Tag: pasta

Summer Picnic Menu

by in Food Safety, Healthy Recipes, May 25, 2011
Picnic Menu
Host a safe and healthy summer picnic with our best recipes and tips.

Divide and conquer at your next potluck picnic with these delicious and nutritious dishes. Don’t forget that warmer weather also increases the risk of food spoilage, so be sure to keep your food safe by following our simple tips.

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5 Ingredients: Fresh Pasta and Sauce

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, April 26, 2011
Five ingredients is all you need to make this sauce and pasta.

A healthy and from-scratch Italian feast is only 5 ingredients away! Homemade pasta is a little time consuming, but the results are well worth it. An effortless sauce and a sprinkle of cheese finish off the dish. Happy Italian Week!

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Top 5 Foods To Boost Your Mood

by in Healthy Tips, April 11, 2011
Healthy Pasta Recipe
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.

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Spotlight Recipes: Vegetarian Pasta Dishes

by in Healthy Recipes, December 8, 2010

whole-wheat pasta

Good old pasta recipes can easily be turned into a vegetarian dishes. Problem is, pile in tons of cheese and large portions of pasta and watch the calories and heart-clogging saturated fat go through the roof (yes, even vegetarian recipes can be unhealthy!). There are ways to lighten up your lasagna and macaroni and cheese but here are a variety of vegetarian pasta dishes that are delicious and figure-friendly.

Recipes to try:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

Fall Fest: Pumpkins 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, October 13, 2010
Alton's Pumpkin Bread
Alton Brown's Seed-Studded Pumpkin Bread

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

This weekend we took the kids to a pumpkin patch and they absolutely loved it! Now we have lots of pumpkins, and need to put them to good use. Here are 5 recipes I can’t wait to use with fresh (or canned) pumpkin.

See all 5 recipes, plus more pumpkin ideas »

Taste Test: Whole-Grain Pasta

by in Taste Test, February 18, 2010

Healthy Whole Grain Pasta
Whole grains offer more vitamins, fiber and protein than the refined counterparts, but a food’s taste and texture are important — especially when you’re talking about pasta. We took some of the most popular whole-grain pasta brands for a test drive.

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Weekly Bits: Topping Your Spaghetti

by in Reader Tips & Comments, October 17, 2009

This week on the blog, we covered everything from the classic spaghetti and meatballs to the more adventurous sea greens, and the ideas kept coming. Check out our fave reader submissions from the week — we might have included yours!

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Spaghetti and Meatballs, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, October 12, 2009

spaghetti and meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs are a big deal in my family, and the idea of slimming down this traditional dish doesn’t go over well. But since an average portion can have as much as 970 calories and 30 grams of fat, making it healthier when you can is smart. Just take it one step at a time.

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Spotlight Recipe: Pasta Puttanesca

by in Healthy Recipes, August 22, 2009

Pasta Puttanesca
I was spoiled this summer, getting to come home and have access to fresh ingredients, a full kitchen and, of course, free time to cook. Going back to school doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy a good, healthy meal. Pasta is a reliable standby for the college crowd, but this year, ditch the buttered noodles or Ramen packets and try this easy dish. Make it in bulk and eat for a few days or share with your roomies. Capers, anchovy paste and arugula aren’t usual pantry staples, but you shouldn’t have trouble finding them at the local supermarket.

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Market Watch: Seasonal Tomatoes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, Tomatoes, July 29, 2009

heirloomtomatoes_lead
We’re celebrating the juicy tomato this week (can you tell?). In honor of this yummy summer treat, I went to my farmers’ market and bought every kind of tomato I could find and then set out to make some simple, classic dishes. Here’s how I made out.

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