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Meeting your dinner needs is now a lot easier thanks to these new Cooking Light meal kits available from FreshRealm. Try working a few of these fast and healthy dinners into your meal planning rotation to make your weeknight routine a bit easier.

Hunter Lewis
September 29, 2016

I'm the guy who enjoys grocery shopping. Really. Before kids, I used to ride my single-speed bike around New York City with the makings of dinner strapped to the back in a milk crate. Now I'm a suburban dad in Birmingham, Alabama, pushing a shopping cart while checking Saturday's shopping list on my phone. Milk and eggs, check. Apples and brown rice, check. But what else? What's good today? I bribe the kids with a few dried papaya sticks and veer off script, taking a meandering path around the perimeter. The escarole looks fresh. The smoked trout is on sale. We need Castelvetrano olives, too. There are butchers and fishmongers to banter with about skirt steak and cherrystone clams. And the cheese guy is also a beer nerd, so I kill two birds at his counter. What's good beyond the list becomes dinner.

Ah, but I hear you: the dinner game is a straight-up hustle. Enter the new Cooking Light meal kits. We've partnered with a new outfit called FreshRealm to pack and ship prechopped ingredients with our recipes right to your door.

We're now a part of the estimated $1.5 billion meal kit delivery market, an emerging cadre of food-in-a-box solutions engineered for these ever-accelerating times. Try working a few Cooking Light dinners into your meal planning rotation. I think you'll dig the CL advantage: healthy, pre-prepped meals that save time, and a reusable cooler vessel that cuts down on packaging waste. Simply unpack it, peel and reveal the return ready label, and ship it back--like a modern day milk crate, only better.

5 Cooking Light Dinners FreshRealm Will Ship Right to Your Door

It doesn't get much easier, or more satisfying: a complete chicken dinner in one pan in half an hour. Lemon brightens this cozy winter meal, but the classic flavors are sure to elicit cries for a second helping any time of the year. This one-pan chicken dish is a whole meal in one skillet, but serve with a simple side salad to sneak in another serving of veggies.

Buy Meal Kit: Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

Jellies and jams work wonders in meal glazes. They're fruity, sweet, and full of pectin that thickens up the glaze so it clings and coats the meat. An equal amount of vinegar in the glaze balances the sweetness with acid and makes the glaze sing.


Buy Meal Kit: Sweet and Tangy Pork

A tasty bow tie recipes makes for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Packed with protein and fiber in the form of walnuts and butternut squash, this heart-healthy pasta dish can be on your table in 20 minutes!


Buy Meal Kit: Farfalle with Butternut Squash

Fish night doesn't have to be fussy to be fantastic. Simply grilled salmon pairs perfectly with a side of crispy crunchy cabbage salad. Dark brown sugar takes the edge of tangy soy sauce, and nutty hints of sesame oil mellow out the dressing. It's as easy to cook as you could possibly want on a busy weeknight.


Buy Meal Kit: Sesame Cabbage Salad with Salmon

Trout is a milder fish option for people who don't like more assertive fish. You don't need to dress this filet up with powerful flavors. Instead, you'll just lightly dress it and then pan sear it for a crispy exterior.


Buy Meal Kit: Crispy Trout

Ready to have dinner delivered to your door? Get started with our Cooking Light FreshRealm Meal Kits. Share your feedback with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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