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Top Healthy Recipes of 2011

by in Healthy Recipes, December 26, 2011

Stuffed Chicken Divan With a Sherry Dijon Sauce from Food Network Magazine
You’ve been clicking, searching and cooking up recipes from FoodNetwork.com all year long, including lots of healthy favorites! Here are our most popular healthy recipes of 2011.

Chicken Recipes

Chicken is a quick, easy choice for a weeknight meal. Whether you like it spicy, stuffed or in a soup, these are the top chicken picks for 2011:

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Dr. Dean Ornish’s Tips for Healthy Holiday Indulging

by in Healthy Holidays, December 22, 2011


Healthy eating over the holidays can be tough. Finger food and cocktails are overly abundant at every holiday party, and the cold weather certainly doesn’t help the comfort food cravings. But instead of trying to steer clear of all fatty foods, indulge a little. You read that right, indulging is 100 percent okay — it is the holidays after all. Indulging smartly, however, is the key.

Health expert Dr. Dean Ornish has five tips for navigating holiday parties:

  • Eat something beforehand. If you don’t eat all day, you may arrive at holiday meals and parties ravenous and lose control.
  • Eat the healthier foods first – they will fill you up somewhat, so you’ll be less likely to overeat the more indulgent foods.
  • Choose foods that leave evidence – e.g., keep the shrimp tails and chicken wing bones on your plate after you’ve eaten them. Studies show that if you have cues to see how much you’ve eaten, you’ll eat less.
  • Eat more slowly. The faster we eat, the more we eat. Sip water between bites. Holiday meals last longer than typical meals. If you wolf down your food, your plate may be clean while others are still eating, which will lead to seconds.
  • Close your eyes and savor the food periodically during the meal. You’ll consume fewer calories and experience more pleasure.

For more healthy eating tips from Dr. Ornish, visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

Win This Cookbook: Clean Start

by in Giveaway, December 21, 2011

Win this cookbook!

Clean Start is about enjoying healthy, delicious, clean food every day,” best-selling author Terry Walters says. “It’s about having a relationship with food that’s not based on living up to somebody else’s ideal, or following a strict regimen.”

Just in time for the new year, Clean Start features easy recipes that follow the color of the rainbow and involve “all five tastes” — sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. Green fries made of green beans, Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Ginger Shiitake Soup with Cabbage and Edamame Beans are just are a few of the 100 recipes featured.

You can buy your own copy of Clean Start or enter in the comments for a chance to win your own. Just let us know, in the comments, your New Year’s resolution. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, December 23 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 9:30 a.m. EST on December 21 and 5 p.m. EST on December 23. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $25.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what is your New Year’s resolution?

Win a HAPPYFAMILY Healthy Snack Pack!

by in Giveaway, December 14, 2011

Win a pack of these flavors.

Portable smoothie packs from HAPPYFAMILY make for easy snacking, a filling breakfast on-the-go or even a pre-workout boost of energy. With unique flavors like PomApplePeach, Super Banana and Yumberry, your taste-buds won’t be disappointed.

Packed full of protein, omega 3s and superfruits like salba, you’ll nourish your body without even trying. This “Healthy Snack Pack” from HAPPYFAMILY consists of 16 pouches of HAPPYMORNING and HAPPYSQUEEZE in a variety of flavors like Super Cinnamon and Orange-Pumpkin.

You can buy your own HAPPYSQUEEZE and HAPPYMORNING products or enter in the comments for a chance to win your own. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite smoothie flavor. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one HAPPYFAMILY Healthy Snack Pack to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 9:30 a.m. EST on December 14 and 5 p.m. EST on December 16. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $28. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite smoothie flavor?

12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Digital Food Scale

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 12, 2011

Measuring out serving sizes is a breeze.

You can’t always control what others are serving up at holiday parties, but you can control what you eat the rest of the time. Fight the battle of the holiday bulge by portioning out ingredients for meals. Being mindful of what you’re eating at home allows for a little more indulgence when you’re on holiday party number three for the week.

This Kitrics Perfect Portions Digital Scale takes the guesswork out of portion control. Keep track of calories, carbs, sodium and protein with ease—the built-in nutrition facts calculator does all the work for you. You can even save the calorie totals for weekly tracking. So go ahead, get a jump-start on New Years’ resolutions and get your portions in check in the coming year.

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Win a Potato Masher!

by in Giveaway, December 7, 2011
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You could win one of these.

Smash spuds in style with the spudski, a chic ski-pole masher from blac+blum. The rubber handle makes mashing instantly easy, while the cross-stitching in the back adds a nice old-fashioned touch.

The experts over at blac+blum designed the spudski so the potato chunks are pushed away from the stem — making mashing both faster and neater. We love it because mashes are a healthy way to eat root vegetables, like potatoes, celery root, beets and rutabaga.

You can buy your own spudski or enter in the comments for a chance to win your own. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite mashed potato add-in. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, December 9 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one spudski potato masher to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 9:30 a.m. EST on December 7 and 5 p.m. EST on December 9. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $14.80. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite mashed potato add-in?

Win This Cookbook: Candle 79 Vegan Cookbook

by in Cookbooks, Giveaway, November 23, 2011
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Win this book!

Joy Pierson, co-owner of one of New York city’s best-loved vegan restaurants, Candle 79 along with chefs Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda  have a brand new cookbook out,  filled with their favorite meatless recipes, plus ones customers can’t seem to get enough of. The group is so passionate about the food they serve; the chefs were the food stylists for the book’s over-the-top images.

“It’s our customers who say, ‘I love that avocado soup. I want the recipe,’” Joy says. “People really want to eat this way, so we’re giving them the tools.”

Everything from the book is easy to execute using farmers’ market organic products, she says.

You can buy your own copy of the Candle 79 Cookbook or enter in the comments for a chance to win your own. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite meatless Thanksgiving dish. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 25 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one gift set to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 9:30 a.m. EST on November 23 and 5 p.m. EST on November 25. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $30.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite vegan or vegetarian Thanksgiving dish?

Win This Cookbook: Blending Science With Spices

by in Cookbooks, Giveaway, November 16, 2011
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Win your own copy of Gita Patel's cookbook.

East and West merge together in this cookbook, Blending Science With Spices by registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Gita Patel. Her approach to cooking combines modern nutritional science with traditional vegetarian dishes—all with Indian flair.

Start by organizing and stocking your kitchen, then delve into the world of vegetables, salads, condiments, beans and hot oils. You’ll find full menus all hand-picked by Gita with calorie counts, health benefits and more.

You can buy your own copy of Blending Science With Spices or enter in the comments for a chance to win your own. Just let us know, in the comments, what you do to live healthy. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 18 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one cookbook to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 9:30 a.m. EST on November 16 and 5 p.m. EST on November 18. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $19.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what do you do to live healthy?

Win This Gift Set: Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Cereal

by in Giveaway, November 9, 2011

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We’re giving the gift of granola this season with a Gluten-Free Granola Cereal Sampler from Purely Elizabeth. Not only is each of the cereals gluten free, vegan and free of refined sugar, but the gift box it comes in is also 100 percent natural with recyclable tissue and biodegradable ribbon.

Eat your granola with milk, add in some fruit or just munch on it straight from the bag; the set contains three flavors: original, cranberry pecan and pumpkin fig.

You can buy your own Gluten-Free Granola Cereal Sampler or enter in the comments for a chance to win your own. Just let us know, in the comments, your go-to breakfast to jump start the morning. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 11 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one gift set to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 9:30 a.m. EST on November 9 and 5 p.m. EST on November 11. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $27.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your go-to breakfast to jump start the morning? 

Win This Cookbook: Robin Takes 5

by in Cookbooks, Giveaway, November 2, 2011

robin cookbook coverTake back dinner with our very own Robin Miller‘s new cookbook Robin Takes 5. Choose from 500 quick, healthy, weeknight meals that are all 500 calories or less. The best part? Each recipe has just five ingredients! That means less time at the store and even less time in the kitchen.

Whip up soups, pizzas, pastas, beef, seafood and side dishes every night of the week without breaking a sweat. Make Cashew Crusted Chicken with Roasted Jalapeno-Mango Chutney (one of 70 chicken recipes), or satisfy your sweet tooth with one of Robin’s 50 dessert recipes like Orange Marmalade Tart with Chocolate Covered Almonds.

“It’s a slam dunk for every busy person and Food Network fan out there,” she says.

You can buy your own copy of Robin Takes 5 or enter in the comments for a chance to win your own. Just let us know, in the comments, the five ingredients you couldn’t live without. The contest starts at 9:30 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 4 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 9:30 a.m. EST on November 2 and 5 p.m. EST on November 4. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $29.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, which 5 ingredients would you not be able to live without?