Lighten Up, America!

We sent Cooking Light's tireless contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, on a mission: to crisscross the country in search of favorite regional foods and to lighten them for a country that is starting to think hard about what it eats. Buy the Book: Lighten Up, America!

Lighter American Lunches

Lunch can be one of the more exciting meals of the day if you break out of your routine. The recipes here—some old-school lunch counter favorites mixed with more contemporary options—reflect the American mixing bowl of flavors and cultures.

Philly Cheesesteak
Photo: Oxmoor House

Lighten Up, Lunch!

Don't let lunch become a sad, boring afterthought. These sandwiches, soups, and salads from across the country will take your midday meal for a tasty jaunt.

First stop: the classic Philly Cheesesteak.

It’s meaty, gooey, and delightfully messy—but eating it shouldn’t make you tip the scale in the wrong direction. Keep the Philly in check by using equal parts portobello mushrooms and steak.

View Recipe:  Philly Cheesesteak

Learn the History of the Philly Cheesesteak

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