by Amy Reiter in Food News, September 19, 2014
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, March 5, 2013
In this week’s news: Comfort foods are found to be not so soothing; diet soda gets a gut check; and addiction programs quit with the sweets.
Cold Comfort for Comfort Food Fans
What’s your go-to food when you’re feeling down? Carbs? Ice cream? You might as well reach for the carrot sticks and celery — or not snack at all. A new study has found that scarfing down comfort foods doesn’t actually boost mood more than eating healthier foods — or no food — does. Bad moods go away, the researchers determined, whether we eat that big pile of cookies or not. “We found no justification for people to choose comfort foods when they are distressed,” the researchers concluded, adding that they hoped their findings would lead people to skip the high-cal indulgences and “focus on other, food-free methods of improving their mood.” Read more
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, February 28, 2013
Relieve your dinnertime stress by making a slow-cooker meal. Toss the ingredients in this easy-to-use countertop appliance, press the button, and enjoy a delicious meal a few hours later. Eating healthier couldn’t be any simpler!
A great dinner can be as simple as a warming soup and salad. Pair one of these on these delicious soups with a homemade salad using whatever veggies are in your refrigerator.
Lean cuts of pork are brimming with energy-boosting B-vitamins—just one of the reasons pork made our top-5 list of energy-boosting foods.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, January 28, 2013
Casseroles are perfect when temps dips below freezing, and they’re convenient too — everything’s all in one dish. Whether you like them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, warm up to any of these lighter casseroles — each has 500 calories or less.
Weekends are a good time to whip up a breakfast casserole. An egg dish or a French toast bake will help start your day off right.
by Robin Miller in Robin's Healthy Take, January 3, 2013
As I was driving home yesterday, my car thermometer showed an outside temperature of 17 degrees F. In these frigid temperatures, comfort foods make you feel warm and cozy. But they don’t have to be over-the-top indulgent; here are 12 comfort food classics with fewer than 500 calories per serving.
Ellie’s super-simple spin on fried chicken uses crushed corn cereal flakes plus a blend of spices for a very crunchy dish. It’s a staple in my busy house with only about 10 minutes of prep time!
Recipe: Oven-Fried Chicken
A touch of sweet Italian turkey sausage makes this pasta dish hearty, yet sensible. The cheese layer’s filled with part-skim ricotta and low fat cottage cheese along with some part-skim mozzarella, which helps keep the calories in check at 350 per serving.
Recipe: Food Network Kitchen’s Sausage Lasagna
by Leah Brickley in Healthy Recipes, November 29, 2012
Cheese fries and healthy eats aren’t mutually exclusive. At least not the way I make them. Sure, you can get cheese fries loaded up nacho-style, but bear in mind, one serving dishes up to 800 calories, 50 grams of fat and 2/3 of your sodium for the day (a whopping 1,000 mg). Considering one medium Russet potato has about 140 calories and is virtually fat and sodium free, that’s a heaping pile of lard on top of otherwise healthy spuds.
Not to worry, I’ve got your back. First, I bake the potatoes until golden brown and then I top them with shredded pepper jack cheese and fresh salsa (I prefer fresh salsa from my favorite Mexican restaurant or the produce section of the grocery store). You can also get crazy and top the potatoes with homemade chili (regular, turkey, vegetarian), and feel free to swap out the pepper jack for aged white cheddar. You can even top the whole concoction with sliced (jarred) jalapenos and sliced black olives.
by Silvana Nardone in Gluten-Free, November 1, 2012
Who doesn’t love a peanut butter cookie? The next time you’re craving crunchy, sweet and salty, try indulging in our Crunchy Peanut Butter Thins. We’ve trimmed the classic cookie down, making it leaner and crunchier (by adding chia seeds) and gave it just the right balance of salt and sweet. It’s prefect for a quick snack or if you need a little something after dinner. Enjoy!
Get the Recipe: Food Network Kitchens’ Crunchy Peanut Butter Thins
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, January 8, 2012
Confession: I had never used a slow cooker until I developed this recipe. Yes, it feels almost un-American to say, but it’s the truth. If you don’t grow up in a home where a slow cooker sits comfortably on the kitchen counter (my mom, Penny, has never owned one in her life), what are the odds that you’d ever switch on a slow cooker? It took me more than two decades of cooking to finally be curious enough to try one and now I can sincerely say, I get it.
The “set-it-and-forget-it” slogan says it all—almost. I guess I was afraid of the always-possible mush factor and I didn’t exactly want shredded chicken. With a bit of trial and error, I realized that sauteing before adding to the slow cooker and timing exactly when I stir in particular ingredients makes a big difference in the finished meal.
What’s your favorite meal to make in your slow cooker?
by Toby Amidor in Meal Makeovers, February 2, 2009
Winter has arrived! Whether you’re hitting the slopes or in the backyard building a snowman, being active in the cold weather is a workout. Come in from the cold and recharge your batteries with these satisfying, bone-warming foods.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Mulled Apple Cider with Ginger and Orange
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Recipes, January 7, 2009
Comfort foods are traditionally fattening fare, but you can slim down your shepherd’s pie with a few tweaks.
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This family-friendly comfort food brings back those warm childhood memories. For the filler, Ellie Krieger uses extra-lean ground beef to cut the fat and pinto beans to add in fiber. Have them for a simple mid-week dinner and save some for lunch the next day.
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