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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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March 4, 2009 - 3:36am

Before I started working at EatingWell, I generally thought of tofu as an ingredient for Asian recipes. That changed when I met our Test Kitchen manager, Stacy Fraser. At a tender age, Stacy decided she wanted to become vegetarian. Then when she went off to college she took it a step further and became vegan. Anyway, she eats meat now, but she still has a real fondness for vegetarian recipes and has a flair for preparing tofu creatively.

One of the first recipes I tried was Stacy’s Italian-inspired concoction that she served with polenta: Tofu with Tomato-Mushroom Sauce. I was impressed. And this recipe for Tofu...

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