You probably have the best of intentions to feed the fam as organically as possible, but health-conscious picks often ring up at way over the weekly budget. Our expert helps sort through where to splurge and where to save.
WHERE TO SAVE
1. IF YOU CAN PEEL IT, BUY CONVENTIONAL
Since you'll be tossing the peel, which is the part exposed to most of the pesticides, going certified organic isn't worth the extra money. This holds true for avocados, sweet potatoes, kiwis, mangoes and grapefruit. But if you can eat the peel-like with apples, pears and grapes-organic is a smart splurge.
2. SKIP BAGGED ORGANICS
Packaged organic veggies and lettuces are extra pricey because you're paying for the convenience of prechopping and prewashing. If you're willing to do some prep work, you can afford organics: Switch to heads of lettuce and whole veggies.
3. BUY CONVENTIONAL RICE, BREAD AND PASTA
Instead of shelling out for organic grains, focus on whole grains (like brown rice and whole wheat pasta),
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You probably have the best of intentions to feed the fam as organically as possible, but health-conscious picks often ring up at way over the weekly budget. Our expert helps sort through where to splurge and where to save.Read More »from 7 tips to eating organic on a budget
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Nothing to eat? Open the freezer. Transform frozen corn, peas and broccoli into lip-smacking simple soup recipes with just two additional items.
YOU'VE GOT: Frozen corn
BUY: Pumpkin & chili powder
MAKE: Mexican Corn-and-Pumpkin Soup
In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tbsp. EVOO over medium-high heat. Add 1 box (10 oz.) frozen corn, thawed, and 1 tsp. chili powder; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in 1 can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin puree and 2 cups water; season with salt. Simmer until thickened slightly, 5 minutes. Drizzle portions with EVOO. Makes 4 cups.
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YOU'VE GOT: Frozen peas
BUY: Prosciutto & marinara sauce
MAKE: Chunky Pea-and-Tomato Soup
Preheat oven to 350°; bake 8 slices prosciutto on a rimmed baking sheet
Eat these money-saving recipes tonight, or stash them in the freezer for a fast fix when time is tight.
FREEZE the cooled stew in a freezer container for up to 1 month.
THAW the stew enough to release it from the freezer container, then place it in a saucepan with 2 tbsp. water.
REHEAT: Cover and heat over low heat until the stew thaws completely, then increase the heat to get the stew bubbling-hot.
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FREEZE: Double-wrap (in plastic wrap and foil) the cooled gratin and freeze for up to 2 weeks.
THAW in the fridge overnight.
REHEAT: Preheat the oven to 400°. Unwrap the foil, discard the plastic wrap and re-cover with the foil. Bake until heated through, 35 to 40 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes to recrisp the topping.
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A perfect pairing for tacos or chips and guac, Six Rivers Brewery Chili Pepper Ale ($6) has a cooling effect-at first. After a few seconds, the back-of-the-throat heat kicks in. The ale's infused with charcoal-roasted jalapeño, habanero, serrano and anaheim chiles, which are no joke: Brewmaster Carlos Sanchez wears a protective mask while creating!Read More »from Beers that taste like food
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Made with roasted peanuts and jammy fruits (think grapes and raspberries), Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery's No Crusts ale ($5) tastes like a nostalgic bite of the actual white-bread sandwich!
2621 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, FL, thefunkybuddha.com
Bison Brewing's nutmeg-and-cinnamon Gingerbread Ale ($8) has the flavor of just-baked cookies without being too sugary: It
Why should apples have all the fun? The food wizards at seriouseats.com-our new columnists!-found other fall fruits like pears, grapes and even tomatoes that taste great coated in candy.Read More »from Candy Apples Gone Wild!
Over at the Serious Eats kitchen, we can get a wee bit obsessive. We've been known to spend entire days debating what makes a perfect New England lobster roll. So when we brought the candy apple into our lab, our experiment started at its core: the apple.
We began candying other fruits. Not dipping them in caramel, but candying, bringing sugar water to the right (very high!) temperature. Not for the faint of heart. First up: pears. We figured the firm, skin-on fruit would be a good substitute, and we were right. Some of us even preferred juicy candy pears to candy apples. (No offense, granny smith.)
From there we got a little wacky, turning to our favorite fall vegetables. Candied shallots sound delicious, do they not? Sadly, we'll never know: Fruit must be perfectly dry in order
Cookbook author and Italian cooking expert Marcella Hazan is often credited with introducing traditional Italian food to Americans. She definitely knows her pasta, and that a great dish depends on more than just the ingredients. If you're serious about good eats, it should be served hot and fresh. "Pasta must never be made to wait," she says.Read More »from How to cook pasta
Here are her timing tips for dishing it out just right:
A colander should be sitting in the sink so the pasta can be drained the very instant it's cooked.
The moment it's drained, it should be plopped into a large, warm bowl.
Losing no time, it should quickly be tossed with warm sauce that has been kept at the ready. Tossing must be fast but meticulous to coat the pasta thoroughly with sauce.
It should be served promptly on warm plates to diners ready to begin eating.
MARCELLA'S GOLDEN RULES OF COOKING PASTA
1. Fill a large pot with 6 quarts of water for 1 pound of pasta. (That's about three-quarters full.) Pasta needs room to move or it'll
We taste-tested dozens of sandwich bread from the grocery store and picked our favorites, from best multi-grain to best white.
Best Multigrain: Rudi's Organic Bakery 14 Grain
The ingredient list reads like a who's who of healthy grains, yet with such a "nutty" flavor and "tender" texture, you'd never peg this as a good-for-you loaf. "This is truly stealth health," one panelist said. Read full review »
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Best Whole Wheat: Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain 100% Whole Wheat
The "crunchy" crust is made with 100 percent whole wheat flour, and each slice boasts 4 grams of dietary fiber. A touch of honey and molasses adds a mild caramel flavor and moistness. Read full review »
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Best White: Nature's Pride Country White
"Like the white bread I remember from my childhood-only better," said one taster. Instead of corn syrup and trans fats, this light, buttery-sweet loaf is made of the same easy-to-pronounce
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We tried over 160 kinds of potato chips from the supermarket, specialty stores and online to find five with the best flavor, crunch and pop.
Utz Kettle Classics Reduced Fat Potato Chips
Panelists noted the new lighter chips (with 40 percent less fat than the original) tasted identical to many full-fat versions. But these winners were the most "crunchy, satisfying and rich," with a secret: They're hand cooked in flavorful peanut oil and accented with sea salt. Read full review »
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Trader Joe's Hawaiian Style Hickory Barbeque Potato Chips
Unlike their artificial competitors, these chips get their color naturally from tomato powder and paprika, with honey, hickory smoke and ground chiles adding flavor. Read full review »
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It's America's favorite meat in America's favorite appliance: Chicken in a slow cooker. But instead of just throwing a bunch of ingredients in the crock pot, flipping the switch and walking away, take a look at these "who knew" tips to get the juiciest bird yet.Read More »from Secrets to juicier crock-pot chicken
RECIPES TO TRY
CHICKEN "POT ROAST" WITH SASSY SALSA
Here's the slow-cooker version of roasted chicken. Place the chicken on a bed of potatoes and carrots, allowing it to steam in the vegetable juices. The result: a supermoist bird! A bright-tasting green salsa made with tomatillos is a flavorful partner.
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NO-PEEKING PEKING CHICKEN
Bone-in chicken thighs turn meltingly tender when slow-cooked in this sauce, which is reminiscent of peking duck. You can serve the chicken and sauce over rice, or give it the full-on peking duck treatment: Pull the chicken off the bone and serve in soft flour tortillas with hoisin sauce and strips of crunchy cucumber and scallions.
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COBBLE IT UP! CHICKEN-AND-CORN
Lasagna's all about the layers, but we're shaking them up! Instead of slithery noodles that break or are hard to handle, we used flatbreads, tortillas, egg roll wrappers and even crackers that serve as perfect subs for the traditional. And we played around with the flavors, too, riffing on Tex-Mex, Greek, pizza and more. Now that's using your noodle-even when you aren't.Read More »from Noodling around with no-noodle lasagnas
Autumn Golden Vegetable Lasagna
Noodle Trick: Egg roll wrappers
You don't have to boil them, plus they have a naturally al dente texture that plays nicely with the tender veggies in this meat-free lasagna. Look for the wrappers in the refrigerated produce section of your supermarket.
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Noodle Trick: Matzo
Thin, crisp matzo makes an ideal layer in this pizza-lasagna mash-up. It softens when baked but holds all the wonderful toppings together. There's no dough to stretch or noodles to boil-it's just two favorite meals combined to make one killer casserole.
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