Blog Posts by Good Housekeeping

  • 8 One-Sentence Recipes

    No need to drag out that heavy cookbook! These eye-catching Good Housekeeping recipes are so easy that they can be wrapped up in one sentence.

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  • 11 Scheduling Secrets of Overbooked Moms

    SchedulingWho's picking up Susie from soccer practice? How are you going to be at gymnastics and piano lessons at the same time? Everyday scheduling conundrums like these beg the question: How does the serene (working) mom do it? Probably with some of these time-saving strategies! Learn how mothers cope with overloaded calendars and endless to-do lists with tips from Lorie Marrero, professional organizer and creator of ClutterDiet.com.

    1.
    Choose the Right Calendar

    Yes, you can manage multiple schedules - with the proper tool. Paper planners, such as WhoMi, allow busy moms to organize their work, home, and travel schedules, as well as their spouse's and children's activities, all on one page. Free electronic calendars that consolidate multiple schedules, such as Google and Cozi, are ideal for sharing information between family members. Better yet, these calendars sync with your computer and smartphone. Take advantage of the reminder features to keep you on track on the go.

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  • Classic Pulled Pork – with 88% Less Fat!

    Pulled Pork SandwichFinger-lickin' flavor: That's what you expect from pulled pork--and what we pulled off with our recipe redo. The iconic sandwich, reinvented with spice-rubbed lean pork tenderloin and topped with a vinegary slaw, is still delectable--and has 88% less fat! Plus, salt-free chili powder keeps the sodium under control.

    Prep Time: 15 min
    Total Time: 30 min
    Serves: 4

    Related: 7 Healthy BBQ Recipes to Try This Summer

    Ingredients:

    - 1 tablespoon(s) water
    - 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt-free chili powder
    - 1 teaspoon(s) smoked paprika
    - 1 teaspoon(s) dry mustard powder
    - Salt
    - Pepper
    -1 pound(s) pork tenderloin, cut into 2-inch-thick medallions
    - 3 cup(s) shredded cabbage mix for coleslaw
    - 2 tablespoon(s) apple cider vinegar
    - 1 teaspoon(s) apple cider vinegar
    - 2 tablespoon(s) snipped fresh chives
    - 1 tablespoon(s) spicy brown mustard
    - 2 teaspoon(s) spicy brown mustard
    - 1/3 cup(s) barbecue sauce
    - 4 soft whole wheat hamburger buns, lightly toasted

    Related: 9 Easy-to-Make Side

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  • Best Kid's Lunch Boxes

    Lunch Bag Plus, Arctic ZoneMost lunch boxes fail to keep edibles at safe temperatures when loaded with an ice pack, which means food could spoil before lunchtime. But the Good Housekeeping Research Institute found a safe solution, including packing healthy foods that don't need to be so carefully chilled. Here, 10 of the easiest-to-clean, kid-friendliest boxes we tested.

    1. Lunch Bag Plus, Arctic Zone ($8.99)
    With a clip to attach it to a backpack, an external pocket, and a container to hold a sandwich, this soft-sided bag has lots to offer. As it's only available in solid colors and can be difficult for a young child to open, it's a better choice for an older child. Available in blue, black, and pink.

    2. Kids Hi-Top Lunch Bag Plus, Arctic Zone ($8.99)
    This soft-sided lunchbox has a zippered compartment for a sandwich container. As it comes in a wide variety of kid-friendly patterns ranging from football players to fairy princesses, it's a good choice for younger tots. Available in black, pink, and purple.

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  • 11 Dorm Room Essentials

    Budget-friendly recommendationsThese budget-friendly recommendations from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute will help you set your favorite student up in style.

    1. Dorm Décor
    She'll want to put her own stamp on her space, and the easiest way to do that quickly is with colorful bedding. Since she may be using the same set for all four years, you'll want a durable topper like the Residence Hall Linens Extra Long Extra Warm Reversible Comforter ($40). This affordable blanket held up well after numerous washings and comes in a wide array of patterns and colors.

    2. Better Bedding
    Dorm beds aren't always the most comfortable, but the generous Wamsutta Pinpoint 360 Sheets ($15 twin, $25 XL twin) leave plenty of room for a cushy mattress topper and come in eight colors.

    Related: Find the Best Dorm Bedding

    3. Terrific Towels
    You'll want to send him off to school with a towel set that can take plenty of abuse. Lasting Color Towels ($3.99-$5.99) from Bed, Bath & Beyond are absorbent and quick to dry, and didn't bleed in the

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  • Get Moving! 8 Ways to Simplify Your Morning

    Morning routineBetween missing homework and breakfast battles, getting the kids to school on time can pose a serious challenge. But with a few simple tweaks to your morning routine, you can get out the door faster and reduce stress for everyone in the house. Just follow these expert tips from Lorie Marrero, bestselling author of The Clutter Diet, and soon you'll be pledging allegiance to a whole new plan of attack.

    1. Build a Breakfast Menu
    Most families eat the same favorite meals over and over again. Why not make it official? Reduce your daily decision making and simplify your grocery shopping by creating a seven or 14-day breakfast schedule. For instance, serve scrambled eggs and toast on Monday or muffins and yogurt on Tuesday. (Friday is "Pancake Day" at our house.) You can do the same for lunch à la the school cafeteria. Create a calendar, post it in the kitchen, and follow it each day. Cook, eat, and repeat!

    2. Pack Lunch Faster
    Get a jumpstart on lunch-packing duty and set up a workstation

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  • 8 Surprising Foods to Eat for Better Health

    HoneyWe dig through the latest nutrition studies and research to find the information you need to know.

    1. OK, Honey
    Never has kicking back with a cuppa been so virtuous: By adding a dollop of this sweet stuff to lemon-flavored tea, you make it an even more nutritious sip, new research shows. Tea itself is steeped with antioxidants (linked to lower levels of heart disease and cancer), and the lemon adds still more. Honey then boosts the brew another notch, upping antioxidant activity by an average of 44%.

    2. The Chocolate Cure
    Savoring dark chocolate and other cocoa products with lots of heart-healthy flavonoids can lower your blood pressure, a new review has confirmed. The numbers sound tiny-an average of 2.8 points systolic and 2.2 points diastolic-but if you're on the borderline of hypertension, they could be enough to keep you off meds. Small treats are plenty: about 1 ounce of dark chocolate or 3 tablespoons of cocoa a day.

    Related: 6 Better-For-You Summer Snacks

    3. Spice

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  • 9 Best Pieces of Household Advice from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute

    You asked and we answered! Here, top advice from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute experts.You asked and we answered! Here, top advice from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute experts.

    1. Which cheese grater works best?
    It depends on how you'll use it. We tested 26; these six are stars. For fine shreds, the Microplane Classic Series Zester/Grater ($13, amazon.com) aced grating Parmesan and zesting lemons. Runner-up Cuisipro Fine Grater ($15) has a cover that collects and measures the gratings. To get larger shreds - of carrot to use in cake, or Cheddar for mac 'n' cheese - trying the coarse side of the Michael Graves Folding Grater ($8). Honorable mention goes to Rosle Coarse Grater ($29) - its super-big holes get the job done fast. If hand strength is a concern, consider Oxo's easy-to-hold Good Grips Fine Zester/Grater ($10, amazon.com) for fine shreds and its Coarse Grater ($12, amazon.com) for larger ones.
    - Sharon Franke, Kitchen Appliances & Technology Director

    2. Help! How do I remove chewing gum from the seat of a pair of pants?
    Freeze it! Put the

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  • Faster Than Takeout: 15-Minute Fajitas

    Spicy Shrimp FajitasChili powder is the magic ingredient which gives these shrimp fajitas their spice. For lovers of heat, sprinkle in a dash more for an extra kick.

    Serves: 4
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Oven temp: 400

    Related: 8 Deliciously Healthy Seafood Recipes

    Ingredients:
    - 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    - 1 large onion, sliced
    - 2 large red peppers, sliced
    - 1 pound(s) shrimp
    - 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    - 1 tablespoon(s) lime juice
    - 2 clove(s) garlic
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) chili powder
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 8 flour tortillas
    - 1 cup(s) salsa
    - 2/3 cup(s) reduced-fat sour cream

    Related: Speedy Seafood Supper Ideas

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in 12-inch skillet on medium-high. Add onion and red peppers; cook, covered, 10 minutes or until softened, stirring.

    3. Meanwhile, in large jelly-roll pan, toss 1 pound shrimp; 1 tablespoon each olive oil and lime juice; 2 cloves garlic, pressed; 1/2 teaspoon chili

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  • Pickling 101: A Beginner's Guide

    PicklingPickling any vegetable that's losing its crunch is a surprisingly easy thing to do. With a little vinegar, salt, sugar, and select spices, you can transform aging veggies into a savory stand-alone snack or zesty ingredient to revive a tired recipe. This is also one of the best ways to stretch your produce dollars and preserve summer flavors for the bland, winter months.

    What you'll need
    Dig out your two biggest cooking pots - one for preparing the pickled vegetables and another for the canning process. You'll want to use the larger pot for boiling and sealing the canning jars. One inch of water should keep the jars covered at all times. Invest in a new case of Ball or Kerr brand canning jars, selecting a size that best fits with your pot. Keep a set of tongs handy to remove hot jars from boiling water.

    Choose which vegetables you want to pickle. Typically, veggies with a tougher skin like cucumbers and peppers do best in the pickling process, but root vegetables like

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