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Ann Pittman

Recent Posts By Ann Pittman

Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Dinners — August 31 – September 4

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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Breakfast Salads: Fig, Farro, and Blue Cheese

Yes, that’s right—breakfast salads! They’re a thing, and they’re fantastic. If this concept is new to you, just hear me out, please. A salad in the morning is a great way to work in a serving or two of veggies (or whole grains, or fruit) right off the bat. They’re light, fresh, and balanced, preventing that all-too-familiar carb/sugar overload that’ll have you […]

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4 Perfect Summer Salsas

One of my favorite all-purpose flavor boosters is Avocado-Mango Salsa: It’s sweet and tropical, it’s rich, it’s savory, and it goes with everything from fish tacos to grilled chicken to good ol’ chips. It’s also really easy to make. Now that we’re in the prime of summertime produce, I look to fruit and veggie salsas all the time as a quick way […]

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5 Sides for an Awesome Shrimp Boil

A shrimp boil sure is a fun, delicious way to bring people together. It’s communal eating at its best (and easiest). In only 20 minutes, you can turn out a hot pot of Boiled Shrimp with Tangy Cocktail Sauce onto a newspaper-lined picnic table, and everyone will gather together and dig into the shared pile of goodies. Check out just […]

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Taste Test Award Winner: Bolthouse Farms Veggie Snackers in Carrot Meets Ranch

So, there’s a gimmick with this little packet of carrots. You tear open the corner to release ranch seasoning, which you then shake onto the veggies. I have to admit: I was highly skeptical of this snack. I expected an unpleasant dried herb overload, but wow was I surprised when I munched my first carrot. The flavor is remarkably fresh and highly savory—so […]

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Two Easy Summer Sides You Need to Make This Week

A mix of veggies, diary, grains, and lean meats provide the foundation for beautiful, simple summer suppers. Pick a delicious fish, pick a topper, and then add these two beautiful, easy sides to the plate for a well-balanced plate that’s sure to please. Creamed Kale Hands-on: 18 minutes Total: 18 minutes In this twist on creamed spinach, sturdy kale leaves come in, and loads […]

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Breakfast Salads: Grapefruit, Avocado, and Prosciutto

Yes, that’s right—breakfast salads! They’re a thing, and they’re fantastic. If this concept is new to you, just hear me out, please. A salad in the morning is a great way to work in a serving or two of veggies (or whole grains, or fruit—more to come in this series!) right off the bat. They’re light, fresh, and balanced, preventing that all-too-familiar […]

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Spiralizer Hash Browns

People! I have full-on joined the spiralizer craze. I bought one of these tools a couple of weeks ago (this model, at Williams-Sonoma, though I have a friend who loves the one she got at Bed Bath & Beyond). Since my purchase, I have had So. Much. Fun. making zoodles (zucchini noodles), boodles (butternut or beet noodles), coodles (carrot noodles), and, yes, poodles—potato […]

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What Is Peanut Butter Powder? How Do I Use It?

You’ve probably started seeing powdered peanut butter on the grocery shelves—right there next to standard peanut butter. No doubt, it’s becoming increasingly available, but what exactly is it? It’s a product that’s made by pressing roasted peanuts to remove most of the natural oils, and the remaining peanut “particles” are ground into a fine powder. Out with the oil/fat go […]

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Breakfast Salads: Simple Salad with Honey-Lemon Ricotta

Yes, that’s right—breakfast salads! They’re a thing, and they’re fantastic. If this concept is new to you, just hear me out, please. A salad in the morning is a great way to work in a serving or two of veggies (or whole grains, or fruit—more to come in this series!) right off the bat. They’re light, fresh, and balanced, preventing that all-too-familiar carb/sugar overload […]

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