EatingWell Blogs (Page 3)

September 30, 2016 - 9:32am

"Healthy fried chicken" sounds like an oxymoron, but we make it happen with this healthy homemade Nashville Hot Chicken recipe. In this recipe makeover, we use a few clever tricks to cut down on calories and sodium while maintaining the crispy, juicy, delicious features that make fried chicken so finger-licking good. Here are a few hacks we used that can help you make fried chicken healthier at home.

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1. Use bone-in, skinless chicken. A...

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September 30, 2016 - 9:20am

Don't worry, good ol' grilled cheese, we still love you. But sometimes we want to shake things up a bit. Welcome cheese toast, aka an open-faced grilled cheese or tartine. No need for a frying pan or spatula-cheese toasts can be thrown together with whatever you have in the fridge or pantry.

To make them, simply start with a slice of toasted baguette for the base (or you can use whatever bread or sturdy cracker you have on hand). Layer on your favorite cheese and a few other ingredients to fancy it up. For a go-to combo, try a little salty cheese topped with jam and some crunchy nuts or seeds. Or get creative and try one of the other...

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September 27, 2016 - 9:04am

You want to celebrate that special occasion with a homemade cake, but time has gotten away from you. Cake mixes are an easy (and fairly foolproof) way to bake a cake, fast. But some mixes are overloaded with sugar and unnecessary additives. To pick the best boxed cake mix, choose a cake mix with the simplest, most recognizable list of ingredients—close to what you'd see in a recipe.

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September 26, 2016 - 9:01am

Maybe you don't venture into the frozen food section unless it's 100 degrees outside. But I do! Along with frozen fruit and vegetables, I keep my freezer stocked with a handful of carefully curated convenience foods to turn into an easy dinner. Fish sticks, potstickers, veggie burgers, mozzarella sticks, meatballs and hash browns are among my favorites.

Related: Healthy Eating Just Got Easier with EatingWell's New Frozen Dinners

I'm all for cooking from scratch—I do it for a living! But sometimes I just don't have time for that. I have a preschooler who demands dinner immediately upon arrival at home. If I'm feeling less than inspired by what I planned for dinner that night...

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September 19, 2016 - 9:20am

Soup is pretty amazing when you're trying to lose weight or just eat a little healthier. Sure, some can be very caloric and have too much sodium—watch out for restaurant-style chowders or anything with a creamy base—but a lot of soups can help you keep your diet on track. Soup typically has a lot of water, which helps keep you feeling full. Plus, if it's packed with vegetables, beans or whole grains you're getting a healthy dose of fiber, which has shown to help you lose weight (among other health benefits of eating more fiber).

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