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!

Allison Fishman Task

Meet the Author, Allison Fishman Task

Cooking Light contributing editor Allison Fishman Task is giving all your classic American favorites a healthier makeover in her new cookbook Lighten Up, America!

Lighten-Up Secrets

How to Lighten Up All-American Favorites

Allison Fishman Task shares her best secrets for putting a healthy spin on your family favorites.

All-American Granola

Lighten Up, America: Breakfast

Whether you're grabbing breakfast on the go or sitting down to a relaxing brunch, these classic dishes deliver classic American flavor without the calorie regret later in the day.

Philly Cheesesteak

Lighten Up, America: Lunch

Ditch the PB&Js and make your midday meal matter. Containing soups, sandwiches, and more, these recipes offer your lunchtimes a world of delicious opportunities.

Deviled Eggs

Lighten Up, America: Snacks & Apps

These aren't your standard "light snack" recipes. We've radically transformed your favorites to cut the calories and fat while still maintaining the rich flavors you love.

Smothered Pork Chops

Lighten Up, America: Main Dishes

These are the dishes we grew up with, the classics we come back to over and over again. But these entreés were in need of a lighter upgrade. So that's exactly what we did. Dig in!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Lighten Up, America: Side Dishes

The main course is all well and good, but a super side dish is what really rounds out a meal. These lighter options will make any dinner shine (and may even be a bigger hit than the entreé!).

Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie

Lighten Up, America: Desserts

A lot of people feel that desserts should be indulgent—that cutting the calories isn't worth the effort. And that's true, if you follow a lot of typical light recipes. But these desserts are far from typical.

Texas Sheet Cake

Lighten Up America: Videos

Allison Fishman Task teaches how to make lightened up regional favorites.

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