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: Videos

Allison Fishman Task teaches how to make lightened up regional favorites.

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Texas Sheet Cake

How to Make Texas Sheet Cake

Learn how to make this delicious Texas Sheet Cake with a homemade chocolate cake layer topped with chocolate frosting and chopped toasted pecans.


Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños

How to Make Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños

Learn how to make Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños, a healthy, fresh alternative to the popular breaded and fried version. Get the recipe.


Mini Donuts

Make Oven-Baked Mini Donuts

Watch Allison Fishman Task make oven-baked Mini Donuts topped with a sweet maple syrup glaze. Get the recipe.


Ohio Buckeyes

How to Make Ohio Buckeyes

Combine creamy peanut butter and chocolate to create an adorable replica of an Ohio tree nut. Get the recipe.


Philly Cheesesteak

How to Make Philly Cheesesteaks

Learn how to make these meaty, gooey Philly Cheesesteaks that keep calories in check by using equal parts portobello mushrooms and steak. Get the recipe.

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