This recipe took a few twists and turns. It started out in my head as a tostada for dinner and as I thought about it and discovered Tostitos Baked Scoops, I decided I wanted a summertime appetizer. Four of these chips make a satisfying and surprisingly low-calorie snack. I will be honest with you: I ate eight of them for a healthy lunch when I was done with this recipe. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 2 minutes heating time … continued…

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Did you know there is a No Dirty Dishes Day? Me either, but in the spirit of avoiding the kitchen as the days grow longer, May 18 is No Dirty Dishes Day. While some people might take that to mean no dishes left in the sink day, I’m going with let’s not dirty anything today so there’s nothing left to wash at the end of the day. I’ve had to make the concession to a dirty knife and a cutting … continued…

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Asparagus is one of my absolute favorite vegetables…  I like it cooked, raw, in soup, in quiche, on the grill, any way you can think of!  Lucky for me and the rest of the asparagus lovers out there, it is officially in season.  This is the first week for most Farmer’s Markets in the Midwest so while you are out browsing the booths be sure to look for some fresh asparagus.   What to look for? •    Aim to use … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks Tips, Tools & Techniques

This is an evergreen topic for me. As soon as the weather warms a bit, I want to garden. My real problem is that I happen to have a black thumb. Over the years, I have managed to coax some yellow pear tomatoes into being. Some green beans. And herbs. Lots and lots of herbs, which work to my advantage when I want to add something fresh to the recipe at hand. Here are five finds to get you gardening: … continued…

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Every year we go through a delicate dance at my house; what will the kids give me for Mother’s Day? My oldest insists on raiding her piggy bank and buying me an “extra special” gift. My youngest usually joins in the fray saying she wants to do whatever her sister is doing. Now, I don’t get upset about this entire ruckus because it’s really my kids trying to show how much they love me. But, each year I do tell … continued…

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DIY Healthy Habits Holidays Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

This is my take on a traditional Greek dish that I’ve lightened considerably by replacing most of the pasta with sliced, roasted eggplant. I finish it with a béchamel (a milk sauce) made from skim milk lightened with egg whites. This has a few more steps than a lot of our Laura’s Lean Beef recipes, but it’s worth it—I have this in mind for a Mother’s Day Brunch dish. The fresh dill makes me think of this as such a … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holidays Memorable Meals

May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month so I wanted to discuss high blood pressure and the positive effect that exercise has on preventing and treating it. What is Blood Pressure? Blood pressure is the amount of pressure that is applied to the walls of the arteries in your body as your blood circulates.  The top number (systolic blood pressure) represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart is contracting.  The bottom number (diastolic blood pressure) represents the pressure … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

There’s something about the combination of mint and bourbon that can only mean a Kentucky Derby tie-in. I love the combination. The mint and bourbon both come through on this one, and the brown sugar and bourbon both help make a nice crust on this grilled flank steak. Of course it doesn’t have to be served just on Derby Day…Mint (grow your own—even I can get mint to grow) is just a nice, surprising addition to a lot of savory … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals Summer Grilling

With May comes the lovely weather—and of course, there’s no time like the present to get ready to grill (and of course, we hope many Laura’s Lean Beef steaks, burgers and roasts are on your grill list for the summer). Take a bit of time to give your grill a going over to get it up and ready and running now. 1. Check the burners and grill racks inside. These parts are easily replaceable (any of the big box hardware … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

This egg dish is inspired by a craving for a Greek soup, avgolemono, which is thickened with eggs and flavored with lemon. When I realized what I wanted more than soup was the soft eggs, flecked with dill and lemon and flavored with lean ground beef, I couldn’t wait to serve this up. At our house, eggs are either a weekend morning meal or a fallback supper when we are charging in 20 different directions. Serve these eggs with a … continued…

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