Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • 5 secrets for the best potato salad

    By Penelope Wall, EatingWell Writer/Producer for Social & Interactive Media

    When summer picnic season rolls around, potato salad is king in our house. But not just any potato salad. The constant request from my husband is for this one Creamy Potato Salad recipe in particular (see below) because of, he says, the secret ingredient: pickles.

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    The pickles (capers too) really are a genius addition, but there are some other tricks to the secret sauce beyond pickles that take potato salad to the next level. The best part is that the same tricks the EatingWell Test Kitchen devised to make your potato salad taste delicious also make it much healthier than classic versions. People will ask you for this recipe. I guarantee it. Happy picnicking!

    Related: Summer BBQ Picnic Foods Made Healthier

    5 Must-Have Potato Salad Secrets:

    1. Use waxy potatoes (i.e., fingerlings, red
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  • The Fastest Way to Cook Corn

    The Fastest Way To Cook CornBy Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    I love sweet summer corn, but if I'm in a rush it's often not the fastest choice. It's not that it takes a long time to cook, but the shucking combined with the painstaking duty of removing all the straggling silks left on the cob makes it a little high-maintenance in my book. Unless you cook it in your microwave. Yes, your microwave.

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    Cooking corn in the microwave eliminates pre-shucking since it's cooked right in the husk. And once it's done, the husk and silk slip right off--like magic--making it by far the fastest (and least messy!) way to cook corn. Here's how you do it, plus two more great ways to perfectly cook corn on the cob.

    Must-Try: Mexican Grilled Corn, Corn & Basil Cakes and More Easy Corn Recipes

    How to Microwave on the Cob: Place corn one at a time (in the husk, untrimmed) in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on High for 5 minutes. Use a towel

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  • 6 Simple Secrets for Perfect Deviled Eggs

    6 Simple Secrets for Perfect Deviled EggsBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    My sister and her husband have a lot of parties and they have the perfect setting: a big, beautifully restored barn in the Finger Lakes region. They have enough glasses, plates and silverware to entertain dozens of people--plus that special platter designed to hold dozens of deviled eggs, with an indentation for each creamy white-and-yellow oval. My sister makes a killer deviled egg, too, and they disappear about as fast as she can fill the platter.

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    Tomato-Basil Skewers and More 100-Calorie Finger Foods

    Popular as these two-bite appetizers are, they're not typically healthy. Classic deviled egg recipes are loaded with fat and calories. I may not be as popular as my sister, but when I make EatingWell's healthier version of deviled eggs, which has about two-thirds the calories of a classic recipe, half the total fat and about 25% less

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  • 5 Cookout Money-Wasters

    5 Cookout Money-WastersBy Matthew Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine

    Has this ever happened to you? You're planning a summer get-together with friends--just something casual, maybe a picnic by the lake or a backyard cookout--when someone asks you to stop by the supermarket to "pick up a few things."

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    It's easy for a backyard picnic to get expensive. Fortunately, there are a few equally easy ways to control costs. We talked with eco-expert Pablo Päster about whether "eco-friendly" picnic items are worth the extra expense for the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine and did some price comparisons of our own on which popular cookout foods will set you back the most. The results were often surprising.

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    Here are 5 things you definitely don't need to buy for your next cookout.

    1. Skip: Fancy Picnic Sets - Reusable cups, plates and picnic baskets (or fancy sets

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  • Is it Done Yet? 4 Ways to Really Know If Your Meat is Cooked

    Is it Done Yet? 4 Ways to Really Know If Your Meat Is CookedBy Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Even though I've cooked meat on the grill (and on my stovetop) one zillion times, I still get a little anxious about cutting into it once it's off the heat in case it's not done-especially if I'm serving people other than my immediate family. There's nothing worse than taking meat off the grill only to sheepishly return soon after and put your partially cooked steak, chicken or burger back on the flames. It's downright embarrassing.

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    I could use a thermometer, but since I work as an associate food editor at EatingWell Magazine, quite frankly I feel I should "just know" when my meat is done. This is foolish pride speaking here, because I want to stress that the only way to know if your meat is really cooked is to use a thermometer. But if you want to try your hand at looking cool, here are a few ways to know if your meat is cooked and more about using that trusty

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  • Which is Healthier: Hot Dogs or Hamburgers?

    Which Is Healthier: Hot Dogs or Hamburgers?By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D. Associate Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    It's grilling season and chances are you'll be making that ever-important cookout decision: hot dog or hamburger? Some people, no doubt, are cheering "Both!" But if you're trying to make a healthier choice, then the registered dietitian in me knows that "both" is not the answer. So which one is the healthier pick? See how a hamburger compares nutritionally to a hot dog before you tell the grill master your order.

    Recipes to Try: Healthy Hot Dog & Hamburger Recipes

    HAMBURGER

    What You Get in a Typical Burger
    There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to burgers: How big is it? What kind of beef is it? What are you putting on it? A typical burger is in the 1/3 - ½ pound range (about 6 to 8 ounces) and made from 85%-lean ground beef.
    Served with a bun, it can pack as much as 620 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat (that's nearly half your daily limit)…before toppings.

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  • 10 Tricks to Make Your Favorite Foods Healthier

    10 Secrets of Healthy CookingBy Stacy Fraser, Test Kitchen manager at EatingWell

    Inside the EatingWell Test Kitchen--picture four home kitchens in one room--you'll find us trying to solve problems. What problems? Creating recipes that meet high standards of taste and health, but are easy and quick enough for a weeknight. So how do we do it? We turn to our arsenal of healthy cooking tricks and techniques we've learned over the past 10 years, some from the chefs and cookbook authors we work with, others developed through lots of trial and error, right here in our kitchen.

    Some of our tastiest results include: comfort foods like mac & cheese and fried chicken that are light enough to eat every day, baked goods with more fiber but fewer calories and less fat, and even healthier ice creams. Our other challenge: we want to make sure that when you make our recipes you get the same great results. So we test our recipes repeatedly, using different equipment and several cooks. Here are 10 of our best healthy

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  • 5 Skinny Summer Drinks

    5 Skinny Summer DrinksBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    I love fruity classic cocktails in the summer (honestly, I rarely turn them down at any time of year), but as I'm still hoping to look good in a bathing suit when I do finally take my summer vacation, I can't be pounding full-calorie pina coladas with abandon. Luckily EatingWell has made skinny summer drinks I can serve that are easy to make and light on both lips and hips. Here are 5 delicious recipes to try:

    (Looking for nonalcoholic options? Try these Summer Cocktails and Mocktails.)

    Piña Colada
    A regular piña colada can have 403 calories--that's practically a meal! (A cheeseburger, for instance, is 397 calories, and a hot dog with chili and cheese is 367 calories.) EatingWell's version, called "Monkeylada" because it includes a healthy banana along with fresh pineapple and coconut milk, has just 228 calories. Here's the recipe:

    Monkeylada
    Total time: 10 minutes

    If you like piña coladas, try this

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  • The Best Summer Chicken Recipes

    The Best Summer Chicken RecipesBy Matthew Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine

    While chicken is a delicious mainstay of many people's cooking year-round, it's always had a special place in my summer food line-up. Juicy, grilled chicken breasts, pulled chicken sandwiches, fried chicken drumsticks, whole beer-barbecued chicken--summer chicken recipes are some of my all-time favorites.

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    Here are some of EatingWell's best healthy summer chicken recipes--whichever you pick, you can be confident that you're cooking a meal packed with summer's best flavors!

    Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad
    This sesame chicken and noodle salad from chef Ming Tsai couldn't be simpler to make. It's a refreshing dish to serve on a hot summer's night or bring it to your warm-weather potluck: just toss the salad with the dressing when you're ready to serve.

    Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken
    Chicken turns this Greek-inspired salad into a

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  • Amazing Tandoori Chicken Salad & 5 Tips to Make Great Grilled Salads

    Amazing Tandoori Chicken Salad & 5 Tips to Make Great Grilled SaladsBy Emily McKenna, Recipe Developer & Tester for EatingWell Magazine

    During summer, when it's hot and humid at dinnertime, the last thing I want to do is go inside and turn on the stove to cook. As an alternative, I often turn to salads, which are not only quick and easy to pull together, but also lighter and don't require the stove. Of course, I want a little variety at the dinner table, and sometimes a big bowl of raw greens and veggies just doesn't make the cut.

    So to give my salads some flair, I'm turning to the grill. Yes, you heard me right. Here are 5 EatingWell recipes for healthy grilled salads--with accompanying tips for salad-grilling perfection--that go beyond the usual sliced, grilled steak or chicken on greens. You do have to cook the components of these salads, but at least you can do your cooking outside, watching the sunset and, I hope, with a cocktail in hand.

    Chopped Tandoori Chicken Salad
    This salad is inspired by one of our favorite Indian

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