When I’m invited to someone’s house for dinner, I never show up empty-handed. Call me Southern (which is a compliment!) but I think bringing a little offering says, “Thank you so much for inviting me over and serving me food.” I used to bring a bottle or wine or flowers, but recently I’ve been whipping up homemade treats. This holiday season I’m making EatingWell’s new homemade chocolate bark recipes. Why? Because bark is a lot healthier and easier to make than chocolate fudge. It’s also delicious—during the testing phase, the EatingWell staff chased me down every afternoon to get their chocolate fix.
Check it out: 8 Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipes
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The December issue of EatingWell features some truly spectacular recipes for cranberries—and this Cranberry-Lime Cheesecake is the jewel of the collection. It is as delicious as it is beautiful: creamy, light and luscious, with a tang of lime and a sweet-tart crimson-red topping of cranberries briefly simmered with a little sugar and more lime juice. What makes it EatingWell? A graham cracker crust that needs no butter and a filling made with reduced-fat cream cheese and part-skim ricotta cheese, blended smooth.
Easy-to-Follow Video: Watch This Cheesecake Being Made
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Cooking this recipe for Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Mushroom Marsala Sauce does the travel-in-your-kitchen trick of making it feel like you’re having dinner in an Italian bistro. The Marsala is part of the spell, of course—treat yourself to a little bottle of the fortified wine next time you’re at the liquor store so you have it on hand to turn up the sophistication on savory sauces. The prosciutto is key, too—just a ½-ounce strip of thinly sliced cured ham wrapped around a nice boneless chicken thigh makes all the difference in boosting flavor and savoriness. (It doesn’t add much fat in the process—this recipe has just 3 grams saturated fat per serving.)
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Remember when your furniture was mostly plastic crates in different configurations and you ate ramen at least once a day? If you never thought you’d touch ramen again, this recipe for Easy Miso-Chicken Ramen will change your mind. It takes a little longer than pouring boiling water on the contents of a plastic pouch—but not much. It tastes a whole lot better than that packaged stuff and it’s healthier too!
Don't Miss: More Quick Healthy Soups
You can make this quick homemade chicken soup in just 30 minutes. You sauté the special Asian trinity of scallions, garlic and ginger in sesame oil until their fragrance tells you something great is going on in your kitchen. Add white miso and soy sauce, cut-up chicken thighs, bok choy and...read full post »
There’s something about this Smoked Salmon Platter that takes me back to the cocktail parties my parents used to throw in the ’70s. In a good way. My mom wore a hostess gown and my sisters and I would take everyone’s drink orders for my dad to make. There would be little delicious things to sneak from the trays and olives to wear on our fingers—and a platter of cured or smoked salmon, sprinkled with capers and surrounded by pretty bowls of toppings so people could make their own hors d’oeuvres.
That versatility and flexibility make this salmon platter recipe from the December issue of EatingWell Magazine a great choice for holiday entertaining. And since all the ingredients can be prepped ahead of time,...read full post »