Blog Posts by The Editors of EatingWell Magazine

  • 4 Secrets for Healthy, Delicious Chili Recipes

    4 Secrets for Healthy, Delicious Chili Recipes4 Secrets for Healthy, Delicious Chili RecipesBy Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    There's nothing more enticing than walking into the kitchen and taking in the heady scent of onion, garlic and chili powder from a big pot of chili bubbling on the stove. And if you're throwing a party, serving up steaming bowls of chili with all the fixings is a fun, casual way to serve a crowd. At your next gathering, serve chili family style-right from the pot-with lots of different toppings. Go for classics, such as cheese, sour cream and hot sauce. Add plenty of fresh options, too: scallions, jalapeños, onion, radishes, avocados and cilantro.

    Worried that chili isn't good for you? Don't be. We've got four tricks to keep it healthy but still hearty:

    1. Start with lean meat (or none at all).

    2. Slip in at least 3 cups of fresh vegetables to boost fiber.

    3. Add whole-grain bulgur to replace some of the meat and slash saturated fat while keeping portion size satisfying.

    4. Watch the salt by choosing

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  • Pizza + Salad = Pizz’alad!

    Pizza + Salad = Pizz'alad!Pizza + Salad = Pizz'alad!By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    My husband, Russ, is a pizza fanatic. A salad glistening with a thin coat of dressing is more up my alley. So to keep us happy, I started making both. Not just pizza with a side of salad, but a pizza that was a salad. A pizz'alad, if you will. A pizza that took the goodness of pizza-a thin crackly crust, the mmmm-inducing pungency of melted cheese-and combined it with the snap of lettuce and the virtues of farm-fresh vegetables. I know it sounds a little weird, but it has been a HUGE hit among my friends and family. It makes for a memorable meal where both pizza lovers and salad lovers can be happy. Top your pizza with salad and serve with icy beer, wine and no-fuss appetizers like olives and you've got a recipe for a relaxed get-together.

    Don't Miss: 6 New Pizz'alad Recipes

    Want to take a stab at making your own pizz'alad? Here's what you need to know.

    1. Have All Your Ingredients Ready
    This is classic

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  • Make Your Own 3-Step Popcorn Chicken at Home

    Make Your Own 3-Step Popcorn Chicken at HomeMake Your Own 3-Step Popcorn Chicken at HomeBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    Parenting involves compromises-anyone who's ever had a 3-year-old pass through their lives can attest to that. Of course we hate to compromise when it comes to getting the light of our lives to eat things that are good for them-but when you want to feed them in a restaurant without a fuss, you're grateful to the inventor of popcorn chicken.

    Don't Miss: More Fast & Healthy Family-Friendly Dinners

    Learning how to turn chicken breast into a fun-sounding meal can save your sanity at home, too, and for less money and more nutrition. And with EatingWell's recipe for Popcorn Chicken, it's so easy you won't even consider using frozen tenders. A fan who commented on our recipe for Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken on eatingwell.com said: "My whole family loves this meal. My husband asks me to make it at least once a week. My two-year-old is a very picky eater, but, when I make this he eats it all and wants more. It's so easy and quick."

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  • A Week of Clean-Eating Dinners

    A Week of Clean-Eating DinnersBy Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    I'm trying to give my eating habits a little cleanup this year. I'm cutting back on saturated fat, refined grains, processed foods, sugar and salt. It's easy to pay close attention to what I'm eating on the weekends when I've got tons of time on my hands to prepare delicious meals, but during the week when time is less available I feel the pull of convenience foods for their, well, convenience.

    Don't Miss: 30-Minute Clean-Eating Recipes for Fast Dinners

    But you can eat clean on the weekdays if you keep a few tips (and some easy, healthy recipes) on hand. Here's what I try to live by when all I have is 30 minutes to prepare a "clean" meal:

    1. Rely on Quick-Cooking Whole Grains
    Trying to eat clean means avoiding refined grains like white pasta, white bread and white rice in favor of whole grains. Unfortunately, a lot of whole grains take close to an hour to cook, which isn't ideal when you're in a rush. You have

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  • Meat-Lover’s Quinoa Veggie Burger

    Meat-Lover's Quinoa Veggie BurgerBy Wendy Ruopp, Managing Editor of EatingWell

    This quinoa veggie burger recipe is a meat-lover's burger: toasted pecans, mushrooms, Cheddar cheese, fresh herbs and red quinoa pack this vegetarian burger full of delicious flavor. It's one of the new tasty quinoa recipes I liked from the last issue of EatingWell Magazine, so I was happy when my husband surprised me by saying, "Let's make these quinoa veggie burgers." (He's mostly a don't-fence-me-in creator in the kitchen, but he was so inspired by that delicious-looking photo that he was willing to follow a recipe for a change.)

    New Recipes to Try: Quinoa Lasagna & 19 Easy Quinoa Recipes

    These quinoa veggie burgers are worth following a recipe for. Not only are they simple to put together, but you can make your time in the kitchen go even further by freezing part of the batch you make for a future meal. And if you can find red quinoa, they will be especially beautiful. The quinoa takes just 15 minutes, unattended, to cook;

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  • 13 Best Grilling Tips

    13 Best Grilling TipsBy The EatingWell Magazine Test Kitchen & Cheryl Sternman Rule

    The start of warmer weather inspires us to cook on the grill. Grilling adds a unique, smoky flavor to foods, and it's a super-quick cooking method. The grill's flames can develop rich, complex flavors in standard fare like burgers and chicken and even in less-traditional grilled dishes, such as pizza and desserts. These 13 grilling tips will have you cooking with fire like a pro in no time!

    --The EatingWell Magazine Test Kitchen & Cheryl Sternman Rule

    Don't Miss: Best Summer Cookout & Picnic Recipes Made Healthy

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  • 5 Secrets to Making Healthy Pasta Salad Full of Flavor

    5 Secrets to Making Healthy Pasta Salad Full of FlavorBy Stacy Fraser, Test Kitchen Manager at EatingWell

    While pasta salad is a crowd-pleaser at potlucks and picnics, traditional recipes typically weigh in at over 500 calories per serving. They also skimp on good, healthy ingredients like whole grains, crunchy vegetables, fresh herbs and lean protein. Here are our 5 secrets for making a healthier pasta salad that's full of flavor, plus 5 pasta salad recipes all under 315 calories per serving.

    Don't Miss: See How to Make Garden Pasta Salad with Creamy Dressing That Cuts 350 Calories

    1. Pick the Right Pasta
    Whole-wheat pasta adds 2 grams of heart-healthy fiber per ounce of dry pasta versus white pasta. The amount of dry pasta to start with depends on the shape. To get 4 cups of cooked pasta, use 2 cups elbow macaroni, 2 1/2 cups shells, 3 cups bowties or fusilli. Cook pasta and drain (but don't rinse). Spread on a large baking sheet to cool.

    Get our FREE Broccoli & Feta Pasta Salad Recipe How-To!

    2. Load Up on

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  • 5 Ways to Make Your Beloved Pancakes Healthier

    5 Ways to Make Your Beloved Pancakes HealthierBy Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Do you love pancakes but want to make a healthy pancake recipe for breakfast? Pancakes can be part of a healthy breakfast if you use a few tricks to make them a little better for you by adding whole grains and using low-fat dairy. They'll still be delicious and will be much healthier for you than a traditional stack of white-flour cakes smothered in butter and syrup. Here are our secrets for how to make healthy pancakes.

    Don't Miss: See How to Cook Pancakes Perfectly

    1. Use Whole-Wheat Flour to Boost Fiber
    Most traditional pancake recipes call for white flour, which has a neutral flavor but doesn't offer much in the way of nutrition. To make healthy pancakes, use whole-wheat flour instead. Whole-wheat flour has 16 grams of fiber per cup compared to 3 grams of fiber in white flour. For milder flavor, you can use white whole-wheat flour, which is most similar to white flour with a slightly nutty flavor, but

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  • Which is Healthier: Juicing or Smoothies?

    Which Is Healthier: Juicing or Smoothies?By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Juicing and smoothies are all the rage right now. While both can boost your fruit and vegetable intake (something most Americans need to do) and are great for getting a variety of produce into your diet, one is the better choice.

    That's the smoothie. Why? Juicing leaves behind a pulp--which contains fiber and nutrients that you end up tossing away--and thus you lose most of the benefits of whole fruits and vegetables. Blending produce into a smoothie, however, preserves fiber--and a smoothie can deliver an extra boost of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals because it often includes fruit skins and pith. If your smoothie includes yogurt or milk, you get some calcium too. Blending, however, introduces oxygen and sometimes heat, which will knock out a little vitamin C and some B vitamins. (No big deal really, as most of us get plenty of C and produce isn't a top source of the most sensitive B vitamins.) Add

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  • 9 Staple Foods of the Mediterranean Diet

    9 Staple Foods of the Mediterranean DietBy Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Eating a Mediterranean diet may lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease by up to 30 percent, according to a new, highly publicized study out of Spain, published in April 2013 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

    When older adult participants (aged 55 to 80 years) were divided into one of three groups (Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive oil, Mediterranean diet with nuts or a control diet), those who followed either of the Mediterranean diets reaped the heart-protective benefits.

    Don't Miss: 8 Ways to Follow the Mediterranean Diet for Better Health

    You can start eating the Mediterranean diet today--and help your heart health--by adding these key foods (which were staples in the diet of the study participants following the Mediterranean diet) to your meals.

    1. Olive oil. The study participants' main culinary fat was olive oil--they ate 4 or more daily

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