For me, summer entertaining means I pull out my favorite grilling recipes. But many of these use smaller cuts of meat, which isn’t really the best way to go when you’re throwing a party. See, when you have individual pieces of chicken, chops or steaks, you are essentially tied to the grill, turning and taking them off as they (unevenly) finish cooking. I hardly have time to chat with my friends! So when I read this story and recipes by master cooks Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough in the most recent issue of EatingWell about roasting larger cuts of meat on the grill, I was intrigued. Their recipes work, serve 6 or more and only require that I turn things occasionally because the meat cooks over low, indirect heat, which means I can actually have a cocktail with my friends. These recipes are going to change the way I entertain this summer. Thanks, Bruce and...read full post »
Make a fresh start this spring and learn to cook. And while you're at it, you can learn to cook more healthfully. I know, I know, if you’re not comfortable in the kitchen, cooking can seem a bit overwhelming. But if you’re armed with some basic knowledge and the right tools, cooking is easier than you think—really! And when you cook your own meals, you’ll eat better and save money—both good things, right?
1. Get the right tools. Like any good workspace, your kitchen needs to be equipped with the right tools, such as comfortable knives, mixing bowls and cutting boards. Use EatingWell’s Tools for the Healthy Kitchen as a checklist to see what you have and what you should consider investing in. You...read full post »
I love cookies! Hands down, they’re my favorite dessert.
People’s jaws, including a few of my co-worker’s, hit the floor when I say that. How could I, a dietitian, love something so inherently unhealthy—and (gasp!) eat them too?
Well, I do! But I like to keep my cookie needs in check—and not waste a day’s worth of calories fulfilling a craving—so I often turn to EatingWell’s cookie collection to find something satisfying, but not loaded with calories.
Here are my 5 favorite diet-friendly cookies (that don’t taste one bit diet-friendly). They’re all 100 calories—or less—so you can indulge without breaking the calorie bank.read full post »
Pop quiz: who gets a bigger mental boost from caffeine?
The answer? Drum roll, please…
A. Men. According to new research from the University of Barcelona, men feel more alert—more quickly—than women do after drinking a caffeinated beverage. In the study, participants sipped a caffeinated espresso (do you know the best coffees to drink?), then rated how alert they felt 10, 20 and 30 minutes later. Men reported feeling less drowsy after only 10 minutes and sustained the mental boost for the entire half hour. Women got a "kick" from the espresso, too, but rated it weaker than the men did. (Don’t drink coffee?...read full post »
When the weather turns warm and the days get long, my husband, Jon, and I start gathering our neighbors and friends for “firepit nights.” (A month after we moved into our house, Jon built us a huge in-ground firepit.) We’ll make burgers or some chicken, tofu or even grilled pizzas; everyone else brings sides, snacks and drinks to share. On a typical Saturday, the crew gathers around 4:30 or 5 and lingers well past midnight. Often, the eating gets out of hand. So that I can still stuff myself into my shorts the next day, I’ve found that it’s helpful to follow a few simple rules for smart eating at summer barbecues:
Contribute something that’s good—for you. If you bring a...read full post »