Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — May 25-29

Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans filled with our favorite recipes—both from current issues and classics. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in 45 minutes or less so that you have more time to enjoy the food you’ve prepared and the company of those you’ve prepared it for. If you like having […]

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We Tried It: Three Bridges Spinach and Kale Ravioli with Kale Pesto Sauce

Pasta is just one of those foods that call to me in my moments of craving. It says, “Eat me! I’m full of empty carbohydrates, and please, please, eat me with copious amounts of Parmesan cheese!” Inevitably, I give in. With Three Bridges prepared pastas, I don’t have to be so mean to my carb callings. The Spinach and Kale […]

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Gear Guide: The Best Blender for Your Buck

We like the Cuisinart Velocity Ultra ($100) for its powerful motor that can crush ice for our Raspberry-Lime Rickey Slushies just as easily as it blends hearty ingredients like fresh kale to smooth perfection. This blender handles big jobs, too: The lightweight, BPA-free plastic jar holds up to 7 cups, making it possible to puree soups like our Golden Gazpacho all […]

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Stock the Bar: Three Tequilas You Need This Summer

With summer right around the bend, it’s a fine time to saddle up with your go-to tequilas for all tequila-type situations. Personally, I love silver and white tequilas’ lightness and grace for warm weather months, so that’s what we’re looking at here. From straight sipping to all sorts of mixing, these are the bottles CL’s tasting team is loving now. […]

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Foodie-Friendly Reads (and Listens) for the Long Weekend

We’re getting the last little bit of work done around here before we all take off for the long weekend. Whether your Memorial Day weekend plans call for backyard cookouts, a breezy swing in a hammock, or a lazy beach day (I’ll take a little of each, please!), we hope you find some time to settle down with a good […]

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Five on Friday: Gearing Up for Summer 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 warm weather eats, and these produce-centric recipes show off the best of the season. 1. Strawberry, Jicama, and Jalapeño Confetti Salad: Fresh fruit, jalapeño, cilantro, and jicama are tossed in a light lime dressing to create the FitFork‘s salad. Serve it as a side, […]

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Plant These 5 Herbs This Month

Herbs are at the flavor-packed center of many of our favorite summer dishes, but at $4 a pop for a tiny bunch crammed in a plastic clamshell, they can add bulk to your grocery budget. Fortunately, many common herbs are easily—and definitely more affordably—grown in containers or beds. Plants and seeds are available at local garden centers, online (you can […]

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Big Is Beautiful: Why Tess Holliday Is So Inspiring to Me

A size-22 beautiful woman and model is on the cover of one of this country’s largest, most influential magazines, People. And what a beauty Tess Holliday is! To see someone like Tess looking so beautiful and radiant on a national magazine is both inspiring and affirming, especially to someone who can relate, as I can, to her story of being bullied […]

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Food Memories Influence Our Snack Choices

That Twinkie you had as a child may still be sabotaging your diet. That’s because our memories of certain foods—even foods we identify as undesirable—are powerful enough to influence our decision-making process and override our preferences, according to a new study in the journal Neuron. The study, which was conducted by psychologists at the University of Basel in Switzerland, looked […]

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Bulk Bartending: Make-Ahead Manhattans

When you’re ready to settle down with your favorite sipper, few things are better than knowing it’s already ready and waiting for you. Like our premixed Bottled Negronis featured in the June issue, the following bulk Manhattan recipe is as easy to mix up as it is to make a single cocktail. While it’s great to have an evening drink […]

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