Tips on how much of your plate should be fruits and vegetables, which potato is the starchiest, and homemade version of your favorite snacks.

Number to Know

1/2: The USDA and recommend that half of your plate at each meal consist of fruits and vegetables.

Tip of the Week

Add extra vegetables to your pasta dish. Slip some peppers, spinach, red beans, onions, or cherry tomatoes into your traditional tomato sauce. Vegetables provide texture and low-calorie bulk that satisfies.


Food Quiz

Which type of potato contains the most starch?

A. Yukon Gold

B. Red Bliss

C. Russet

Answer at bottom of rail.

Word to the Wise

Broccolini is the brand name of a vitamin-packed broccoli-like green vegetable with a registered trademark belonging to the Mann Packing Company, Inc. Nicknamed baby broccoli, it's actually a broccoli/Chinese broccoli hybrid that was developed in Japan and has a sweeter flavor than plain broccoli.

The Dish On...

"Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats" by Casey Barber

Wouldn't it be nice if junk food wasn't full of junk? This book answers that dilemma by serving up recipes for delicious, preservative-free treats made with the good, old-fashioned ingredients -- flour, sugar, and butter. With 70 scrumptiously salty and sweet recipes, plus mouth-watering full-color photos, this book shows you how you can have your childhood cake and eat it too. Whether it's for a kid's birthday party, a movie night with the family or a fun night with friends, the recipes in this book are fun for all occasions.


Food Quiz Answer

C. Russet. Russet potatoes have a high starch content, making them ideal for baking whole or in gratins, mashing for fluffy purees or gnocchi, and grating for pancakes. Also, they don't absorb oil very easily, making them great candidates for French fries.