Get out of your weeknight dinner rut with these essential meal-planning strategies from The Dinner Plan cookbook.
My family is busy. Really busy. And I bet you can relate. No two nights are the same: Ice hockey practice, choir rehearsals, board-of-ed meetings, a friend's birthday dinner, math tutor, guitar lessons, a dog that needs to go to the vet. It's a miracle that the kid doesn't end up getting checked for fleas while the dog strums "Blackbird." Add making dinner to the mix and you've got a recipe for extreme frustration.
In the last year, we've watched in astonishment as crazy-affordable wines—from the shelves of Target, Costco and Walmart—racked up international awards and accolades from vintners. But the bottle that really sent wine lovers into a frenzy was Aldi's acclaimed $8 rosé. That blush bottle beat out hundreds of others at the International Wine Challenge, where it took home the silver medal overall.
Living a healthy life also usually feels like living a pricy life. More often than not, opting for healthier food or lifestyle choices typically means sacrificing room in your wallet. No one wants to have to choose between balanced meals, exercising and enough moolah to pay the bills. Lucky for you, we have plenty of tips and tricks sure to help you save some coin, all while you're living your best life. Talk about balling on a budget, right?
We're all for making healthy homemade soup (and stocking up our freezer), but sometimes you need soup in a pinch. Enter canned (and boxed) soup from the store. Research shows that soup can help you improve your diet, cut calories without knowing it and lose weight. And bean soup has the added benefit of being full of protein and fiber. See our favorite healthy canned soups and the tough nutrition and tasting criteria to choose
Sugar is everywhere, so it's no surprise that the average American consumes almost 17 teaspoons of added sugars per day (that's more than 1/3 cup, and adds up to 34 pounds of sugar per year). And though there's no denying the wonderfully sweet taste it provides in so many of our favorite baked goods, beverages, condiments and more, sugar contributes extra calories—without healthful nutrients—to our diets.
I've never met a taco I didn't like. I LOVE tacos. There are so many different ways to enjoy tacos: bean tacos with cheese, shrimp tacos with creamy cilantro sauce, steak tacos with guacamole, fish tacos with cabbage slaw. Tacos on a crispy shell, tacos on a flour tortilla, tacos on a corn tortilla, even wrapped in lettuce!
Do you feel the same way too?
We've seen several of our favorite healthy foods—like whole grains and legumes—come under criticism for containing antinutrients like lectins, naturally occurring plant compounds that block the absorption of nutrients (carbs, vitamins and minerals). Sounds scary, but is it?