All Posts By Toby Amidor

Nutrition Expert at FoodNetwork.com

Why We Love Chili

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, Meal Makeovers, November 3, 2010
30-Minute Turkey Chili
30-Minute Turkey Chili

This classic comfort food is the perfect end to a cold day. Its versatility can make it suitable to most taste preferences and although many think it’s unhealthy, chili is really full of nutritious ingredients. But those aren’t the only reasons we love chili.

All about chili, plus our favorite healthy chili recipes »

Casseroles 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, November 2, 2010
Ellie's Sweet Potato Casserole
Ellie's Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole

A one-stop meal, casseroles make an easy weeknight dinner (and next day lunch). But many recipes call for cups (yes, cups!) of mayo, cans of creamy soup or lots of heavy cream — if you eat  these on a regular basis, you may as well have “911” on redial for the after-dinner coronary. Here are our top 5 lighter casseroles that’ll keep your waist slim and your heart in tip-top shape.

See all 5 lightened-up casseroles »

Healthy Debate: Should Happy Meal Toys Be Banned?

by in Food News, November 1, 2010

happy meal toys

Whoever came up with the marketing for Happy Meals toys is a genius. Kids are drawn to popular characters and love the trinkets even more than the food. But this type of marketing comes a with a price: a  fat- and calorie-laden meal that leaves many child obesity advocates feeling decidedly unhappy. San Francisco is proposing a ban on toys paired with unhealthy kids’ meals — should it go nationwide? Here’s our take.

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Spooky Taste Test: Dark Chocolate

by in Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, October 28, 2010
Which Chocolate Won Out?

In the spirit of Halloween, we polled our Facebook fans and taste tested your favorite brands of dark chocolate. Read up on the nutrition facts and learn if your favorite dark chocolate is really a treat or just tricky marketing.

Find out which chocolate won out »

Restaurant Menu Tricks

by in Dining Out, October 20, 2010
Salmon With Edamame
Healthy restaurant choices are possible with our menu-decoding tips.

Americans eat almost a third of meals away from home, but trying to order healthy choices can get tricky. Calorie counts found in many restaurants can make it easier, but menu booby traps may leave you with more calories than you bargained for.  Luckily, you can walk into a restaurant armed with our smart tips.

Restaurant menu tricks, decoded »

Eating By Color: Orange

by in Healthy Tips, October 19, 2010

carrot salad

Throughout the day you should eat a rainbow of foods — red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple and white. Each color is rich in specific nutrients that help make a well-balanced diet. In this series we’ll tell you why each color is important, and with Halloween around the corner, we thought it was most appropriate to start with orange. Find out how to get some on your plate every day.

How to get your daily dose of orange »

Fall Fest: Pumpkins 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, October 13, 2010
Alton's Pumpkin Bread
Alton Brown's Seed-Studded Pumpkin Bread

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week 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. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

This weekend we took the kids to a pumpkin patch and they absolutely loved it! Now we have lots of pumpkins, and need to put them to good use. Here are 5 recipes I can’t wait to use with fresh (or canned) pumpkin.

See all 5 recipes, plus more pumpkin ideas »

6 Healthiest Ethnic Cuisines

by in Dining Out, Healthy Tips, October 12, 2010
Greek Salad
Greek Salad - Photo by Con Poulos/Food Network Magazine

You might not think of ethnic cuisines as “healthy” foods, but they absolutely can be part of a healthy diet — just skip the fatty, huge,  Americanized versions.  Here are the 6 healthiest international cuisines, plus common pitfalls to avoid.

Find out which 6 cuisines won out »

5 Ingredients or Less: Eggs In A Basket

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, Healthy Recipes, October 11, 2010
Toby's Eggs in a Basket

Also called “eggs-in-a-hole”, “birds nest,” “eggs-in-a-blanket” or “toad-in-a-hole”, I served this fun breakfast fave  to my kids on their first day of school. With less than 5 ingredients, it’s an easy and stress-free dish to cook up on a school day.

Get the easy breakfast recipe »

Nano Foods 101

by in Food News, October 8, 2010

food labels

Imagine eating fat-free versions of your favorite comfort foods — macaroni and cheese, chocolate pudding, French fries — that are just as tasty as the full-fat counterparts. Sound good? That’s just one way nanotechonology is being used to manipulate the foods we eat.  But how does it work? And most importantly: Are the products safe to eat?  We’ve got the scoop on this emerging technology.

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