Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • Quick Microwaved Stuffed Baked Potatoes for a Cheap Dinner

    Quick Microwaved Stuffed Baked Potatoes for a Cheap DinnerBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    The scene: My kitchen. The time: Tonight, about 30 minutes before everyone melts down from starvation. The options: Join in the meltdown; scrounge around for enough money to order pizza; or do something special with those innocent-looking potatoes in the pantry. I bought them recently, thinking it would be a good idea to have potatoes in the house, just in case. And in this case, I can turn them into Asparagus & Ham Stuffed Potatoes in 30 minutes and turn dinner drama into a satisfying family meal. (At less than $3 per serving, it's cheaper than pizza too.)

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    The potatoes are easily cooked in the microwave while you organize the "stuff" to stuff them with: some steamed asparagus (or broccoli or whatever green veg you like), ham and Swiss cheese. A little sour cream makes the mixture, well, creamy and chives add a mild onion flavor and pretty green color.

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  • Classic Fish Sandwich Without the Fryer

    Classic Fish Sandwich Without the FryerBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    Maybe you are like me: the very rare times you settle for fast food for dinner, you think you can at least make a healthier choice by ordering the fish sandwich. But it turns out that may not necessarily be better for you after all. Sure, fish on its own is healthy: low in fat and often high in omega-3 fats, which are good for your heart and your brain. The problem is, once fish gets deep-fried, slathered with tartar sauce, covered in cheese and piled onto a white bun, it becomes a calorie bomb. In fact, a classic fried-fish sandwich you might get at one fast-food restaurant (I'm not naming names) can weigh in at 590 calories and 30 grams of fat.

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    That makes the fish sandwich a great candidate for a makeover by the EatingWell Test Kitchen. This healthier recipe for Crispy Fish Sandwich with Pineapple Slaw is ready in just 25 minutes and packs a lot of deliciousness into only 400

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  • 10 Super-Healthy Foods You’re Not Eating Yet

    10 Super-Healthy Foods You're Not Eating YetBy Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Kale, quinoa, Greek yogurt. All are super-healthy foods you should be eating--and chances are you already are. Looking for a new über-healthy food to add to your repertoire? Check out this list! Whether your diet could use a health tune-up or already is the epitome of health, we think you'll find at least one food on this list to add to your diet.

    1. Chia
    Health-conscious eaters are getting serious about--and going crazy for--chia seeds (yes, like the "pets"). It's no wonder: they deliver as much protein as some nuts as well as heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fat. Per tablespoon, chia delivers 2 grams protein, 4 grams fiber and 1.75 grams ALA. Chia seeds may have celebrity status as the newest superfood fad, but they've been around for centuries (they were prized by the Aztecs). The seeds absorb liquid easily, gelling and making a creamy addition to oats and pancakes.

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  • 5 Secrets to Make Healthier Carrot Cake that Tastes Amazing

    5 Secrets to Make Healthier Carrot Cake That Tastes AmazingBy Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Carrot cake is one of those sneaky little desserts that make you believe you're being virtuous (it's got carrots!) but really, it's a calorie bomb. One generous slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting has around 650 calories. Carrots or no carrots, that's not a good deal for your figure (unless you have a few extra hours to spend at the gym). But that doesn't mean you have to write it off. With a few easy substitutions, you can make a delicious carrot cake that is actually good for you.

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    At 342 calories per slice, EatingWell's healthy carrot cake recipe with cream cheese frosting comes in at nearly half the calories of a traditional version. Here's how we made carrot cake healthy:

    1. Replace Some Oil with Buttermilk
    Carrot cake is loaded with oil, which helps keep it moist and full of flavor. Although oil may not have as

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  • No-Chop Stovetop Ziti to Feed 4 for $10

    No-Chop Stovetop Ziti to Feed 4 for $10By Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    I used to do my own taxes, but in the last few years, with the complications of kids in and out of college and so on, I (gratefully) handed everything over to a professional. I've just dropped off everything with her for last year's taxes--and immediately resolved to get our spending under control. Starting with grocery shopping. My idea of shopping within a budget is typically to ask the budget to look the other way. (After all, it doesn't want me to go without good bread and wine, does it?) Is it any wonder that now I'm afraid I'll be digging through the couch cushions to pay our taxes when I should have been saving money all along?

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    Staying within a grocery budget is a good exercise anytime of year, of course. This dinner recipe from the EatingWell Test Kitchen for no-chop stovetop Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti helpfully watches the budget (and the clock) for you:

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  • Load & Go Spring Slow-Cooker Chicken Pho

    Load & Go Spring Slow-Cooker Chicken PhoBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    Slow cookers seem to have a season. They're used all fall and winter like a favorite down jacket, then tucked away once the crocuses start pushing up through the ground. But the best part about the slow cooker is that it's convenient. And, surely, convenience has no season. Why pack it away just because it's T-shirt weather?

    Don't Miss: Spring Slow Cooker Recipes for Your Crock Pot

    If you love your slow cooker and want to keep using it as often as possible, I suggest rethinking what you cook in it. Lighter dishes are what I'm in the mood for now. And because I want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside, I want crock pot recipes that let me skip precooking and browning ingredients before they go into the slow cooker. I just want to load up my slow cooker, press "Start" and forget it.

    For the March/April issue of EatingWell magazine Carolyn Malcoun developed slow-cooker recipes with two goals in mind: keep it

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  • Surprising Foods that Are Not Gluten-Free

    Surprising Foods That Are Not Gluten-FreeBy Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    If you have celiac-disease, gluten-sensitivity or for some other reason you're not eating gluten--the protein found in wheat, rye and barley--you probably know to steer clear of big, obvious offenders like bread, pasta and baked goods.

    Related: 4 Easy Ways to Avoid Gluten

    But there are also foods that are sometimes made with gluten-containing ingredients that you wouldn't necessarily expect to contain gluten. Here's a list of surprising foods that are not gluten-free--a must-read if you have celiac-disease, are eating gluten-free or cooking for someone who is.

    • Bouillon cubes and broths
    • Dairy substitutes, such as nondairy creamer
    • Rice mixes
    • Potato chips
    • Hard candy
    • Licorice
    • Jelly beans
    • Cold cuts
    • Hot dogs
    • Salami
    • Sausage
    • Communion wafers
    • French fries
    • Gravy
    • Imitation fish
    • Matzo
    • Sauces

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  • 5-Ingredient Irish Soda Bread

    5-Ingredient Irish Soda BreadBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    A few years ago we asked some of our favorite EatingWell contributors to share healthy breakfast recipes from their part of the world. Darina Allen--chef, cookbook author and director of the legendary Irish cooking school Ballymaloe in County Cork--sent us her recipe for Irish Soda Bread, with this letter:

    "On Sunday morning I love to cook a huge Irish breakfast--rashers and sausage and some lovely fresh eggs from the "Palais de Poulets," our swanky sounding but rather ordinary hen house here at Ballymaloe…. Perhaps best of all, the meal is completed with fresh-baked Irish soda bread.
    "While the kettle of spring water on our ancient Aga cooker is coming to the boil, I start by measuring out some flour for the soda bread, then go to the pantry for the jug of thick buttermilk from our Jersey cow. The bread is mixed in seconds in the beamy plastic washing-up bowl we keep for the purpose.
    "Even though I've been making bread

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  • What to Eat to Remedy Bad Breath

    What to eat to remedy bad breathBy Gretel H. Schueller, Contributing Writer for EatingWell

    There's nothing worse than meeting someone and realizing that your breath smells like your tuna lunch, stale coffee or worse. What you eat and poor oral hygiene are the two main causes of halitosis, or bad breath.

    When you think about it, the mouth is a dirty worksite: more than 600 kinds of bacteria live in the average mouth. Many produce smelly gases as they digest the tiny food particles lodged between your teeth and on your tongue. Some of the most offensive gases produced by mouth bacteria are sulfur compounds, which are formed during the breakdown of proteins. Garlic and onion also contain many sulfur compounds. A proper oral-hygiene routine, which includes brushing, flossing, rinsing, tongue cleansing and regular visits to the dentist, is an important first step.

    But even with good dental hygiene your breath can still stink. About $1 billion a year is spent on breath-freshening products like gum and mints.

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  • Spring Break: 10 Unhealthy Habits You Need to Stop Now

    Spring Break: 10 Unhealthy Habits You Need to Stop NowBy Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Some of the things you do--or don't do--every day might be sabotaging your efforts to be healthier. As you read the list of daily habits, don't be too hard on yourself and expect that you'll change all of these at once. The key to success is to slowly integrate change into your life. And if you fall off the wagon occasionally, don't fret--it's more important that you get back on.

    Unhealthy habit #1: Not drinking enough water.
    Water accounts for 60 percent of our body so it's not too surprising that drinking water benefits your total body health. Staying hydrated helps to keep your memory sharp, your mood stable and your motivation intact. Keeping up with your fluids helps your skin stay supple, your body cool down when it's hot, allows your muscles and joints to work better and helps clean toxins from your body via your kidneys. So, how much water should you be drinking? The Institute of Medicine says

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