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Becoming the Queen of Leftovers with the Cooking Light Diet

We’ve assembled a task force of staff from our Birmingham offices, which include sister brands Southern Living, Coastal Living, MyRecipes, and Oxmoor House, to try the Cooking Light Diet for 3 months and blog about it. Here’s what they’re saying.

I’m just going to say it: Cooking for one is hard. Sometimes it’s easier to make macaroni and cheese every meal and just call it a day. But sadly, not only is my waistline suffering from this practice, but my mind is as well. I need to start eating vegetables again.

Currently trying to limit my bread and cheese consumption.

Full disclosure: I am a bomb cook. I’m fully confident that I could win Chopped purely based on the way I dominate impromptu homemade brunches.

That being said, I never cook for myself. In my mind, the whole point of cooking is to make other people happy. I had forgotten that food can make me happy, too. Especially healthy food.

My first meal I made on the Cooking Light Diet was the Tilapia with Lemon-Garlic Sauce. I’ve made it about 10 more times since then. Sooooo good. Like crazy good. That sauce went all over my green beans, and I was sold.

I haven’t been strict with the Diet. I don’t need to lose weight. I need to eat actual meals instead of popcorn for dinner. Planning ahead has helped a great deal in that regard. I’m able to cook dinner three times a week so the leftovers from those dinners will be the leftovers on days that are a little too long.

The Cooking Light Diet has helped me start cooking dinner for myself again. Now I just need to focus on planning ahead for breakfast and lunch. I sure need some help with that, and I think this tool might be just the thing.


If you’d like to know more about the Cooking Light Diet, visit, or email us at We’d love to hear from you! Have a great week.

*Members following the Cooking Light Diet, on average, lose more than half a pound per week.

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