What’s for dinner? I used to agonize over this question pretty much every night, not knowing how to balance what is already in my pantry with what everyone wants to eat. But this month, EatingWell’s Test Kitchen manager, Stacy Fraser, has solved this problem for me and you too! Stacy carefully crafted a 28-day dinner plan incorporating our favorite healthy recipes from the September/October 2013 issue of EatingWell Magazine. The weeknights focus on quick, easy recipes that you can make on a busy night; on the weekends, you get to indulge your love of cooking a little more and prepare some meals that provide an extra dinner so one night later in the month you don’t have to cook at all, simply reheat!
There’s nothing more enticing than walking into the kitchen and taking in the heady scent of onion, garlic and chili powder from a big pot of chili bubbling on the stove. And if you’re throwing a party, serving up steaming bowls of chili with all the fixings is a fun, casual way to serve a crowd.
At your next gathering, serve chili family style—right from the pot—with lots of different toppings. Go for classics, such as cheese, sour cream and hot sauce. Add plenty of fresh options, too: scallions, jalapeños, onion, radishes, avocados and cilantro.
Worried that chili isn’t good for you? Don’t be. We’ve got four tricks to keep it healthy but still hearty:
1. Start with lean meat (or none at all).
2. Slip in at least 3 cups of fresh...
If you’re a fan of sweet cornbread but don’t want an overload of added sugar, then give this recipe a try. We cut the sugar nearly in half compared to a boxed version. But it’s still plenty sweet thanks to a touch of honey and the natural sweetness of fresh corn kernels, which also help to boost fiber and keep it delectably moist. See for yourself. We think it stacks up pretty well.
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This whole-grain cornbread recipe is quick enough for a weeknight. Serve the leftovers with a drizzle of...
More than just a sandwich spread, peanut butter deserves a spot on your menu! Its healthy fats, fiber and protein may help you stave off afternoon hunger pangs, says a new study. But not all peanut butter is created equal. Here are our tips for finding the best peanut butter on the shelf.
1. Avoid Oil:
Many PBs are still made with hydrogenated oils, which improve the texture but add trans fat. Some replaced those oils with palm oil—a better choice, but high in unhealthy saturated fat. Buy PB with no added oils and stir before spreading.
2. Skip Added Sugars:
Some PBs provide 3 to 4 grams of added sugars (about 1 teaspoon per 2-...
Protein is a must-have nutrient: your body uses it to generate and repair cells. And the building blocks of protein—called amino acids—are needed to build muscle, make antibodies and keep your immune system going. Compared to fat and carbs, protein packs a bigger punch when it comes to filling you up and keeping you satisfied.
But don’t worry that you’re not getting enough of this powerhouse nutrient. Protein malnutrition is nearly nonexistent in the U.S. In fact, most of us eat more than we need: women get, on average, 69 grams of protein per day. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends women get 46 grams daily (that’s equal to about 6 ounces of chicken). Men need 56...read full post »