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 Main Dishes

There’s really nothing we love more than good ol’ American comfort food. But what we don’t always love are the fat and calories that come with it. The challenge here was keeping every last bit of crispy, crunchy, creamy, cheesy comfort while cutting the calories.

Smothered Pork Chops
Photo: Oxmoor House

Lighten Up, Main Dishes!

We utilized stealth veggies and smaller portions sizes, along with our other lighten-up secrets, to transform overindulgent entreés and one-dish meals into lighter, healthier dishes your whole family can enjoy guilt-free.

First up, dig into a tasty serving of Smothered Pork Chops.

The rich sauce in this dish gets its velvety consistency from a flour roux, chicken stock, and a touch of half-and-half.

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