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: Snacks & Apps

These aren't your standard "light snack" recipes. We've radically transformed your favorites to cut the calories and fat while still maintaining the rich flavors you love.

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Deviled Eggs

Lighter American Snacks and Appetizers

Snacks and appetizers can be your best friends or worst enemies. The key is choosing foods that satisfy without unwanted calories.


Tillamook Cheddar

America's Favorite Regional Cheeses

The goes-with-everything snack, America loves its cheese.


Old Fashioned

Regional Favorites: Classic Cocktails

Have a really happy hour at home with these low-cal boozy beverages. 


Perfect Guacamole

6 Pointers for Great Guacamole

These six simple tips will make your guac rock.

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Cooking with Quinoa: 25 Recipes

High in protein and fiber, quinoa [KEEN-wah] is not only versatile, it also tastes wonderful and has a nice crunch. Find 24 delicious recipes for cooking with this ancient whole grain.

Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, and Spinach Recipe