From pre-peeled fruit to fully-prepared meals, there’s no shortage of supermarket shortcuts. And their appeal is easy to understand: They all promise to help you make light work of dinner. However, not all supermarket shortcuts are created equal. Here are 5 we can get behind.
Do you want to eat more fish but you’re not really sure where to start? May we suggest salmon? It’s super-simple, super-tasty, and super-healthy. Here are 3 cooking methods to get you going.
“Make your bed first thing in the morning.” We’ve all heard this advice before and there’s plenty of good reasons why. Various studies have found that people who make their beds are more productive, happier, and even sleep better. But we have another suggestion.
This pantry staple has the ability to add crunch to dishes sweet and savory, from crisps and crumbles to salads and soups.
The only thing better than a special breakfast on Valentine’s Day morning? One that’s ready to go when you wake up. Luckily, this is not a dream: These make-ahead breakfasts require very little work other than preheating the oven and popping them in.
Most boxed mixes are full of artificial flavors and questionable ingredients. But, as always, there are exceptions to the rule, mixes that offer a shortcut to homemade chocolate cake, minus the junk. We gathered them all up, put them to the test, and found a clear winner.
Few kitchen appliances have ever reached the trendiness levels of the Instant Pot. And yet, a newcomer to the small appliance scene is looking to upstage the uber-popular multicooker. We’re talking about the air fryer. If you’ve been wondering which gadget delivers the best bang for your buck, helping you overcome quarantine cooking fatigue and get healthy meals on the table, pronto, you’ve come to the right place.
Snacking can be a healthy part of most dietary lifestyles, but it’s not always easy finding snacks that fit into your personalized nutrition plan. Craving something crunchy and clean? Trader Joe’s can help. Their in-house brand offers a slew of options that are free of GMOs and trans fats, and low on sugar and salt. Here are the five Trader Joe’s snacks we’re stocking up on right now.
Dips are a wonderful thing. They can make boring carrot sticks crave-worthy — and buffalo chicken wings even tastier. But it’s worth checking the ingredients label before diving in. We did some sleuthing around the refrigerated aisles of Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Costco to find healthy dips that taste so good you might eat the whole tub (and it wouldn’t be a big deal if you did).
Extra-virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest, tastiest, and most versatile oils available. But that’s only if you’re buying the highest-quality extra-virgin olive oil. Here’s what to look for to make sure you’re getting the best of the best.
There are few cooking techniques that you can learn in one day and use to cook nearly anything. Braising is one of them. Here’s what you need to know about this go-to winter cooking method.
Tomato soup is, perhaps, the most comforting soup on the planet. Vegetarians and meat-eaters adore it. Plus, it makes your grilled cheese taste one thousand times better. But for something so simple, it’s surprising how different all the brands out there can taste. And there are a lot of brands.
You’ve heard it before: Meal planning is the key to eating healthier. Personally, if I know what I’m going to make for dinner for that week, it stops me from eating cheese and crackers for dinner. But meal planning requires more than great recipes and a detailed grocery list. You also need the right tools — specifically, these meal prep containers.
It’s pretty much always a good idea to eat more nuts. Bursting with healthy fats and nutrients, nuts are also relatively easy to add your diet. They’re widely accessible, easily transportable, and they’re a varied bunch, with different tastes and textures. In other words, there’s something for everyone. The disadvantages of nuts are mostly logistical: They’re prone to going rancid, especially if you’re storing them incorrectly.
With a few smart ingredient swaps and add-ins, it’s easy to make healthier baked goods that still satisfy your sweet tooth. Sure, none of these things will turn your cupcake into a green smoothie, but that’s not really what you’re going for, anyway.
If you’ve decided to start 2021 with a booze-free month, or even if you’ve just resolved to drink a little bit less, we applaud you. That said, Dry January doesn’t have to mean boring old sparkling water. Today you can find delicious and complex alcohol-free spirits that can be used as building blocks for mixed drinks, or to simply enjoy on their own. Here are 5 to try.
No more bland lettuce and dull veggies. Trader Joe’s has five healthy salad dressings that should be on your shelf or in your fridge right now. These dressings pack a ton of flavor — without the added sugar, sodium, or unhealthy fats you’d normally find in store-bought salad dressings.
The number one piece of advice I give people who are thinking about doing Whole30 is to really prepare your kitchen. And the easiest way to do that is to fill your freezer with a handful of delicious and compliant meals. Do yourself a favor and make at least a couple of these freezer-friendly Whole30 recipes — your future self with thank you.
For most of my life I’ve done the exact same thing for Christmas. But Covid has changed everything: There will be no IRL gift exchange, or cooking a big roast for 20 people.
As the need for affordable mental health services surpasses availability, technology has stepped up to the plate. There are apps that connect you with real therapists (like Talkspace, which is convenient but still relatively pricey), as well as artificial intelligence-powered chatbot apps that are free. They’re basically little therapy robots in your pocket.
There is no magic solution, no panacea, no one thing that will guarantee that we won’t get sick, but there are a handful of simple things we can do to strengthen our immune system. This year, we reached for the immune-boosters that are cheap, easy, and time-tested. They may not be revolutionary, but they do work.
Why is the “most important meal of the day” often the hardest to make time for? But listen! If you have 15 minutes (sometimes less), you can make one of these ultra-tasty, ultra-filling breakfasts. Make your mornings a little better.
‘Tis the season for our Clean Plates gift guide. But, like so many things this year, gift-giving feels a little different.
One of the best things a home cook can do is take a night off from cooking. Cooking is a lifelong responsibility to feed ourselves, and, for some, our families. The only way to make it a sustainable joy is to honor our cooking moods. After all, nobody wins if cooking is a constant stress.
We love food as a gift any year, but this year, it feels like an especially luxurious and sweet way to tell someone you care. These are the best food subscriptions to help your loved ones keep a stocked pantry/fridge/freezer/stomach.
Between stocking up on everyday staples like bread and TP and shopping for the holiday roast, Costco members like me typically spend a lot more time at the warehouse store this time of year.
We’ve all been spending a lot more time in our kitchens for the last eight months, so a kitchen-related gift has never felt more relevant than in 2020. Here are three better, but still budget-friendly kitchen tools that will make people wonder how they ever got by with something else.
On the day after Thanksgiving, some people look forward to leftover sandwiches piled high with stuffing and cranberry sauce, others enjoy sneaking a slice of pie for breakfast. Me? All I dream about is homemade turkey stock.
We’ve rounded up some of the best low ABV cocktails to toast with. Many are easily made non-alcoholic, too, so you can cheers (again and again) to that!
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is one of the most essential nutrients in the world. Why? In part because our bodies can’t make it on their own, which means we have to rely on food and supplements to meet our needs. It also plays an incredibly important role in our health and our skin. Here’s everything you should know about this essential vitamin.
I’ve tried so many methods over the years: various rubs and flavorings, smoking, deep-frying, cramming butter under the skin… You name it, I’ve tried it. This is the one trick you need up your sleeve this holiday (and all holidays going forward).
Imagine a completely satisfying Thanksgiving meal without feeling like an overstuffed potato. It’s possible with a killer salad to help keep your meal in balance. These are our favorites.
If you have ever had from-scratch chicken soup, you know that there is no substitute for the real thing. This is especially true when you’re achy/sneezy/coughy/stuffy. Research shows that chicken soup is an effective remedy for the cold and flu — and it’s not just because it’s made with love.
We scoured the freezer aisle to find meals that offered a slew of veggies and whole grains, double-digit grams of protein, and little-to-no added sugar. Then we tasted through them to find the best ones.
A well-stocked freezer is a home cook’s best friend. Fill it with frozen veggies (peas are a mainstay) and cooked rice, pizza dough and pasta sauce, and all the soups and you’ll never go hungry. But what about seafood — specifically, shrimp?
Brassicas sometimes have a reputation for being bland, but if your last memory is of mushy, overcooked Brussel sprouts or bland broccoli, it’s time to give this under-appreciated family of vegetables another chance. These clever recipes use cabbage, Cauliflower, and the like in creative ways that are anything but sad.
Chances are, this Thanksgiving is going to look at little different from Thanksgivings past — so why should your sides be the same old sides, swimming in some combination of sugar and butter… or both?Here are 10 clean and delicious sides to get you inspired, from cornbread stuffing that’s gluten-free and vegan to slow cooker Brussel sprouts and cauliflower-sweet potato mash. Yes, please!
A really good soup is akin to lying in bed with a weighted blanket or putting on a pair of your favorite sweatpants after a really hard day; it’s comfort in food form. It feeds your belly and your soul. So grab your biggest — no bigger! — spoon and dig in.
Eating well and improving your diet doesn’t have to be extreme. In fact, transitioning to a healthier diet is often the result of small but strategic changes implemented over time. It may not be as sexy or trendy as going keto or trying out intermittent fasting, but, soon enough, these tiny tweaks will make you feel downright awesome.
Mushrooms make any dish deeper, bolder, and more savory. It’s why portobellos, shiitakes, and creminis are so often used in hearty dishes — like these satisfyingly-filling mushroom dinners.