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Yes, buffalo chicken tacos can be delicious and healthy.

Arielle Weg
March 14, 2018

Everyone has go-to meals that never disappoint. Maybe you keep spaghetti on hand for a timeless pasta recipe or memorize a superfast salad to toss together before work. These are the recipes that help make weeknight meals or uninspiring mornings a breeze.

We were curious, so we reached out to members of the Cooking Light Diet Facebook Community and asked them which recipes they keep coming back to again and again. Here are 15 all-time favorite Cooking Light recipes from home cooks who tried—and loved—them.

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Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken

It doesn’t get any better than chicken stuffed with creamy, herb-infused goat cheese. Cooking Light Diet member Ashli McCune says this recipe is worth making more than once. “I made the Goat Cheese-stuffed Chicken breasts and roasted carrots tonight. Yum! Will make again for sure!”

View the recipe: Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken 

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Grilled Lamb Kufta Kebabs

Blend meatballs with cumin, mint, parsley, and sumac for Middle Eastern flair at the dinner table. Susan Pinney says, “These were so good! Got a ‘make it again’ from hubby!“

View the recipe: Grilled Lamb Kufta Kebabs

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Hamburger Steaks with Sweet Onion and Mushrooms

There’s nothing more delicious than a meaty patty topped with melted cheese and saucy mushrooms — especially if it’s on your diet. Faith Fossett Fletcher says, “This was delicious! Will definitely make this one again! One of my favorites so far!”

View the recipe: Hamburger Steaks with Sweet Onion and Mushrooms

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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Everything you love about a basket of buffalo chicken wings—hot sauce, blue cheese, and even celery—come together in this diet friendly dish perfect for game day, or any day. Tina Dave Sucato says, “This will be making a comeback again soon!”

View the recipe: Grilled Buffalo Chicken Tacos 

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Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

This traditional Cuban dish is a longtime Cooking Light Diet favorite. Slow cooking the flank steak transforms it into buttery bites. Joanne Zuccaro Devaney says, “Wow, this was good! Delicious and filling. I will be making this again for sure. It’s great comfort food.”

View the recipe: Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

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Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini

Stack bacon, turkey, apple, and colby-Jack cheese on whole-wheat bread for a flavor-packed panini. Sue Given says, “I needed a quick and easy dinner, so I made the Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini. It was tasty and the kids got a kick out of the waffled sandwiches. Will definitely make again.”

View the recipe: Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini

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Tuna Poke Bowls with Brown Rice and Kale

This stunning bowl features fresh fish and a Hawaiian-inspired dressing. Joanne Zuccaro Devaney says, “I had the Tuna Poke Bowl tonight. This was delicious! Like a deconstructed tuna sushi roll. I will definitely make again. Hubby loved it and said it was a keeper.”

View the recipe: Tuna Poke Bowls with Brown Rice and Kale 

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Pan-Seared Herb Shrimp Kristine

Elkins can tell you everything you need to know about this recipe., “Pan Seared Herb Shrimp, Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes, and Spinach Salad with Berries and Goat Cheese. The salad is to die for. My family was actually fighting over the scraps! All three recipes were pretty quick and easy to make, and the entire meal was a hit . A+ according to my difficult-to-impress son. Definitely getting a star to make again!”

View the recipe: Pan-Seared Herb Shrimp

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Ground red pepper gives a kick to this slow cooker meal, while coconut milk and Greek yogurt provide this recipe with a a cool and creamy element. Ashleigh Townley says, “Slow cooker chicken tikka masala with roasted green beans — delicious! Definitely going to make again!”

View the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry

This better-than-takeout meal is a vegetable-packed version of a classic. Prep all the veggies in advance to make this a weeknight go-to. Tracey Dukowitz says, “It was amazing and for sure is on our make again list.”

View the recipe: Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry

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Chicken Kofte with Zucchini

These chicken patties with tzatziki and mint blended in offer the ultimate at-home in Greek cuisine experience. Lisa Churilla Alteri says, “I am a culinary school graduate and can make an outstanding meal. But this Chicken Kofte is one of the best meals I have ever made. I will make this meal over and over!”

View the recipe: Chicken Kofte with Zucchini

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Lemon-Honey Chicken Thighs

A simple glaze of shallots, lemon juice, and honey makes for a finger-licking dish. Christina Nicole says, “I made this Lemon-Honey Chicken for dinner last night and paired it with a mixed green salad. So good and so simple! It was a two serving recipe, so I was able to take the leftovers for lunch today. This will definitely be made again soon!“

View the recipe: Lemon-Honey Chicken Thighs 

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Chicken Piccata with Crispy Garlic

An Italian classic gets a garlic-heavy twist, which pairs perfectly with the lemony sauce and briny capers. Mary Whiton says, “Made the chicken piccata recipe from the magazine. Delicious! I will definitely make it again.”

View the recipe: Chicken Piccata with Crispy Garlic

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Spinach

Toss the noodles, because this layered lasagna will be your new favorite for pasta night. Bev Sigsworth Nichols says, “It was delicious! I will definitely make this again, and my husband really liked it too! It was such a fancy schmancy meal! He has never had spaghetti squash before but was a very good sport and ate it. Wow! I'm speechless! Qu'elle surprise!!”

View the recipe: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Spinach

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Zucchini and Spinach Chilaquiles

Wake up to decadent breakfast nachos with this Mexican-inspired dish. Jen Bulger says, “I made the chilaquiles this morning. They will now be in the rotation frequently. So tasty and the gentle heat is a nice way to start the day!”

View the recipe: Zucchini and Spinach Chilaquiles