EatingWell December 2020

What's for dinner? Is it healthy? Is it easy? If you ask these questions, Eating Well is for you. The magazine "Where Good Taste Meets Good Health," Eating Well delivers the information and inspiration you need to make healthy eating a way of life with great, easy recipes (most take 45 minutes or less), the latest nutrition science, gorgeous photos and crisp, evocative prose.

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
home for the holidays

Last year on Christmas day I floated down an ancient waterway in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula with my family. Alligators and manatees lolled in the water. We spotted storks, egrets, herons and mangrove cuckoos. After the boat trip we devoured tacos al pastor, an explosion of tangy, savory pork and fiery salsa washed down with frosty beer. This December will be different. I’m staying put in Vermont. I’m hoping to be able to get together with family. The usual parties, events and travel are off the table. That’s OK. I love to cook, so it will be all about the meals. This issue is stacked with recipes to keep us cooks entertained and well-fed throughout the season. There’s barbecued shrimp, a satsuma orange salad, bread pudding…

1 min
what’s trending on

1 Boozy Hot Chocolate Board Make our decadent-tasting cocoa recipe in your slow cooker for hands-off prep. Then spike it with your favorite sweet liqueur—like Kahlúa or Baileys—and set out an assortment of fun toppings, from candies to cookies (above). 2 Best Air-Fryer Recipes Our early holiday gift to you: a collection of easy air-fryer recipes. We’ve got cheesy baked potatoes, crispy breaded pork chops, zucchini fries, falafel and more. The hard part? Deciding what to make first. 3 Dessert with Naz Deravian Food blogger and cookbook author Naz Deravian shares her tradition for Yalda, Iran’s celebration of the winter solstice. Plus, try her recipe for Pomegranate Masghati, which Deravian describes as “a cross between Jell-O and panna cotta.” Connect with us @EATINGWELL WE ASKED YOU: It’s the season of giving! What’s…

1 min
decorative & delicious

Click here to get step-by-step instructions for making this wreath. “A culinary wreath makes the perfect holiday decor and gift all in one,” says Hope Sword, owner of Pigsty Studio in Venice, California, a full-service floral design studio where she also hosts wreath-making workshops. “There is a thoughtfulness and an eye toward the environment when it comes to decorations right now, so anything that can be reused or repurposed is a welcome idea—especially for cooking.” And the unusual trimmings on the wreath she created here, as well as their asymmetrical placement, make it unique. Sword chose simple pine boughs adorned with a variety of dried chile peppers, rosemary, sage, lavender and bay leaves, which can be used in all sorts of dishes when the wreath comes down. Other herbs and spices,…

3 min
immune-boosting foods

An estimated 39 to 56 million Americans had the flu last winter, and the prevalence of colds is even higher (adults average 2 to 3 annually). With the added threat of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to keep your body’s natural defenses strong. While no food or supplement can prevent or cure this novel coronavirus, along with basics like proper hand-washing, “a well-balanced diet allows your immune system to be the best version of itself,” says Kris Sollid, R.D., senior director of nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council. Here, 4 dietary additions to bolster yours all flu season long. ROCK SOME BOK Leafy greens like bok choy, kale and spinach are rich in magnesium, which has been shown to play a role in how the body handles inflammation. In…

3 min
safe travels!

We’ve spent nearly a year in this surreal landscape of wearing masks, hand-sanitizing and socially distancing—and know the drill about when and how long to quarantine if we visit a virus hot spot and how to keep vulnerable loved ones safe. But for many of us, the holidays will mean traveling farther afield to see friends and family outside our usual bubble. EatingWell consulted experts about the best strategies for navigating this new territory. BEFORE YOU TRAVEL Touch Base. Talk to the people you plan to visit about their habits. Have they been distancing and wearing masks? Getting together with people outside their household? Are their kids attending in-person classes? If you’re not comfortable with the answers, you may want to book a hotel room, or suggest that both you and they…

2 min
are the sulfites in wine really bad for me?

The thought of preservatives being pumped into what we eat and drink gives many of us pause, and the “contains sulfites” label on wine bottles is no exception. The compound is added to vino to protect against oxidation and maintain freshness, and over the years it’s gotten a bad rap for causing headaches and other ill effects. There’s even a growing market for “sulfite-free” wine and gadgets claiming to remove these preservatives. Sulfites have been used since ancient times—especially in winemaking. Today, they’re found in many everyday products, including dried fruits, pickles and seafood, yet these foods are rarely accused of causing negative reactions. Sulfites are also added to some medications. In fact, “the amount of sulfites in food is often significantly more than the amount found in wine,” says Amy…