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6 budget-friendly meals to feed your entire family

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6 budget-friendly meals to feed your entire family

Feeding an entire family can be expensive, but fortunately there are some budget-friendly options that are also healthy and delicious! Here are some tasty meals to make if you're keeping a close eye on your wallet: Chili: Chili is always a great option when you're watching your budget. For a lower-fat version, try ground turkey instead of beef. Serve it in brilliant stainless steel bowls.  Easy chicken and dumplings: Grab a rotisserie roast chicken and a can of ready-to-bake biscuits from the grocery store on your way home from work, and you're ready to make Southern Living's inexpensive take on an...

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4 ways to keep the weight off this holiday season

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4 ways to keep the weight off this holiday season

You've only just walked in the door at the annual family holiday gathering, and already two aunts and a grandma have flocked around you to offer cookies, cakes and snacks. So it begins. Eating sensibly during the holiday can feel like an uphill battle, with factors from the cold weather to pushy relatives threatening the hard-earned integrity of your waistline. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average American gains one to two pounds every year during the holidays, which may not seem like a lot on its own but can add up over a lifetime. Keep these tips...

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5 types of salt and how to use them in your kitchen

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5 types of salt and how to use them in your kitchen

Salt is almost literally the spice of life. It makes any dish more flavorful and is therefore one of the most popular table condiments in the world. There are many types of salt on the market that serve different purposes, from cooking to pickling to seasoning at the table. Here is our short guide to types of salt and how to use them: Kosher salt. This is a common table salt and is used in kosher cooking to draw out the blood of the animal. It has a milder flavor than iodized table salt, and dissolves quickly, making it a good...

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3 tips for making great homemade soups

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3 tips for making great homemade soups

Fall is the perfect time to experiment with making different homemade soups. Soups are an especially good food to make at home because you can easily double the recipe and store leftovers in your freezer. Just make sure to cool your soup in the fridge before freezing it. Kristen Eppich of Chatelaine offers some other helpful tips for making this classic (and good for you!) comfort food: Sweat your vegetables: An integral element of any good recipe is accentuating the flavors. "Vegetables like onion, garlic, celery and carrots–referred to as 'aromatics'–are part of most soup recipes for this very reason, sautéed...

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4 tips for brewing your own beer

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4 tips for brewing your own beer

Craft beer is all the rage these days, so why not try your hand and whip up some homemade brew? Here are some tips for beginners: Cleanliness is key: According to popular recipe and cooking website Serious Eats, the best brewers agree that proper sanitation is the first step toward making amazing beer. That's because bacteria can prevent your yeast from growing and fermenting the liquid.  Fresh is best: The American Homebrewers Association says that, much like cooking, brewing can't be done well without high-quality ingredients. Find and use the freshest and best malt extract you can and you'll make the best...

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