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Spice of the Month: Cinnamon

by in Healthy Recipes, January 3, 2012

The ancient Egyptians used cinnamon to embalm the dead, while wealthy Romans used it in love potions and perfumes. Today, cinnamon is a popular spice that can jazz up both sweet and savory dishes.

Cinnamon Basics
Cinnamon is the inner bark of the tropical evergreen tree. The bark is peeled from the tree during the rainy season and once dried, it curls into long sticks which are either cut and sold as cinnamon sticks or ground into powder.

The two main varieties of cinnamon are Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and cassia (Cinnamomum cassia). Ceylon is considered “true cinnamon” and is pale in color with a mild, sweet flavor. Cassia cinnamon is also known as Chinese cassia or Indonesian cinnamon, and has a dark red-brown color. It has a more pungent flavor than Ceylon and is somewhat bittersweet.

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Nuts About Walnuts

by in Healthy Recipes, December 29, 2011

Last month we told you why we’re cuckoo for almonds. Now we’re talking walnuts. Did you know these babies have more omega-3 fats than any other nut?

Walnut Basics
Walnuts are the fruit of the walnut tree, which grows in temperate areas throughout the world. Walnut remnants were found in France over 8,000 years ago. They made their way from Europe to the U.S. by English merchant ships. Today, the main producers of walnuts are China, the U.S., Turkey, Romania, Iran and France.

The three main types of walnuts are white (AKA butternut), black and English (AKA Persian). English walnuts are the most widely available, they are found year-round, with California growing 99% of them.

Black walnuts have an extremely tough outer shell, making them very difficult to crack. They have a strong bitter flavor, and can go rancid pretty quickly due to their high fat content. White walnuts have a rich and oily center and are typically used for baked goods and candies. They also have a high fat content and go rancid quickly.

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5 Ingredients: Stuffed Mushrooms

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, December 28, 2011

A light, flavorful and bite-sized app that’s perfect for your next soiree. You can’t go wrong with savory stuffed mushrooms.

Here’s why they’re healthy:

Earthy and low in calories, these vitamin and mineral-filled delights make a terrific vessel for finger food. Read more about why we love them.

Goat Cheese
Have you tried goat cheese? You only need a little of this creamy soft cheese to get big flavor.

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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 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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Last-Minute Holiday Appetizer: Spinach-Artichoke Dip

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 24, 2011

Everyone loves spinach-artichoke dip. But this restaurant favorite is notoriously loaded with fat and calories — from the cheesy dip and the fried tortilla chips it’s served with. But this recipe is incredibly easy to lighten up — Ellie Krieger’s recipe calls for light cream cheese, light mozzarella and light sour cream along with chopped spinach and artichokes, and when you bake it, you can’t even tell the ingredients are better-for you. Skip the deep-fried tortilla chips and serve this dip warm with baked tortilla chips, whole wheat pita chips or crudites.

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Holiday Brunch for Everyone

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Holidays, Kid-Friendly, Vegan, December 20, 2011

With family and friends visiting during the holidays, you’re bound to have a few folks who need a special meal. There’s no need to stress, we’ve got you covered with brunch recipes for special diets.

Bake a batch of gluten-free muffins a day or two before your guests arrive so you’ll have something on hand for them to munch on.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins (above)

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Healthier Holiday Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 19, 2011

There are many ways to go about holiday cookie-making without gobs of butter and sugar—really, there are!  Here are some ways to indulge sensibly.

For those with children to please, get them involved!  Try these adorable classic gingerbread boys and girls (pictured above).  Set up a decorating station with frosting, sprinkles and maybe even some gum drops—it’s a fun activity and delicious treat rolled into one.
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Holiday Appetizers: Something for Everyone

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 15, 2011

Throwing a holiday party? Don’t stress about your guests’ special dietary needs. We’ve got you covered with healthy recipes for everyone on your invite list.

Everyone will be drooling over this roasted tomato appetizer, including all the non-vegetarians.

Recipe: Crostini with Thyme Roasted Tomatoes

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Spice of the Month: Nutmeg

by in Healthy Recipes, December 8, 2011
Nutmeg is available whole or ground; whole is much more potent.

It just wouldn’t be the holidays without this warm and nutty spice. Impress friends and family at the dinner table with some trivia. Did you know nutmeg is actually the seed of a type of tree?

Nutmeg Basics
Cut open the fruit of a tropical variety of evergreen tree and you’ll find this inch-sized brown seed. It doesn’t look like much but this little baby packs in warm and earthy flavor when it’s freshly grated. Ground nutmeg is also widely available, but isn’t as potent.

Native to Indonesia, the Caribbean and part of India, the outer covering of nutmeg is cultivated as an entirely different spice known as mace.

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Talking to the Experts: Ellie Krieger (and a Recipe for Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin)

by in Cookbooks, Healthy Recipes, December 2, 2011
scalloped potatoes
Ellie's Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin

With the cold weather settling in, many folks turn to their favorite comfort foods. But the truth is, most classics like macaroni and cheese, chili, and chicken fingers are laden with calories. I had the opportunity to speak with Ellie Krieger, a registered dietitian, cookbook author and host of Food Network’s hit show Healthy Appetite, about her new book Comfort Food Fix.  She tells us how we can eat these favorites without worry.

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