It’s a common predicament: You buy a bag of baby carrots, eat a few, and then let the rest of them sit at the bottom of the vegetable bin until they become either a slimy mess or dried-out little nubs. Here are easy ways to use up the rest of that bag, get more veggies in your family’s diet and feel good about yourself! Check out the full gallery for all 14 delicious ideas.
If you’ve started 2015 with a healthy-eating resolution, chances are you’ve found your go-to lighter meals by now, those quick-fix favorites that are better for you but don’t sacrifice flavor. But what about snacks? What do you reach for at 3 in the afternoon when a sweet craving hits? That’s where this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week comes in. Dig into Food Network’s roundup of 10 easy-to-prepare sweet and savory bites like peanut-butter topped bananas (pictured above), deli roll-ups and next-level hummus for fresh ideas that are sure to satisfy.
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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.
When the easiest dinner option available seems to be greasy takeout, take a breath and give a quick click through Food Network Kitchen’s nourishing beat-the-clock dinner ideas. With a few cut-to-the-chase tricks, these wholesome and homemade meals can be ready in minutes.
10-Minute White Bean Soup with Toasted Cheese and Tomato
For a super-flavorful base, steep chicken broth with sprigs of rosemary for even just a few minutes to add depth and flavor to this creamy soup. Quick-toast the sandwich under the broiler and serve it bruschetta style with juicy chopped tomatoes. You’ll find that it’s the perfect soup dipper.
While the fast food of your past might have involved burgers, fries and a heap of grease, a new age of fast-eating chains is upon us, featuring on-the-go grub that’s fresher than ever. Next time your jam-packed schedule doesn’t allow time for a homemade meal, keep these eight innovative chains in mind. They’re changing the game and proving it’s possible to eat healthy on the run. Here are just a few of our favorites:
If you’re looking to eat healthy, chances are a salad is in your near future. While prepackaged grab-and-go salads are inevitably wilted, this D.C.-based chain (pictured above) creates your salad on the spot with fresh-as-can-be ingredients that are as local as it gets. Instead of settling on another sad kale salad, dig into the Spicy Sazbi, a good-for-you mix of baby spinach, shredded kale, quinoa, broccoli, carrots, raw beets, basil, sprouts, roasted tofu that’s dressed with a carrot-chile vinaigrette, and Sriracha. Visit one of the outposts in Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia, and don’t be surprised when you start craving salads for lunch.
While you may be sticking to a lighter eating plan in 2015 as part of your New Year’s resolution, there’s no denying comfort food cravings — especially in the midst of this week’s bone-chilling weather. Now you can have the best of both worlds: Cozy up to your favorite hearty recipes, and enjoy lighter versions of them. That’s where Food Network’s meal makeovers come in. Savory and sweet, these better-for-you alternatives to traditionally indulgent favorites are lighter, but they don’t skimp on flavors. Read on below for Food Network’s top-five made-over classics, including moist meatloaf and chocolate brownies, then browse all of our healthy comfort foods.
5. Oven-Fried Chicken — Thanks to a thick, crispy breading of mustard-laced mayonnaise and broken bagel chips, this juicy, golden-brown chicken boasts the texture you crave, but the meat is roasted in the oven instead of fried in oil.
4. Dark Chocolate Brownies — Opt for low-fat yogurt and only a splash of oil to add moisture to these tender, cocoa-rich brownies, topped with chopped walnuts for welcome crunch.
I’m thrilled that my new cookbook, Supermarket Healthy, was released this week! In it, I share recipes and strategies for healthy, accessible and affordable cooking. One of my favorite parts of the book is where I share ideas for stocking your pantry, because sometimes half the battle is having the right stuff on hand to make 5 p.m. on a Tuesday night a little less daunting. So, in that spirit, I thought I would share what my favorite kitchen tools are.
I’ll begin by saying that cooking healthy is actually quite easy! While you don’t need special equipment, these five kitchen tools are among the most-used in my Supermarket Healthy kitchen.
1. Goji berries are a tangy-tart source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Combine them with strawberries to create a fruity topping for your favorite cereal.
Whether we’re cutting carbs, going gluten-free or scaling back on sodium, fewer loaves of bread are landing in our shopping carts these days. But what does that mean for our favorite hand-held meal, the sandwich? Though you might think that a sandwich, by definition, requires two slabs of bread, these breadless creations prove your sandwich days are far from over. Cutting out the loaves, buns and slices? These ingenious substitutes are the best things since sliced bread:
From better-for-you breakfasts to surprisingly light desserts, this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen celebrated healthier cooking as the cast kicked off 2015 with fresh new recipes. But just because the new year often signals the start of smarter-eating resolutions doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods; in fact, the co-hosts greeted 2015 by introducing made-over recipes for a few classically indulgent dishes, including pasta with Alfredo sauce and cheesy nachos (click here to get all of the recipes featured on the show).
FN Dish wants to know: As you settle into the new year and perhaps begin a better-for-you eating plan, what dish would you most like to lighten up? Do you have a strong sweet tooth that craves made-over chocolate cake, or do you tend toward savory plates and prefer healthier chips and dip? Cast your vote below for the food you’d like to make cleaner, then browse more of Food Network’s made-over meals.