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EatingWell: Sweet, sticky dates act as the glue for these no-bake energy balls

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Perfect for hikes or during sports, this healthy snack travels well. For the best flavor and texture, use Medjool dates — the largest and most luscious date variety. Look for them in the produce department or near other dried fruits.

Peanut Butter Oat Energy Bites

Serves 12

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

3/4 cup chopped ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Tart cherry juice and effects on sleep

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You may be familiar with tart cherries if you like to cook. Tart cherries (also known as sour cherries) are used in dishes like pies, preserves, soups, cakes, tarts, sauces, mixed cocktails and more. But did you know that these tasty fruits might also help you get a better night’s rest? Tart cherry juice could be the solution — studies have ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Brownie toffee cookies are chewy and fudgy

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I like to bake cakes, pies, bar cookies and quick breads. Never a fan of making cookies, I found myself wanting to conquer cookie-making during this pandemic. After many failed baking attempts, one of my big successes was making crispy thin chocolate chip cookies. Then I decided it would be fun to morph brownie squares into individual cookies. ...Read more

Kary Osmond: Nutritional powerhouse packs a hearty punch

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This nutritional bowl has a hearty base of tender brown rice, topped with a satisfying mix of sauteed mushrooms, quickly blanched Asian greens and a few slices of pickled vegetables. It all comes together when drizzled with protein-packed creamy lemon tahini sauce.

Power Bowl

Makes 2 bowls

3/4 cup brown rice

2 cups water

1 teaspoon salt, ...Read more

The Kitchn: Garlicky, slow-roasted salmon is totally foolproof and packed with flavor

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When tender, flaky salmon mingles with warm, juicy tomatoes, briny Kalamata olives, an abundance of fresh herbs and lots of garlic, the result is an effortlessly show stopping dinner that bursts with flavor in every bite. I suggest carrying the entire baking dish to the table and enjoying it family style, with some crusty bread, a simple green ...Read more

The Kitchn: This is the fastest, easiest way to cook broccoli

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Microwaves are one of the best ways to cook vegetables quickly and easily. Here are the basics of steaming broccoli (or any vegetable, really) in the microwave. It’s virtually foolproof!

1. Cut up the broccoli into bite-size florets. If you want to eat the stalks, make sure to cut them smaller than bite-sized and remove any really woody bits ...Read more

EatingWell: Pork, spice and everything ‘rice’

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Broccoli gets a whirl in your food processor, with rice-like results, in this healthy dinner recipe. Serve with hot sauce and limes for an extra kick.

Vietnamese Pork & Broccoli “Rice” Bowls

Serves 4

Active Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

1/2 cup warm water

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

2 ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Rock those raspberries

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Raspberries are coveted for their ruby splendor and firm plump flesh that delivers a sunny splash of sweetness.

The folklore

Legend has it that raspberries were originally white until infant Zeus’ nursemaid, the nymph Ida, pricked a finger picking the pale berries for him, tinting them forevermore with her blood. Her tale, and the fact that ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Roasted butternut squash with a middle eastern twist

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When I see the abundance of multicolored squashes in the market, I start thinking of all the ways to develop delectable dishes with them: maybe a spaghetti squash casserole with a Parmesan bechamel sauce or roasted delicata squash halves with a streusel topping. These are just a few ideas that come to mind.

I tend to roast butternut squash and ...Read more

Kary Osmond: You can make Thai noodle soup at home

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Love ordering Thai noodle soup takeout? Try making it at home. It’s super simple and all you need is five ingredients to make the broth. Once you master that, you can have fun with the vegetables and noodles. I like the technique of roasting the vegetables rather than simmering them in the broth, as it slightly sweetens them.

Easy Thai Noodle...Read more

The Kitchn: A freezer stash of Instant Pot meatballs is a gift to your future self

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These sweet and tangy Instant Pot meatballs have become a weekly household staple. Inspired by retro grape jelly and chili sauce-smothered meatballs and pineapple barbecue chicken foil packets that I’ve been making on repeat, they’re exactly the kind of thing to keep stocked in the freezer for last-minute dinners and easy appetizers.

Frozen...Read more

The Kitchn: A newbie’s guide to making a roux

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A roux, pronounced “roo,” is one of the building blocks of cooking. It’s a fundamental technique for new cooks to learn, and one of the first things taught in culinary school. It’s the secret to making silky sauces, rich gravies and luscious mac and cheese. In fact, if you’ve ever made a homemade cheese sauce before, chances are you’...Read more

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Clafoutis has a savory side, and it is delicious

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Clafoutis has a luscious yet homey French pedigree.

Pronounced kla-FOO-tee, it requires little muss or fuss to be instantly satisfying. A slightly sweet egg-flour-milk batter is poured over tiny cherries, baked and finished with a dusting of powdered sugar.

It is often likened to other egg batter-based foods. But please don't call it a pancake...Read more

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Gretchen's table: Grilled cheese with tomato jam

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If you're like me, you want to keep on tasting summer for at least another couple of weeks. I am especially reluctant to say goodbye to the many shades of homegrown tomatoes I've been stuffing myself silly with for the past two months.

Luckily, I still have quite a bit of fruit on my vines (a benefit of planting late this year). While I plan on...Read more

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Tyler, the Creator has own ice cream flavor: What's it taste like?

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Tyler, the Creator is in the ice cream business.

The hip-hop star is collaborating with Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams on a brand-new flavor.

The ice cream is called Pluto Bleu. It's a two-colored concoction "that features a blood orange flavor with a bolt of tropical blueberry" and it's "so tart it's electric, so lush it defies gravity," ...Read more

EatingWell: Fuel up!

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This power salad will keep you fueled for hours, thanks to 26 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Tossing the dressing and kale, and then letting it stand in the jar, softens it enough so you don’t need to massage or cook it to make it tender.

Mason Jar Power Salad with Chickpeas and Tuna

Serves 1

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 ...Read more

Environmental Nutrition: Eat to glow

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The old axiom “you are what you eat” holds true. What we eat can play a huge role in the health of various areas of our bodies, including the brain and heart. And that list includes the skin. A trip to the supermarket or farmers market offers up a bounty of vanity fare as certain foods can turn around tired-looking skin and even offer some ...Read more

Seriously Simple: Shrimp bisque warms you up from the autumn chill

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It’s just starting to turn chilly as summer turns to autumn. I’ve been eating seasonal fresh salads for months, and now I am ready for a bit of indulgence. This is what I yearn for when the days are getting shorter, colder and darker: a big bowl of luxuriously rich shrimp bisque.

Bisque refers to a particular type of soup: a pureed seafood ...Read more

Kary Osmond: Nothing says ‘summer’ like tomatoes, so make this dish before the seasons change

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Nothing tastes better than a fresh tomato right from the garden or farmers market, and now’s the perfect time of year to indulge.

The varieties of tomatoes are almost endless, available in different shapes, sizes and colors. Beefsteak tomatoes are substantial in size and perfect for frying and baking. Green tomatoes are perfect for salsas, ...Read more

The Kitchn: Warm, gooey caprese pizza rolls are a dinner win

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Have you ever had a pizza roll? It’s everything you love about a piping-hot slice, rolled up into a pinwheel and devoured in one or two bites. They’re often made for kids or as a snack, but we love them so much we wanted a dinner-worthy version, which is where these warm and gooey caprese rolls come into play.

Stuffed with milky fresh ...Read more



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