Create Your Own Salad Dressing: Save Calories and Dollars

Posted on 03/8/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthIf weight loss is your goal in 2012, you’ll probably find yourself eating more fresh salads. Besides being nutritious, salads help us feel fuller without being dense in calories. Incorporating salads into your diet will be easier (and less boring) if you add variety and interest by topping them with a variety of dressings. Here are four distinct salad dressings that will make your taste buds sing:

Eating Done Right: Sweet Potatoes—Food of the Week

Posted on 03/1/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthFirst domesticated in Central America over 5,000 years ago, the sweet potato has a long and varied history. Sweet potatoes were introduced in China in the 16th century and quickly spread throughout Asia. Because of its hardiness, adaptability and overall versatility, the sweet potato has become a stable food in many parts of the world. Sweet potatoes (not to be confused with yams that originated in Africa and are starchier than their sweet potato cousins) are related to the morning …

Cherry-Berry Cobbler – A Presidential Salute

Posted on 02/21/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & Savings“This is delicious! You didn’t make it yourself, did you?” Last February when we were snowed in, we hosted an impromptu dinner party for a handful of neighbors who were brave – and tall – enough to wade through the snowdrifts and reach our front door. The dinner fare was pretty basic, prepared entirely from food we had on hand in the pantry and freezer, which is actually a pretty fun way to cook. But it was the dessert – a …

Recipe: Peperoni e Melanzane—A Mouth-Watering and Healthy Vegetable Dish

Posted on 01/20/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthOne of my neighbors, Richard Scammell, is a wonderful cook. Even though Richard does not cook for a living, I consider him a chef. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this recipe for a …

Eating Done Right: Pumpkin – Food of the Week

Posted on 11/4/2011 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthEach fall, millions of Americans carve pumpkins for Halloween and enjoy traditional pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. But with a little imagination, pumpkins become more than decorations and dessert. A versatile and nutritious vegetable, pumpkins can be used in a variety of healthy recipes, such as pumpkin burgers, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes and even pumpkin oatmeal. The word pumpkin originates from the Greek word pepon, which means “large melon.” A hearty crop and a member of the squash (Cucurbita) family, pumpkins …

Tasty Super Bowl Party Snacks

Posted on 02/4/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWhen Super Bowl day arrives, there’s one other thing besides the TV that’s on — our hunger switch to eat massive amounts of food. And what better than to prepare appropriately ahead of time for the big eating event? Check out some tips AARP has on what food to make (and how to make it): – Keep it simple: Some gatherings are perfect for culinary experimentation, but for the Super Bowl it’s best to keep the nibbles classic. Bust out …