25 Staff-Favorite Recipes

We combed the archives, grilled readers, polled online users, and interrogated staff with one goal in mind: Find the all-time favorite Cooking Light dishes.

How We Picked
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How We Picked

Define "favorite," you say. It turns out there is more than one definition. Some cited no-fail standbys, dishes they make over and over. Others nominated recipes that represent an ideal expression of a dish, be it casual, fast, or fancy. Eventually we had a too-long list, so we retested everything. Some fell out under hard judging; some got flavor tweaks or nutrition makeovers. A few passed with no alterations at all. The final 25 are, no matter the definition, true favorites.

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25 Best Vegetarian

Whether you have made the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up, sans the meat, once a week, these healthy, meatless main dishes will have you swooning.

Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Sauté