Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—February 8-12

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 about an hour 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 a healthy meal […]

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The Perfect Dumpling for Celebrating Chinese New Year

It may not be January 1, but another very exciting New Year is just around the corner: Chinese New Year. On New Year’s Eve, it’s a Chinese tradition to eat dumplings. To celebrate, we’re sharing a special preview recipe from a dumpling story I wrote for our April issue. Pork and Chive Dumplings with Red Chile Oil Hands-on: 35 min. Total: […]

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Celebrate a Mardi Gras Sweet Feast with King Cake Cupcakes

King Cakes can be a portion-control nightmare. The cinnamon croissant-esque cake is topped with gobs of sticky-sweet glaze and buckets of colored sugar sprinkles. I wanted to eliminate the potential for turning a simple Mardi Gras treat into a diet buster, so I devised this recipe for King Cake Cupcakes. You still have the experience of waiting for a yeast dough to rise […]

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6 Sweets You Should Definitely Ship to Your Long-Distance Sweetie

Spending the day of love away from your sweetie is hard. I’m dealing with a long-distance relationship that’s approximately 783 miles long, which makes being together on Valentine’s Day nearly impossible. Luckily, thanks to the brilliance of technology and the good people at FedEx, you can ship virtually anything to your long-lost lover to remind them how much you appreciate them. […]

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What Cut of Meat Should You Use for Beef Stew?

Beef stew is one of the most cozy comforts you can dream of, perfect to warm up a cold night and leave you feeling loved. And the key, of course, to a good beef stew is tender, really beefy-tasting meat. You’ll find that in tough cuts with lots of connective tissue; over gentle, slow cooking, that tissue breaks down and […]

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Your M&M’s Are About to Get a Color Makeover

Today, Mars Incorporated joined the lineup of other food brands in pledging its commitment to phase out all artificial colors over the next five years. Yep, your M&M’s will now be cleverly coated in a rainbow of natural colors. The domino effect started last year when Kraft Foods Group Inc.’s promised to take the artificial colors out of everyone’s beloved blue […]

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The Day the Bubbles Died: An Ode to Sparkling Water

I should have known that when I discovered the beauty and wonder of La Croix that it was too good to be true. A bubbly water sensation that had hints of fruits without any calories? It has become my morning, noon, and night pick-me up. From the 1980’s-esque packaging and seemingly-endless flavors, I can’t keep enough cases of La Croix […]

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Low-Calorie Super Bowl Appetizers for the Win

Whether you’re cheering on the Broncos or the Panthers (or just watching for the halftime show) this Sunday, we all know our one true focus is the food. And, if you’re watching those calories like you said you would back on January 1, we’re here to help you enjoy every decadent bite this Super Bowl Sunday without a single ounce […]

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Cuckoo for Chia: Banana-Berry Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

The chia seed has stolen the limelight lately on the nutrition red carpet. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and calcium, these tiny black and white seeds provide a boost of energy and regulate blood sugar to help you feel full longer. Reap the benefits of this nutritional powerhouse by discovering new ways to add its mild, nutty flavor to […]

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Good Food: Ames Farm Raw Basswood Honey

By Kate Malin When the Basswood trees in Minnesota bloom in early July, Brian Fredericksen’s bees are there, their hives nestled in the forest, industriously collecting pollen and making honey. When the weather conditions are right, hot and sunny but not too wet, the bees can make enough honey from the Basswood blossoms to make up a third of his […]

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