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 Snacks and Appetizers

Snacks and appetizers can be your best friends or worst enemies. The key is choosing foods that satisfy without unwanted calories.

Deviled Eggs
Photo: Oxmoor House

Lighten Up, Snacks & Apps!

We love to nibble, but so many favorite snacks are loaded with excess calories and fat. Our versions transformed those foes to friends, and they're so good that it's easy to turn down the old deep-fried, fat-packed, too-creamy snacks and appetizers we craved before.

First on the menu is a potluck staple: Deviled Eggs.

To keep these portable snacks from turning on their sides when serving, use a deviled egg tray. Especially in vogue during the 1940s and ’50s, when specialized serving dishes could be found in a variety of china patterns, deviled egg plates are still quite common today.

View Recipe: Deviled Eggs

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