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: 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!).

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Lighter American Side Dishes

Everyone always talks about the main dish, but a really good side dish can steal the show. Here we keep the calories low enough so that a second helping won’t do much damage.

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Spaghetti Casserole

America's Favorite Regional Casseroles

They're the one dish that unites the nation. Explore the casserole favorites from across the United States.

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Roasted Acorn Squash

Regional Favorite: Delectable Veggies

There’s a healthy way to get your 5-a-day no matter where you are in America. Try these tasty dishes inspired by veggies grown in each region.

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Truffled Mac and Cheese

5 Pointers for Prize-Worthy Mac and Cheese

Top mac-and-cheese chefs offer their tips for creating the perfect comfort food dish.

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