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Nicci Micco
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Dessert
Healthy kids
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Food Blog
September 15, 2009 - 12:14am

Every fall, when I was growing up in western Pennsylvania, my parents took me and my younger brother, Angelo, apple picking. We’d usually go in late September, always on a Sunday. Angelo and I loved picking—but even more, we loved the savory apple recipes and sweet apple treats that my mom made with the bushel of apples (roughly 45 pounds) stored in our downstairs fridge.

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What is your favorite thing to make with apples?

Hilary Meyer
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Budget meals
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Quick meals
Vegetarian
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Food Blog
September 14, 2009 - 11:18am

I’m trying to eat more vegetarian meals, so I’m obsessed with beans. And the bean recipes I’ve been making have made it incredibly easy. I thought I would feel less satisfied without having meat as part of my dinner, but beans fill me right up. Since they’re packed with fiber I never feel hungry after a meal. And my wallet isn’t suffering either—a can of beans is much cheaper than a pound of chicken or beef (and a pound of dried beans is even less expensive!). Now that’s what I call satisfaction.

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Do you try to eat vegetarian meals? What are your favorites?

Easy Carrot Recipes

Easy Carrot Recipes

Fresh recipes for carrots that are anything but rabbit food.

Our healthy carrot recipes will help you get your fill of vitamin A and give your plate a splash of color. Try roasted or stir-fried carrots with spicy flavors, shred them into a raw slaw dressed with a slightly sweet citrus vinaigrette or make a velvety puree with potatoes and give it a special touch with a hazelnut-olive topping. Or enjoy our Carrot Cake recipe for a healthy and delicious dessert to end your meal. Download a FREE Carrot Recipes Cookbook!

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Jessie Price
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Health Blog
September 11, 2009 - 10:17am

I like to say that my favorite food group is cheese. I know cheese is not an actual food group, but it’s so delicious it ought to be. Even though it can be high in calories and saturated fat there are still ways to enjoy cheese as part of a healthy diet. Plus, all cheese is a rich source of calcium, so sampling the abundance helps to strengthen your bones. (Try these 20+ recipes for bone health.)

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On a scale of 1 to 10 how much do you love cheese?

Hilary Meyer
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Food Blog
September 10, 2009 - 11:37am

If you’re looking for a way to make your food dollars and your cooking efforts go further, think cheap chicken dinners. A whole chicken can go a long way. Once a month, my husband and I buy a fresh chicken from a local farm. Sometimes I roast it whole and use the leftovers in another meal the next night. If I don’t want to cook the whole thing at once, I divide it up so we can have the breast one night and the legs another.

5 Easy Power Dinners to Fuel Your Week

5 Easy Power Dinners to Fuel Your Week

A week’s worth of delicious recipes starring the power players of the vegetable world.

You can tell broccoli’s good for you just by looking at it: all those little green fists raised to righteous health! Even though nutrition fads come and go, broccoli’s super-veggie status never falters. So we decided to give you a week’s worth of delicious dinners that star broccoli and other members of its family. After all, the whole big band of brassica brothers, which runs from cauliflower and Brussels sprouts to turnips, kale and arugula, share a potent health profile. They provide isothiocyanates, compounds that amp up the production of enzymes that help clear toxins from the body. That’s not all. Take a look at the nutrition bonuses here: these vegetables are loaded with the antioxidants beta carotene (which the body converts to vitamin A) and vitamin C as well as folate, a vitamin that’s linked with heart health and helps build healthy new cells.

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See It, Make It: 7 Grab & Go Snacks and Lunches

See It, Make It: 7 Grab & Go Snacks and Lunches

Packable snacks and lunches to keep you healthy, wealthy and thin.

These grab-and-go lunches and snacks make it easy to resist a stop at the corner deli for an overstuffed sandwich or the vending machine for a bag of chips. Plus they deliver fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans and lean protein, such as chicken and turkey, in sensible portions. Wrap them up or pack them in reusable containers and carry them with you. Even after just a week of bringing your lunch from home, you may find your pockets a bit heavier with cash and your waistline a tad trimmer. Download a FREE Cookbook with Healthy Lunch Recipes for Work!

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6 Speedy Soups

6 Speedy Soups

On your mark, get set, cook: 30 minutes to a hearty supper.

Picture this: You arrive home tired and frazzled, and the family’s already clamoring for supper—now! You’ve got to make it quick and easy, but nutritional balance is a top priority too. Minimal cleanup would also be nice.

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Michelle Edelbaum
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Diet
Food & health news
Nutrition
Weight loss
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Diet Blog
September 9, 2009 - 11:01am

I recently had a baby and am trying to lose those last few pregnancy pounds. With a young child and a full-time job, I have little time for exercise. Luckily, there’s another option: eating!

New research suggests that there’s a way to prevent this weight gain or even encourage weight loss—without dieting. The secret? Eat more fiber. Why? Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah found that women who increased their fiber intake generally lost weight. Read more about the study below.

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What foods fill you up so you can stay slim?

Carolyn Malcoun
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Dinner
Family meals
Healthy kids
Quick meals
Recipe Makeover
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Food Blog
September 8, 2009 - 4:27pm

Mac & cheese is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. I was a big fan of the boxed variety when I was a kid (the kind that came with a can of “real” cheese sauce, not the powdered cheese stuff, of course). And my mom was a big fan because it was a quick, easy meal that the whole family liked. But when I was finally wise enough to look at the nutrition label on those boxes, I was stunned at all the fat and sodium (and don’t forget all those unpronounceable ingredients).

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What ingredient do you like to add to your mac & cheese to make it special?
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