Super Snacks for Super Bowl and Sundays

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Super-Savory Snacking Call it a snack or a condiment; enjoy it by the spoonful or use it as a topping on everything from chicken to soup. This herb-spiced, lemony olive-and-walnut sauté is simple to make, yet is remarkably savory. I like to use Aleppo pepper when I make this, but you can swap out Aleppo […]

Making Fresh Beets User-Friendly

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Although I’ve always loved beets, the thought of preparing fresh ones terrified me – I thought my kitchen would wind up splattered with very-staining, purple-red beet juice. Then I watched my house mother boil fresh beets when I lived in Costa Rica. Guess what? No splattering, no staining, no purple-red explosions. Quite anti-climactic, actually. But […]

Your Choice: Boat, Wrap, or Salad

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Everyone always says that the only two things we can absolutely rely on are death and taxes. I think there’s a third sure bet, though, and one that’s a lot less depressing: Mexican food. Everybody loves Mexican food. Authentic Mexican food is all about freshness and flavor and whatever level of spiciness you enjoy. Most […]

Healthy Protein Food Sources

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Protein can help you shed those unwanted pounds and keep your belly full. But it’s important to eat the right amount and the right kind of protein to get the health benefits. Seafood Seafood is an excellent source of protein because it’s usually low in fat. Fish such as salmon is a little higher in […]

Fat In Foods: 7 Eats With More Fat Than A Stick Of Butter

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“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn You wouldn’t sit down to dinner at your favorite restaurant and order a stick of butter a la carte. You’re too smart for that — you know there’d be lots of calories and little nutrients and, most of all, lots […]

Last-Minute Lunches

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It’s Monday, it’s lunchtime, and you’re lunch-less and hungry. Odds are, you’re stuck going to the nearest faux-healthy restaurant. (Ever looked at the ingredients in a Panera sandwich? If you print out what’s in the Turkey Artichoke Panini, it’ll take up almost a full 8 1/2″ x 11″ page. But hey, I guess that’s better […]

Fast Food = Easy Food

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Here’s a truth that’s inconvenient for the dinner-in-a-sack industry but is great for the rest of us: fast food doesn’t have to be junk food. You’ve probably already got a lot of tasty quick meals loitering about in your kitchen, from canned beans that can be made into hearty salads to canned squash or pumpkin […]

Mediterranean Meals: More Than Just Olives

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Although popular conception would have you believe that the vaunted Mediterranean diet mostly consists of olive oil and vegetables, in reality, it also involves a lot of pastured eggs and dairy. What self-respecting Greek would be without her feta cheese? Or halloumi or kasseri? Then there’s the whole extra-thick, double-strained yogurt that has caught on […]

How Milking Buffaloes and the Island of Capri Are Connected

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The time has come again for that quintessential summer dish, the one I could relish eating every day, the reason I have scads of basil in my garden every year: Insalata Caprese, or salad made in the style of the isle of Capri (off Italy’s southwestern coast). I get even more excited about making this […]

Celebrating Salsa!

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I’m a big believer in making your own sauces, dressings, and condiments – they’re usually easy to make, and it’s a lot quicker and cheaper to craft your own blend with ingredients you already have on hand than it is to go out and buy a big bottle/jar of something that’ll take you forever to […]