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10 Simple After-School Snacks

by in Back to School, August 31, 2010
Caramel Popcorn - Photo courtesy Food Network Magazine
Caramel Popcorn - Photo courtesy Food Network Magazine

I always looked forward to my first day back at school. Sure, parading around in a new outfit was fun, but what I enjoyed most was chatting with my friends at the lunch table, swapping snacks and treats with them.

Every year, my dad would take my sister and me to the grocery store and let us pick out the yummiest lunch snacks. Our picks were often the snack-of-the-moment, which translated to brightly-colored foods with ingredient names we’d never even attempt to pronounce.

These 10 healthier choices will still impress your kids’ friends at school, without the laundry list of ingredients.  You might even end up munching on them for your snacktime, too!

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Reader Comments: Corn, and More Corn

by in Reader Tips & Comments, August 7, 2010

corn

How do you like your corn seasoned? We asked you to tell us your favorite ways to season corn on the cob and you gave us some unique ideas for how to shake up our corn-flavoring routine.

Versatile and flavorful, corn adds the perfect crunch of sweetness to many dishes — see all the suggestions from this week’s Cornapalooza. . But sometimes we just want to enjoy the simplicity of eating corn straight from the cob, without frills. And a little help from the right herbs and spices can take corn on the cob to the next level.

Instead of resorting to the go-to butter, salt and pepper option, how about adding garlic, parmesan and chives to the butter for more complex flavor? Or, if you’re a purist, plain ole’ corn on the cob with nothing on it can taste pretty wholesome and tasty too, as one reader explained.

From Healthy Eats:

“I love smoked paprika on my corn…with salt & butter.” – Marla, via Healthy Eats

From Twitter:

“Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning and a little I can’t believe it’s not butter.”–  @JamieAnnsays, via Twitter

“Shake on a little pizza seasoning and a little Parmesan.” — @damoncrawley, via Twitter

“Top my corn after its been grilled with not a thing, Juicy and still taste great!!!” — @chocolatedoss, via Twitter

Rachel is a Food Network intern from the University of Michigan. She loves to travel and sample healthy, regional dishes, but enjoys indulging in good, old-fashioned ice cream every now and then.

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Reader Recipes: Summer Sipping

by in Reader Tips & Comments, July 31, 2010
The Adam Cocktail from Cocktail Buzz
The Adam Cocktail from Cocktail Buzz

Fresh Summer Cocktails

Cocktails don’t have to be full of sugary mixers or heavy ingredients.  Integrate your summer fruit or herb purchases in with your cocktail recipes for some light and refreshing summer fun!

This week we asked you to share with us your favorite fresh summer drink recipes. You answered our call with some unique drink concoctions made from seasonal ingredients. We can’t wait to sip on these delicious cocktails this weekend!

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Reader Recipes: Hungry for Hummus

by in Reader Tips & Comments, July 26, 2010
Parsley Hummus with Whole-Wheat Pita Chips from Kalyn's Kitchen
Parsley Hummus with Whole-Wheat Pita Chips from Kalyn's Kitchen

This week, we asked you all to share your favorite hummus recipe and dipper.  From Facebook to Twitter, you gave some absolutely delicious responses and suggested some new flavor combos to try. While some seemed to go with traditional hummus, others had some unique ideas that really got us excited.  Without a doubt, we’ll be making your favorite hummus recipes this week!

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Spotlight Recipes: Healthy,Tasty Muffins

by in Healthy Recipes, July 21, 2010

ellie's carrot muffins

I have a mild addiction to muffins, so I’m always on the hunt for healthier versions of this sweet treat. I’ve learned that many recipes can be slimmed down and boosted with nutrients without compromising flavor. Here are some of my favorite tricks and recipes.

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Weekly Bits: Eat Your Vegetables!

by in Reader Tips & Comments, July 17, 2010

potatoes

This week, we featured ideas on how to cook those beautiful farmers’ market squash blossoms and you gave us some yummy suggestions too!  We also gave some eggplant recipes that were great for keeping your figure in shape this summer. Eggplant Parmesan, “healthified,” was a winner!

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Weekly Bits: What To Do With Your Farmers’ Market Produce

by in Reader Tips & Comments, July 10, 2010

smoothies

We spent a lot of time discussing farmers’ market finds this week. We gave some tips for creating healthful smoothies and asked for your smoothie advice.  You had some great suggestions!

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Weekly Bits: Berries, Sneaky Dyes, and Great Grilling Tips

by in Reader Tips & Comments, July 3, 2010

bananas

Our focus this week was on sweet berries and how to get the most out of them this summer. You had some tasty suggestions! We also threw in some grilling tips for your 4th of July get-together and asked for your thoughts on artificial food dyes. Thanks for the comments this week and keep ‘em coming!

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Spotlight Recipes: Fruity Salsas

by in Healthy Recipes, July 1, 2010
Watermelon Salsa on a Chip by The Gourmet Foodie Blog.
Watermelon Salsa -- The Gourmet Foodie Blog

Sweet or spicy? Fruity or smoking hot? There are hundreds of varieties of salsa to choose from, so why turn summer days into a bore with your typical medium-spiced tomato salsa? Go a little crazy and give a fruity salsa salsa a try. Here are some of my favorites, from our recipe files and around the Web.

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Weekly Bits: Greek Yogurt, Basil, and Foods to Forget About

by in Reader Tips & Comments, June 26, 2010

greek yogurt

This week we were talking about the importance of eating food that is fresh, fresh, fresh!  You responded with your favorite ways to eat basil and how to enjoy those cool, satisfying cucumbers. Plus, you gave us some unique ideas for eating Greek yogurt and weighed in on the debate over which foods to avoid. Great comments this week!

Read this week’s best reader tips »