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Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
You can have the taste of slow-cooked barbecue in a fraction of the time with this delicious recipe. Crunchy slaw is the perfect topping.
1/2 cup no-salt-added ketchup
2 tablespoons honey mustard
2 tablespoons water
3/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken
3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups packaged coleslaw
1/3 cup chopped green onions
6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted
1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer; cook 10 minutes. Combine sauce and chicken.Read More »from 20-Minute Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
2. Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar. Add
Avoiding gross guac
Does your guac get icky? Learn how to avoid that khaki color. By: Tim Cebula
Guacamole is a surefire and healthy party pleaser, at least for those who arrive at the party early. Stragglers know they're late by the muddy brown shade the dip has assumed in the bowl. Obviously, oxygen is the enemy of guac, as it is for sliced potatoes and apples. The question is, can you delay the oxidation process? (Leaving the pit in the dip, an old myth, doesn't help.)
The solution: A two-part strategy involves using acid to delay oxidation, then doling out the dip as needed from an airtight container. The antioxidant property of ascorbic acid, plentiful in lemon or lime juice, is your first line of defense. Toss cubed avocado in citrus juice, about 3 tablespoons per avocado, then drain before mashing, reserving the juice. After you've mashed all your ingredients, add some juice back to taste. Still, your dip will brown eventually if you serve all at once, so serve in small batches, with theRead More »from The Secret to Perfect Guacamole
With airlines skimping on in-flight food, airport terminals are ramping up offerings, ditching mundane choices in favor of high-end gourmet, fresh, and even organic selections. We perused the menu at 20 of the nation's busiest airports to zero in on the ones making the biggest strides when it comes to delivering healthy options. Our top five picks aren't necessarily the most trafficked airports. Instead, they're the ones that make it easy to find deliciously lighter meals. If travel plans allow, it might be worth routing through these five hubs. By Maureen Callahan, MS, RD1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
The world's busiest airport is currently updating concession contracts. Speculation is there could be a push toward even more fresh, healthier options.
Quick & Healthy: Longtime Atlanta caterer Proof of the Pudding trims the fat and sodium while incorporating the "Super Foods" concept at its three "gourmet fresh" kiosks. Our Pick: Turkey SandwichRead More »from Healthy Airport Eats
Next time you're in a hurry, fuel up with these quick yet healthy fast food breakfast options. You'll be pleasantly surprised. -By Karen Ansel, RDRead More »from Our Favorite (Healthy) Fast Food Breakfasts
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it's also the one we have the least time for. But before you go without-or grab an oversized bagel or donut-check out the latest fast food offerings. Many are actually good for you and slimming too.
See More: Grab-and-Go Quick Breakfast Ideas
Starbucks: Protein Plate
When it comes to breakfast on the run, it can be hard to find one with plenty of protein that's not also oozing with saturated fat. Enter Starbucks' Protein Plate, an energizing combo of fruit, peanut butter, a hard cooked egg, and a mini bagel. Together these deliver the perfect balance of protein, complex carbs and healthy fats to help you power through your morning. One serving provides 370 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 17 grams each of protein and fat, and 5 grams of saturated fat. Pair it
Amazing One-Hour Dinner Party
We cooked up a tasty spring menu for eight happy people-and included the tips and game plan to pull it all together in 60 minutes. By Ann Taylor Pittman
Before you decide that preparing an elegant three-course dinner, plus signature cocktail, from start to finish in 60 minutes is too good to be true, consider this: Many home cooks make an entire meal in that amount of time most weeknights, deftly and intuitively moving from side dish to entrée and back again, from oven to stovetop to salad spinner. I simply decided to extend those skills to the challenge of the classic dinner for eight.
This isn't to say that a lot of fiddling and retesting didn't go into this menu. It did. We tested the whole game plan three times, tweaking recipes and choreographing to make sure it all came in at less than an hour. I rearranged the order of tasks; I gussied up a few smart convenience products (bagged salad greens, precut potatoes, frozen lemonade); and I introduced bold flavors from pickledRead More »from The Amazing One-Hour Dinner Party
100-Calorie Oatmeal ToppingsLife Lived DeliciouslyGet bold at breakfast with these super stir-ins
Think beyond brown sugar to kick up the flavor and texture of your bowl. Swirl, sprinkle, or top with any one of these 18 options for less than 100 calories. (Even bacon! It's surprisingly good.)Read More »from 100-Calorie Oatmeal Toppings
Lower Your Cholesterol
Ours is a pill-popping culture, so it's no surprise the default method for lowering high cholesterol levels is usually medicinal. Drugs are readily available. They're effective. And the pill approach requires very little effort. Yet studies show that diet and lifestyle changes can be as or even more powerful than many drugs. Better yet, these natural methods help lower heart disease risk without negative side effects. Employ one (or all five) of these strategies and chances are cholesterol numbers will improve. Already taking cholesterol-lowering meds? These changes can enhance a drug's effectiveness.
1. Get MovingRead More »from 5 Ways to Lower Cholesterol
Guinness Lamb StewLife Lived DeliciouslyIn honor of St. Patrick's Day, we've gathered a few recipes featuring-what else-Guinness!
There's more to St. Patty's Day than shamrocks and pots of gold. We're bringing you recipes featuring a famous Irish stout that has become beloved by the masses. Cheers to celebrating this decidely jolly holiday to the fullest.
Our first recipe is mouth-watering Guinness Lamb Stew, a favorite of Cooking Light Test Kitchen Professional Robin Bashinsky. He explains, "The touch of mustard at the end adds a little tangy punch that sets off the robust flavors of the hearty, slowly simmered broth."
IngredientsRead More »from 7 Ways to Cook with Guinness
8 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper,
Use its rich, slow-simmered herb-and-tomato goodness as a starting point for dinner, be it chili, braised lamb, poached eggs, or baked pasta.
Of all the shortcut ingredients for the healthy cook, a good marinara is one of the finest because it delivers the pleasures of slow-cooking-in a jar. If you've ever put up your own sauce, you know the work involved. A good factory marinara (and please see the buying notes on the next slide, because there are a few things to look for) is thick, packed with flavor from herbs and garlic, and, above all, tastes like concentrated summery-tomatoey goodness. Think about what those qualities can do for your everyday cooking: add body to stew or chili; make a tangy braising liquid for meaty lamb shanks; and turn out hearty, gooey baked pasta.Read More »from Start with a Jar of Pasta Sauce