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  1. Off the Menu: Jeff Michaud

    The most valuable lesson chef Jeff Michaud learned during the 3 years he spent cooking in Northern Italy had less to do with food than with family. "Eating in Italy always happened at the table with family around you, especially on Sundays," says Michaud, winner of the 2010 James Beard Award for Bes

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  2. 3 Ways to Cook Eggplant

    If you're stuck in a menu rut, think purple. The jewel-toned eggplant is often overlooked, but offers many possibilities. Kids are drawn to this fruit (eggplant is technically not a vegetable), and it's in season right now, says Gila Daman RD, CDN. She's a dietitian at Jacobi Medical Center in New Y

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  3. 11 Ideas for Heart-Smart Meals

    Heart-healthy eating can be surprisingly simple and scrumptious. Once you know the basic rules, you can get creative in your kitchen. Eat more plant-based foods. Reach for whole grains and veggies to boost your fiber. Dial back your salt intake. Go for "good" fats from foods like nuts, olive oil, av

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  4. Easy Mexican Food by Chef Marcela

    "When I talk to my friends, who are mostly Mexican moms, they all say they want to keep their food traditions alive but don't have the time to make mole sauces, enchiladas, chilaquiles, and other foods they grew up on," Marcela Valladolid says. "My job is to resolve that problem." Doing so has becom

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  5. Down Home for the Holidays

    Hosting loved ones during the hubbub of the holidays can be a challenge, even for professional chefs. Taking a lighthearted approach and letting good ingredients shine is the answer, says Joe Truex, executive chef at Watershed on Peachtree in Atlanta. "When I'm cooking at home, I want to make it fun

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  6. Should You Sprout Your Food?

    Sprouts are making a comeback, and not just at the salad bar. They're packed with nutrients and are easy to digest. Some people are getting in on the trend, sprouting their grains, nuts, and beans. Should you join in? Find out what's involved. Seeds sprout after a few days in a warm, moist setting.

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  7. Top 10 Smart Foods for College Students

    Poring over textbooks, organizing lecture notes, and prepping for tests challenges your brain. Give yourself the fuel you need to stay focused and absorb what you learn in the classroom. Milk and yogurt. Low-fat dairy products are packed with protein and B vitamins that may help you concentrate and

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  8. 3 Ways to Cook Chicken

    For fast, satisfying weeknight meals, chicken rules the roost. And for good reason: There are a thousand ways to prepare it, and it can be nutritious. Three ounces of boneless, skinless chicken breast contain 31 grams of protein, a flock of heart-protective B vitamins, and about 4 grams of fat, says

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  9. The Ideal Holiday Meal

    The holidays are a time for friends, fun, and flavorful food. And with the right menu -- and a bit of planning ahead -- you can keep your calories in check, too. “My best advice is to be mindful of your food choices,” says Toby Smithson, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman. “Planning a

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  10. Holiday Beverages That Are Light and Right

    Ready to raise a glass for the holidays without raising your calories? From eggnog to a 70-calorie cosmo, you can make it light, festive, and still enjoyable. Check out these lighter versions of seasonal favorites: A healthier eggnog: “If you want to make healthier eggnog, use egg substitute instead

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