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Spring Recipes

The arrival of spring means that seasonal fruits and vegetables like asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb are finally in season. We’re scoured some of our favorite cooking magazines to find the perfect spring meal. Begin by serving the chicken and asparagus dish alongside a flavorful strawberry spinach salad. Finish with a sweet yet tart rhubarb crumble for a satisfying finish to the meal. Your family will love this colorful, delicious meal so much they won’t even realize how healthy it is!

Asparagus:

Roasted Chicken with Asparagus:

roasted-chicken-asparagus_300For a delicious meal-in-one, try this simple yet flavorful dish. With only six ingredients, it can be prepared in mere minutes. You can substitute other spring vegetables, such as new potatoes or mushrooms, in place of the asparagus. This is the perfect dish to serve when you want a meal that highlights the new vegetables you got from your garden or farmer’s market.

Source: Real Simple

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

8 bone-in chicken thighs

Salt and pepper

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed

1 pint grape tomatoes

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, plus more for garnish

Instructions:

1.) Heat oven to 400° F. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. In batches, cook the chicken, skin-side down, until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

2.) To the skillet, add the asparagus, tomatoes, and thyme. Top with the chicken and roast until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve sprinkled with thyme.

 

Strawberries:

Your family will love this vibrant, colorful strawberry spinach salad. If you want to make a meal out of it, add some chopped cooked chicken. The salad is also delicious when served with pecans instead of walnuts.

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Source: Taste of Home

Serves: 8-10

Ingredients:

1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, torn

2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1/3 cup canola oil

3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Feta cheese, optional

 

Instructions:

1.) In a large bowl, combine the asparagus, spinach, strawberries and walnuts. In a small bowl, whisk the canola oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Rhubarb:

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Source: Cooking Light

Serves: 6

Rhubarb is the perfect change of pace from more traditional fruits. Many people pair the tart fruit with raspberries or strawberries for a tangy yet sweet dessert. This rhubarb crisp is a unique, delicious alternative to a more traditional apple or cherry crisp. Because it’s made with low-fat ingredients, it’s something that the entire family can enjoy.

Ingredients:

5-1/2 cups sliced rhubarb

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon grated lime rind

Vegetable cooking spray

1/3 cup regular oats

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 firmly packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons chilled stick margarine, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 cups vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt, optional

Instructions:

1.) Combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl, and toss well. Spoon into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.

2.) Place oats, flour, and sugar in food processor, and pulse 2 to 3 times. Add chilled margarine, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal; sprinkle over rhubarb mixture. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Serve with frozen yogurt if desired.

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Magazines for National Nutrition Month

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?garden

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the day was created to remind people of the importance of “making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” The goal is to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that individuals will enjoy. “It is important that we find the balance between choosing the foods we like with those that provide the nutrients we need,” said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Dr. Glenna McCollum. “This year’s ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right’ theme reinforces that the two choices are not mutually exclusive.”

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1.) Strive for Balance

Rather than trying to go cold turkey on day one, aim for proper balance. Instead of completely cutting out all sugary sodas and desserts, begin by reducing the amount that you consume. Instead of swearing off pizza forever, start by serving pizza with a healthy vegetable salad and fruit. Remember that it’s okay to enjoy portions of your favorite foods in moderation, as long as you’re also eating proper amounts of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. (The Academy recommends making sure that half of each meal consists of fruits and vegetables.) Try to reduce the amount of calories you eat each day by cooking with reduced fat ingredients. Remember that healthy habits are achieved over time, not in the course of a day.

How we can help: We sell subscriptions to Cooking Light, a magazine with reduced-fat and low-fat recipes. It’s a great asset for anyone wanting to enjoy healthy renditions of their favorite foods.

2.) Prepare Your Own Food

Bringing lunch to work or cooking dinner at home is often much healthier than dining out. Try a new fruit or vegetable each week so that you can find healthy new foods that you enjoy eating. You can also consider preparing old favorites in new ways. For example, rather than making French fries, you can roast potatoes. Rather than boiling vegetables, you can saute them. Experiment so that you can find new ways to make old foods.

How We Can Help: We sell subscriptions to several magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Eating Well, which are packed with healthy and delicious recipe options. If you’re dedicated to eating better but aren’t sure what to cook for each meal, these magazines will be perfect for you.

 3.) Exercise Regularly

In order to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle, eating properly and exercising regularly must go hand-in-hand. Mayo Clinic recommends aiming for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “When it comes to physical activity, some is better than none, and more is better.” If you don’t currently exercise, then any increase in physical activity will be beneficial for you. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to work out for 30 consecutive minutes. You can also exercise for shorter intervals throughout the day. The most important thing is just to make sure that you are beginning a lifestyle of regular exercise.

How we can help: We sell subscriptions to several health magazines that give important information and helpful tips about exercise and workouts. Women would enjoy a subscription to Health, a women’s fitness magazine that features informative articles on how to stay fit and feel great. Men would benefit from a subscription to Men’s Fitness, a magazine filled with workout routines and suggestions for healthy food.

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Celebrate National Oreo Day With Deals & Recipes

url102 years ago, American baking company Nabisco decided to create a new kind of cookie by pairing two chocolate disks with a rich crème filling. The delectable result: the Oreo cookie that we all know and love. Today, Oreos are so well-loved that they are now the best-selling cookie in the United States!

March 6 is National Oreo day, so why not celebrate with some delicious recipes from Taste of Home? (And, to make this day even sweeter, we have deals on several popular cooking magazines!)

 

1.) Oreo Cookie Truffles

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These chocolaty Oreo truffles require only three ingredients and are ready in minutes, so they couldn’t be easier to prepare. The tiny truffles are the perfect fancy finish to a nice meal, and they also make great gifts.

Ingredients:

1 package (8 ounces) softened cream cheese

3 cups finely crushed Oreo cookies

16 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces and melted

Instructions:

1.) Mix the cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.

2.) Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.

3.) Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

 

2.) Cookies-and-Cream Cake 

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You know that moment when you experience something that’s almost too good to be true? This Oreo cake is such an occasion. Not only is the cake laced with cookie crumbs, but the frosting is decorated with crushed Oreos and topped with whole ones. We would say it’s an Oreo overload…but the truth is you can never have too much of a good thing!

Ingredients:

1 package white cake mix (regular size)

1-1/4 cups water

1/3 cup canola oil

3 egg whites

1 cup coarsely crushed Oreo cookies (about 8)

Frosting:

1/2 cup shortening

4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Instructions:

1.) In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Gently fold in crushed cookies.

2.) Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

3.) For frosting, beat the shortening, sugar, milk and vanilla in another large bowl until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Decorate the top with cookies and the sides with crushed cookies if desired.

 

3.) Oreo Cookie Pie

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This delectable recipe combines two of the best things in life: Oreos and peanut butter. The result is a rich, smooth, pie that will have your family and friends clamoring for seconds. Although it looks like you fussed, the reality is that you can prepare this pie in less than half an hour.

1-1/4 cup Oreo cookie crumbs (20 cookies)

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

Filling:

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Additional crushed Oreos

Instructions:

1.) Combine cookie crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

2.) For filling, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, butter and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Gently spoon into crust. Garnish with cookie crumbs. Store in refrigerator.

Americans have eaten over 350 billion Oreos since their invention in 1912. Somehow, though, the age-old question still remains: what is the best way to eat an Oreo cookie? Do you dunk it in milk? Twist it apart and eat the cream first? This question may be debated for centuries to come, but one thing is for sure: you don’t want to miss out on trying these delicious recipes, or on our great deals!

6 More of the Easiest Christmas Recipes on Pinterest

6 More of the Easiest Christmas Recipes on Pinterest

6 More of the Easiest Christmas Recipes on Pinterest Holiday Recipes Easy Appetizers DessertsToo busy? Can’t cook? No problem! You can still make the cutest holiday appetizers and treats with these super easy  recipes we scoured Pinterest to find. Even better—little to  no cooking required!

Oops, you did it again. You got so consumed in the decorating, the shopping, and the wrapping that there’s precious little time to devote to making all those festive holiday treats you found in December cooking magazines or pinned on Pinterest.

With Christmas Eve just a week away, don’t think you have to resort to serving a bowl of red and green candies. We’ve scoured the popular pinning phenomenon that is Pinterest to find the easiest, most festive ideas we could find.

The “6 Easiest Christmas Recipes on Pinterest” that we highlighted last year were so popular that this year we’re giving you six more (clockwise from left on photo)—so even the busiest, least creative, or cooking-challenged among us create a treat that’s the hit of the holiday party.

1. Edible Caprese Wreath: Start with a pretty platter or a pedestal dish, like a cake stand, and create a layer of basil. Then arrange mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes on toothpicks in a wreath design for an easy and festive appetizer. No cooking required!

2. Grinch Kebobs: Fun for kids—or kids at heart—this treat could not be easier. Simply arrange a mini marshmallow, strawberry, banana slice, and a grape on a small stick. (Tip: Spritz banana slices with lemon or pineapple juice to keep from turning brown.)

3. Chocolate Reindeer Donuts or Snowman Donuts: Dress up your donuts for the season! Add red candies for the nose and pretzels the antlers to chocolate donuts to make reindeer. Use candy corn and pipe melted chocolate to turn powdered donuts into snowmen.

4. Santa Hat Brownie Bites: Bake your favorite brownie mix using a mini cupcake pan. Cool and remove from the pan, then add a swirl of buttercream frosting, and garnish with a strawberry with the top sliced off. Easy to pull off, even at the last minute!

5. Rice Krispies Trees: Take your Rice Krispies treat making up a notch. Add green food coloring, shape into trees and decorate with red sprinkles or small cinnamon candies. Top with a yellow candy, such as mini M&M’s and add a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup for the base.

6. Dipped Candy Cane Chocolate Marshmallows: For an elegant, but still very easy treat, stick a candy cane into a large marshmallow, then dip in chocolate and crushed candy canes. Melting the chocolate is the only “cooking” required!

For these and other easy Christmas recipes, check out our Pinterest board here!

Favorite Thanksgiving Magazine Covers Food Magazines Holiday Food

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Magazine Covers

Thanksgiving Magazine Covers Favorite Covers Holiday Food Cooking MagazinesCan’t wait for turkey? Prefer pecan pie instead? We’ll whet your appetite for the Thanksgiving feast by counting down our favorite November food magazine covers.

By now, most of you are either busy preparing the Thanksgiving meal or traveling to gather with family and friends around one (or maybe several). Even as you count your many blessings or treasure time spent with loved ones, the holiday feast typically takes center stage; after all, it’s generally what gathers us all together in the first place.

So as you cook and bake or fly the friendly skies to your holiday destination, we thought we’d help get you in the spirit—of the Thanksgiving feast anyway—with our six favorite November cooking magazine covers.

Southern Living: Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be complete without a pecan pie, but this creation takes it new a new level. Practically a work of art, this Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie is definitely worthy of the November cover and would be a welcome addition to any table.

EatingWell: Whole or jellied, cranberries usually play second fiddle to the turkey and dressing that are the focal point of the Thanksgiving spread, so it’s nice to see them get their due on this simple, yet elegant November/December cover.

Martha Stewart Living: Martha’s covers always have a flair for the artistic, and for the carved turkey on the November cover, it’s is all about the presentation. She suggests fanning out the cut pieces of meat, garnishing with fruits and herbs, and serving on a pretty platter.

Bon Appetit: Now this is a sight we like to see on Thanksgiving: the presentation of the centerpiece of the holiday meal. This November cover celebrates a holiday moment that’s bound to be repeated again and again in homes across the country, but it never gets old.

Taste of the South: Yes, the turkey is important, but let’s also give thanks for the delicious sides that will be served on plenty of Southern tables this year. Favorites like Green Bean Casserole, Cornbread Dressing, and Sweet Potato Casserole are just as beloved as the turkey—and this cover recognizes that.

Cooking With Paula Deen: The next best thing to turkey and all the trimmings has to be the dessert selection, and this cover features three drool-worthy options—Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie, Buttermilk Pie with Glazed Cranberries, and Chocolate Cream Pie with Peanut Butter Topping.

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Cooking Food Magazine Subscription Discounts DealsGet in on all the great food during the fall and holiday season with great deals on more than 90 cooking and food magazine subscriptions, including these seven of our favorites!

Fall is a pretty good season for food. There’s tailgating, there’s Halloween, then comes Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not to mention all those good comfort foods during and in between.

With such a focus on eating, now’s a good time to consider trying out a new food magazine subscription or maybe adding another to your collection. Just think of all those seasonal recipes you can try before 2014 rolls around!

Now you can save up to 79% on some of our most popular cooking and food magazine subscriptions, including top-rated customer favorites and maybe a few you hadn’t considered. With fall and all its delicious food in mind, we’ve come up with seven cooking magazines that you should at least give a chance.

Cooking Light: Holiday sweets, rich casseroles, hearty soups and more sweets can pile up fast this season. If you’d rather stave off the guilt of overindulging, turn to this magazine that helps cut fat and calories without cutting back on taste.

Southern Living: Southern food has a reputation all its own, and if you’re obsessed with all cuisine south of the Mason-Dixon, you’ll read all about it here. Think fried chicken, shrimp and grits, pimiento cheese, biscuits and more, and that’s just a taste of what this magazine has to offer.

Food Network Magazine: Not only can you keep up with your favorite celebrity chefs in every issue, but also you’ll find easy weeknight meal ideas, copycat recipes, fun desserts, menus for parties and holiday gatherings, and indispensable cooking tips to make your life easier.

Food & Wine: It’s an obvious choice if you’re a food and wine lover, but want to know more about pairing them up. Travel through vineyards here and abroad through its pages, plus get wine recommendations suitable for any budget and easier-than-you-think recipes.

Vegetarian Times: Even if you haven’t eschewed meat, this magazine is still a great read. Thoughtful, in-depth articles about healthy eating, meatless meal plans and helpful nutritional advice come standard in every issue. Plus the recipes look delicious, too.

Cook’s Illustrated: Not nearly as flashy as the other magazines on this list, this simple gem comes with such a wealth of cooking and kitchen tips that you won’t notice the absence of flashy photos and pages upon pages of ads. (In fact, there are no ads.)

YUM Food & Fun for Kids: Whether you want to get your kids in on the fun in the kitchen—or you just want to get in touch with your inner child—this magazine has recipes easy enough for the kids to make, plus creative enough so they enjoy it.