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articles by: Mel, selected from Eating Well magazine

Can Food Really Get You in the Mood?

Oysters. Chocolate. Chile peppers that make you hot and bothered? For centuries, people all over the world have been claiming that these so-called aphrodisiacs--and others, including asparagus, banana…

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Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

This baked apple-cinnamon French toast can be prepared in advance and then simply popped in the oven for a leisurely and luxurious weekend morning. By using non-fat instead of whole milk and eliminati…

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Southwestern Cheese Panini

Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy panini prettier than any grilled cheese you've ever seen. The small amount of Cheddar cheese in this sandwich goes a long way because it is shred…

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Corn & Broccoli Calzones

These calzones are stuffed with a combination of corn and broccoli, but you can use whatever you have in your fridge. Part-skim ricotta and mozzarella make our pizza pockets lower in saturated fat. Pl…

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Chocolate Crunch

To whomever it was that thought of dipping a pretzel in chocolate: Thank you. This recipe takes things a bit further and introduces crunchy wheat cereal, pretzels and roasted almonds to a bittersweet …

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Brown Rice & Goat Cheese Cakes

Medium-grain brown rice has a toothsome texture and nutty flavor that complement creamy, earthy goat cheese in these elegant cakes. Serve over salad greens as a main course. 3/4 cup medium-grain br…

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Eggs Italiano

This sophisticated take on Eggs Benedict swaps a full-flavored, chunky vegetable medley for Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce. Add whole-wheat English muffins and poached eggs and this combo makes …

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Rhubarb-Vanilla Compote

Vanilla and cinnamon add subtle flavor to this quick rhubarb compote. Serve warm or cold, wrapped in crepes or over ice cream. 4 cups diced rhubarb 1/2 cup sugar (or one of Care2's recommended nat…

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Chard and Feta Tart

Fragrant lemon zest, briny olives and salty feta balance the bitterness of the dark leafy greens in this Greek-inspired tart. The cracker-like crust is quite sturdy so you can serve this as finger foo…

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Are Plastics Safe?

Can plastic containers transfer harmful compounds to foods and drinks? There are potential dangers inherent in polycarbonate plastics--often used in reusable water bottles, clear plastic food-storage …

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