Weekend Brunch Inspiration: Baked Eggs-in-a-Tomato Cup

Low-calorie, beautiful in presentation, and bursting with flavor, these baked eggs-in-a-tomato cup make an easy and delicious dish to serve at brunch on the weekends. While they’re baking in the oven, you can prepare a batch of mimosas, whip up a side of strawberries and cream, and set the table before they’re done. When the eggs are set and ready […]

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How to pick flower arrangements for your next party

Flowers are a central element of bringing a party together. The lighten the mood, visually and psychologically, and are especially important when pulling together a Spring Fling. I spoke with florist Shelley Montoya, of Here Come the Blooms in Los Alimitos, Calif on BloomNation. BloomNation is a little like Etsy for florists. You search local florists’ designs–no cookie cutter arrangements here–and they […]

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Books for Cooks: Mastering Pasta

You may not make fresh pasta often, but you’re richly rewarded when you do. Newbies and pasta pros alike will benefit from chef Marc Vetri‘s in-depth tutorial on forming dough, rolling, saucing, and everything in between. Vetri’s praises aren’t sung nearly enough outside his home base of Philadelphia, though just this week it was announced he’s a nominee for Outstanding Chef in […]

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(Almost) One Year on the Cooking Light Diet: Flexibility, Features, and Filling Food

My last Cooking Light Dieter post centered around the beginnings of a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed new community member’s journey. So naturally, I thought it’d be fun this time around to put the spotlight on one of our longest tenured members. Enter Steve Crozier. Steve is a web developer in the Dallas area who’s been enrolled in the Diet since May of […]

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Five on Friday: Family Dinners with Our Bloggers’ Connection

Join us each month as we round up our favorite seasonal posts from the Cooking Light Blogger Connection. This month’s theme is family dinners, and the kids will love these lightened-up classics. 1. French Bread Vegetable Pizza: There are few things we love more than a slice of homemade pizza, and this veggie version from BetsyLife is next on our list. 2. Chili Tamale Pie: […]

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Save Room for Dessert: Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

If my week of sunny smoothie bowls hasn’t given it away, I’m clearly ready for the warmer temps of spring. With the new season comes patios, picnics, and long walks outside—as well as eating lighter meals and cooking produce-centric dishes. Feed me comfort food desserts all winter long, but I’ll take soft serve and fresh fruit come April and May. This smoothie bowl […]

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Muffin Top to Mini-Muffin Top in 4 Weeks

Welcome Katie Anderson, guest blogger reporting on her Cooking Light Diet journey. Follow more from Katie on her blog, YellowDaisyChickChat.com or check back here for more updates.    I can’t believe I’ve been on a real live diet for four weeks. This is unprecedented for me. I’m not a dieter. I am, in fact, anti-diet. Unless you are obese and need […]

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Traveling? Here’s How to Keep from Overeating

For the last five years, I have averaged three business trips a month–and while my eating habits at home are typically healthy, on the road my diet takes a turn for the worse. I overeat, and I make poor food choices. This was especially true on actual travel days–whether I was driving or flying. My commute back to Birmingham, Ala., […]

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My Favorite West Coast Breakfast: Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl

Following my college graduation last May, I traveled to California for the first time in my life. Spending a week there was pure and utter bliss—is it possible to go there and not fall in love? One of my favorite things about San Diego was the abundance of healthy choices on every restaurant menu. (I mean, I swear everything I ate […]

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This powerful duo may provide a big boost to your brain health

On their own, nuts and berries are hugely beneficial to your health. They’re extraordinarily high in antioxidants. Eating a small amount of nuts may even reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, a study in this month’s Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging found that daily consumption of walnuts can improve cognitive function, or how well your brain works. (Keep […]

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