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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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March 3, 2009 - 3:36am

When I skip breakfast, I suffer. I’m ravenous by midmorning, dragging my feet and setting myself up for overindulging in foods that I shouldn’t eat. Recently I’ve been trying out some new healthy breakfast recipes, and there are some that are quick enough to pull together even during the morning dash out the door. If I can have a healthy breakfast pulled together in 15 minutes or less, then I’m less likely to skip out on the most important meal of the day.
Here are a few of my favorite sweet and savory quick breakfast recipes, all done in 15 minutes or less:

Quick Breakfast Taco: A smaller cousin of the breakfast burrito, the breakfast taco made with reduced-fat Cheddar and egg...

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March 2, 2009 - 3:36am

Are all saturated fats created equal?

I know (and most experts agree) that saturated fats raise levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. And when excessive LDL accumulates in artery walls, you’re at greater risk for a heart attack or stroke.

We also know that when it comes to heart health, unsaturated fats, such as those in oils, salmon, nuts and avocados, are better choices than the saturated fats in fatty meats, cheese and butter.

If you’re in your thirties, you may not think you need to worry about heart problems yet, but what you eat now can affect your health in the long term. To keep your heart healthy you can:

  • Avoid unhealthy sat. fats and incorporate these good fats by cooking the recipes from EatingWell’s...
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February 27, 2009 - 3:36am

My mother-in-law and I are die-hard beet lovers, but even we don’t usually think of having beets on a weeknight because cooking them whole can take up to an hour—who has time for that? So I was thrilled when she and I finally got to chat about 4 quick and healthy beet recipes in the February issue of EatingWell and she practically shouted, “I can’t believe I never thought of cutting beets before cooking them!” A revelation!

If you cut beets up first, they need only about 10 minutes in the steamer (see Tip, below). And once you steam them, beets go well with so many flavors. I especially love Brown Sugar-Glazed Beets, lightly sweetened with orange juice and brown sugar.

Or if I get a hankering for...

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