Overnight oatmealDespite all the preaching, some of us still manage to skip the most important meal of the day. And when we do squeeze breakfast into our busy schedules, we often load up on coffee shop fare, like donuts or bagels, that are loaded with fast-acting carbs and devoid of nutrients. You may have noticed these breakfast staples won't hold you halfway to lunch. To the rescue: Eight simple breakfasts that come together fast (some can be made the night before) and will keep you feeling fueled until lunch rolls around.
1. Overnight Oatmeal
If you know how good oatmeal is for you but hate its gummy texture, try soaking oatmeal overnight. When the starch in the oats isn't heated, it won't become gelatinous. Not to mention, it eliminates the need for a burner and keeps mess to a minimum. The night before, combine ½ a cup of Old-Fashioned rolled oats, ½ a cup of nonfat milk, and ¼ cup of nonfat yogurt in a small, reusable, microwavable container. Stir in ¼ cup of frozen, unsweetened blueberries and
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Overnight oatmealDespite all the preaching, some of us still manage to skip the most important meal of the day. And when we do squeeze breakfast into our busy schedules, we often load up on coffee shop fare, like donuts or bagels, that are loaded with fast-acting carbs and devoid of nutrients. You may have noticed these breakfast staples won't hold you halfway to lunch. To the rescue: Eight simple breakfasts that come together fast (some can be made the night before) and will keep you feeling fueled until lunch rolls around.Read More »from 8 Low-Calorie Breakfasts
Different ways to use zucchini About this time of year-among gardeners and others who love seasonal vegetables-jokes abound about the invasion of the zucchini, as if it were some creature from a sci-fi movie, endlessly propagating. Even fans of this summer squash can get a little bored during its abundant growing season. But there are plenty of fun, out-of-the-ordinary ways to enjoy your zucchini bonanza. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Quick picklesRead More »from 6 Unusual Ways to Use Zucchini
My coworker Sherry wrote about pickling carrots and other sturdy veggies, and you can do the same with zucchini as well. I used her pickling liquid proportions (1 c. white vinegar, 1/3 c. sugar, 3 Tbsp. salt) and added a few sprigs of fresh dill and a quarter of a red onion, thinly sliced, for one medium zucchini. If you're using a mason jar, make sure to pack in the veggies as tightly as possible (you might be able to fit more than one zucchini)-they float once the liquid is added. After 6 hours they were crunchy with a bit of zip; after 3 days, they were
Fiesta Nacho CasseroleIn these no-guilt Tex-Mex nachos, white-meat chicken replaces beef so you can snag all the collagen-building benefits of protein without the artery-clogging fat. Also beautifying in this dish: a cup of carrots, brimming with beta carotene, which give your complexion a glow.Read More »from How to Make Nachos a No-Guilt Meal
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Total Time: 40 min
Prep Time: 20 min
Oven Temp: 400
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- 3 cup(s) rotisserie chicken breast meat, shredded
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup(s) carrots, shredded
- 1 cup(s) corn kernels
- 1/2 cup(s) salsa verde
- 2 clove(s) garlic, crushed with press
- 1 teaspoon(s) chili powder
- 3 ounce(s) (about 28 ) baked whole-grain tortilla chips
- 1/2 cup(s) crumbled feta cheese
- Cilantro leaves
- Hot pepper sauce
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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large
- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:47 AM EDT
Make better use of your applianceYou're giving up a lot of countertop real estate to an appliance that can toast, bake, and broil. Make it worth the lost space by using your toaster oven to maximum advantage. Here are some big faux pas you may be making and how to correct them.Read More »from The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make Using Your Toaster Oven
1. Squeezing in too many slices
While you may be able to get 6 slices into your toaster oven, you'll get more evenly browned bread if you only toast 4 at a time.
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2. Not using it for baking
Invest in some mini bakeware and you'll be able to use your toaster oven to make muffins, meatloaf, and more.
3. Ignoring the bits, pieces, and gunk in the crumb tray
Keeping your toaster oven clean isn't just for appearances. Accumulated grease and crumbs can overheat and catch on fire.
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4. Not knowing the rules of convection
Be sure to reduce the temperature by 25 degrees if your oven doesn't do so automatically. Also, check on your food sooner than you
Cream Puffs with Dark-Chocolate SauceTo save 365 calories and 29 grams of fat per serving, we cut the butter in the puffs by 2 tablespoons, made 10 puffs instead of our usual 8, and used light ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.Read More »from Classic Cream Puffs with 65% Less Fat!
Total Time: 55 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Oven Temp: 400
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- 1 cup(s) water
- 6 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 4 ounce(s) bittersweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup(s) half-and-half or light cream
- 1 tablespoon(s) sugar
- 1 quart(s) light vanilla ice cream
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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease and flour large cookie sheet or spray it with a nonstick spray that contains flour.
2. In 3-quart saucepan, heat water, butter, and salt to boiling on medium until butter melts. Remove saucepan from heat. Vigorously stir in flour all at once until mixture
- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
Cake Batter MilkshakeThose boxed mixes are good for more than just sheet cake. Spice up your favorite with one of these exciting - and easy - recipe ideas using cake mix from baking bloggers.Read More »from 4 Delicious Things to Make with Cake Mix (Besides Sheet Cake)
1. Cake Batter Milkshake
You no longer have to decide between ice cream and cake for dessert. Get the best of both worlds with this scrumptious take on a milkshake from cookingclassy.com. Using a blender and a little cake mix, you can indulge in both in less than two minutes.
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2. Pumpkin Pie Crunch
We love the fun twist on pumpkin pie you get with this easy dessert from Duncan Hines. (Plus it takes just 10 minutes of prep time!) Topped with chopped pecans, these bars made with yellow cake mix and canned pumpkin might become your family's new holiday favorite.
Related: Desserts Every Pumpkin Lover Should Try
3. Birthday Cake Pancakes
These colorful flapjacks from seededatthetable.com will have you celebrating even when it's no one's birthday!
- Good Housekeeping | Back To School – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 10:16 AM EDT
Granola BarsBake a pan of these snacks and you'll never go back to the boxed stuff. They're super-easy and fun to make with kids. One brand uses almost as many nuts as we do, but a 12-bar box is $30! Our tray of 18 costs only $6 - and it's a whole lot tastier.Read More »from The Perfect After-School Snack: Homemade Granola Bars
Yields: 18 granola bars
Total Time: 50 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Oven Temp: 325
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- 2 cup(s) old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup(s) toasted wheat germ
- 3/4 cup(s) chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup(s) dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoon(s) packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1/2 cup(s) honey
- 1/2 cup(s) vegetable oil
- 2 large egg whites
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1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray 13" by 9" metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line pan with foil, with ends extending 2 inches over short sides of pan; spray foil.
2. In glass pie plate, spread oats; microwave on High, in 1-minute increments, 4 to 5 minutes or until
- Good Housekeeping | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 3, 2013 11:53 AM EDT
Pick up vegetarian tips for healthy eatingNot ready to give up meat? No worries: You can still reap the perks of a produce-rich diet. Having more flexible rules, like Mark Bittman, author of Vegan Before 6:00, means you can feed your inner carnivore while getting many of the health benefits that full-fledged vegetarians do. These seven tips will lead you down the right, part-time vegetarian path.
1. Don't become a pasta junkie
Adding meatless marinara to noodles and calling it dinner every night is an easy trap to fall into. Processed grains, such as white pasta, crackers, and bread are not the most nutritious meat substitute. Besides, carb-loading on a plate of pasta isn't going to do your waistline any favors. Bust out of your pasta rut with our Vegetarian Tacos.
2. Channel your inner chefRead More »from 7 Healthy-Eating Lessons to Steal from Vegetarians
When veggies take center stage on your dinner plate, they warrant more attention than when they're shoved to the side like an afterthought. Seek out seasonings and spices to play up your produce. Our savory Spinach and Raisin
Bury your nose in these new booksFind a comfortable seat - once you pick up one of our recommended books, you won't be able to put it down until it's done!Read More »from 8 Page-Turners to Get You Through Fall
1. For a Saga
The Wedding Gift
By Marlen Suyapa Bodden
Born into slavery, Sarah is the property of Clarissa, the child of a plantation owner. The secret: They're half sisters, and their families' futures are bound together. A potent debut inspired by an 1840 court case.
2. For Romance
The Girl You Left Behind
By Jojo Moyes
Before heading to the WW I French front, Edouard paints his beloved Sophie, who uses the portrait in a risky bargain with occupying Germans. A century later, the painting plays a pivotal role in the life and love of another couple.
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3. To Inspire You
A House in the Sky
By Amanda Lindhout
An ill-advised trip to Somalia in 2008 led to the author's abduction by jihadist mercenaries. The tools that help her survive abuse - grit, wits, empathy - as her family works to free her make
- Good Housekeeping | Fashion – Fri, Aug 30, 2013 12:16 PM EDT
Make old clothes new againRather than toss clothes that have become too tight, too loose, or too old, spruce up your old favorites with smart upgrades and a few sly supplies. You can tackle these fixes in an afternoon whether you're a craft queen or not, says designer Bridgett Artise, author of Born-Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe.Read More »from 5 Ways to Upgrade Your Wardrobe Without Spending a Fortune
Related: Swap Clothes with Your Stylish Friends!
1. De-Fuzz a Sweater
Remove pesky pills with the Evercare Small Fabric Shaver ($8), a GHRI-test winner. In a pinch, brush a dry scrub sponge like Scotch-Brite's over pills in one direction to gently pull them off (never use a razor).
2. Loosen Too-Skinny Jeans
Wash denims in cold water, then button them around a cutting board, a cookie sheet, or a chair top that's about an inch wider than the waistband. (Air-dry to prevent further shrinkage.)
Related: Find the Perfect Fitting Pants Every Time
3. Transform a Passé Pullover
Create a cute buttonless cardigan by cutting up the front from hem