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March 11, 2009 - 10:36am

I’m bonkers for all the mushrooms, beef and creamy sauce in beef stroganoff. I could just bathe myself in it. OK…maybe not bathe. But how about bathe a bunch of egg noodles in the luscious sauce and then chow it down! That sounds like a serious comfort-food dinner to me and one that’s an easy crowd pleaser. Plus our recipe only takes 40 minutes start to finish.

Get the recipe: Beef & Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff

Our secrets to keeping it light are:

• We use flank steak, which is a relatively lean cut of beef.
• We make sauce with beef broth thickened with a little flour.
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March 10, 2009 - 4:36am

When I’m in the mood to cook vegetarian recipes, I reach for portobello mushrooms. Portobellos are about as close to a juicy steak as the plant kingdom comes. Just try a grilled portobello cap on a bun with burger fixings, for proof. These easy recipes show how delicious portobellos can win carnivores’ hearts. Pure satisfaction, no fat and no steak knives required.

Get the recipe: Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos

Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian portobello mushroom recipes:

Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos (shown above): Here we take the elements of a...

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March 9, 2009 - 4:36am

Peanuts and peanut products, such as peanut butter, are just the latest items to be recalled because of Salmonella contamination. But does that mean you should stop enjoying these otherwise healthy foods? No! Peanuts and peanut butter are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Plus, peanuts deliver some protein, fiber, magnesium, copper and vitamin E.

What you should do before you enjoy peanuts or peanut products is check to make sure the food you have isn’t part of the recent recall. The Food and Drug Administration’s website at fda.gov is the best place to go for an up-to-date list of products involved in the recall.

But once you’ve determined your peanuts and peanut butter have a clean bill of health, enjoy them in...

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March 6, 2009 - 3:36am

Few things are more comforting than baked chicken. And Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken is one of my favorite recipes because it’s just as good cold the next day as it is hot from the oven. It’s my go-to recipe for picnics, and I’m even going to bring it to the March Madness party my friends are hosting later this month. The chicken is quickly marinated in mustard and maple syrup, then coated in breadcrumbs and baked for that crispy, delicious crust we all love. But since it’s not deep-fried, it’s way healthier than the crispy chicken-in-a-bucket from you-know-where.

Get the recipe: Maple-Mustard Baked Chicken

Some of my other favorite baked chicken recipes:

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March 5, 2009 - 3:36am

Going to a movie before dinner is a recipe for diet disaster. I used to end up sharing a large (translation: humongous) popcorn with my husband and sneaking some of his Sour Patch Kids to boot. I left the theater feeling full but hadn’t eaten any “real” food. Now, before I go to a show, I try to have a dinner with plenty of lean protein and fiber to keep me satisfied, such as Seared Steak Salad with Edamame & Cilantro. Then I’m not ravenous at the movie and I’m content to split a small popcorn. It took a little trial and error to find a healthy-eating solution but it’s one that works!

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