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  • 5 Drinks that Will Give You a Healthy Heart

    These drinks will help your ticker tick a little longer. These drinks will help your ticker tick a little longer. There has been a recent influx of Americans trying to take control of their health. The biggest concern on everyone's minds these days is heart health. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and while that can sound staggering, there are a number of ways to avoid heart disease and the complications that come with it. We all know the age-old rules of exercising more, avoiding fatty food, and not smoking, but there are also slightly more alternative ways to help improve your cardiovascular health, including a few drinks with heart-healthy benefits.

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    While it may not be common knowledge, over the last 10 to 15 years there have been many instances of drink companies reducing the calorie and sugar counts in their drinks in order to create "healthier" beverages. We've seen more and more companies head toward the "diet" route and use sweeteners like stevia and aspartame to maintain their good

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  • 5 Easy Baked Pasta Recipes

    Cheesy Baked Pasta RecipeCheesy Baked Pasta RecipeWith so much of our time taken up by work, carpools, and extra activities, we are always on the hunt for easy weeknight meals. But so you don't get stuck with the same dishes set on repeat throughout the week, the Cook editors at The Daily Meal want to introduce new quick and easy recipes for your rotation. Pasta bakes are a weeknight essential. They incorporate meats, vegetables, and cheese, which make them hearty and satisfying. And the best part is that they are even more delicious as leftovers when the flavors have additional time to meld.

    All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

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    With the simplicity and deliciousness that baked pasta recipes offer, this week we put the Culinary Content Network and our staff to the test to come up with tasty baked pasta recipes that

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  • 5 Healthy and Delicious Meatloaf Recipes

    Turkey MeatloafTurkey MeatloafEasy Meatloaf Recipe

    What is more comforting on a cool night than roasted fingerling potatoes and rosemary with a nice big slice of meatloaf? Not much.

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    This easy and utterly delicious recipe is inspired by a recipe of my grandmother's. While she grates her onions, so you can't detect the texture, I instead opted to sauté a finely diced onion and then combine it with fresh herbs for a new twist.

    You could cheat and top the meatloaf with ketchup, like many "easy" meatloaf recipes suggest, but the cloyingly sweet topping is nowhere near as delicious as a homemade topping.

    Serve with those crisp-roasted potatoes and some roasted broccoli. Comfort food at its finest!

    Click here to see the Easy Meatloaf Recipe

    Quaker Oats' Prize-Winning Meatloaf Recipe

    The phrase "Ma! The meatloaf!" will be thrown around in all seriousness in your household after you make this unlikely dinner hero. While we all know Quaker Oats has the

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  • Just in Time for Halloween: 5 Freaky Food Superstitions

    Food SuperstitionsFood SuperstitionsSuperstitions have been around for centuries, evolving from cultural and religious beliefs at different times and different places in history. For some people, they may just be spooky superstitions, but for others, they're a part of a culture and are taken seriously. And some of the freakiest superstitions just happen to involve food.

    Where exactly do these superstitions about foods such as basil, hard-boiled eggs, and noodles come from? Well, the origin varies with each one. Often times when something happens that can't be explained, people tend to tie events together, creating superstitions. Most superstitions probably grew out of old wives' tales or religious beliefs. We found some pretty strange superstitions about these foods and more that involve the devil, witches, evil spirits, scorpions, and really bad luck.

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    A few of them - including that bad luck comes from spilling salt - you may have heard of before. But

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  • The Best Butcher Shops in America

    Best Butcher Shops in AmericaBest Butcher Shops in AmericaThe past few years have been nothing short of revolutionary for the world of butchery. Ten or so years ago, when we thought about a butcher shop, we most likely thought about an ancient storefront, a well-worn butcher block, a grizzled old man in a bloodstained smock, and possibly some hanging sides of beef in the back. While this caricature certainly wasn't too far from the truth throughout history, there's been a butchery renaissance in recent years and a new wave of butcher shops has sprouted up, redefining the common perception of butchery and also helping to bring organic, grass-fed, local meat to the people. In order to salute the old guard as well as the new wave, we've assembled a ranking of America's best butcher shops.

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    From an ancient Italian meat market in the Bronx to a San Francisco boucherie specializing in hard-to-find French cuts, today's butcher shop takes many forms. The old-guard shops are carrying on tradition, cutting

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  • 5 Fattening Party Dips You Should Start Avoiding

    7 Party Dip Recipes7 Party Dip RecipesWhen the weekend comes we all like to get our party on, and nothing makes a party better than a tasty tip! From the dips that go well with pita to those that play up their own flavors, we love to graze on these finger-lickin' tasty snacks! The problem with dips, though, is that they are mindless munchies. You pass the bowl, take a dip, and repeat until you're scraping the bowl for sides.

    It may seem obvious which dips are the best for your health. But sorry to tell you partiers: looks can be deceiving. Your dip may contain words like "spinach" and "red pepper," but these suckers can pack a punch calorie-wise - especially since you know you are going to go over the recommended serving size (2 tablespoons?! Come on.)

    So in hopes of keeping you healthy while you're living it up this weekend, we compiled a roundup of common party dips ranked from the unhealthiest to the healthiest for your next party.

    You and your guests can snackfear-free if you follow our advice!

    Blue Cheese

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  • 5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Make with Cream of Mushroom Soup

    Cheesy Scalloped PotatoesCheesy Scalloped PotatoesCream of mushroom soup is most often known to us as a thick, condensed, canned soup that your grandmother used to heat up on the stove, and some of us get squeamish just at the mention of the name. And while the soup is that canned dish you remember, cream of mushroom has a plethora of uses other than "pour, heat, and eat."

    Its versatility easily allows it to be an ingredient in many different recipes, where it gives creamy goodness or a mushroom flavor to our favorite comfort foods like casseroles and Alfredo sauces. It can also be used straight from the can as a topping or gravy, which has affectionately earned it the name "America's Béchamel." Today, there are also healthier versions of the soup available, for those who want rich flavor without the calories.

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    However you choose to use it, we've selected our favorite recipes that include this retro soup as an essential ingredient to create a list of hearty and homey dishes that you

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  • 5 Tasty Ways to Drink Your Vegetables

    Drink Your VeggiesDrink Your VeggiesEating an excessive amount of vegetables just to get your daily dose can be annoying. Slaving over a stove just to eat broccoli and green beans can drive anyone to drink - which got us thinking. Can't you just drink your vegetables? Not in cocktails (although there's an idea) but in health and power drinks that provide you with daily doses of vitamins, fruits, and vegetables.

    There are a plethora of drinks on the market right now that provide consumers with their daily doses of vegetables. Vegetables are part of a balanced diet, but any parent knows it's nearly impossible to get children to eat the right amounts. Kids steer away from things that cartoons tell them are gross - broccoli, spinach, and cauliflower. And who wants to be the weirdo in class who has green beans in their lunch? But now you can toss a Naked smoothie into your kids' lunch boxes and they're set for the day in terms of their vegetables. And who's to say picky eating only applies to children? There are certainly a

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  • Wash Fewer Dishes: 7 Simple 1-Pot Meals

    1 Pot Meals1 Pot MealsAs the season begins to change and we find chilly fall temperatures fully upon us, we start to crave homey, hearty dishes - think stews, braises, and casseroles. But we aren't all whizzes in the kitchen, and we don't all have the time to follow a five-part recipe. Enter the one-pot meal.

    The execution of a one-pot meal couldn't be simpler. All you need is one pot, pan, skillet, or slow cooker to make easy and comforting dishes. What you can cook in just one vessel runs the gamut from breakfast frittatas to enchiladas, and it's great for all occasions. You could make a sexy stew for date night, a chicken casserole for family dinner, or a baked ziti for a potluck with friends.

    One-pot meals are also stress-reducers: just throw all of your ingredients into your pot, and let the oven or stove do the work for you. When the timer's done, you'll have a flavorful and substantial meal with minimal effort required. You can serve the meal right away, or as a time-saving tip you can also

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  • Perfect for Fall: Easy and Delicious Butternut Squash Recipes

    People can't seem to get enough butternut squash.People can't seem to get enough butternut squash.Each fall, a butternut squash craze sweeps the nation. People can't seem to get enough butternut squash soup, ravioli, and pizza, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Butternut squash is loaded with vitamin A - just one cup cubed contains 298 percent of the recommended daily value. And it's also a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.

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    Its beige skin is easily removed using a vegetable peeler, and for the ultimate convenience, it's also available precut into cubes. But if you're looking at a fresh, whole butternut squash, make sure it's free from blemishes and has at least one inch of stalk left at the top. It is best stored in a cool area away from moisture and light, but there is no need to refrigerate it since it will keep for several months.

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    Roasted in the oven, the yellow-orange flesh of butternut squash takes on a mellow sweet flavor that

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