a lot. I mean I’m totally salad-crazed to the point where it’s a little embarrassing. Most days I bring a salad for lunch. I toss it with dressing in a big bowl and then I try and put it on a plate. But inevitably my salad is so large that it’s hanging off the plate and I’m losing lettuce off the side as I go sit down to eat.
Around the EatingWell Test Kitchen, when we decide on serving sizes for our salad recipes, we often judge them on whether they’re a “Jessie-sized portion” (falling-off-the-plate) or a normal portion. We usually come up with a reasonable compromise that’s plenty generous and will fill you up. To me the fact that you can have a big delicious serving of salad without going overboard in terms...read full post »
When I was younger, I believed (or wanted to believe) that fad diets might actually work. I thought that if I could just stick to a strict regimen for two or three weeks, I'd drop the weight. Then, I could go back to eating whatever I wanted. Silly me. Luckily, with age comes wisdom and now I know that staying slim and healthy requires a long-term plan.
To keep lost pounds from creeping back, you need to sustain the same healthy habits that helped you to lose it in the first place. Follow these five steps and stay thin for life!
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I love spring, but there are some things about spring I don’t love so much. Being woken up in the middle of the night by the oh-so-loud chorus of peepers (aka cute little frogs), for instance. Or walking my dog through ankle-deep mud at the park so she doesn’t destroy our apartment due to lack of exercise. But things start to look up a bit on those walks when I see the first bright red buds on maple trees and smell that iconic “spring” smell in the air. Then I see them: my neighbor’s first stalks of asparagus poking through the ground. That’s my signal to get to the farmers’ market for the first local asparagus of the year.
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When I see patches of green finally return to the otherwise brown and dreary landscape, I know it’s early spring in Vermont. It’s a sign of rejuvenation and a reminder for me that it’s time to dig out some of my favorite spring recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter stews and warm casseroles. But I’m ready to sink my teeth into something light and fresh, and spring gives me plenty of options.
Here are a few of my favorite spring recipes:
Green Salad with Asparagus & Peas
Here’s a salad where we’ve combined two stars of the spring garden, asparagus and peas. Since the asparagus goes into the mix raw, you’ll want to look for the freshest,...
Most Americans—me included—are looking for ways to lower their grocery bills. I don’t bother trying to crunch numbers at the grocery store because I’m not very good at doing math in my head. (And I wouldn’t want to be seen walking around with a calculator.) So, to stick to my food budget, I start with an affordable and nutritious main ingredient and use these recipes to build a budget-friendly meal around it.read full post »