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.


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.


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.


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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