We here at Cooking Channel love our pasta. It’s comforting, affordable, comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and is the perfect canvas to mix in just about any ingredients you can imagine. But it seems every silver lining has a cloud. Pasta, along with people who go to Diddy shows, gets a bad rap. “The carbs!” people cry out as they awaken, sweaty from a nightmare of being chased by giant noodles. It’s time to relax and put pasta back into your diet.
Tune in to Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping today at 10:30am ET on Cooking Channel to get tips and healthy recipes (including the crowd-pleasing, vitamin-rich Pasta Primavera pictured above) to help you say “yes” to pasta and even lose weight.
Aarti’s Easy and Delicious Red Lentils
Besides the health benefits of eating less meat – according to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, eating less red meat reduces your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity – and the financial ones – meat is pretty pricey! – you also help reduce your carbon footprint: According to Oxfam America, meat production uses 8% of the world’s water supply!
What other reason do you need to go meatless, even just once a week?
I love the whole Meatless Monday trend, not just because I’m one of those freaks who loves her a big plate of vegetables, but also because I love the challenge of finding ways to satisfy my meat-loving husband. And I have! So here are some of my tricks to making a meatless meal a delicious one.
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Aarti Sequeira and Samantha Cassetty after indulging in some pizza on Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping.
As the resident nutritionist on Drop 5 Lbs
, people tend to think that I eat healthfully 100 percent of the time, or that I don’t have a sweet tooth, let alone ever give in to one. But my friends and family can vouch for me: I give into my sweet tooth regularly — every day, in fact. But I keep my weight in check with a few simple strategies. Here’s how:
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Melissa d’ Arabian cooks up a couple of meals that will help turn back your clock to a more flattering time.
“Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.”- Anonymous
It’s the start of a new year, and most of us have resolutions that involve a gym, a new diet and perhaps ultimately … a scale. We all know that what we eat on a daily basis impacts our weight and how we feel in our bodies. But we sometimes (maybe willfully) forget that there’s a larger, cosmic force that’s working against us — time. Let’s face it, we are all getting older and unless you’re blessed with Cindy Crawford’s genes, it shows. So what if, in addition to striving to get fit and thin this year, we strove to look and feel younger (sans surgery)?
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Shooting season two of Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping (premiering Saturday, January 19, at 10:30am ET on Cooking Channel) was a delightful and tasty experience. What could be better than sharing flavorful meals and delicious desserts (that were surprisingly low-cal) with my two friends, Melissa and Aarti, especially considering that the fabulous Melissa d’Arabian handled all of the cooking! While every recipe is a winner in my book, a select few have become staples in my home — and only one (OK, three) can be honored with the title “favorite.”
The flaky Flounder with Corn and Tomatoes (pictured above) takes top honors in the entrée category. It’s a cinch to make (I’m talking weeknights!) and just as easy to clean up thanks to the fact that it’s made in a parchment paper wrap. As for the taste: Even my 9-year-old son was wowed! It’s a great marriage of flavors (sweet corn, tangy sundried tomatoes) and texture (flaky fish, crunchy corn, chewy tomatoes) and the presentation, with the pop of color, is just stunning. It’s hard to believe a dish this flavorful is just 185 calories! I made this with a side of quinoa, a whole grain that brings even more nutrition to the table. You could also try it with bulgur or whole-wheat couscous. All three are a snap to prepare.
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People always ask me “How do you get your kids to eat all the food that you make?” My girls are 7, 6, 5 and 5, so my answer is: “I don’t.” But, then again, that’s not my goal. To be sure, I want my kids to eat their veggies, but more than that, I want to raise budding young women who have a healthy relationship with their food. If I manage to get them to choke down a few bites of broccoli for the next few years, but then they spend their entire teen and adult lives eating junk, finally “free” from my rules, then I will not have considered myself successful. That’s just what rings true for me in my gut, and I realize not everyone shares my parenting style. My goal is simple: Impart a healthy knowledge and love for the taste, adventure and nutrition that food brings to our lives. Whenever I find myself tempted to wield my parenting muscle and try to “force” my kids to eat (ha ha ha!), I step back and remind myself that I want to pass along messages that support both the 6-year-old in front of me, and the 18-year-old she will become soon enough.
With that background, I will share my top six tips and tools for dealing with picky kids (yes, my kids have ALL had their picky phases!):
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