Matthew Thompson http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/1152/all en Burn 700 calories cooking thanksgiving dinner http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/burn_700_calories_cooking_thanksgiving_dinner <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/burn_700_calories_cooking_thanksgiving_dinner" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MCL_woman_cooking_turkey_101612780_Blaine_Moats.jpg" alt="Burn 700 calories cooking thanksgiving dinner Blog Post" title="Burn 700 calories cooking thanksgiving dinner Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>I love being in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. Between the delicious smells, nice company and constant foot traffic (everyone finds a reason to stop by the kitchen on Thanksgiving!), it&rsquo;s the place to be in the lead-up to the year&rsquo;s most sumptuous meal. But anyone who&rsquo;s ever hoisted a turkey out of the oven or chopped so many veggies their wrists have cramped knows that making Thanksgiving dinner can be hard work. And though a lot of attention is paid to the calories <em>consumed</em> on Thanksgiving, not that much thought is given to the calories burned.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/burn_700_calories_cooking_thanksgiving_dinner#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dinner Entertaining Matthew Thompson Thanksgiving Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:10:01 +0000 Nifer 153918 at http://www.eatingwell.com The 7 healthiest foods on your thanksgiving menu http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/the_7_healthiest_foods_on_your_thanksgiving_menu <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/the_7_healthiest_foods_on_your_thanksgiving_menu" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/image_1.jpg" alt="The 7 healthiest foods on your thanksgiving menu Blog Post" title="The 7 healthiest foods on your thanksgiving menu Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Thanksgiving is quickly becoming my favorite holiday. And why not? It&rsquo;s a great time to hang out with family, watch football and, of course, eat an amazing meal.</p> <p>Most people think of Thanksgiving dinner as being a bit of a calorie bomb. And, really, it is: in a recent issue of EatingWell we estimated that the Turkey Day meal clocks at least 2,800 calories.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/the_7_healthiest_foods_on_your_thanksgiving_menu#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dinner Entertaining Family meals Matthew Thompson Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Countdown Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:05:56 +0000 Nifer 153883 at http://www.eatingwell.com 5 secrets to speedy soup http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_secrets_to_speedy_soup <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_secrets_to_speedy_soup" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/SP6964_0.JPG" alt="5 secrets to speedy soup Blog Post" title="5 secrets to speedy soup Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Nothing beats a warm bowl of homemade soup on a cool fall day. But I&rsquo;m a busy guy&mdash;I don&rsquo;t have time to stand around stirring a pot and chopping vegetables all day. So how do I whip up tasty, savory creations in the time I do have? I take shortcuts, using a few cheater ingredients here or some clever <em>EatingWell</em> cooking tricks there to get the job done faster. As a result, I can make an amazing soup just like my mom used to make (What am I talking about? STILL makes) in just 30 minutes. That&rsquo;s less than the time it takes to order takeout.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_secrets_to_speedy_soup#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Budget meals Cooking tips Dinner Entertaining Matthew Thompson Lunch Quick meals Recipe Makeover Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:59:13 +0000 Nifer 153280 at http://www.eatingwell.com 8 foods for skinny Italian cooking http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/8_foods_for_skinny_italian_cooking <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/8_foods_for_skinny_italian_cooking" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MP6375_2.jpg" alt="8 foods for skinny Italian cooking Blog Post" title="8 foods for skinny Italian cooking Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>I grew up in a city in Connecticut famous for its Italian food&mdash;New Haven&rsquo;s pizza places are some of the best in the world&mdash;so being able to enjoy fettuccine alla carbonara, osso buco, tiramisu and the like feels more like a birthright than a privilege. But whenever I want to enjoy a deliciously cheesy Italian dish, there always seems to be someone ready to make a disparaging comment about how unhealthy it is. Because Italian equals pasta and pasta equals carbs and carbs equal unhealthy, right? Wrong.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/8_foods_for_skinny_italian_cooking#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dinner Entertaining Family meals Matthew Thompson Nutrition Recipe Makeover Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:59:34 +0000 Nifer 152822 at http://www.eatingwell.com 5 ways to use pizza dough http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_ways_to_use_pizza_dough <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_ways_to_use_pizza_dough" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MP8108_Ardito.jpg" alt="5 ways to use pizza dough Blog Post" title="5 ways to use pizza dough Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>For years, one of my favorite go-to quick-dinner tricks has been to grab a bag of pizza dough from the freezer aisle of my supermarket, a jar of marinara sauce, some cheese and a few veggies and whip up a delicious, homemade pizza.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_ways_to_use_pizza_dough#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Budget meals Cooking tips Dinner Matthew Thompson Quick meals Recipe Makeover Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:45:32 +0000 Nifer 152654 at http://www.eatingwell.com The right way to prepare oatmeal http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/the_right_way_to_prepare_oatmeal <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/the_right_way_to_prepare_oatmeal" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/BR7613_1.jpg" alt="The right way to prepare oatmeal Blog Post" title="The right way to prepare oatmeal Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>One of my favorite parts of fall is the return of warming, stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods. And for me one of the all-time classics is oatmeal. I practically lived on the stuff all through elementary and middle school; now I find it to be the perfect cool-weather start to my day.</p> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t Miss: <a href="/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/the_1_food_you_should_eat_for_breakfast">The #1 Food You Should Eat for Breakfast</a></strong></p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/the_right_way_to_prepare_oatmeal#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Breakfast Budget meals Cooking tips Matthew Thompson Nutrition Recipe Makeover Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:35:12 +0000 Nifer 152493 at http://www.eatingwell.com 7 easy ways to make your kitchen healthier http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/7_easy_ways_to_make_your_kitchen_healthier <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/7_easy_ways_to_make_your_kitchen_healthier" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/apples_2_310_0_0.jpg" alt="7 easy ways to make your kitchen healthier Blog Post" title="7 easy ways to make your kitchen healthier Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Forget spring-cleaning: fall is the perfect time to spruce up your kitchen. Now that you&rsquo;ve recovered from the laziness of summer (maybe I&rsquo;m projecting a bit here) but before the craziness of the holiday season, there&rsquo;s a perfect window for tossing those mystery items in the back of your fridge, replacing that gray-looking sponge sitting by your sink and cleaning those drips from the ceiling of your microwave. And while you&rsquo;re scrubbing your cooking area to make it look nicer, you may as well do a few things to make it healthier too.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/7_easy_ways_to_make_your_kitchen_healthier#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dinner Eating green Health Matthew Thompson Kitchen tools Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:45:45 +0000 Nifer 152396 at http://www.eatingwell.com How to pick the perfect apple http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_pick_the_perfect_apple <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_pick_the_perfect_apple" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/apple_so12_2_0_0.jpg" alt="How to pick the perfect apple Blog Post" title="How to pick the perfect apple Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>There&rsquo;s something about that moment when you bite into the first, fresh, perfectly tart apple of the autumn season that reminds you: &ldquo;Yes, this is what fall is supposed to taste like.&rdquo; But while I love pretty much all in-season apple varieties, they&rsquo;re not all equally suited for every purpose. I definitely plan to do some baking this fall (Don&rsquo;t hate: Nothing goes better with Sunday afternoon football&mdash;Go Giants!), and when I do I&rsquo;ll reach for certain types of apples while avoiding others.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_pick_the_perfect_apple#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Matthew Thompson Taste test What's in season Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:43:26 +0000 Nifer 152179 at http://www.eatingwell.com Save $3,392 on lunch http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/save_3392_on_lunch <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/save_3392_on_lunch" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/SP6886.jpg" alt="Save $3,392 on lunch Blog Post" title="Save $3,392 on lunch Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>I used to be able to convince myself that the money I spent eating out was reasonable, but then my wife and I started tracking our expenses. The results were eye-opening: I spend <em>this much</em> in restaurants? Clearly, a change needed to happen. It came in the form of a $2 piece of plastic&mdash;the Tupperware container I use to start bringing my own lunch. And though the savings is only a little bit each day, I started noticing the extra money in my pocket pretty quickly.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/save_3392_on_lunch#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Budget meals Cooking tips Matthew Thompson Lunch Nutrition Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:06:45 +0000 Nifer 151339 at http://www.eatingwell.com 10 "cheater" ways to get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/10_cheater_ways_to_get_dinner_on_the_table_in_under_30_minutes <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/10_cheater_ways_to_get_dinner_on_the_table_in_under_30_minutes" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/stirfry_310_0_0.jpg" alt="10 &amp;quot;cheater&amp;quot; ways to get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes Blog Post" title="10 &amp;quot;cheater&amp;quot; ways to get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Recently, my life has taken a turn for the bananas: among many other things, my wife and I are in the process of moving into a new place&mdash;so our living room has been colonized by boxes, our weekends taken up by trips to Goodwill and our kitchen half-dismantled as we decide which appliances deserve to make the trip with us. But for all the busyness&mdash;and there&rsquo;s been plenty, believe me&mdash;we still find time to cook a healthy dinner every night. How do we do it? Well, if you must know: we cheat.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/10_cheater_ways_to_get_dinner_on_the_table_in_under_30_minutes#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Budget meals Cooking tips Dinner Family meals Matthew Thompson Quick meals Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:41:27 +0000 Nifer 151029 at http://www.eatingwell.com Amazingly good end-of-summer party dips http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/amazingly_good_end_of_summer_party_dips <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/amazingly_good_end_of_summer_party_dips" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/AP5644.JPG" alt="Amazingly good end-of-summer party dips Blog Post" title="Amazingly good end-of-summer party dips Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Now that we&rsquo;re into the fourth steamy week of August, I can honestly say I&rsquo;m ready for autumn. But I don&rsquo;t want to bid summer goodbye without giving it a good send-off. That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m psyched to have a Labor Day bash next weekend. It&rsquo;s a great opportunity to get all of the grilling, pool partying and lawn game playing out of my system before the onset of soup-and-sweater season.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/amazingly_good_end_of_summer_party_dips#comments Food Blog Cooking tips Entertaining Holidays Matthew Thompson Recipe Makeover Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:50:29 +0000 Nifer 139813 at http://www.eatingwell.com 6 easy summer casseroles for entertaining http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/6_easy_summer_casseroles_for_entertaining <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/6_easy_summer_casseroles_for_entertaining" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/SD4546.JPG" alt="6 easy summer casseroles for entertaining Blog Post" title="6 easy summer casseroles for entertaining Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Summer is great for getting outside and enjoying the warm weather and seemingly endless evenings with friends. It&rsquo;s the perfect time of year for a backyard potluck. But things can get tricky when it comes to figuring out what food to bring to a get-together. If everyone followed their first instinct&mdash;or at least my first instinct&mdash;you&rsquo;d end up with a party full of salads and nothing else. Party foul.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/6_easy_summer_casseroles_for_entertaining#comments Food Blog Budget meals Cooking tips Dinner Entertaining Family meals Matthew Thompson Multimedia & Tools - Blogs Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:46:17 +0000 Nifer 115754 at http://www.eatingwell.com What to eat & what to skip to save money on food http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/what_to_eat_what_to_skip_to_save_money_on_food <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/what_to_eat_what_to_skip_to_save_money_on_food" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/5_dinners_1_bag_0_2.jpg" alt="What to eat &amp;amp; what to skip to save money on food Blog Post" title="What to eat &amp;amp; what to skip to save money on food Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Like a great many people, I was disheartened to learn that the price of food will be on the rise over the next year. According to a statement made by the U.S. government (and widely quoted in articles in <em>The</em> <em>New York Times</em>, Yahoo! and other sources), the prices of a great many grocery store staples are predicted to increase by 4 to 5 percent over the next year. That might not seem like much, but as any family on a budget can tell you, those little markups at the supermarket can really accumulate.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/what_to_eat_what_to_skip_to_save_money_on_food#comments Food Blog Budget meals Cooking tips Dinner Food & health news Matthew Thompson Vegetarian Tue, 07 Aug 2012 14:00:15 +0000 Nifer 115493 at http://www.eatingwell.com Take-along snacks for a car trip http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/take_along_snacks_for_a_car_trip <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/take_along_snacks_for_a_car_trip" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/OT6961_0.JPG" alt="Take-along snacks for a car trip Blog Post" title="Take-along snacks for a car trip Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Taking off on a road trip seems like an essential part of summer. According to a recent study, over 140 million Americans are planning to travel this summer&mdash;with 69% opting to go via car. That&rsquo;s a lot! I have at least two car trips planned for this summer&mdash;and I couldn&rsquo;t be more excited.</p> <p>But one thing I&rsquo;m not psyched about: the terrible snack options at convenience stores and gas stations. Who wants to fill up on chips filled with who-knows-what, day-old pastries or nuts coated in sugary gunk? Not me.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/take_along_snacks_for_a_car_trip#comments Food Blog Budget meals Cooking tips Family meals Good choices Matthew Thompson Nutrition Recipe Makeover Snacks Vegetarian Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:04:54 +0000 Nifer 115099 at http://www.eatingwell.com How to pickle anything (no canning necessary) http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_pickle_anything_no_canning_necessary <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_pickle_anything_no_canning_necessary" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/OT7301.JPG" alt="How to pickle anything (no canning necessary) Blog Post" title="How to pickle anything (no canning necessary) Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>There are certain things I will never understand in this world: the rules of cricket, how fish reproduce, quantum harmonic oscillation&hellip;and people who don&rsquo;t like pickles. That last one is probably the hardest for me to grasp, however.</p> <p>Because: come on, pickles taste amazing! Snap into a perfectly crisp gherkin that&rsquo;s sopped up plenty of gleeky vinegar, fresh herbs and just a hint of salt and tell me you&rsquo;re not in briny heaven. Sneak a dill spear into your next burger and tell me it&rsquo;s not tangily enhanced.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_pickle_anything_no_canning_necessary#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dinner Entertaining Gardening Matthew Thompson Recipe Makeover Snacks Vegetarian What's in season Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:16:32 +0000 Nifer 114109 at http://www.eatingwell.com