Lean In to Slow-Cooked Meat

Meats that are high in saturated fat are also high on the list of foods to consume in moderation. They’re also delicious, in part because fat is helpful for improving tenderness and moisture during cooking. Lean cuts of meat are a better choice for nutrition, and good news! You can get to moist and tender without the saturated fat. Long cook times at a low temperature are ideal for getting lean meat to fall apart under your fork.

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Slow Cooker Champions

Slow Cooker Lentil Chili

A crock full of bubbling goodness is a special delight as the cold weather edges in around us. It’s easy to get carried away with enthusiasm for the convenience that the slow cooker provides, but if you’re not an experienced slow cooker cook, it’s easy for modified recipes to go awry. Explore some of these tried and true slow cooker favorites with us this month as we consider what goes into making slow cooker recipes work.

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One Soup Pot

Decadent Turkey Chili

Chilis, soups, and stews are classic methods for putting together a big family meal with a single pan. Chewing is valuable for satiety and varied textures provide interest that keep a bowl of stuff from getting boring from beginning to end. Use these tips to keep chilis, soups, and stews fresh and fun for your family.

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One Casserole Dish

Turkey & Bean Enchiladas

More than a few of us have some not-so-fond food memories from our childhood of overcooked noodles in congealed soup, but casseroles are a classic way to make a family dish in a single pan…sort of. I cheated on this one. In point of fact, a lot of casseroles require you to precook ingredients and can be on the fussy side. The beautiful thing about them, though, is that you can make them in advance so you only have to slide that night’s dish into the oven when you come home. For meal preppers, mastering the casserole is a must.

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One Family, One Pan

Decadent Turkey Chili

September is Family Meals Month, the celebration of sitting down to eat with our (literally) nearest and (more or less) dearest. No one with more than one person in a household is a stranger to the challenge of coordinating schedules and making time to break bread together. This month in Kitchen Smarts, we’ll look at some of the techniques for producing a big family meal from a single pan.

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No Hungry Little Lunchers

Pumped-up Pumpkin Bread

School lunch can be one of the earlier places where kids start to notice that some kids have more and some have less. One in six kids in the U.S. lives with hunger. If your family is doing well enough to have a little extra flexibility, talking with your kids about ways they can help their classmates get a decent lunch could be a wonderful learning opportunity. Here are a few ideas.

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