- Look for salads, fresh fruit and vegetables and sandwiches and wraps when you're eating on the go this summer.
I went to Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute yesterday with my two boys, my brother and his two girls. It was a once-a-year family outing that I’ll cherish forever. Why am I telling you this? Because of lunch. After an hour or so of exhibits, we decided to break for food. Not atypical for summer outings, whether it’s a museum or walk around the mall, soon enough, the troops start to get hungry. And, no doubt, like me, you’ve experienced the conundrum of selecting the best food options with limited choices. It happens anytime you’re not near your own fridge.
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- Pie versus cobbler: who wins this food fight?
Summer is all about fruit-filled desserts. When faced with the choice of cobbler or pie, which would you choose? Read the pros and cons of each and YOU vote for the healthier winner.
Cobblers are a combo of fruit filling topped with a crust made of biscuit dough, traditional pie crust or a pour-on batter. Typically, the topping is made from milk, sugar, and flour. It’s easier to control the ingredients in the crust-topping of a cobbler than it is with pie; if you don’t want your cobbler too sweet, you can choose to cut down on the sugar. You can also use less of the topping, since it doesn’t have to cover the entire top of the cobbler.
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- Robin's Firey Turkey Burger With Avocado and Jack Cheese
Lighten up this year’s July 4th party with a winning menu: spicy turkey burgers piled high with creamy avocado, grilled sweet corn with tangy lime butter, Asian-inspired slaw with crunchy noodles, and a spruced-up, modern version of strawberry shortcake. Bye-bye gluttonous get-together fare!
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- Robin's Parmesan Chicken Fingers
So what if your bracket is busted? You can still cheer along your favorite teams, old and new, with these snacks by your side. These crowd-pleasing appetizers are lighter than your average party food, but still packed full of flavor. Enjoy the games and, more importantly, the munchies!!
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- Robin's Slow-Cooker Mexican Chicken
I don’t know what I would do without a slow-cooker this time of year. I can throw a bunch of ingredients into the pot in the morning (or even the night before) and dinner is ready 8 hours later. And, if I’m not ready, (if soccer runs late or homework takes too long) the meal stays warm and waits for us. Plus, when it’s cold outside, there’s no question an aromatic, one-pot feast warms your heart and soul. Here are my favorite healthy slow-cooker recipes.
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- Robin's Quick, Healthy Pastas
The holidays can be stressful, but I find the first week of January equally demanding. Everything seems to go from 0 to 60 in about 5 seconds: My boys are back in school (a little reluctantly) and everyone’s back at work. Since I’m dashing around catching up with everything, I like to have some quick, healthy recipes in my back pocket. These 3 pasta recipes have 5 ingredients, less than 500 calories and are ready less than 30 minutes.
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When it comes to cabbage, think outside the slaw. It’s incredibly versatile, boasts nutritional muscle and when prepared properly (read: not overcooked), it’s delicious. Plus, good news for the quick cook: Sliced cabbage is ready in just four minutes! Can’t say that about many foods, right?
Find out why you should eat more cabbage, and get new ways to add cabbage to weeknight meals. Plus, my favorite holiday cabbage recipe.
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