Easy Kefir Recipe: How to Make This Health Drink at Home

Editor's note: Kefir, a fermented milk product popular in Eastern Europe and Russia, has gained popularity in the U.S. as a health drink. And for good reason: In addition to being a great source of protein, calcium and fiber, kefir has a high level of probiotics (ten strains to be exact), which aid in digestion and support the immune system. So no wonder, then, that a few enterprising health nuts like Cassie have decided to make their own kefir at home…and found it to be insanely easy. ...more
I make my own kefir, yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, cheeses, etc.more

A Hearty Barley, Caramelized Onion, and White Bean Stew

Editor’s note: Eating meatless doesn’t mean you have to leave dinner table hungry, as Dara from The Cookin’ Canuck proves with this hearty white bean stew. After slowly caramelizing the onions, this stew practically cooks itself. Just add barley, white beans, and spinach as directed and let simmer. If you double the recipe, you can even eat this healthful meal all week long. --Jane ...more
Yum - I love caramelized onions and onion soup - cannot wait to try your ...more

Hearty Vegetable Soup to Fight the Winter Blues

Editor’s note: Many of us overindulge when we’re stressed, angry, or tired. What if, instead of wolfing down fatty comfort foods, we soothed ourselves with soul-nurturing whole foods. Michele from Cooking with Michele does just that with this hearty winter vegetable soup, which is full of good-for-you ingredients like barley, beans, and kale. --Jane ...more
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Honey Whole-Wheat Waffles, Hot Out of the Waffle Iron

Editor’s note: Did you know that making waffle batter in a blender results in a fluffier waffle? Plus, the blender’s spout equals less mess in the kitchen. Nicole from Baking Bites gives her Blender Waffles recipe a healthful spin with white whole-wheat flour and honey. -- Jane ...more
Elizabeth J White cool! I sent JMP's mom a waffle maker that makes elephant shaped waffles, lol. ...more

5 Nutrition and Diet Trends for 2013

Editor’s note: Nutrition and diet trends and research often come and go so fast it’s hard to know what to try yourself! Here, two registered dieticians give you the scoop on what’s in and out in 2013, based on a recent survey among workers in their field. My favorite: Teaching people not to count calories, but to find the GOOD calories. -- Judy...more
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Slow Cooker Lentil Minestrone Soup

[Editor's Note: In the wake of this busy season, I'm looking for quick dinners that have slow-cooked flavor. This lentil minestrone is perfect for that—add bread and a salad, and dinner's done! Plus, most of the (speedy) work is done in the morning when you throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker to simmer all day. --Genie] Lentil Minestrone Soup Recipe ...more

Vegan Buffalo Wing-Style Pizza

[Editor's Note: This pizza offers a little bit of magic to those who love the taste of buffalo wings but are vegan. My favorite thing about this recipe? It doesn't use any meat substitutes, but rather simply uses cauliflower tossed with spicy barbecue sauce to mimic its poultry-based relative. It's a really creative way to spice up your Quicker Dinners! -Genie] ...more
Oh my. That looks delicious.more

Crispy Cod: So Good, Even Fish-Haters Will Eat It!

[Editor's Note: There's lots to like about this crispy cod recipe, which features some heat from red chili sauce and lots of Chesapeake Bay flavor in the seasoning. Plus, it has already been proven to convert those who don't like to eat fish! It's a quick and healthy option during this busy season. --Genie] ...more

Rebalance Your Health With This Watercress and Apple Smoothie

[Editor's Note: After the excess of the Thanksgiving feast, I find it's helpful to have a few recipes in the bank that can help restore some nutritional balance. This recipe is just the trick: It's packed with nutrients, and the banana and avocado mixed in make it particularly satisfying. Whip up a batch today! --Genie] ...more

Foolproof Baked Salmon in Parchment Paper

[Editor's Note: If you've ever been concerned about cooking fish correctly, then I recommend you give this recipe a try. It's one of the fastest and most foolproof ways to cook fish, because the parchment paper (or foil, if you don't have parchment paper on hand) traps in the juices, keeping the fish moist throughout the cooking process. It's delicious, easy, and a breeze to clean up! --Genie] ...more
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