by Toby Amidor in Food Safety, Grocery Shopping, November 17, 2011
by Toby Amidor in Back to School, Healthy Recipes, August 17, 2011
- What should you look for, and how much should you buy?
Not all foods at the deli are created equal. Check out some healthier and safer options to order up next time you’re at the counter.
Be In The Know
Not all deli “meats” are straight from the cow (so to speak). Here’s the breakdown on where all the deli goodies come from.
- Whole cuts: A part of the meat or poultry is cooked and sometimes flavored with spices, sugar or salt. It’s then sliced and sold by the pound. These cuts tend to be pricier.
- Sections and formed meat products: Parts of meats or poultry are “glued” together to create a single, larger piece (like cooked ham). These are typically cheaper than whole cuts.
- Processed meat (or sausages): These include liverwurst, bologna, knockwurst, salami and other such products. The meat can come from pork, poultry, beef, mutton and veal. Byproducts like heart, kidney, liver, lips and pork stomach are often tossed into the mix.
by Toby Amidor in Dining Out, June 27, 2011
Ellie Krieger’s Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad, part of a well-balanced lunch.
To get you off to the right start with our September Brown-Bag Challenge, we’ve put together a one-week menu of quick, tasty and nutritious lunches. To make things even easier, pre-plan your meals, make a shopping list and have all ingredients ready-to-go. Are you up for the challenge?
Monday: Tuna Pockets
- Stuff tuna salad into a large whole wheat pita
- 1 medium banana
- Sparkling water
Tuesday: Pasta Salad
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, Meal Makeovers, May 25, 2011
This new series focuses on finding the healthiest options when dining out. We’re starting out with one of the most popular items on the menu—chicken. Here are our top 5 picks.
Olive Garden: Venetian Apricot Chicken
Nutrition Info: 380 calories; 4 grams fat; 1.5 grams saturated fat; 1420 milligrams sodium; 8 grams fiber
This entrée consists of grilled chicken breasts in an apricot citrus sauce. It’s served with broccoli, asparagus and diced tomatoes. The calories and fat are well controlled while the veggies add a healthy dose of fiber. Our research revealed that almost all restaurant choices contained over 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of sodium. This entrée was no exception. Read more
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, April 11, 2011
- Lighten up Alton's best-ever fried chicken with a few easy fixes.
When I taught at a culinary school, the chef’s motto was “fat equals flavor.” Unfortunately, the wrong kinds of fat can also means a bigger waistline along with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Save the real deal for a once-in-a-while treat and try some slimming ways to cook up Alton’s famous chicken for your Memorial Day picnic, or anytime.
by Dana Angelo White in Meal Makeovers, March 18, 2011
- One more reason pasta is so comforting: It helps raise mood-boosting serotonin levels.
Feeling a little down in the dumps? While it may not be able to cure all that ails you, what you eat can certainly affect how you feel. Make these 5 feel-good foods part of your regular routine.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, March 11, 2011
- Food Network Kitchens' Oven-Fried Chicken
We’ve given you tips for lightening up your fried favorites. Now it’s time to hone in on this crunchy comfort food classic. We’ve got tips for every step in making crispy, juicy, and less-fattening fried chicken.
See how we lighten up fried chicken »
by Toby Amidor in Food News, Food Safety, January 27, 2011
- Classic Chicken-Vegetable Soup
We gave you tips on mix-and-match healthy stir fries; this time we’re tackling soups. Soups are inexpensive and there are seemingly endless varieties once you learn the basic soup-making technique. We’ll walk through the basics to get you started, and give you fun and exciting ideas to play with in the kitchen.
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, January 18, 2011
Taco Bell’s beef claim isn’t the only questionable marketing out there lately. Check out some other surprisingly shameless food claims, and find out what you can do about it.
4 processed food claims, debunked »
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, November 30, 2010
Looking for something new to do with chicken? Giada’s simply delicious Chicken Piccata gives plain old chicken a burst of fresh flavor with lemon and capers. We’ve got tips that will save 165 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving!
See our slim-down tips for chicken piccata »
- Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Don’t you love walking in the door after a long day and dinner is waiting? It’s that easy when you put your slow cooker to work. Whip out this under-appreciated kitchen appliance and try these 5 mouth-watering dishes.
5 super-simple slow cooker dinners »