Blog Posts by Everyday Food

  • 11 Lightened-Up Comfort Food Favorites

    Stride to eat healthier without sacrificing. These dishes have the same great flavor as the dishes they're inspired by, just with less fat and calories!



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  • 5 Reasons to Go Meatless

    Go meatless
    By: Lee Helland

    Now, let's bust one myth right off the bat: Going vegetarian does not automatically make you the picture of health. After all, there's no meat in candy bars! But, if you do it the right way (whole foods, healthy cooking, less junk) shifting to a plant-based diet could deliver these five sought-after health benefits.

    Live longer
    Women who follow a vegetarian diet expand their lifespan by an average of 5 years, according to new data presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. It may be the result of vegetarians' lower body mass index, which canprotect against diseases like heart disease and high blood pressure.

    Related: 38 Vegetarian Burger and Grilling Recipes

    Eat better
    Removing an entire food category-meat-from your diet means you have no choice but to reach for more plant-based options to satisfy your hunger. As a result, vegetarians have higher levels of fiber, which keeps you healthy and satisfied

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  • A Crowd-Pleasing 8-Layer Dip for Super Bowl Sunday

    8-Layer Dip8-Layer Dip

    You will love every layer of our crunchy, creamy dip. It's perfect for a Super Bowl party, or any game day! Our recipe serves 4, but if you're enjoying the game with more guests, just double or triple the ingredients.

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    8-Layer Dip

    Ingredients
    1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
    2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup grated cheddar (2 ounces)
    1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles
    2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
    1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced small
    1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
    2 scallions, chopped
    Tortilla chips, for serving

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    Directions
    1) In a medium bowl, combine beans, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons water; season with salt and pepper.

    2) Transfer to a serving dish. Top with sour cream, cheese, chiles, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and scallions.

    3) Serve with tortilla chips.

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  • Good-Mood Foods that Reduce Stress

    Good mood foods
    There's no such thing as a chill pill, but some foods contain body-boosting nutrients that help soothe stressed-out nerves. Getting enough B vitamins, folate, and omega-3 fatty acids can help ward off depression. Magnesium helps muscles relax, stimulates production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that eases anxiety and nervousness; and helps you fall asleep. And antioxidants help fight the damage that cortisol does to brain cells and memory.

    An emphasis on the following foods will help your body mellow existing anxiety and set you on the right path for overall health. (Talk to your doctor about proper dosages if you take supplements, since it is possible to get too much of a good thing.)

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    Vitamin B6
    Best Foods: Avocados, baked potatoes (with skin), bananas, chickpeas, yellow-fin tuna, steamed green beans

    Why It Helps: Stress depletes B6, which helps produce serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter.

    Vitamin B12
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  • Our Favorite Winter Soups to Warm You Up

  • Orange You Glad It's Citrus Season?

    Oranges are in season from December through April. Get some Vitamin C and add fresh flavor to your meals with 20 recipes (both sweet and savory) highlighting the fruit.



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  • 5 Must-Try Super Bowl Wing and Chicken Finger Recipes

    Instead of ordering takeout before the game, prepare one of our finger-licking recipes.

    All-American Buffalo Chicken Tenders
    All-American Buffalo Chicken Tenders

    We replaced wings with skinless tenders so our buffalo chicken is easier to eat -- and lower in calories. You could also cut boneless breasts into strips, and save money.

    Ingredients
    1 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 4 ounces)
    1 cup low-fat buttermilk
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
    1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower
    1/3 cup hot sauce
    2 tablespoons melted butter

    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet, and transfer to oven. In a medium bowl, stir together blue cheese and 1/2 cup buttermilk. Season dip with salt and pepper, and set aside.
    2. Place flour and remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk in separate medium bowls; season with salt and pepper. Set out another rimmed baking sheet alongside. Dip chicken in buttermilk (allowing

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  • No Machine Needed: Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Frozen Yogurt

    No-Machine Ice-Cream!No-Machine Ice-Cream!

    Forget that it's cold outside, and make this no-machine required, delicious, and healthy frozen yogurt. All you need is a mixer and a few ingredients.

    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes plus freezing
    Yield: Makes 5 cups

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    Ingredients

    1 can (14 ounces) nonfat condensed milk
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
    1 cup low-fat milk (1%)
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

    Related: Martha Stewart's Best Comfort Food Recipes

    Directions

    1) In a large metal bowl with an electric mixer, beat together condensed milk, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth.

    2) With mixer on low, beat in yogurt, milk, and cocoa powder until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

    3) Freeze until firm but scoopable, about 4 hours, beating with an electric mixer every hour.

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  • How To: Make the Tastiest Kale Chips Ever

    Everyday Food
    By Merritt Watts

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that greens are good for you. You also probably know that kale tops the charts when it comes to nutrients-per-bite. But, for all that nutrition knowledge, the real eat-your-greens revolution is taking place in home ovens across the country... Yep, I'm talking about kale chips!

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    The crispy, salty, totally addictive snack has moved out of the "hippie food" category and gone mainstream. If you haven't yet tried making your own kale chips, you are missing out! And if you have made your own kale chips, why not punch 'em up a bit? Read on for our favorite formula for perfect chips, plus some speedy seasoning ideas.

    Basic Baked Kale Chips
    Tear the leaves of one bunch of curly- or flat-leaf kale into 2-inch pieces and toss with a tablespoon (or two, depending on how healthy you're trying to be) of extra-virgin olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse salt. Spread the kale out on a

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  • 7 Gluten-Free Pantry Essentials

    Everyday Food
    Suffering from a gluten intolerance turns lovable foods like pancakes, muffins, and cakes into THE ENEMY. Battle against cravings for baked goods with a well stocked pantry of gluten-free essentials.

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    1. Unsweetened Coconut Milk
    Use it in place of whole milk and heavy cream. The coconut flavor is more subtle than one might expect and the texture is rich and silky. Use it in risottos, muffins, pasta sauces, and soups. Or add a squeeze of lemon juice and you've got a sub-in for buttermilk.

    2. Buckwheat Flour
    Gluten is a protein, so you want to seek out alternative good-quality protein flours, such as buckwheat, when going gluten-free. Its earthy flavor will mellow desserts made with tart fruits, and it tastes great with chocolate. Use buckwheat flour in combination with a milder-tasting flour, such as brown rice.

    3. Chia Seeds
    Sprinkle these South American superseeds (they have more omega-3s than flaxseeds and 5 grams of fiber in

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