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Food and Kitchen Tips

10 Tips to Simplify Healthy Cooking

Americans are busier than ever, and lack of time is one of the most common barriers to healthy cooking and eating.

Freezable Meals

Ever consider making your own frozen meals at home? Push a few buttons on the microwave, and have dinner ready in minutes.

VIDEO: What’s in Season Now

Find out which fruits and vegetables are in season now that spring is here. Plus you’ll find some meal ideas to include seasonal produce in your meal plan.

VIDEO: Snow Peas & Sugar Snap Peas

How can these nutrient-packed veggies be used in cooking? Michael Marks will give you some creative, new meal ideas!

VIDEO: Supersize Your Salads

Salad greens are one of the lowest-carb foods out there. It’s easy to create colorful, fresh salads to enjoy as entrees or side dishes.

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Healthy Meals in no Time

Check out this month’s easy, efficient meals - perfect for busy weekdays and weeknights!

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