15 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes for Cozy Winter Nights

The slow-cooker is one of our favorite kitchen appliances because it makes preparing dinner in one pot a breeze. Even better, while it’s busy cooking everything low and slow, we can forget about it for five or six hours. Many quintessential slow-cooker recipes are hearty comfort foods (think braised meats and stews, like the Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja pictured here), which are perfect for winter. But a slow-cooker isn’t just for preparing meat. Case in point? We’re sharing recipes for our Slow-Cooker Indian-Style Fish Curry and even a few vegetarian entrées, such as Slow-Cooker White Bean Soup, to prove just how versatile this appliance is.

Even though you can use it for other meals, there’s no denying the fact that the slow-cooker is particularly adept at cooking large, tough pieces of meat. As they marinate with stock, herbs, vegetables, and other aromatics, cuts like pot roast, brisket, and short ribs transform

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14 Surprisingly Healthy Casseroles Everyone Is Sure to Adore

The often cheesy, creamy DNA of a good casserole is deliciously comforting, plus a single pan can feed a crowd of hungry loved ones in one fell swoop. What’s not to like about that? All of that being said, a lot of casserole recipes are reserved for special occasions simply because they use heavy cream liberally and require what seems like mountains of shredded cheese. Those recipes have their place, but what about the average weeknight when you’re craving something cozy and nutritious for dinner? The selection of recipes here aims to deliver that balance through fresh takes and clever swaps that breathe new life into the humble casserole.

Ahead, you’ll find hearty, plant-based dishes like the Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie shown here, where lentils and extra vegetables replace the usual ground meat. There are also all vegetable casseroles that can deftly switch from co-star to leading role for the vegetarians

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Government should do more to promote healthy eating, researchers say

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The Dutch government is ignoring opportunities to encourage people to make healthy food choices and could make a start by banning all advertising for food targeting children which does not fit into health eating plans, say researchers at Wageningen and Utrecht universities.

Other options would include cutting or scrapping value added tax on fruit and veg, introducing a tax on sugar or banning fast food restaurants from setting up near schools, the researchers say.

The researchers point out that in 2018, almost 15% of the Dutch population were considered to be obese, compared with just 6% in 1990.

The research into government policy to promote healthy eating was undertaken as part of an EU joint policy evaluation programme. It focused on official strategy relating to the composition of food products, labelling, prizes, marketing and retail.

‘Overweight, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases have risen dramatically in the past decennia,

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Eating junk food ‘will cancel out positive effects of a healthy diet’

Eating junk food will cancel out all the positive effects of a healthy diet, a new study has suggested.



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Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago said that those who indulge in regular cheat days are more at risk of having long-term health issues and cognitive decline, even if they adhere to the Mediterranean diet most of the time.

That particular diet is considered to be the healthiest by experts, as it includes plenty of fruit, grains, vegetables, olive oil, oily fish, and potatoes.

The team observed more than 5,000 adults over the age of 65 between 1993 and 2012, and asked them to fill in a cognitive assessment questionnaire, as well as completing a checklist of the different types of foods they had consumed, every three years.

Researchers looked at how closely each of the participants adhered to a Mediterranean diet, and also

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