#RRWhatchaCookin #easybeinggreen Challenge Winner: @ahomechef

Written on March 5, 2014 at 10:19 am , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.


We asked you to incorporate all things green into this week’s challenge, and instagram user @ahomechef‘s Basil Pesto with Broccoli definitely lived up to the challenge. It’s not always easy incorporating healthy ingredients into favored dishes like pasta, but earthy broccoli seems like the perfect addition to a fresh and flavorful basil pesto. Plus, it basically blends right in! See, it can be easy being green.


NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: In honor of March being National Sauce Month, we want to see your sauciest pictures! So whether you’re dousing an ice cream sundae in homemade chocolate sauce or tossing ravioli in a spicy marinara, be sure to tag your photos with both #RRWhatchaCookin and #saucy for a chance to be featured on our blog. Good luck!


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#TrendingTuesday: Mardi Gras

Written on March 4, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

You may not be roaming Bourbon street, sipping on hurricanes and munching on beignets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still embrace the New Orleans-famous holiday of Mardi Gras. It’s Fat Tuesday, people, and you should be celebrating. Whether you’re looking for a snack native to the Bayou or a full blown Big Easy dinner, we’ve got the perfect recipes to suit your fancy. So dig out your beads and masks and get cooking, y’all!


Shrimp & Grits


Battered Okra Bites


Chicken Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya




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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: National Frozen Food Month

Written on March 1, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Did you know March is National Frozen Food Month? Not only is this a great excuse to keep your freezer fully stocked, but also it gives you a reason to try some great freezer-aisle products. So before you head to the grocery store this weekend, make sure to check out these two new breakfast items that deserve a prime spot in the ‘ol ice box:


Good Food Made Simple Breakfast in a Bowl pairs bacon, sausage or veggies with egg whites for a fab fuel-up. ($3.49)




Made with organic eggs, cheddar and bell peppers, PJ’s Organic Denver Breakfast Burritos are portable A.M. meals. ($3.39)

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Fast Idea Friday: Sweet Potato Hash

Written on February 28, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

As we turn the calendar from February to March, let’s take advantage of our last chance to celebrate National Sweet Potato Month: With a hash. Our brand new Sweet Potato Hash is smoky and just spicy enough to get your morning going. Serve it under some friend eggs and you’ve got yourself a balanced Tex-Mex breakfast or brunch.



Get the full recipe for Sweet Potato Hash here. Happy brunching!



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#RRWhatchaCookin #latenighteats challenge winner: @judena20

Written on February 26, 2014 at 10:08 am , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

A dark setting and savory dumplings fresh out of the pan? This dish, created by instagram user @judena20, just screams #latenighteats! We’d say there’s never a wrong time to be noshing on pork, veggie or chicken dumplings, but these little pockets of Asian-y goodness seem particularly appropriate for an extended evening out… or in!

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: We’re loving all of your #RRWhatchaCookin challenge photos and have noticed a rise in the amount of healthy dishes you’re posting. So for next week’s challenge, we want to see your best dishes that prove its #easybeinggreen. Whether you’re slurping a spinach smoothie for breakfast, munching on a kale salad for lunch or even just dipping into a hearty guacamole for a midday snack, show us how you’re cooking with nature’s favorite color. Remember to use both the #RRWhatchaCookin and #easybeinggreen hashtags in order to be considered!

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Trending Tuesday: Zucchini

Written on February 25, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

When it comes to making healthy choices, utilizing zucchini may not be at the top of your list. But now more than ever, people are appreciating the versatility of this member of the squash family and using it as a substitute for carbohydrates in many unique ways. According to Yahoo Web Trend Expert, Lauren Whitehouse, searches for zucchini recipes are up 1830% this month, and include things like zucchini noodles, zucchini lasagna, zucchini fries and baked zucchini chips. But Zucchini has a sweet side, too. Users are still looking for those classic chocolate zucchini cake and zucchini muffin recipes to stick to a healthier diet, even through dessert. Try some of our top zucchini recipes and you may never look at it as just a side dish veggie again!


Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Zucchini Linguine with Almonds

Zucchini Pistachio Cupcakes

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meatless monday: stuffed to the brim

Asian Made Meatless

Written on February 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm , by

The next stop on our vegetarian culinary journey brings us to Asia. We know it’s easy to call up for some veggie stir fry or miso soup, but why stick to the basics when you can have things like vegetable dumplings and nutty noodles? So drop the take-out menu and try one of our healthy, hearty and oh-so flavorful recipes this Meatless Monday that may even replace your go-to restaurant altogether.


Nutty Asian Noodles with Carrots & Edamame


Mushroom-Stuffed Asian Eggplant


Vegetable Dumplings

What other ethnic cuisines would you like to see made meatless?



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Egg Separator: Is It Worth It?

Written on February 22, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

We think not! Here’s the thing: Separating an egg doesn’t require any kind of gadget at all. Try one of our test kitchen’s two recommended methods instead, and you’ll be glad not to have another tool hogging precious drawer space.



For cooks with good hand-eye coordination:

Crack an egg in half, then slide the yolk back and forth between the halved shells, letting the whites drip into a bowl. A tip: Make sure to crack your egg with a firm tap on the rim of the bowl to avoid jagged edges that can piece the yolk.


For those who want an easier, if messier, way:

Crack the egg into your hand and let the white drain through your fingers into a bowl. You’ll need a good hand-washing afterward, but what you won’t have to wash is another tool!


BTW: If you’re still gung ho about buying an egg separator, feel free to spend $5, not $15: Plastic models work as well as pricier stainless steal ones.



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Fast Idea Friday: Pineapple & Pomegranate Salad

Written on February 21, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

Happy Friday! Here’s a fast idea that’ll take your taste buds to sunnier times: Pineapple & Pomegranate Salad. It doesn’t get more tropical than the flavors of pineapple, pomegranate and lime, with just a hint of fresh grated ginger. Serve it in a hallowed-out pineapple, and you may even forget about that storm outside.



Get the full recipe for Pineapple & Pomegranate Salad here.


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#RRWhatchaCookin #piledhigh challenge winner: @gsdreams

Written on February 19, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.


Talk about a plate piled high! Instagram user @gsdreams has perfected the art of pancake pileage with these Lemon Meringue Yogurt Pancakes doused in Rachael Ray’s Maple and Honey Syrup. We love her interpretation of the #piledhigh challenge, especially because it coincides with our #RR30Days of breakfast on Instagram, too! It may just inspire us to make tonight a breakfast-for-dinner kinda night.


NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: We wanna know what you’re snacking on late at night. So whether it’s a giant ice cream sundae or leftover lasagna, tag your pictures with #RRWhatchaCookin and #latenighteats for a chance to be featured on our blog.


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