According to culinary lore, pound cake got its name because the original recipe called for a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. But that doesn’t mean every loaf has to pack on the pounds! Food Network Kitchens developed this healthier take by making a few simple switches to the classic. Here’s how to help this beloved cake slim down.
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When the season comes to a close, don’t let those fresh tomatoes go to waste! Make your own tomato sauce, then freeze and use it these five ways.
Make a speedy bowl of tomato soup using tomato sauce. It’s a perfect way to get your dose of lycopene, an antioxidant shown to help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Recipe: Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup
Shakshuka (aka Eggs in Purgatory) is a mouthwatering Israeli dish. Cut prep time by using premade tomato sauce like in Giada’s recipe.
Recipe: Eggs in Purgatory (above)
Getting a little tired of sandwiches day after day? Wrap up lunch three tasty ways.
Pre-packaged lunch kits sure seem convenient, but the quality of the food is subpar at best. Popular options include crackers and processed meats and cheeses, coupled with sugary drinks and cookies. The calorie counts vary from 300 to 450 per serving, with 8 to 20 grams and fat, plus 30 to 40 percent of an adult’s sodium needs for the entire day. What’s even more disturbing is the staggeringly long list of ingredients, usually chock-full of preservatives.
Bento-style containers make homemade lunch kits a breeze. Compartments keep food fresh and allow little fingers to snatch up and assemble their favorites. Most set-ups retail for $15 to $25 each at Pottery Barn Kids and Laptop Lunches. Resealable plastic bags and small plastic containers can also get the job done.
Here are 5 fresh lunch combos that keep the menu fun and healthy.
- Thick-sliced roasted turkey, cheese cubes, edamame and yogurt-dipped pretzels (above)
- Greek yogurt, fresh berries, granola and carrot sticks
- Grilled chicken, tortilla chips, black bean salsa and broccoli florets
- Mini PB &J, whole wheat pretzels and grapes
- Pasta salad, green beans and apple
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Side Dishes and Salads
Broccoli Salad (above)
When you cook and freeze breakfast items ahead of time, you’ll always have something handy to serve before school, even on hectic mornings. Try making double or triple batches of any of these recipes.
Instead of buying mixes, make homemade pancakes and let them cool before storing in the freezer. Use these tips to lighten up your next batch.
Recipes to try:
- Lemon Blueberry Pancakes (above)
- Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
- Whole Wheat Pancakes with Nutty Topping
- Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes
- Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple-Glazed Roasted Apples
Stock up on mouthwatering summer fruits before the season is gone! They supply plenty of good-for-you antioxidants in addition to boatloads of flavor.
- Hot Peaches and Cream
- Grilled Plums with Spiced Walnut Yogurt Sauce
- Grilled Summer Fruit
- Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad with Mint Vinaigrette
- Mixed Berries with Limoncello
- Grilled Peaches with Granola
Most bottles and cans of energy drinks are nothing but sugar water plus lots of supplemental vitamins and minerals. The beverages are also loaded with herbal stimulants and caffeine. The safety of many of the herbal ingredients is questionable, and while caffeine may provide a temporary boost, it won’t give you energy (only calories can do that).
But here’s a homemade energy drink anyone can feel good about sipping.