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January 19, 2009 - 3:36am

Temperatures have finally fallen below zero here in Vermont and the wind chill is literally numbing my mind. Weather like this makes me want to stay inside and cook up hearty comfort-food recipes. Meatloaf, one of my ultimate comfort foods, fits the bill perfectly.

Our meatloaf recipe was inspired by a delicious, but high-fat, high-sodium version. To make it healthier, but just as tasty, we added richly flavored dried mushrooms and whole-grain bulgur to increase fiber, vitamins and minerals and decrease the saturated fat.

Here’s how our madeover version stacks up against the less-healthy original:

Traditional Meatloaf

* Calories: 342
* Fat: 15 g
*...

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January 16, 2009 - 3:36am

I’m green with envy that several of my friends are going to Washington, D.C., to celebrate Obama’s inauguration. But we’ll be having plenty of fun at our house hosting an inauguration-night dinner party—serving Barack Obama’s favorite food.

It turns out that Obama is a comfort-food guy. His wife, Michelle, has said in interviews that her husband’s favorite grub is a steaming bowl of chili, one of my favorite foods as well. And it’s perfect for a party, since it’s easy to make and the flavor improves with time (i.e., you can make it in advance and reheat it for the party).

One of my favorite healthy chili recipes is a super-simple Beef & Bean Chile Verde that’s ready in 30...

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January 14, 2009 - 3:36am

When I think of the best season to enjoy fresh fruit, winter isn’t the first one that comes to mind. But that’s the wrong attitude! Take oranges for instance—they are juicy, ripe and ready for eating right now in both sweet and savory dishes. And since they’re in season, oranges are one of the cheapest fruits per pound in the produce section (less than $1/pound versus more than $11/pound for blackberries).

Oranges are perfect for an afternoon snack (just peel and eat), but I love the sweet balance they add to savory dishes. Here are some of my favorite winter recipes with oranges:

Curry-Roasted...

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January 13, 2009 - 3:36am

Breakfast, for me, is essential. It gives me a much-needed energy boost for the rest of the day. (A few cups of coffee don’t hurt either!) But this time of year—having overindulged in too many rich foods over the holidays—I’m looking to cut excess calories from my day wherever I can. I head off winter weight gain with low-calorie meals, starting most importantly at breakfast.
Here are three of my favorite low-calorie breakfast recipes:

Cranberry Pancakes—packed with fresh cranberries’ sour spike and ready in 20 minutes—always start my day off right! I can whip them up on Saturday...

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January 12, 2009 - 3:36am

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen during the past month baking, cooking and roasting up a storm. And some of what I made and ate—dozens and dozens of cookies, decadent desserts, super-cheesy appetizers—wasn’t the most healthful fare. I’m not ready to get on a scale just yet to see how much damage was done. But I am ready to switch gears and eat a little more healthfully. This week’s menu is made up of dinner recipes with 350 calories or less that are ready in 30 minutes or less.

MONDAY: Moo Shu Vegetables (171 calories per serving)
Start-to-finish: 20 minutes
This vegetarian version of the classic Chinese stir-fry, Moo Shu, uses already-shredded vegetables to cut...

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