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  • Healthy Food for Your Eyes

    Nutrition for Your Eyes
    We've all heard that carrots play a huge role in overall eye health but what else can you eat to improve the health of your eyes and reduce the risk of disease? To keep your eyes in top shape, follow many of the same guidelines suggested for maintaining a healthy heart like keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol in check, reducing saturated fat from the diet, taking control of your weight, and increasing your antioxidant intake. Start now by eating nutritious and vitamin-rich foods to reduce the risk eye disease, improve sight, and maintain good eye health.





    Berries
    Among the top sources of antioxidants, berries play an important role in decreasing cancer risks, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Studies have also found the antioxidants in berries reduce the risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eyes diseases. Choose fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries for a sweet snack, simple dessert, or salad topper.

    Recipe:

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  • 5 Chocolate Chip Cookie Twists

    Try these five creative takes on the quintessential chocolate chip cookie.

    Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    While not exactly guilt-free, these cookies are a little heartier and healthier than the traditional recipe. Adding a sweet, moist banana means you don't need as much butter and sugar to bake a great tasting cookie.

    Recipe: Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies








    Ginger Chocolate Cookies

    If you love anything sweet and spicy, then these cookies are for you. Brown sugar, white sugar, and molasses mellow the ginger's spicy bite for an irresistible combination. If you prefer softer, rounded cookies to flat, crisp ones, don't flatten the balls of dough.

    Recipe: Ginger Chocolate Cookies







    Cranberry-Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Dried cranberries and chopped walnuts are the not-so-secret ingredient in these festive cookie creations. The best part? Each cookie has just 75 calories and less than 3 grams of fat.

    Recipe: Cranberry-Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies









    Mint Chippers

    These

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  • Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Chutney

    Yield: Makes 4 servings

    Ingredients

    1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb.), fat-trimmed
    1 to 2 teaspoons butter or margarine
    1/3 cup quick apricot chutney
    Salt and pepper

    Side Dishes:
    Watercress Endive Salad with Blood Oranges and Pomegranates
    Corn Bread with Curried Apricot Chutney




    Preparation
    1. If necessary to keep the tenderloin in a compact piece, tie meat at several intervals with cotton string.
    2. Melt butter in an ovenproof 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat. Add pork tenderloin and turn as needed to brown well on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes total.
    3. Add apricot chutney and 1/3 cup water to pan and stir to incorporate meat drippings. Baste tenderloin with some of the sauce, and then put it in a 450° oven.
    4. Roast pork, basting often with sauce, until meat is 150° to 155° in center of thickest part, 12 to 14 minutes. If sauce starts to scorch, stir in water, 2 tablespoons at a time.
    5. Transfer the tenderloin to a platter. Pour the apricot chutney sauce over

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  • Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce

    A tangy sauce enlivens simple grilled chicken breasts; a hint of sugar balances the flavors.

    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Rose NguyenPhoto: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Rose NguyenYield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 breast half, 1 cup greens, and about 2 tablespoons sauce

    Ingredients

    4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
    1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
    Cooking spray
    3 tablespoons minced shallots
    3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons water
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    4 cups gourmet salad greens

    Related: Chicken Dinner Recipes

    Preparation

    1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place chicken in pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.

    2. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, shallots, and next 6 ingredients (through sugar) in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Serve

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  • Quick-Cooking Classic Soups

    Nothing warms the heart quite like a hot bowl of soup on a cold night. This classic collection includes a recipe for every palate, and they're all quick and easy suppers for the busy holiday season.

    Turkey Noodle Soup
    This savory soup takes just 35 minutes to make and is guaranteed to warm you right to your toes. Best of all, this family favorite is a great way to use up leftover holiday turkey.

    Recipe: Turkey Noodle Soup










    Broccoli and Cheese Soup
    Make it a cozy night in by serving this soup with sides of broiled plum tomatoes and toasty baked potatoes. It's figure-friendly, too each cheesy portion boasts only 203 calories

    Recipe: Broccoli and Cheese Soup









    Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup
    If you like food with a little spicy heat, then this dish will have your taste buds doing the Lambada. Round out the meal with corn muffins from your grocer's bakery or servings of packaged Spanish rice.

    Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup









    Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
    Pair the nutty flavor of the

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  • 100-calorie snacks you actually want to eat

    Whether enjoyed after work, at a party, or during a commercial break, these satisfying treats are guilt-free.


    Avocado-Yogurt Dip with Cumin
    Heart-healthy guacamole is delicious, but if you want a spin on the same-old same-old, pull out this little overachiever. The yogurt gives it a light, fluffy texture, while cumin adds a bit of zing. Dive in with some sliced bell peppers and come up from this snack saying, "Yum!"

    Recipe: Avocado-Yogurt Dip with Cumin








    Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese
    Make the frittatas ahead and keep on hand for a protein-packed mid-morning snack.

    Recipe: Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese











    Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho
    Get two servings of fruit with a bowl of this sweet-and-savory gazpacho. Colorful and fresh, it's tasty as the starter to a casual meal, or as an afternoon snack when you're in the mood to treat yourself.

    Recipe: Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho









    Molasses Cookies
    This big, soft cookie doesn't taste light at all. To avoid the temptation of a whole

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  • Heart disease facts every woman should know

    Learn the facts about women and heart disease and nine ways to reduce your risk


    More women than men die of heart disease each year and they often exhibit signs and symptoms that are different than men's. Plus, there are additional risk factors that affect women more than men. Women of all ages should take heart disease prevention seriously as it's the leading cause of death for women 65 years and older, the second leading cause for women 45 to 64, and the third leading cause for women between the ages of 25 and 44.

    Different Heart Attack Symptoms
    Although the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women is chest pressure or pain, it's not always severe or even the most prominent symptom in women. Women are more likely than men to have subtle signs such as neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness, or unusual fatigue. This may be because women tend to have blockages not only in their

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  • If Oscar-Winning Movies Were Recipes...

    Win "Outstanding Performance in the Kitchen" with recipes inspired by this year's nominees and past Best Picture winners.

    Recipes Meet Red Carpet

    The Oscars are all about glitz, glamour, and the best-of-the-best
    coming out for one night of cinematic celebration. And being the
    food-lovers we are, we couldn't help but pose the question,
    "If these outstanding movies were recipes, what recipes
    would they be?"








    Black Swan

    In training to play both the Black Swan and White Swan,
    Nina could have taken a few pointers from this pound cake
    (which successfully brings opposite flavors together in one
    dessert). Too bad anything resembling this sweet, satisfying
    creation is off limits to prima ballerinas. And that, of course,
    leaves more for us!

    Recipe: Black-and-White Pound Cake







    The Social Network

    In the initial meeting between Facebook co-founders Mark uckerberg and Eduardo Saverin and Napster co-founder Sean Parker, Parker buys the table a few rounds of appletinis. Now boys, we all

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  • Sweet-and-Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wings

    Serve up a heaping platter of wings guaranteed to please your crowd this weekend.


    Sweet-and-Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wings

    Pile a plate high with skillet-fried wings, then drizzle with a tomato-based sauce flavored with honey, hot sauce, and lime juice. The wings have a nice spicy kick to them, thanks to the hot sauce and ground red pepper, so serve with Ranch or blue cheese dressing, for dipping, and vegetable slices to cool your guests down.


    Recipe: Sweet-and-Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wings

    Makes 4 to 6 servings



    Ingredients

    • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup chipotle-flavored hot sauce
    • 1 tablespoon grated lime rind (about 3 limes)
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
    • 4 to 5 pounds chicken wings
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • Peanut or vegetable oil

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  • 5 foolproof football parties

    Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.
    by Anne Cain, MyRecipes.com Senior Food Editor

    Even if you're not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You'll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it's the big game.

    Related: Super Bowl Recipes

    Party #1: Build a Bar
    A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.

    • Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
    • Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
      Related: Crowd-Pleasing Hot Dogs
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