Want to eat healthy, but you’re in a hurry?
Frozen meals can be a good choice if you pay attention to what you’re eating, dietitians say. Look for entrees with fewer than 400 calories and no more than 30 percent of those calories from fat. Keep saturated fat at less than six grams and sodium under 600 milligrams, and aim for three to five grams of fiber, seven or more grams of protein and less than 15 grams of total sugars.
Entrees from Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones or Healthy Choice often are your smartest options – although you still need to check labels.
» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.
When it comes to heating up those frozen dinners, if the interior floor of your microwave oven is eroded and rusty, you don’t have to toss it – so long as you’re willing spend some money and some time to fix it.
First, sand the damaged area down to the surface. Thoroughly clean the entire interior with soap and water until there is no oil residue remaining, so the new paint will stick (try Dawn dishwashing soap).
Then tape up the surrounding areas of the microwave before priming and painting with FDA-approved primer and paint that don’t contain any lead or other metals.
» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.
If you’ve got some time to spend in the kitchen, try sprucing up skinless, boneless chicken breasts with a crunchy pecan topping. Round out the meal with a healthy broccoli-pasta side dish. For the recipe, see page C3.
»Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:
On CD (Tuesday)
Darius Rucker, “Charleston, SC 1966”
Lil Wayne, “I Am Not a Human Being”
Sufjan Stevens, “The Age of Adz”
Celtic Thunder, “Celtic Thunder Christmas”
On DVD (Tuesday)
“How To Train Your Dragon”
“Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones”
In theaters (Friday)
“Jackass 3-D” (comedy)
“Red” (action comedy)
“Mad Men”: Will Don Draper’s secret past prove his undoing on the season finale? (Sunday, 10 p.m., AMC)
“39 Steps”: Interplayers, opens Thursday
WWE Raw: Friday, Spokane Arena
Liza Minnelli: Friday, INB Performing Arts Center
Bret Michaels: Saturday, Northern Quest Casino
Washington State Quilters Show: Friday-Sunday, Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
Bead Stampede: Friday-Sunday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center
Flicker Spokane Film Festival: Saturday, Magic Lantern Theatre
Octobrewfest: Saturday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center
» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.