Conventional wisdom says that cooking vegetables tends to diminish their nutritional prowess. And while there is some truth to this, it isn't always the case.
It's always nice when you can prepare a healthful meal with seasonal ingredients. It's even better when you can do it using only a couple of pots and pans, making cleanup a breeze.
It's always nice to be told to eat something fatty.
Television and peers can trump parents when it comes to influencing what children eat, but that doesn't mean families can't fight back.
Kids today are eating themselves into an early grave. So many children are not just overweight, but obese.
Hands on: 15 minutes
I love pumpkin pie, especially covered with a dollop or two of real whipped cream. Trouble is, one slice packs tons of extra fat and calories that you don't need on top of everything else you've already enjoyed. A typical slice can have nearly 400 calories and more than 23 grams of fat.
You say tomato, they say pomodoro. And when they say it, they mean it. That's because the Italians are champions of simple, classically delicious ways of using fresh tomatoes.
Maybe you need another idea for packing fiber and vitamins into your child's lunch. Or maybe you're looking for a way to convince yourself to eat more fruit. Either way, making a dip (or three) to dunk your fruit in can make it a little more enticing, and a lot more fun.
I love summertime. Even more than that, I love summer food.
Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours (20 minutes active)
Sometimes the blues can be just what the doctor ordered, especially if they're the kind that grow on bushes.
Skinless chicken breasts have become the new cottage cheese — the ubiquitous base upon which so many weight-loss diets are built.
Moderation is a wonderful thing.
I love anything that tastes like celery, including celery root. The vegetable sounds like it's the root of those green stalks familiar to most people. Except it isn't. Celery root is from the celeriac plant, a relative of celery that is grown exclusively for its root. They taste similar, though celery root is a little nuttier. Both plants evolved from a wild celery native to Mediterranean marshlands.
For all sorts of reasons, soup tops my list of quick and convenient meals.
I just can't help but look at ingredients and try to find new and unexpected ways to use them.
A love of cheesecake is easily soured when you look at what goes into it.
Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours (30 minutes active)
The holidays are here, and my bathroom scale is getting nervous.
To say that I love Thanksgiving dinner is similar to saying that expensive Champagne is something to satisfy your thirst.
Start to finish: 25 minutes
When in doubt, add whole grains. Or even better, start with them.
The crust in this fresh honeydew-blackberry tart is crispy and rich but made from healthful ingredients, such as white whole-wheat flour, ground almonds and some reduced-fat cream cheese. There's also just enough butter to add that familiar flavor you'd expect in a crust.
Coleslaw clearly trumps potato salad in the nutritional department, but cabbage slaws made with traditional, mayonnaise-based dressings still can bump up the calorie count of a cruciferous vegetable that starts out at a humble 16 calories per cup.
Jambalaya is a rich, tomato-based dish from Louisiana that is jammed with meat and bold flavorings. And it is not generally considered a healthy dish.
Start to finish: 25 minutes
The term "low-fat ice cream" is somewhat of an oxymoron. After all, it's in large part the butterfat in cream and whole milk that gives the frozen treat its luxurious texture and taste.