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Friday Food News: 400 Calories or Less Easy Italian & Birds Eye Discover the Wonder of Vegetables

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We've had the opportunity to review other Hearst Publications bookazines, 5 Ingredients, 15 Minutes and Potluck Favorites, where really enjoyed the format as well as the tasty recipes. Each "bookazine" is a heavier magazine format, full of recipes from trusted publishers, such as Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Country Living.

400 Calories or Less Easy Italian, another Hearst bookazine, keeps with this tradition of beautiful food photos, great recipes, and an easy to read format. Easy Italian features 116 pages of Italian recipes, all light on the calories while still being high on flavor. Desserts, such as tiramisu and biscotti, have been remade to be more diet-friendly, while traditional Italian favorites, osso buco, braciole, lasagna and fettucini, offer lower calorie alternatives. Chapters on pizza, pasta, meat, poultry and seafood are full of delicious sounding recipes with many family friendly options. Who wouldn't enjoy a bowl of Italian Wedding Soup followed by Chicken Marsala with a Fruit Foccacia for dessert?

400 Calories or Less: Easy Italian retails for $9.99 on newsstands or can be downloaded on


What could go better with Italian food than a great tossed salad?

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Birds Eye Vegetables recently launched a new campaign called "Discover the Wonder of Vegetables." The campaign hopes to inspire people to appreciate the wonder of vegetables and enable them with products, recipes and solutions to enjoy delicious Birds Eye vegetables more often.

Launched in Union Square in New York City with Chef Marcus Samuelsson, the main event featured an experiential snow-covered vegetable farm in Union Square, complete with live cooking demonstrations, giveaways and new insights on inspiring vegetable wonder among children.

At the launch Birds Eye also reaffirmed its commitment to help Feed Kids Better by announcing a donation of Birds Eye vegetables for up to one million meals in partnership with Share Our Strength'??s No Kid Hungry Campaign. They debuted their '??My Perfect Veggie-Powered Plate'? Facebook application. The application allows people to create and share their perfect meal '?? starting with vegetables. For every veggie-powered plate created on Facebook, Birds Eye will donate vegetables for 10 meals as a part of its Feed Kids Better initiative with Share Our Strength (up to 1 million meals through September 2012).

Visit Birds Eye on Facebook at to create your own perfect plate and donate vegetables to the Feed Kids Better initiative, or let your own kids create one too!

Shannon is a Canadian mom to her two little Texans and the author of '?? '?? What'??s for Lunch at Our House,'? her blog detailing the adventures of feeding her children.

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