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: Main Dishes

These are the classic dishes we come back to over and over again. But with America becoming more health-conscious, these entreés were in need of a lighter upgrade. So that's exactly what we did. Dig in!

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Smothered Pork Chops

Lighter American Main Dishes

There’s really nothing we love more than good ol’ American comfort food. But what we don’t always love are the fat and calories that come with it. The challenge here was keeping every last bit of crispy, crunchy, creamy, cheesy comfort while cutting the calories.

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Frogmore Stew

America's Favorite Regional Open-Fire Foods

From seafood to barbecue, America's different regions each have a favorite dish to cook over an open fire.

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Smoked Salmon & Dill Pizza

Regional Favorites: Perfect Pizzas

These unique pizzas really deliver! To create any of these delicious pizzas at home, roll a 1-pound ball of fresh dough into a 14-inch base. Add the ingredients, and then bake according to package directions.

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Cajun vs. Creole Jambalaya

The History of Jambalaya: Cajun Vs. Creole

Louisiana's favorite one-pot dish varies some from cook to cook, but the main distinction lies between the Cajun and Creole preperations.

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