This weekend, the farmers’ market in my town is starting up and I absolutely cannot wait! I love shopping the market for fruits and vegetables that represent all colors of the rainbow. A colorful variety means that my shopping bag looks super pretty—but it also means that I’m packing in tons of good nutrients. In the new, yummy EatingWell in Season: The Farmers’ Market Cookbook, Dr. Preston Maring says nature saturates foods with bright hues to highlight their nutritional benefits. Anthocyanins make blueberries blue and may help to keep your mind sharp. Tomatoes get their ruby hue from lycopene, a compound that may help prevent breast cancer. Here’s the vibrant variety I’ll be looking for all summer long with some delicious recipes from...read full post »
My mother has a real sweet tooth. When I look for Mother’s Day brunch recipes, I try to keep that in mind, but I don’t want to go overboard. This year, I think I have the perfect menu to satisfy her love of sweets. She’s the one who taught me the importance of moderation, so this mix of sweet and savory brunch recipes is a healthy way to honor that and everything else she has done for me.
Here’s what I’m making Mom for Mother’s Day:
Multi-Grain Waffles: Traditional waffles are a butter-laden, high-carb indulgence, but this multi-grain recipe makes the transition to good fats and smart carbs beautifully, yielding crisp, nutty-tasting waffles with all the sweet pleasure of the original. The batter...read full post »
Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo—olé! We’re way too busy this week to throw a proper dinner party on a Tuesday night. Plus it’s a “school night,” so we’re just going to have friends over for a low-key margarita and chips-and-salsa party on our deck. It’s a good excuse to get together and unwind after work. And since most salsas taste better with age, I can make them tonight. (And if you do have time to throw a dinner party, check out our Healthy Mexican Recipe Collection!)
My favorite salsa is Salsa Rojo. It’s a homemade version of the tomato salsa served at taco stands and burrito joints everywhere. Try it with all your favorite Mexican foods—it even works as enchilada sauce.
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When I was researching sugar snap peas to write a column for EatingWell, I discovered a man by the name of Calvin Lamborn. You’ve probably never heard of him—I hadn’t. But Mr. Lamborn deserves a round of applause because he’s the guy who made sugar snap peas so sweet and succulent that you want to eat them raw. Though edible-podded peas have been enjoyed for hundreds of years, Lamborn accidentally developed snap peas in the late ’60s while breeding shell peas. Though sugar snap peas are a cultivar of snap peas, you’ll most likely see them called “sugar snap peas” at the grocery store.
Enjoy a delight of early summer tonight with one of these snappy sides. Bonus: A 1-cup serving of the versatile vegetable gives you one-third of your Daily Value of vitamin C and 3 grams...
My mother-in-law is from Mexico City and over the years she has instilled in me a deep love for Mexican food—and saving money. So when May 5 rolls around I spice things up and show my friends from north of the border what Mexican food is really about with these easy Cinco de Mayo dishes. All of my budget-friendly Mexican recipes are fresh, light and tasty (and best of all inexpensive) to work into our party menu. Here are a few winners that will be on our table:
Chilaquiles Casserole: Our version of this enchilada-style chilaquiles casserole is packed with nutritious beans and vegetables. Canned prepared enchilada sauce has great flavor and keeps the prep time quick. It can vary in heat level...read full post »