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.

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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.

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Tortilla Soup

America's Favorite Regional Soups

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

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Coney Island Hot Dog

Regional Favorites: Tasty Hot Dogs

Build your own seriously delicious frank with a regional twist.

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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.

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