Grace Elkus

Recent Posts By Grace Elkus

Favorite Toppings for Baked Sweet Potatoes

There are few things more satisfying than a baked sweet potato. Rub it in a little oil, bake until tender, fluff with a fork—it’s a formula for perfection. Once your potato is cooked through, it’s time to pile on the toppings, which turn the humble root veggie into a hearty, nutritious meal. 1. Cinnamon Chicken and Cashews: Shredded chicken is mixed with cinnamon, dried fruit, […]

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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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Five on Friday: Party Recipes 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 fun party foods, and these tasty treats are dressed to impress. 1. Sweet Potato Rounds with Guacamole and Bacon: Yes, you just read all your favorite foods in one recipe title. The Roasted Root knows how to win over guests. 2. […]

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Cookbook Corner: New England Farmgirl by Jessica Robinson

After diving into the recipes in Jessica Robinson’s new book, I’ve officially become a wannabe farmgirl. In “New England Farmgirl: Recipes & Stories From a Farmer’s Daughter,” Robinson makes it sound (and look) idyllic—canning tomato sauce and harvesting fresh corn; tapping maple trees during sugaring season; watching fireflies from grandpa’s screened-in porch. And while I can’t very well re-create my suburban childhood, […]

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A Salute to Artichokes

With their tough outer leaves and intimidating structure, artichokes don’t exactly scream “eat me.” The good news? We’ve perfected the prep of the in-season veg and have five recipes that allow it to shine. So skip the canned veggies, and head straight to produce—because, trust us, fresh artichokes are one of spring’s best gems. Artichoke leaves act as disposable utensils in this deliciously […]

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2-Ingredient Banana Bread Cookies

When I first came across the two-ingredient cookie on Pinterest, I was skeptical. How could oats and bananas possibly combine to create anything that even remotely resembled a cookie? But then I thought about the three-ingredient pancake (banana, egg, flour), and how I was initially skeptical about those, too. Now, I’m hooked, and whip ’em up at least once a […]

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Foodies Take on the Gym: Part 3

This is the third post in our workout series. No matter how much we love our workout routine, there are some days when getting to the gym is a struggle. Finding ways to make exercising fun and exciting helps us stay motivated to get up and go—and take our minds off the fact that the rest of the world is still sleeping. We’re now […]

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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 come 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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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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