All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

Why We Love Oatmeal Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, April 30, 2011
Oatmeal Cookies
Celebrate one of our favorite food "holidays" with a homemade oatmeal cookie.

In honor of National Oatmeal Cookie Day (officially April 30!), we’re celebrating this classic cookie.  There are so many reasons we love this delectable treat — here’s how it can be part of a healthy diet.

Our best oatmeal cookie recipes »

Tiramisu, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, April 29, 2011
Tiramisu Eclairs
Mini Tiramisu Eclairs - Image by Food.com user Manami

In honor of Italian week, we’re lightening up an all-time favorite dessert: tiramisu! Find out how you can enjoy this delectable classic with fewer calories and less fat.

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Healthy Recipe Essentials: Pizza

by in Healthy Recipes, April 25, 2011
Pizza With Fresh Tomatoes and Basil
Making your own pizza is easy -- here are the basics.

This week we’re celebrating Italian food on Healthy Eats! See all our Italian food coverage here.

This budget-friendly dish can make a perfectly-balanced, healthy meal if you skip the takeout and make your own pie.  Don’t worry, it’s easy! Once you’re in the pizza-making groove, it becomes a culinary adventure to try new flavor combinations. Here are the basic steps to get started.

The basics: Melty homemade pizza »

Asparagus 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, April 20, 2011

asparagus

We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Spring Fling 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market.

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for fresh asparagus.  This green veggie is packed with energy boosting B-vitamins and a boatload of other nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, beta-carotene and iron. Here are 5 ways to cook it up.

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Make Your Own Matzo Ball Soup

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, April 18, 2011
Matzo Ball Soup Recipe
Make Your Own Matzo Ball Soup

Every Passover, one of our family traditions is  making matzo ball soup. Although Passover is a week-long holiday, we always run out of soup after two days no matter how many batches we cook up.  Toss out the pre-packaged matzo ball mix and try my grandma’s famous matzo ball recipe any time of year!

Get Toby’s family recipe for matzo ball soup »

Diet 101: Dukan Diet

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Food News, April 12, 2011

chicken
Although the Dukan Diet book has been a bestseller for years in France, it’s been rapidly gaining popularity since Kate Middleton reportedly started the diet in order to lose weight for her upcoming royal nuptials to Prince William. Other celebs like model Giselle Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez are also said to have tried the diet to help them shed their post-baby pounds. But should you be following in the footsteps of these high-profile celebs? We’re breaking down the basics (and the risks) of this hot diet.

Get the facts on the Dukan diet »

Healthy Debate: Should You Avoid Food Dyes?

by in Food News, Food Safety, April 7, 2011

sugary cereal

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling for a ban on several of the most common food dyes, citing studies that suggest they lead to hyperactivity in children. Last week, the FDA held hearings on the topic and concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant a ban.  Here’s the latest on this hot debate.

Get the facts on food dyes »

In Season: Spring Lettuces

by in In Season, April 6, 2011
Watercress, Avocado and Orange Salad
Watercress Salad - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Spring has sprung, and along with it comes the first of the delicate spring lettuces. Learn more about the varieties to look for at your local farmers’ market, and get our favorite recipes for these tasty bites of spring.

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Taste Test: Fast Food Oatmeal

by in Dining Out, Taste Test, April 5, 2011

oatmeal

Oatmeal is the latest healthy food to hit fast food joints around the nation. But how healthy (and tasty) are these fast food versions? We tested some of the most popular offerings to see how they stacked up.

See which oatmeals beat out the competition »

Save or Toss: Shelf Life of Common Foods

by in Food Safety, April 1, 2011

stocked refrigerator

The time for spring cleaning has arrived — this includes your refrigerator, freezer and pantry! Confused on what should stay and what should go? We’ll tell you how long you can keep foods and when it’s time to toss them.

What to keep and what to toss »