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!

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.

  • Email
Philly Cheesesteak

Lighter American Lunches

Lunch can be one of the more exciting meals of the day if you break out of your routine. The recipes here—some old-school lunch counter favorites mixed with more contemporary options—reflect the American mixing bowl of flavors and cultures.


Tortilla Soup

America's Favorite Regional Soups

Get bowled over by these favorite soup dishes from around the U.S.A.


Coney Island Hot Dog

Regional Favorites: Tasty Hot Dogs

Build your own seriously delicious frank with a regional twist.


Pat's Philly Cheesesteak

The Origin of the Philly Cheesesteak

This Philadelphia icon is as important a piece of the city's history as the Liberty Bell or Benjamin Franklin.

More Ways To Get Cooking Light



JavaScript must be enabled to use this Calendar module.

Our Best Easter Desserts

Find the perfect ending to your Easter feast with these light and fresh springtime desserts.

Black and White Angel Food Cake Recipe