EatingWell Blogs (Page 9)
Some of my favorite cool-weather side dishes are comforting vegetable casseroles like good old scalloped potatoes (a.k.a. potato gratin). Typical scalloped potato recipes bathe ingredients in a heavy cream sauce and top them with crispy buttered breadcrumbs or cheese. Our version saves about 160 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat compared to a traditional recipe. (Get the recipe for Scalloped Potatoes and More Healthy Vegetable Gratin Recipes.)
Want to know how we did it? Here are our 3 simple tricks:
Tip 1: Roast the vegetables first
Classic scalloped potato recipes rely on fat from butter and cream to carry the flavor. Not ours. We toss the vegetables with oil and roast them before they hit the baking dish. The...
Hard-boiled eggs seem simple, but they’re one of the hardest things to cook—or to cook right, anyway. I know it sounds hard to believe, but they’re ridiculously easy to screw up.
Don’t Miss: How to Make a Perfect Omelet
Think about the last hard-boiled egg you had. Chances are it wasn’t perfect. Maybe it had a rubbery texture. Maybe the yolk was a little green around the edges or the egg white was filled with pockmarks from the shell sticking to the surface of the white when it was peeled. Maybe it broke open while it was cooking. Maybe it smelled like sulfur. You probably ate it anyway—it’s not the end of the world—but a perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg is a...read full post »
One of the first foods that signals the start of spring is the appearance of fresh asparagus at local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. Just as spring is a time of new beginnings, asparagus is one of those veggies that I love to experiment with during this time of year.
And not only is asparagus delicious—it's also packed with health benefits:
1. It’s loaded with nutrients: Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the...read full post »
A great dip is the kind of nibble that makes entertaining easy. These 6 dips take just a few minutes to make and are loaded with healthy and easy-to-find ingredients. Just a little chopping, layering, stirring or pulsing and you’re ready to party!
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A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet is virtually nonstick, so it’s worth taking the time to season (or reseason) correctly. If you have a new skillet or an old one you want to rehab, the method is the same:
Don't Miss: 23 Healthy Recipes for Your Cast-Iron Skillet
• Cover the bottom of the pan with a thick layer of kosher salt.
• Add about half an inch of oil and place over high heat.
• When the oil starts to smoke, pour the salt and oil into a heatproof bowl to cool before discarding.
• Using a ball of paper towels, rub the inside of the pan until smooth.
• When you clean your cast-iron skillet, don’t use soap or a dishwasher. Just scrub it with a stiff brush and...read full post »