My husband, Dan, actually likes Valentine’s Day, the Hallmark holiday of holidays. Flowers, cute cards, a little gift, a fancy dinner out or one made together at home (with plenty of good wine, of course). And maybe a back rub while we’re binge-watching Netflix, if I’m lucky.
But now we have an almost 4-year-old. Forget spending all day cooking fancy Valentine’s Day recipes. Rarely are we afforded the luxury of lingering over three-hour candlelit dinners. (Heck, we’re lucky if we can have a five-minute-long conversation while the kid is awake, these days.) But we’d still like to enjoy a nice meal together as a family. We’re fortunate that our daughter, Lila, loves to cook and eat. So I’m planning a menu that we can enjoy together.
So what’s on my Valentine’s Day menu?
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Unfortunately for my husband, I wasn’t born with a sweet tooth—I was born with what I like to call a salty-fatty tooth (mmm, chips...) But I do like to make him sweet treats every once in a while. We’re trying to save money this year, so I decided that in lieu of a gift for Valentine’s Day, I’d give him what he really wants.
And what my man really wants is really simple (whew). He wants chocolate. He’s not too picky about the kind of chocolate, though he prefers it dark, and he’ll eat it plain, with fruit or with nuts. So when he’s out skiing with his buddies the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, I’m going to...read full post »
In its classic form, chicken parm (short for Parmesan, but of course you knew that) is a dish you order at a family-style Italian restaurant when you want a big piece of chicken breast fried, coated in buttery, cheesy breadcrumbs, topped with melted mozzarella and served with a pile of pasta and tomato sauce and a solid dusting of Parmesan cheese. To replicate this dish at home, you’d go through the process of dredging and breading the chicken breasts, then getting them crispy and golden in a frying pan with plenty of oil, followed by baking them in the oven topped with gooey cheese—not to mention the homemade sauce. So delicious. So much work.
Want to enjoy this favorite dinner at home for a fraction of the effort (and calories)? EatingWell’s genius recipe makeover of chicken Parmesan (pictured above) gives you all that Italian-...read full post »
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If stressing out makes you reach for a brownie here's a strategy to try to beat your food cravings: walk them off. It may seem like a silly strategy when your stomach seems to be demanding all the chocolate (and now!) but science shows it really works.
In a 2015 study in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers asked overweight adults either to walk briskly on the treadmill for 15 minutes or to sit quietly. Everyone then completed a stressful task and unwrapped sugary treats—two known craving triggers. Those who hoofed it had less of a desire to chow down compared to their sedentary peers, likely because exercise helps regulate food urges that aren't related to physical hunger, such as stress eating. Count it as another reason to move every day.
So next time a food craving hits—especially if it's stress related—take a stroll outside. When you...read full post »