Quick and Easy

5 Simple Sides for Homemade Freezer Pockets

Last-minute meals are the cornerstone of my weeknight meals. With minimal planning, you are on your way to a delicious dinner with plenty of time to relax before bed. (Or watch too many episodes of Criminal Minds.) The Homemade Freezer Pockets that our Test Kitchen whipped up are the epitome of genius meal planning. Premade by you days or weeks before, […]

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5 Easy, Freezable Lunches for Busy Weekdays

I’ve started fancying myself a bit of a Weekend Warrior Princess, with a little help from our weekly Sunday Strategist posts. Basically anything that can help me #WintheWeek and get ahead is well worth a few hours of planning and plotting in the kitchen on Sunday. That’s why I love learning how to make these easy homemade freezer pockets, based […]

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PSA: Tomato Toast Is the New Avocado Toast

If there is one thing we know for sure from food on the Internet, Avocado Toast is everything. Bread. Avocado. Salt. Done. The mystical equation equals the eternally Cooking Light snack—satisfying, light, and wonderful. It’s essentially the perfect food. But when August rolls around, the Internet (speaking, of course, about a collective of Facebook and Instagram users) freaks out about tomatoes. Peak […]

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Make Your Own 100-Calorie Snack Packs

The Cooking Light team is big on snacks. In fact, we taste test hundreds of snacks every year and pick the best of the best. But when when we have pies in the office kitchen and multiple items to taste test on a daily basis, we have to plan smart and give ourselves quality snacks that are filling but not bursting with calories. […]

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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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5 Tasty Toppers for Your Seafood Dinner

Dress up your cooked fresh seafood with these simple, quick topping ideas. Crispy breadcumbs: Toss 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs or fresh breadcrumbs with 2 teaspoons olive oil to moisten; toast crumb mixture in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Stir in a 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind and 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley or chives; spoon over cooked […]

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Announcing the Winners of the Cooking Light 2015 Taste Test Awards

Every year, I have the distinct pleasure, honor, and responsibility of seeking out hundreds of new snacks. Then I rally the Cooking Light troops, and we dutifully taste test every single one of them. Sometimes we have head-to-head face-offs between snacks, so we have to try them all over again. (Sounds just awful, right?) This whole exercise in taste bud fortitude is for one purpose: […]

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5 Dressings for Tastier Mason Jar Salads

You’ve probably heard the phrase K.I.S.S., which stands for Keep it Simple, Stupid. But during this hot, hazy, lazy summer, I’ve turned my lunch mantra into Keep it Salad, Sister. That’s just much nicer, right? One great way to make salads more portable, desk-friendly, and, well, cuter, is via our Mason jar method. Here’s more info: Cute, right? So the basic formula […]

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The Easiest Summer Appetizer Ever: Caprese Salads on a Stick

I don’t know about you, but my summer calendar seems to stay filled with picnics, backyard barbecues, and even a pool party or two. Those occasions usually require that I bring an appetizer or finger food, so I’ve mastered the easiest appetizer ever for summer gatherings. Now, I’m sharing it with you. If you have your own garden, this appetizer will […]

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A Great Reason to Wake Up in the Morning: Breakfast Banana Split

If a banana split isn’t a good enough reason to get out of bed in the morning, I don’t know what is! Trust me, I have days when I need all the inspiration in the world to crawl out from under my covers. I’ve found that making—and then of course enjoying—a breakfast banana split is an excellent reason to get out […]

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