With game-watching parties, tailgating and fall festivals here, a hearty meal centered around piping-hot chili is always a crowd-pleaser. In the past, I’ve created chili recipes with complex ingredient lists, but this version has only five simple ingredients. I find that after I sprinkle on my favorite toppings — avocado, fresh lime juice and whole-corn tortilla chips made with expeller-pressed oil — there isn’t much of a difference in taste. The prep time, however, is noticeably shorter. And this dish uses more kidney beans than beef, helping you improve on plant-based eating efforts. The secret to the chili’s rich sauciness is mashing half of the kidney beans. Read more
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It’s the end of a busy school day and your kids come home with a hankering for one of the usual culprits — pizza, tacos, maybe chicken tenders. These fast-food staples may not hold the title of Healthiest Dinner on the Block, but with a few simple modifications, your kids’ favorite finger foods can become wholesome homemade dishes. Ease back into a busy fall schedule with these quick, kid-friendly dishes you can feel good about eating.
Chickpea Crust Pizza
With a few alterations, family pizza night can be a healthy tradition rather than a once-in-a-blue-moon indulgence. Food Network Kitchen fortifies the classic finger food with a high-fiber chickpea-flour crust. For a classic presentation, top it off with crushed tomatoes, provolone cheese and chicken sausage (which is significantly leaner than pork or beef). Gluten-free households can rely on this as their go-to pizza recipe, but it’s also ideal for families simply looking to trim back calories at dinnertime, as the recipe serves four and contains just 274 calories per serving.
The combination of crunchy toasted seeds, creamy nut butter, and chewy millet and dates makes this protein bar both energizing and satisfying. Packed with superfoods like chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and cacao, it’s the perfect afternoon snack to get you and your family through until dinner. I also added some maca root powder (a South American superfood), but you could add any other superfood or protein powders you like, or simply leave it out. Read more
This school year, why not up the healthy standards of your kids’ snacks? Sure, there are choices everywhere on supermarket shelves, but none are as healthy as the ones you can control yourself — and cook up in your own kitchen. When you’re popping popcorn, shaping pizza crust and rolling oat balls, your kids will want to get in on the snack-making fun, and before you know it, they’ll be asking to make more. Bonus: The whole family gets to spend some quality time together. Read more
We’re not great sleepers in this country. According to Healthy People 2020, a science-based government organization, about 25 percent of us suffer from insufficient sleep (that’s less than six hours per night) about half of every month. That’s a lot of lost z’s! Some experts believe that tossing and turning at night can lead to an increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure and even heart disease. That means that a good night’s sleep may be just as important as a well-balanced diet and regular exercise! Read more
Hands up if PB&J is a lunchtime staple for your family. Mine! If so, you know how simple, quick and delicious the classic PB&J sandwich can be. But sometimes even a classic needs jazzing up a bit, and that’s where these five fabulous spins on PB&J come into play. Lunch is served! Read more
Pasta casseroles are perhaps the finest combination of weeknight convenience and classic comfort food. This one is a true crowd-pleaser: rigatoni in a simple homemade pesto sauce, layered with zucchini, tomatoes, red peppers and Asiago cheese, then baked until bubbly. Read more
Eggplant Parmesan, it’s time for a reboot. People love you, but you’re too high-maintenance. While it’s fine to spend time with you on a leisurely Sunday afternoon, weeknights call for delicious food in minimal time. This flatbread combines the best of both words: simple yet incredibly flavorful. It’s eggplant Parmesan perfection on your table in less than 30 minutes. Read more
Labor Day tends to sneak up on the calendar each year. It seems like just yesterday we were daydreaming about summer vacation, and suddenly September is here. Don’t fret if you haven’t decided what to cook for this season’s last big cookout. Embrace the spirit of the holiday and go with quick and easy recipes so you can relax on your extra day off. Here are some of our favorite healthy recipes that come together in under 30 minutes, starting with dessert.
To satisfy your craving for peach crisp without the long baking time and all of the fat, grill peach halves in foil packs until caramelized and syrupy, and top with frozen yogurt. (A scoop per serving is factored into the nutrition information.) You can easily double or triple this recipe for a crowd.
Of all the summer holidays, Labor Day is by far the most bittersweet. It’s the last hurrah for the grill and a final farewell to warm-weather produce. When planning your cookout or picnic menu, choose dishes that accommodate the seasonal shift with hearty spins on standard summer fare. Start by swapping light and zesty glazes for bold and aromatic marinades. Instead of gazpacho, try creamy chowder loaded with seasonal ingredients. For dessert, stick to summer berries — but go beyond a simple fruit cup or parfait in favor of something just as rich as it is refreshing. Sound like a challenge? It’s really quite simple. Bid summer a final adieu with these six still-in-season recipes that anticipate the arrival of cooler weather.
Yogurt-Marinated Grilled Chicken with Harissa (pictured at top)
Get a final grilled meal in before it’s time to close up shop until next year. Alex Guarnaschelli celebrates the fleeting intersection of summer and fall with this recipe for juicy grilled chicken and spicy harissa. The harissa calls for fresh red bell peppers, which are currently at their peak, blended together with rich and aromatic spices that typify comforting fall meals. For the juiciest results possible, give the chicken ample time to marinate in the spicy yogurt mixture.