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Recipe: Dried Fruit Pilaf

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Meal Ideas, Recipes  /  Comments: 1
By Gail Watson, Contributing blogger Dried fruit is a wonderful addition to any diet, especially when fresh is out of season. Get some fresh ideas on how to use dried fruit and the recipe for my Dried Fruit Pilaf. Sweet and Savory
Sprinkle raisins in your morning oatmeal or yogurt, stir into a cookie recipe, or simply eat right out of hand. For a change of pace, think about adding dried fruits to some savory dishes. Dried cherries…

Meatless Monday: Lemony Almond Broccoli Rabe

Monday, April 8th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Meal Ideas, Recipes  /  Comments: 1
By Gail Watson, Contributing blogger This Monday you can get a nutritious dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Often touted as a super food, quinoa is packed with protein and fiber. Steaming the broccoli rabe turns it a bright green and preserves vitamins A, C and K. The almonds add heart healthy fat and a delicious crunch. Lemony Almond Broccoli Rabe with Quinoa and Fresh Ricotta
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time:…

Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

Monday, March 25th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Healthy Eating, Meal Ideas, Recipes  /  Comments: 0

By Gail Watson, contributing blogger The nutty earthy taste of the butternut squash is a taste you will fall in love with in this pasta bake. We used a classic Bechamel sauce for the base, but made it lighter, but no less delicious with skim milk. A layer of toasty Parmesan cheese on top gives it that cheesy finish without weighing you down. Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
Serves 6 Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes…

Meatless Monday: Shepherd’s Pie with French Lentils & Chard

Monday, March 18th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Meal Ideas, Recipes  /  Comments: 0
By Gail Watson, Contributing Blogger This week we’re focusing around French lentils. These blue-green beauties don’t turn to mush when you cook them and are packed with protein and fiber. In fact, this dish provides about one-third of your daily fiber needs. The chard provides both vitamins A and K, while the reduced fat buttermilk will make your mashed potatoes tangy and creamy. Shepherd’s Pie with French Lentils

Meatless Monday: Polenta with Balsamic Glazed Portobello Mushrooms

Monday, March 11th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Meal Ideas, Recipes  /  Comments: more
By Gail Watson, Contributing Blogger This week’s recipe revolves around a vegetarian favorite: portobello mushrooms. These oversized mushrooms are very low in calories, and their shape and dense consistency make a perfect alternative to meat. Marinated and grilled, portobello mushrooms can be used in place of a patty in a burger. Here we paired them with creamy polenta and a flavorful balsamic vinegar sauce.…

A Look Back At 2012

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Hot Topics, Kids, Meal Ideas, Recipes  /  Comments: more
  From the hottest trends to delicious recipes to educating my kids about food, this has been a very exciting year! I’m lucky enough to be able to write about all these topics through various outlets including FoodNetwork.com Healthy Eats Blog, Sears Fitstudio.com and my own blog. Here’s a look back some of my favorites.
Hot Topics
Controversial food and nutrition topics come and go each year. In 2012 many folks…

Step-by-Step: Make Ahead Meals

Thursday, September 20th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Safety, Meal Ideas, Tips  /  Comments: 1
Start saving time on cooking and eat home-cooked meals more often. Sound too good to be true? It’s possible! It’s all about planning ahead, picking the right recipe, and making extras. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get it done. The Benefits
Making meals ahead of time can help reduce the amount of unhealthy snacking which usually happens while the kiddos are waiting for dinner to be ready. It can also…

Creative Kids Snacks

Friday, April 13th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids, Meal Ideas  /  Comments: more
I pack snacks daily for my kids to tote to school. By this time of year, I’m always looking for creative ideas that make snacking fun but still provide nutritional value for my little ones. Here are some of my kiddos favorites. Skewer It
  • Pizza on a stick: Thread cherry tomatoes, cubes of cheese and a few pieces of pepperoni.
  • Fruit kabobs: with berries, grapes, chunks of melon, or pineapple.
  • Cheese and fruit: Alternate

Healthy Eating in the Sky

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Kids, Meal Ideas, Tips  /  Comments: 0
I’ve been flying with my three kids since they were each three months old. We’ve flown to Europe, throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, and Israel. Tonight we’re heading to our annual non-stop 11 hour flight to Israel. Having a good flight with 3 kids isn’t about luck, it’s about knowing what the heck to expect—and I’ve got that down. Be Prepared!
I always bring a backpack of snacks for both the adults and kids.…

Win This Whole Grain Cereal!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Giveaway, Meal Ideas, Nutrition Basics  /  Comments: more
It’s important to re-fuel every morning with the right type of breakfast. One of my go-to breakfast options is whole grain cereal. It can become frustrating trying to find one without a ton of added sugar. Luckily, there are several healthy options on the market including Uncle Sam. Finding the Right Cereal Finding the right combo of healthy and delicious is possible. Look for a cereal with at least 3 grams…

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