Our Food Network Kitchen gave heavy game-day fare (think Buffalo chicken dip and potato skins) a healthy makeover with lighter takes on classic recipes. So now you can snack through halftime without feeling like you’ve eaten your weight in guacamole.
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Got a carb lover on your hands? A couple of pintsize cheese addicts? Me too. In fact, I have four small kids, and sometimes it seems like they’ll eat only cheese, crackers and other carbs (CCC), at least without a fuss. When we’re in a CCC rut, I break out a few of these delicious alternatives.
Carrots and Dip Taste Test: Hear me out. If your kids don’t like raw veggies, give them a choice of a few dips (salad dressings, hummus or whatever you have in the fridge), and ask them to pick a winner. Alternatively, pick their favorite dressing — say, ranch — and offer three to four kinds of raw veggies to dip right in. Have them declare a favorite vegetable instead.
My husband and I are working on buying our first house. So far we have done a ton of research, taken carloads of stuff that we don’t want to move to Goodwill and pulled way back on our spending in order to save every extra penny for this giant purchase.
One way we’re tightening our budget is by focusing on our food expenses. I’ve given up $4 cups of pour over coffee, and my husband is taking his lunch to work most days. We’re focusing on meal planning, reducing waste and eating less meat.
I’m also trying to make a few snack-y convenience foods to replace the ones I might otherwise buy while I’m out running errands, which is how Trisha Yearwood’s Power Balls came into my life.
When you have a hankering for some serious comfort, a bowl of steamy macaroni and cheese is perhaps the only way to go. But before you put a from-the-box take on mac on the stove — or, dare we say, in the microwave — stir together a cheesy, comforting bowl of macaroni and cheese the from-scratch way. These mac and cheese recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs should help the cause.
The best things in life don’t need to be fiddled with, and Tyler Florence’s recipe for classic Macaroni and Cheese is creamy, dreamy proof. With elbow macaroni, grated cheddar, and a little depth from dry mustard and thyme, Tyler’s dish is a go-to recipe to have in your arsenal.
Game day may be about the football game first and foremost, but surely Buffalo chicken wings are a close second in importance. Sweet, spicy and saucy, the tried-and-true wings are tailgating must-haves, but the flavors of chicken and Buffalo sauce shine beyond the bone-in meat. From Ree Drummond’s entree salad and Jeff Mauro’s satisfying sub to Food Network Magazine’s decadent mac and cheese, read on below to learn all-new ways to celebrate this classic football food.
1. Fried Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce — Food Network Magazine’s bold rendition (pictured above) of the beloved Buffalo wings is a no-fail crowd-pleaser. After a quick deep-fry, toss the golden-brown wings in a buttery hot sauce, and serve alongside a cooling blue cheese-sour cream sauce.
Break out the tortillas (and more unexpected ingredients) for rolled and wrapped game-day appetizers that will be met with resounding cheers. These make-ahead, bite-size riffs on game-day favorites are easy to make and even easier to eat, so you won’t be spending your game-day viewing party holed up in the kitchen.
Gone are the days when making lasagna was a weekend-only activity that required hours of preparation. With the help of a stove-to-oven pan, Food Network Magazine’s quick-fix Skillet Lasagna with Butternut Squash (pictured above) is a go-to dinner you can reach for on even the busiest of weeknights.
The secret to making this recipe in a hurry is taking advantage of welcome timesavers. Start with your favorite jar of marinara and a package of frozen butternut squash, and opt for no-boil noodles (flat-shaped lasagna noodles that become tender by absorbing sauce) to save yourself from cooking traditional pasta separately. Once you’ve made a creamy cheesy mixture studded with the squash, it all comes down to layering: first the sauce, then the noodles and finally the cheeses before repeating the process. Top with a final blanket of gooey mozzarella and a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan for added decadence before baking. It’s a good idea to let the skillet rest for a few minutes before serving; this will help prevent the cheeses from oozing out when you cut into the lasagna.
On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts kicked off their Waste Not … episode with a look at new ways to stretch your dinner dollar and take advantage of your freezer and pantry for budget-friendly fixings. While your New Year’s resolution for healthier eating in 2015 may have led you to the grocery store for seemingly necessary specialty ingredients, believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a lot to prepare lighter recipes. It all comes down to stocking your kitchen with good-to-have staples like a mix of whole grains and canned beans. Check out Food Network’s 14 Musts for a Budget Pantry, then read on below for some of Food Network’s favorite healthy dinners that won’t break the bank.
Made with only a handful of ingredients, this recipe for easy-to-prepare Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and White Beans (pictured above) suggests roasting tomatoes and garlic until soft and sweet, and letting them shine in place of a traditional tomato sauce. For extra heft, Ellie Krieger adds cannellini beans to the pasta, plus sprinkles of fresh basil and nutty Parmesan cheese for flavor.
With a heartiness that’ll keep you going long past breakfast and a warmth that’ll keep you cozy on the coldest of winter mornings, oatmeal is perfect for your first meal of the day. These healthful whole-grains can be cooked on the stove, sauteed in a skillet, baked in the oven and even prepared overnight in the fridge. So no matter how you cook your oats and whichever way you serve them, this versatile grain is sure to make it into your weekly rotation.
Steel-Cut Oatmeal (pictured above)
Alton sautes steel-cut oats (or pinhead oats, as they’re referred to in England) in butter so the natural sugar in the oats will caramelize and develop a toasty taste. Keep an eye on the pan, though, so it doesn’t burn.
Why are the sweets at most airports dry, flavorless, high in fat and sugar, and oddly very appealing? Is it the cinnamon-sugar smell that drifts down the terminal corridor, reeling you in with the sweet smell of home? What about the smell of freshly baked soft pretzels or sugared nuts? Intoxicating, especially while traveling, when planning meals is sometimes too overwhelming.
Let’s talk cinnamon buns. I love my cinnamon bun recipe so much, and it’s pretty easy. I keep baked cinnamon buns in the freezer, individually wrapped and ready to go for mornings on the run. Just pop one of these bad boys in the microwave and it’s off to the airport (or work or school). You’ll be completely satisfied and never tempted again (maybe) by overly sweet airport buns. Check out this step-by-step how-to for my Bacon, Bourbon and Hazelnut Cinnamon Buns.