July 21, 2008

FoodNetwork.Com Serves Up Original Web Videos for Healthy Eating and Budget-Friendly Dishes

Whether you're mindful of healthy cooking or need ideas for simple meals on a shoestring, FoodNetwork.com has a heaping helping of tips and recipes in the form of exclusive new original Web series "Conscious Cooking" and "Easy Meals, Good Deals."

Many people find it difficult to maintain a "casually healthy" yet fun lifestyle in the face of day-to-day eating temptations. FoodNetwork.com's "Conscious Cooking" videos rethink health food and offer tips for wholesome dishes and snacks. The five-part series is hosted by culinary expert Colombe Jacobsen, who was a finalist in season three of "The Next Food Network Star." Cooking alongside Colombe are various New York chefs including Erin McKenna, Peter Berley, Galen Zamarra, and Sam Talbot. (http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/consciouscooking)

Here's a sampling of the topics and recipes in FoodNetwork.com's "Conscious Cooking" series:

-- Healthy snacks - Spicy Hummus with Pita Chips

-- Gluten-free baking (for those with an intolerance for wheat) - Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

-- Diabetic cuisine - Egg White Omelet with Blueberries and Creme Fraiche

-- Vegetarian - Asian Noodles in Broth with Vegetables and Tofu

Maybe you've got healthy down to a science, but need recipe ideas to save you time and money. Look no farther than FoodNetwork.com's new entertaining video series, "Easy Meals, Good Deals," which gives every at-home chef the tricks and tools to prepare memorable meals that won't break the bank. Charismatic host Angie Ketterman shares a favorite recipe in each of the series' ten episodes - including pork tacos, chicken cacciatore, and Spanish tortilla - that make the work of family mealtime a snap. Plus, each clip is accompanied by printable recipes that you can take anywhere. (http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/easymeals)

A few recipes for easy, family-friendly dinners that save you money and time demonstrated in the series include:

-- Chicken Corn Chowder

-- Pasta Stir Fry

-- Berry Crumble

Tips from FoodNetwork.com for healthy cooking and budget-friendly meals:

1.) Use bold flavors like paprika, chili peppers, mint or lemon to jazz up an ordinary fruit snack without adding fat.

2.) Portion snacks in advance to prevent overeating or wrecking the next meal.

3.) Raw foods like veggies, nuts, and fruits are healthy and have no added fat from cooking or processing.

4.) Yogurt with fruit is an excellent alternative to an ice cream snack.

5.) Wraps are a great way to clean out a fridge or pantry. Tortillas hold nearly anything you put in them.

6.) Freeze vegetables as they come into season. They'll be readily available when you need them, and you won't have to scour the grocery stores. For corn, cut kernels off the cob, place them on a sheet pan and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to a plastic bag.

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