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Grilled Acorn Squash Wedges

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Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel SMOKE SIGNALSSEP 25, 2013Few foods conjure the fall season like acorn squash. It's a gourd, for one thing, and we associate gourds with autumn; and its orange-y flesh suggests the season's signature color. The sweet flavor of the squash is brought to the fore by the simplicity of the preparation. SERVINGS: 4 - 6INGREDIENTS2 small (48 ounces) acorn squash, seeded and cut into 1-to-2-inch wedges1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oilKosher salt DIRECTIONSPrepare the grill for indirect heat: If using charcoal, when the coals are ashen, dump them onto one side of the grill. If using a gas grill, preheat the grill with all burners on high. When it reaches a temperature of 500 degrees, adjust for indirect grilling. With a two-burner grill, turn off one of the burners; with three or more burners, turn off the center unit.You want medium heat. For charcoal, you should be able to hold your hand about five inches above the gr…

Can Eating MORE Meals Help You Drop Pounds?

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iStock/Thinkstock You may have read in the past that eating mini meals throughout the day is a smart way to lose weight. The thinking there is that by grazing every couple hours, you never get to that point where you're starving—meaning you're less likely to wolf down way too many calories in one sitting. But a new multi-university study, published in journal Appetite this month, claims that all of the research thus far on eating small meals throughout the day is inconclusive—and as a result, mini meals should not be touted as a smart weight-loss strategy at this point.So how'd the researchers come to this conclusion? They analyzed all of the previous studies done about meal frequency and found that the majority of them used self-reported data—which, in the dieting world, is considered pretty unreliable.So we asked Keri Gans, R.D., author ofThe Small Change Diet, for her take on the results. "Most people don't understand what a small meal is—so the people in the st…