The F-Word: Food

Late-Night Snack Options

Despite the fact that it’s not good for us, and may even affect our memory, we all do it. Post-dinner hours set in, and even though we may have had a decent dinner, we go to the kitchen for a snack. Whether you’re just still hungry, you have a craving for something sweet, or you just feel like having a snack because you’re watching TV and you’re feeling kind of bored, we’ve all been there.

Late-night snacking is going to happen, so it’s time to learn how to do it right. First things first, stay away from certain foods like super sugary treats, spicy dishes (put down the Sriracha) and caffeine. They can be harder to digest or just keep you up. Reach for small portions of low-calorie foods instead.

So, put down the pint of ice cream and listen up. We have some healthy ideas that are perfect for late-night snacking.

Sweet Potato Toast Recipes

Sweet potato toast started making the rounds last year. And while we were excited about this healthy breakfast alternative, we didn’t put stock into this trend sticking around. How could sweet potato toast possibly compete with avocado toast, we wondered?

Boy were we wrong ― not only is sweet potato toast still a healthy fad, but it’s getting better and better. And we have the recipes to prove it.

If you haven’t given into sweet potato toast yet, now’s the time to put down your wheat-flour filled breakfast and embrace something different. And if you follow the paleo diet or you’re gluten-free, many of these recipes (depending what you top it with) will fit those guidelines.

Here are some new ideas we’re sure you’ll appreciate.

Safe To Eat When Moldy

Mold is usually a pretty clear indicator that food is past its prime ― most instincts will encourage people to steer clear. And it’s a good instinct, because some molds produce mycotoxins, which are poisonous substances that can make you very sick. (Aflatoxin is one type of mycotoxin that has been found to cause cancer.)

But just because some molds will make you sick doesn’t mean all will. Take a look at blue cheese that’s covered in the stuff, and celebrated on cheese plates everywhere. That’s a mold we actually enjoy eating.

And then there are the molds that grow on foods we wish they didn’t. It’s a bummer, but we have good news: mold doesn’t always mean food is doomed for the trash. These are the moldy foods we’re going to talk about today.

In an effort to fight food waste, here’s a list of foods ― put together by the USDA ― that are still safe to eat, even after they start growing mold. Just cut the moldy part off, or scrape it away, and enjoy.

Genius Trick For Oatmeal

We know we don’t have to remind you about how hurried mornings can feel. So we’ll cut right to the chase and fill you in on a little trick we just discovered that can make these chaotic morning hours feel just a tad easier: frozen oatmeal.

It may seem like instant oatmeal has filled the need for the quick breakfast fix. And sure, in some ways it has. But if we’re being honest, instant oatmeal is the least satisfying of all the oat options. It quickly becomes gummy and is not entirely satisfying. Plus, the sugar-filled flavor options quickly make it a not-so-smart breakfast choice.

If you make a big batch of oatmeal ― we recommend steel cut because it’s just so good, but rolled works too ― you can freeze individual servings into muffin tins and store them in a zipper-lock plastic bag in the freezer. Then you just reheat them in the morning when you’re ready for breakfast.

More details.

Creamiest Mac & Cheese Ever

There’s a lot to love about mac and cheese, but the work that it takes to prepare this seemingly simple dish is not one of them. Sure, mac and cheese is not one of the most complicated dishes to cook, but any meal that requires béchamel sauce is more involved than we’d like.

Luckily, there’s now an easier way to make the creamy, smooth homemade mac and cheese you love. It was discovered by the very capable chefs at Cook’s Illustrated. So, step away from the boxed-stuff and listen up.

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Avocado Pancakes? Really?

Avocados are a versatile fruit. Smashed into guacamole, served on toast, stuffed with fillings and turned into boats, there’s no limit to what you can make with them. Avocados can even be cut into the likeness of a rose.

We just learned there’s one more thing you do with avocados, and it might be our most favorite recipe of all. You can turn them into pancakes. This recipe surfaced just in time to replace the ubiquitous avocado toast, which is losing its cool factor.

Recipe.

Super-Fast Bean Stew

At the end of a long day, when it’s already dark once you get home, a big bowl of some soul-satisfying stew is just what you need. If you had the foresight to know you’d feel like this when you were just starting the morning, you may have had one going in the slow cooker all day. Since you didn’t, it’s time to call upon the speedy work of the pressure cooker. When you prepare stew in a pressure cooker, it cooks in under 30 minutes.

The fine folks at Bon Appetit show us how to make this comforting, vegetarian-friendly dinner in a short period of time in the video above. They also show us how to serve it with style by adding garlic toast on the side. This is what all weeknight dinners aspire to be.

Get the full recipe here.