Emily McKenna http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/1207/all en Amazing tandoori chicken salad & 5 tips to make great grilled salads http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/amazing_tandoori_chicken_salad_5_tips_to_make_great_grilled_salads <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/amazing_tandoori_chicken_salad_5_tips_to_make_great_grilled_salads" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MP7995_KRASNER_0.JPG" alt="Amazing tandoori chicken salad &amp;amp; 5 tips to make great grilled salads Blog Post" title="Amazing tandoori chicken salad &amp;amp; 5 tips to make great grilled salads Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>During summer, when it&rsquo;s hot and humid at dinnertime, the last thing I want to do is go inside and turn on the stove to cook. As an alternative, I often turn to salads, which are not only quick and easy to pull together, but also lighter and don&rsquo;t require the stove. Of course, I want a little variety at the dinner table, and sometimes a big bowl of raw greens and veggies just doesn&rsquo;t make the cut.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/amazing_tandoori_chicken_salad_5_tips_to_make_great_grilled_salads#comments Food Blog Cooking tips Dinner Emily McKenna Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:44:42 +0000 Nifer 107558 at http://www.eatingwell.com 6 surprising salsa ingredients http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/6_surprising_salsa_ingredients <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/6_surprising_salsa_ingredients" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/PK8021_BURRIS.JPG" alt="6 surprising salsa ingredients Blog Post" title="6 surprising salsa ingredients Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>My husband and I are salsa addicts. We eat it with chips and quesadillas, on our burgers and stuffed inside grilled cheese sandwiches.</p> <p>Lately, though, we&rsquo;ve wanted more variety than traditional tomato-based salsas and have started to experiment with fruity, summery ingredients like cherries, mango, pineapple and nectarines that make great fresh salsas! Here are 6 surprising foods to make salsa with and sensational salsa recipes from EatingWell that we love and now make all the time at home.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/6_surprising_salsa_ingredients#comments Food Blog Cooking tips Emily McKenna Snacks What's in season Wed, 06 Jun 2012 13:19:54 +0000 Erin McCormick 104634 at http://www.eatingwell.com How to pick the best summer fruit http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_pick_the_best_summer_fruit <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_pick_the_best_summer_fruit" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/raspberries_1.jpg" alt="How to pick the best summer fruit Blog Post" title="How to pick the best summer fruit Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>About this time every year, I get excited for all the delicious, sweet summer fruit that&rsquo;s showing up at my local farmers&rsquo; market. Apparently so do my friends and family, because they ask me for my best tips for buying, storing and cooking berries, stone fruit and other summer fruits. Here are my tips for choosing the best fruit at the market and for storing the fruit once you get home.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_pick_the_best_summer_fruit#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Emily McKenna What's in season Thu, 31 May 2012 16:31:47 +0000 Nifer 101649 at http://www.eatingwell.com 5 cookout food hazards to avoid http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_cookout_food_hazards_to_avoid <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_cookout_food_hazards_to_avoid" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/watermelon_06calendar_310_0.jpg" alt="5 cookout food hazards to avoid Blog Post" title="5 cookout food hazards to avoid Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>For some reason, food eaten outdoors under the sun tastes better. There is nothing like a burger or hot dog cooked on a grill with a side of macaroni salad, coleslaw or watermelon to celebrate summer.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t Miss: <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/the_healthiest_foods_to_eat_at_a_bbq">Best &amp; Worst Foods to Eat at a Barbecue </a></p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_cookout_food_hazards_to_avoid#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dinner Emily McKenna Entertaining Recipes & Menus - Grilling Thu, 24 May 2012 15:43:52 +0000 Nifer 96848 at http://www.eatingwell.com The only picnic dessert you’ll ever need: No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/the_only_picnic_dessert_youll_ever_need_no_bake_cherry_cheesecake <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/the_only_picnic_dessert_youll_ever_need_no_bake_cherry_cheesecake" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/DS8028_BURRIS 10-26-41.JPG" alt="The only picnic dessert you’ll ever need: No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Blog Post" title="The only picnic dessert you’ll ever need: No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>This Memorial Day I'm hosting a picnic and each of my friends is going to bring a dish. I am in charge of dessert. Lucky for me it is cherry time&mdash;the few wonderful weeks in between spring and summer when fresh cherries are available at my farmers' market. (Sweet and tart cherries are also available year-round canned or frozen.) </p> <p><strong>Recipes to Try: </strong><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/sweet_cherry_recipes">Delicious Cherry Recipes including Dark Cherry Bundt Cake</a></p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/the_only_picnic_dessert_youll_ever_need_no_bake_cherry_cheesecake#comments Food Blog Dessert Emily McKenna What's in season Tue, 15 May 2012 15:26:00 +0000 Erin McCormick 89877 at http://www.eatingwell.com How to Make Healthy Banana Bread http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_make_healthy_banana_bread <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_make_healthy_banana_bread" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/banana_bread_1.jpg" alt="How to Make Healthy Banana Bread Blog Post" title="How to Make Healthy Banana Bread Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Over the years I have perfected my banana bread recipe&mdash;one of my favorite solutions for using overripe bananas.&nbsp;I use all whole-grain flour or whole-grain flour mixed with white all-purpose flour, and rely as much as I can on the natural sweetness of the bananas to cut the total amount of granulated sugar called for in the recipe. I also like to roughly mash, or chop, my bananas so that there are big chunks of fruit to bite into. I always throw in a handful of toasted chopped walnuts and sometimes I'll add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg and a handful of dark chocolate chips.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_make_healthy_banana_bread#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Emily McKenna Recipe Makeover Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:00:40 +0000 Nifer 78830 at http://www.eatingwell.com 5 easy spring chicken recipes http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/5_easy_spring_chicken_recipes <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/5_easy_spring_chicken_recipes" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MP7590_2.jpg" alt="5 easy spring chicken recipes Blog Post" title="5 easy spring chicken recipes Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Spring means warmer weather, longer days and short-sleeved T-shirts. It also means ditching the recipes that are so much a part of my winter cooking repertoire for light, quick-cooking options&mdash;salads, quick soups, saut&eacute;s and stir-fries&mdash;that leave me time after dinner to play outside with my family.</p> <p>Easy Recipes to Try:<br /> <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/10_spring_dinners_in_30_minutes">10 Spring Dinners in 30 Minutes</a><br /> <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipes_slideshows/healthy_spring_slow_cooker_recipes_for_a_crock_pot">Healthy Spring Slow-Cooker Recipes for a Crock Pot</a></p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/5_easy_spring_chicken_recipes#comments Food Blog Cooking tips Dinner Emily McKenna Family meals Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:14:10 +0000 Nifer 77933 at http://www.eatingwell.com How to cook fresh artichokes http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_cook_fresh_artichokes <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_cook_fresh_artichokes" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/how_cook_artichokes.jpg" alt="How to cook fresh artichokes Blog Post" title="How to cook fresh artichokes Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>I love the grassy, sweet taste of artichokes&#8212;the bud of a flower in the thistle family. But when I first started cooking, artichokes intimidated me.</p> <p>I finally confronted my artichoke phobia when I got my first restaurant job. I needed to learn how to prep and cook artichokes&#8212;and fast. Needless to say, I served plenty of creamy artichoke soup in those early days as I was figuring out how to cook these delicate spring vegetables. I finally know how, and there really is nothing to it. I promise. </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_cook_fresh_artichokes#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Emily McKenna Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:55:23 +0000 Penelope Wall 77721 at http://www.eatingwell.com Bacon recipes that won't wreck your diet http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/bacon_recipes_that_wont_wreck_your_diet <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/bacon_recipes_that_wont_wreck_your_diet" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/bacon_main_1.jpg" alt="Bacon recipes that won&amp;#039;t wreck your diet Blog Post" title="Bacon recipes that won&amp;#039;t wreck your diet Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>While I do not eat bacon often, I happily enjoy it every once in a while with a stack of pancakes or in a Cobb salad. Unfortunately a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating red meat, including processed meats like bacon, can lead to increased risk of cancer and heart disease. Processed meats, in particular, were called out in the study for their high levels of saturated fat, sodium and nitrites. </p> <p> Don't Miss: <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101_basics_and_techniques/the_bacon_calculator_how_many_slices_of_bacon_does_your_dinner_equal">The Bacon Calculator: How Many Slices of Bacon Does Your Dinner Equal?</a> </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/bacon_recipes_that_wont_wreck_your_diet#comments Food Blog Cooking tips Diet Dinner Emily McKenna Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:54:17 +0000 Nifer 77563 at http://www.eatingwell.com 5 healthy recipes for Easter's leftover ham http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/5_healthy_recipes_for_easters_leftover_ham <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/5_healthy_recipes_for_easters_leftover_ham" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/MK7157_2.JPG" alt="5 healthy recipes for Easter&amp;#039;s leftover ham Blog Post" title="5 healthy recipes for Easter&amp;#039;s leftover ham Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>This year, my husband and I are having Easter at our house. With parents six hours away by car, we're cooking our first official holiday meal as newlyweds with just a few relatives joining us at the table. </p> <p> Here's our menu: ham with spicy horseradish mustard, glazed carrots with rosemary, green beans and potatoes au gratin. Of course, as is usually the case with Easter ham, we'll have more than we, plus a couple relatives, can eat-even after all the bites of ham we'll sneak to our puppy Lou under the table! </p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/5_healthy_recipes_for_easters_leftover_ham#comments Food Blog Breakfast Cooking tips Dinner Emily McKenna Entertaining Family meals Holidays Lunch Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:37:54 +0000 Nifer 77560 at http://www.eatingwell.com How to cook quinoa http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_cook_quinoa <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_cook_quinoa" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/quinoa_7.jpg" alt="How to cook quinoa Blog Post" title="How to cook quinoa Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>Quinoa is one of nature&rsquo;s superfoods. Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is a tiny, nutty-tasting, gluten-free grain, that delivers healthy doses of protein and fiber. It is also one of the only plant foods that is a complete protein, meaning that it provides the body with all 9 essential amino acids. A 1/2-cup serving of quinoa has 111 calories, 2 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g protein and 3 g fiber. Even better, this nutritional heavyweight is practically foolproof to cook and has become my go-to grain when I don&rsquo;t have much time to cook, since quinoa cooks in about 15 minutes.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/how_to_cook_quinoa#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Dinner Emily McKenna Thu, 08 Mar 2012 16:57:06 +0000 Nifer 75419 at http://www.eatingwell.com 5 tricks for healthier pasta dinners at home http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_tricks_for_healthier_pasta_dinners_at_home <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_tricks_for_healthier_pasta_dinners_at_home" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/lemony_asparagus_pasta.JPG" alt="5 tricks for healthier pasta dinners at home Blog Post" title="5 tricks for healthier pasta dinners at home Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>I am one of many grandkids in a large family of first-generation Italian-Americans. This means that I grew up eating lots of pasta&mdash;Sunday rigatoni and meatballs at my aunt&rsquo;s house, Friday-night linguine and clam sauce from my mother and, on almost any day of the week, a big bowl of spaghetti or ravioli from my grandmother.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_tricks_for_healthier_pasta_dinners_at_home#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Dinner Emily McKenna Family meals Quick meals Recipe Makeover Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:51:48 +0000 Nifer 69748 at http://www.eatingwell.com Secrets to delicious healthier French toast http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/secrets_to_delicious_healthier_french_toast <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/secrets_to_delicious_healthier_french_toast" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/baked_apple_cinnamon_french_toast.JPG" alt="Secrets to delicious healthier French toast Blog Post" title="Secrets to delicious healthier French toast Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>There is a small caf&eacute; called 3 Squares a few miles from the <em>EatingWell</em> offices that makes what I consider to be the world&rsquo;s best French toast. It&rsquo;s nothing fancy&mdash;made with challah bread and served with cinnamon whipped cream, sliced berries and bananas. It is the kind of breakfast that I crave, and I have made it my mission to figure out how to make it (and make it healthier) at home. Here are my secrets to perfect, healthier French toast:</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/secrets_to_delicious_healthier_french_toast#comments Food Blog Breakfast Cooking tips Emily McKenna Wed, 15 Feb 2012 16:32:32 +0000 Nifer 67720 at http://www.eatingwell.com 4 secrets to making the best guacamole http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/4_secrets_to_making_the_best_guacamole <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/4_secrets_to_making_the_best_guacamole" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/guacamole.JPG" alt="4 secrets to making the best guacamole Blog Post" title="4 secrets to making the best guacamole Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>I learned to make really good guacamole on a ranch in the middle of Montana where I cooked for a family of die-hard Mexican-food fans. This family frequently requested Mexican dinner buffets, complete with a mix of salsas, guacamole and homemade tortilla chips. Having to make guacamole over and over again meant that during the course of my few months with them, I became a guacamole expert.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/4_secrets_to_making_the_best_guacamole#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Cooking tips Emily McKenna Entertaining Recipe Makeover Snacks Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:46:04 +0000 Nifer 59481 at http://www.eatingwell.com 6 tricks for healthier meatloaf http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/6_tricks_for_healthier_meatloaf <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/6_tricks_for_healthier_meatloaf" target="_blank"><img src="http://assets.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/mini_meatloaves.jpg" alt="6 tricks for healthier meatloaf Blog Post" title="6 tricks for healthier meatloaf Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148" /></a></div> <div><p>My mother makes the world&rsquo;s best meatloaf, but it&rsquo;s as high in fat and calories as it is delicious, so as much as I like it, it doesn&rsquo;t fit into my diet. Instead of giving it up, I&rsquo;ve decided to tweak her recipe to fit my needs. With a few easy tricks and switches I can have my meatloaf, with less fat and calories, and eat it too.<br /> Healthy Recipes to Try: <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/homemade_meatloaf_recipes">5 Delicious Meatloaf Recipes</a></p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/6_tricks_for_healthier_meatloaf#comments Healthy Cooking Blog Dinner Emily McKenna Recipe Makeover Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:53:13 +0000 Nifer 56361 at http://www.eatingwell.com