There’s no denying the convenience factor of a slow-cooked meal that just takes a few minutes of preparation, cooks all day while you’re busy living your life and then is ready when you need a hot dinner. Whether you are using the slow cooker mode on your Instant Pot or the trusty slow cooker you’ve had for years, it’s important to keep food safety in mind. After all, the food is cooking “low and slow” a long time, and then often waiting for you on the “keep warm” setting for a while—there is potential for bacteria to multiply to dangerous levels if good food safety practices are not employed. As author of a couple of slow cooker cookbooks, and having used a slow cooker since I was in college, I’ve had my share of experience with these machines.
Sweet potato fries are popular right now for a reason: they’re delicious. They’re also packed with plenty of good nutrition, so a recipe that’s light on the oil and salt is a wonderful addition to a meal like homemade turkey burgers.
Our team at Guiding Stars has offered tips over the years that balance Halloween fun with healthy ideas that include ideas like a Berry Scary Shake and Spooky Eyeballs, as well as several creepy ways to play with your food. Our Halloween roundups abound with super suggestions ideal for creating a picture perfect party that celebrates the spooky spirit (while sneaking in some Guiding Stars rated foods too!). This year, we’re building upon the past with a roundup of new ideas that sure to delight and fright this Halloween.
Well, okay, there’s a little bit more to carrots in this tasty fall soup. Ginger, and onion and garlic (oh my!). And the pesto that finishes it off is, quite literally, the top of the crop, which is to say, this is the perfect recipe for getting the fullest use out of those gorgeous bunches of carrots hanging out on the farmer stand.
Sloppy Joes are a classic hot sandwich, but packed with meat and sodium and often served over low-nutrition bread, they’re not necessarily the best choice over all. This recipe updates the dish with lentils in place of meat, served up over sweet potatoes. We think you might just like it better than the dish that inspired it.
You’ve carefully cared for your garden all summer long. Hopefully you found that the challenge wasn’t how to grow your vegetables, but rather how to keep up with harvesting and eating them. Now, as you prepare for fall and winter, you may be finding that your vegetables, and especially your root vegetables, are still growing and ready for picking. The question is how to store those vegetables so that you can enjoy them in the months ahead as colder weather sets in.
September is Family Dinner Month, and with good reason! Eating at home is a great way not only to bond with your family, but also to enjoy new flavors while keeping your sodium low, your budget trim and your nutrition high. These recipes offer inspiration to keep family dinner night fun and interesting without breaking the bank.
A study published this year examined the diets of adults from three different geographic regions of the U.S. and found that sodium added to food outside the home was the leading source, accounting for about 70% of total sodium intake. And, although the amount varied in some subgroups of the study sample, it was still the leading contributor for all groups. (Only about 10% came from salt added at the table or during cooking at home.) This finding matches well with public health recommendations to reduce sodium intake from take-out, convenience and restaurant foods as a primary strategy to decrease sodium intake in the U.S.