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Recent Posts By Cindy Hatcher

5 Tasty Toppings for Our Quinoa Pizza Crust

Have you checked out our guide to making a Quinoa Pizza Crust? No? We’ll wait right here if you haven’t…   Sounds easy and yummy, right? While these simple Caprese-esque toppings are perfect for summer, this is a crust you can employ all year with a variety of toppings. Here’s inspiration for keeping the pizza party going. Simply bake the crust […]

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Is It Clean?: Alcohol

Look: We want badly to tell you that yes, alcohol is clean. But it isn’t. It isn’t exactly dirty (though maybe it is a little dirty when we’re talking frozen daiquiris on Bourbon Street), but it can’t be considered clean. (Go here to catch up on what we mean by clean eating.) One of our core principles to clean eating is […]

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A Clean Eater’s Guide to Making Your Own Nut Butters

Nut butters are a great way to add flavor, texture, and a dose of healthy fat to dishes and snacks, but some commercial options add things like sugar or even partially-hydrogenated oils for texture enhancement. Fortunately, homemade nut butters taste better, are easy to make,  and keep this tasty treat firmly in the category of clean eating. Since homemade nut […]

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Is It Clean?: Canned Beans

We love canned beans for their ability to punch up busy weeknight meals, add protein and fiber to salads and soups, and, simply, for the convenience factor. But are canned beans clean? Yes, when you opt for the no-salt-added, organic versions. Those two factors means it’s likely that the ingredient list will be simple and more straightforward than canned varieties that […]

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Grill Out Without Breaking the Piggy Bank

We never need an excuse to throw a rack of ribs on the grill or a lovely pork tenderloin into the oven, but doing so is becoming more affordable these days. A rapid bounce back from last year’s pig virus and an increase in output from suppliers this year means that the pork products you find on restaurant menus and on […]

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We Tasted It: Wholly Guacamole’s New Avocado Verde Minis

Portion control: Definitely two words that need to accompany guacamole, at least for me. There’s just something about the action of dipping chips into something creamy and delicious that I find soothing. And hard to stop. That’s why we love Wholly Guacamole‘s pre-portioned guac cups (they were one of the winners in our annual Taste Test Awards last year). In […]

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We Tried It: Land O’Lakes’ New Premium Butter

It’s a guidepost we’ve long espoused: If you’re going to use a little bit of a high-impact ingredient (hello, bacon, butter, oil, and all of your tasty friends), make sure it’s high quality. That’s where European style butter comes in. It typically has a slightly higher fat content and is churned longer to decrease its moisture content. It’s what you want […]

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Is Your Bottled Water Safe to Drink?

We’ve been hearing more buzz lately about how it’s time to ditch bottled water—not only for its environmental impact when bottles hit landfills instead of recycle bins, but also for the fact that some brands are simply repackaging municipal water sources. Now it turns out one company has issued a voluntary recall for 14 of its brands, stating that it may […]

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We Tried It: Fruttare Fruit Bars

After an amazingly pleasant spring here at CL headquarters, summer has arrived with a hot, humid bang. We’re all just trying to stay hydrated and keep our cool. So when Fruttare’s creamy, frosty pops crossed our desks this week, we had several eager testers ready to try them out. Fruttare pops are available in several varieties of icy fruit or fruit and milk bars. […]

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Five on Friday: Dishes to Grill with Dad

As Father’s Day approaches on Sunday, I’m thinking about my sweet dad and his love for the grill (a love that recently merged with his obsession with all things tech after I gave him an iGrill last Christmas). It’s going to be hot here in Alabama on Sunday, but I know he’ll be eager to fire up the grill and crack open a […]

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