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Lisa D'Agrosa
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January 22, 2014 - 11:51am

Whole grains have beneficial nutrients that refined grains are missing, like magnesium (which helps the body produce energy) and fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer. Trade your refined grains for whole grains by eating oatmeal for breakfast, swapping out white pasta, flour and bread for whole-wheat versions, or trying a new-to-you whole grain, like quinoa, freekah or barley.

Recipe to Try: Spaghetti Genovese









Lisa D'Agrosa
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January 22, 2014 - 11:11am

Most Americans fall short of reaching the average recommended daily amount of 2½ to 3 cups of vegetables—which means they’re missing out on key vitamins, minerals and fiber. Get more vegetables in your diet by adding them to sandwiches, pastas or stir-fries. Try starting your day with vegetables at breakfast (like in this Greek omelet packed with spinach) and be sure to add veggies to your dinner tonight, like in this salad-topped pizza.

Recipe to Try: Margherita Pizz’alad

Lisa D'Agrosa
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January 22, 2014 - 11:05am

Clean eating doesn’t mean giving up meat entirely, but cutting back on meat helps you cut back on saturated fat, which can raise your cholesterol and is bad for your heart. Today, try getting your protein from other sources, such as tofu, eggs, beans, yogurt and nuts.

Recipe to Try: Quinoa Veggie Burger












Lisa D'Agrosa
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January 22, 2014 - 10:54am

Americans typically eat 1.5 times the recommended sodium limit of 2,300 mg. According to new research, the average restaurant meal at a full-service restaurant delivered more than 3,500 mg of sodium (yikes!). That’s why cooking healthier meals is key to limiting your salt intake. You can boost flavor without reaching for the salt shaker (or at least use less salt) by using herbs and spices and adding vinegar or citrus to foods. Try a squeeze of lemon on fish or chicken, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil over salad, or dried herbs like oregano and rosemary in soups.

Lisa D'Agrosa
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January 22, 2014 - 10:41am

You can greatly improve your diet and clean it up in a snap by cutting back on processed and packaged foods, which can be full of sodium, added sugars and sometimes ingredients we can’t pronounce. Try cooking up a stir-fry at home instead of getting takeout, or making homemade pizza instead of frozen.

Recipe to Try: Clementine & Five Spice Chicken











Hilary Meyer
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January 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

If your recent restaurant dining involved a super-savory dish that made you drool or a salad dressing that knocked your socks off, the chef might have been using a secret ingredient: anchovies. These tiny cured fish pack a wallop of flavor in tiny amounts and because of that, chefs like to add them to everything from salad dressing to beef stew. You might be turning up your nose, thinking of those salty, shriveled bits on pizza. However, canned or cured anchovies are a totally different taste experience.

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Christopher Mohr, Ph.D., R.D.
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January 15, 2014 - 10:20am

Imagine if there was a food (or category of foods) that could single-handedly lengthen your life.

Well, such a wonder food may actually exist.

A new study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), showed that people who ate a 1-ounce serving of nuts seven or more times each week had a 20 percent lower death rate than those who didn’t eat any.

Easy Recipes for Chinese New Year

Easy Recipes for Chinese New Year (Slide 1)

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This healthy shrimp-and-cabbage dumpling recipe makes a big batch, so you can eat some for dinner and freeze some for later. To vary the dumpling filling, try ground turkey instead of the shrimp. Look for wonton wrappers in a refrigerated case—usually near tofu. Serve with reduced-sodium soy sauce or mix up this quick dipping sauce recipe: 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce mixed with 2 tablespoons lime juice and 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil.

Recipe: Shrimp Dumplings

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Shrimp Dumplings

Shrimp Dumplings

This healthy shrimp-and-cabbage dumpling recipe makes a big batch, so you can eat some for dinner an…View slide
General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken

In this healthy version of a General Tso’s Chicken recipe, we cut the fat and sodium in half from …View slide
Pork & Snap Pea Lo Mein

Pork & Snap Pea Lo Mein

Lo mein is a Chinese restaurant takeout favorite that’s easy to make at home. This lo mein recipe …View slide
Grilled Sea Scallops with Cilantro & Black Bean Sauce

Grilled Sea Scallops with C…

Here, Chinese fermented black beans are stir-fried with garlic and ginger, flavor-enhanced with Chin…View slide
Turkey Ma Po Tofu

Turkey Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu is a traditional Chinese recipe usually made with ground pork. This delicious, healthy ve…View slide
Three-Cup Chicken

Three-Cup Chicken

While there are dozens of variations on this classic Taiwanese Three-Cup Chicken recipe, the “thre…View slide
Baked Egg Foo Yong

Baked Egg Foo Yong

Egg foo yong is a Chinese omelet filled with vegetables, bean sprouts and sometimes meat. Our vegeta…View slide
Shiitake & Noodle Hot & Sour Soup

Shiitake & Noodle Hot & Sou…

This vegetarian hot-&-sour-inspired soup is chock-full of tofu and vegetables, plus noodles to make …View slide
Stir-Fried Chile Beef & Broccoli

Stir-Fried Chile Beef & Bro…

This quick stir-fry features broccoli and flank steak in a flavorful sauce. This dish is typical of …View slide
Velvet Chicken with Baby Bok Choy

Velvet Chicken with Baby Bo…

Velvet chicken is a classic Chinese cooking technique that keeps the meat juicy and succulent, and t…View slide
Sweet & Sour Pork

Sweet & Sour Pork

Pineapple, tomato and pork combine in a sweet-tangy sauce in this easy, bright- flavored sweet and s…View slide
Farmers' Market Fried Rice

Farmers' Market Fried Rice

This fried rice recipe features a fall mixture of sliced Brussels sprouts and parsnips, but feel fre…View slide
Beef Chow Fun

Beef Chow Fun

Brown sugar added to black bean-garlic sauce is what gives this stir-fry its unmistakable Chinese ta…View slide
Pork Chop Suey

Pork Chop Suey

Chop suey is often made with bamboo shoots and water chestnuts—add them to this recipe if you wish…View slide
Mango Pudding

Mango Pudding

Very ripe mangoes make this simple Chinese pudding sublime. Traditionally, agar-agar—a derivative …View slide
Brothy Chinese Noodles

Brothy Chinese Noodles

This dish was inspired by Chinese Dan Dan noodles—ground pork and noodles in a spicy broth. We use…View slide
Szechuan Tofu & Green Bean Stir-Fry

Szechuan Tofu & Green Bean …

This spicy vegetarian stir-fry is a great way to use green beans when they’re bountiful and inexpe…View slide
Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice

This healthy shrimp fried rice recipe is packed with vegetables and makes 4 generous servings, so yo…View slide
Pocket Eggs with Soy-Sesame Sauce

Pocket Eggs with Soy-Sesame…

In Wuhan, this is a common way of cooking eggs, which were hard to come by during the Chinese Cultur…View slide
Hot & Sour Carrots

Hot & Sour Carrots

The hot-and-sour sauce on these quick sautéed carrots is not for the timid palate. They have an abu…View slide
Black Bean-Garlic Catfish

Black Bean-Garlic Catfish

This dish is great for folks who are on the fence about catfish because the pungent black bean-garli…View slide
Chinese Braised Mushrooms & Tofu

Chinese Braised Mushrooms &…

Ma Po Tofu, a classic dish from the Sichuan province of China, inspired this recipe. The original is…View slide
Moo Shu Vegetables

Moo Shu Vegetables

This vegetarian version of the classic Chinese stir-fry, Moo Shu, uses already-shredded vegetables t…View slide
Kung Pao Tofu

Kung Pao Tofu

Tofu and lots of fresh vegetables are stir-fried in just a bit of oil in this traditional Chinese di…View slide
Chinese Pork & Vegetable Hot Pot

Chinese Pork & Vegetable Ho…

The richly flavored red braises characteristic of Chinese cooking make warming winter meals that can…View slide
Szechuan Braised Meatballs

Szechuan Braised Meatballs

We braise these spicy beef meatballs and Chinese cabbage in a bit of beef broth. Make it a meal: Lad…View slide

Comforting Soup Recipes and Bread Recipes

Comforting Soup Recipes and Bread Recipes (Slide 1)

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A bit reminiscent of old-fashioned mushroom-barley soup, this vegetarian quinoa mushroom soup recipe gets a modern update with nutrient-packed quinoa. A mix of fresh mushrooms and dried porcini boosts the savory flavor. Serve with whole-wheat dinner rolls.

Recipe: Quinoa Mushroom Soup

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Quinoa Mushroom Soup

Quinoa Mushroom Soup

A bit reminiscent of old-fashioned mushroom-barley soup, this vegetarian quinoa mushroom soup recipe…View slide
Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

This silky-smooth butternut soup gets a hit of spice from chipotle, cloves and cumin. Adapted from C…View slide
Parmesan-Herb Focaccia

Parmesan-Herb Focaccia

Puffy, chewy-crisp and fragrant with fresh herbs, this Parmesan focaccia goes well with soups, stews…View slide
Spiced Cauliflower Soup

Spiced Cauliflower Soup

The toasted spices in this creamy cauliflower soup recipe make this dish warm, rich and flavorful. Y…View slide
Curried Parsnip & Apple Soup

Curried Parsnip & Apple Soup

This creamy parsnip and apple soup recipe has amazing flavor from the combination of curry powder, c…View slide
Seeded Multigrain Boule

Seeded Multigrain Boule

Yes, this 3-pound, seeded, very attractive loaf seems to call for everything but the kitchen sink, b…View slide
Winter Vegetable Dal

Winter Vegetable Dal

This southern-Indian-inspired vegetable dal recipe is rich and creamy thanks to light coconut milk a…View slide
Chickpea, Chorizo & Spinach Soup

Chickpea, Chorizo & Spinach…

Chorizo lends this Mediterranean-inspired spinach soup recipe a smoky paprika flavor, and since the …View slide
Grissini

Grissini

Long, crispy, thin breadsticks like these grissini are laid right on the tablecloth at many Piedmont…View slide
Maryland Oyster Stew

Maryland Oyster Stew

This delicate oyster soup recipe sets the tone for celebration at any meal. We made this stew health…View slide
Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup

Creamy Green Chile Chicken …

Here’s a favorite Southwestern chicken soup recipe featuring the exquisite New Mexican green chile…View slide
Crunchy-Munchy Corn & Millet Bread

Crunchy-Munchy Corn & Mille…

The outside of this rustic-looking bread is crunchy and the inside is moist and soft, with a smatter…View slide
Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This healthy loaded baked potato soup recipe is inspired by the comforting flavor of fully loaded ba…View slide
Creamy Rye & Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Rye & Butternut Squa…

This creamy rye and butternut squash soup recipe is a healthier take on a traditional squash and rye…View slide
Everyday Whole-Wheat Bread

Everyday Whole-Wheat Bread

This whole-wheat loaf is excellent for sandwiches, toast or eating plain. It has a light, springy te…View slide
Slow-Cooker Lamb Stew with Artichokes & White Beans

Slow-Cooker Lamb Stew with …

Fresh dill, lemon, escarole and artichokes give this healthy slow-cooker lamb stew recipe a decidedl…View slide
Slow-Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Jalapeño-Corn Dumplings

Slow-Cooker Pinto Bean Stew…

This healthy slow-cooker pinto bean stew recipe is bursting with veggies—onion, bell pepper, celer…View slide
Multigrain Molasses Bread

Multigrain Molasses Bread

The flavor of this hearty, home-style multigrain bread is reminiscent of nice, “bran-y” bran muf…View slide
Veggistrone

Veggistrone

This vegetable-packed minestrone soup recipe is inspired by a popular Weight Watchers vegetable soup…View slide
Southwestern Vegetable & Chicken Soup

Southwestern Vegetable & Ch…

Who wouldn’t want to eat their vegetables when they’re tucked into a fragrant broth with bits of…View slide
Whole-Grain Cornbread

Whole-Grain Cornbread

Made with whole-grain cornmeal and white whole-wheat flour, this healthy cornbread recipe is quick e…View slide
Old-Fashioned Winter Vegetable Chowder

Old-Fashioned Winter Vegeta…

This wonderful winter vegetable chowder recipe is rich, filling and great for a winter supper. This …View slide
Mushroom-Beef Noodle Soup

Mushroom-Beef Noodle Soup

You don’t need much beef in this homey mushroom-beef noodle soup recipe, since mushrooms and a lit…View slide
Caramelized Onion Flatbreads

Caramelized Onion Flatbreads

Fresh from the skillet, these flatbreads are perfumed with intense sweet caramelized onions. They’…View slide
Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

This Italian Wedding Soup recipe is Italian comfort food at its best, and this easy soup recipe lend…View slide
Borscht with Beef

Borscht with Beef

Even people who think they don’t like beets love this vibrantly colored, vegetable-packed borscht …View slide
Soft Whole-Wheat Dinner Rolls

Soft Whole-Wheat Dinner Rolls

Finding tasty, healthy, whole-grain dinner rolls in the supermarket or even at a local bakery can be…View slide

Hilary Meyer
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December 31, 2013 - 3:02pm

If you’re resolving to eat healthier this year, consider starting in the kitchen. Mastering a few easy cooking skills can do wonders for your health and your waistline. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:

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