Guilt-Free Casseroles

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, October 20, 2013

bean casserole
These one-dish wonders are a perfect meal any night of the week. But loads of creamy canned soup, butter and cheese tend to sabotage most casseroles. Here’s how to make the comfort-food favorites with healthier ingredients.

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Easy Pasta e Fagioli Soup

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 18, 2013

pasta e fagioli
Talk about comfort food. Pasta e fagioli is an Italian dish that literally means “pasta and beans.” Once considered a peasant dish because it consisted only of inexpensive ingredients, the Italian staple has countless variations. Many recipes use bacon or pancetta, but I love the simplicity and overwhelming goodness of this version, crammed with flavor and texture from a variety of fresh and dried herbs, vegetables, white beans, tomato sauce and tube-shaped pasta. Even better? The soup is low in saturated fat and crammed with fiber, boasting 16 grams per serving.

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15 Ways to Use Up Whole-Grain Bread

by in Robin's Healthy Take, October 18, 2013

whole-grain loaf
Got a fabulous loaf of bread that’s just a smidge past its prime? It’s heartbreaking to consider throwing away day-old bread (even several-days-old bread), especially when the whole-grain varieties boast loads of B vitamins and fiber. Happily, there’s salvation for that scrumptious loaf of goodness. Whether you have crumbs, cubes or slices, check out these 15 uses.

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Cheese: Is It Healthy?

by in Is It Healthy?, October 17, 2013

blue cheese
Does this dairy delight have a place in your healthy eating plan? Although cheeses have gotten bad press for being high in artery-clogging fat, the right ones can provide important nutrients to your diet.

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10 Ways to Make a Healthier Pizza

by in Meal Makeovers, October 17, 2013

spinach ricotta pizza
Pizza can go either way: quintessential greasy junk food or healthy combo of fresh ingredients. Which one sounds better to you (and for you)? Here’s how to build a pie with a healthier profile.

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Win This Dehydrator!

by in Giveaway, October 16, 2013

dehydrator

Dehydrated fruits and vegetables aren’t just for outdoors-y types going on a camping trip. Apples, pears, bell peppers, tomatoes—you name it—can be turned into healthy, portable snacks for anyone. Instead of always turning to store-bought versions, enjoy ones you make at home with the Excalibur Dehydrator. The five-tray machine provides 8 square feet of space to dry many different foods—even meat.

You can buy your own Excalibur Dehydrator or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, what you’re most excited to dehydrate first. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, October 18 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Excalibur Dehydrator to one 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 10:00 a.m. EST on October 16 and 5 p.m. EST on October 18, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $249.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what are you most excited to dehydrate first? Fruits? Veggies? Meat?

Breakfast: Myths vs. Facts

by in Myth vs Fact, October 15, 2013

breakfast spread
There’s so much misinformation swarming around about breakfast. Read on for the facts about this important meal.

Myth: My kids should eat breakfast, but I don’t have to.
Fact: As a mom or dad, you need even more energy to keep up with your kids! Also keep in mind that parents set an example for their children. If your kids should see you munching first thing in the morning, they are more likely to make it a lifelong habit.

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5 Frozen Foods to Stock (and 5 to Skip)

by in Grocery Shopping, October 14, 2013

frozen peas
Your freezer was created to preserve food for long periods of time. But filling it with junk can sabotage any healthy eating plan. Here are five items worth purchasing, and five you’re better off passing up.

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