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EatingWell Blogs (Page 9)

August 1, 2016 - 7:00am

Most weekends in the kitchen of my first apartment in San Francisco I would pull out my Dutch oven (one of the few pots I owned) and make a big steaming cauldron of soup. Everything went into the one pot. When I was done, all I had to clean was my cutting board and that pot. It was so simple, but the soups were satisfying, healthy and delicious.

Today I have plenty of counter space and all the pots and pans and kitchen doodads I could hope for, but what I lack most often is time. Cooking a meal all in one pot is perfect for anyone who is busy and wants to get a healthy dinner on the table with little fuss. Having a few good-quality pots at your disposal puts you on the fast track to dinners that are just as easy to clean up after as they are to make. Here are 6 pots every kitchen should have:

Recipes to try:...

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July 28, 2016 - 1:18pm

When I’m in a rush to get dinner on the table (which is often), I turn to my freezer for help. I like to keep it well stocked with a few essential ingredients that will allow me to get a quick and effortless dinner on the table fast. Plus filling my freezer with healthy options makes it less enticing to run and get takeout. Here are a few of my favorite foods to have on hand and some of the recipes that use them:

1. Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough: With all the topping combos out there, I think it’s impossible to get tired of pizza—and with the dough at the ready, it’s a quick meal to pull together. Just take the pizza dough out of your freezer and let it thaw in your fridge 24 hours before you want to use it.

Recipe to Try: Green Pizza

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July 26, 2016 - 11:38am

I’ve been spending a lot of time with my freezer lately. This time of year, the berry farm is beckoning with its fruit-laden bushes, my garden is overflowing with vegetables and my herbs are growing much faster than I can eat them.

13 of the easiest herbs and vegetables to grow

With so much fresh food for the picking right now, I’ve been saving much of it in my freezer for less plentiful times (winter!).

How to freeze 16 summer fruits and vegetables

One of my favorite things to make and freeze is herb pesto...

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July 14, 2016 - 9:51am

What's my go-to summer potluck dish? Sesame noodles! They're easy to make and hold well, so I can make them in advance. This handy sesame noodle recipe formula has endless flavor combinations, so I can make a batch for pretty much every party I go to without my friends giving each other the side-eye and saying, "Oh no, Carolyn brought sesame noodles again."

All you have to do is add a flavoring to the sauce and switch out the vegetables and noodles. And the best part is, they only take 20 minutes to put together. With so many combos to try, you will be serving up these cool noodle salads all summer long.

Don't Miss: "Spiralized" Vegetable Noodle Recipes to Up Your Pasta Game...

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July 1, 2016 - 11:51am

Even though I’ve cooked meat on the grill (and on my stovetop) one zillion times, I still get a little anxious about cutting into it once it’s off the heat in case it’s not done–especially if I’m serving people other than my immediate family. There’s nothing worse than taking meat off the grill only to sheepishly return soon after and put your partially cooked steak, chicken or burger back on the flames. It’s downright embarrassing.

Don’t Miss: EatingWell’s 13 Best Grilling Tips

So how do I make sure that my meat is done before whisking it off the grill? The best way to really know if your meat is really cooked is to use a thermometer. But there are...

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