Worth the Effort

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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Today’s Special: Andrea Reusing’s Stuffed Savoy Cabbage with Tomato Sauce

Chefs cooking for their families on rare nights off face a delicate balancing act. They need to serve food that both kids and adults will love, and without so much work that it feels like, well, work. North Carolina star chef Andrea Reusing (The Durham Hotel, Lantern) has it all figured out: Her stuffed cabbage rolls deliver convenience for the […]

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Scoring Whole Fish

Making incisions through the skin and flesh (called scoring) takes the guesswork out of cooking whole fish. How to Score a Whole Fish Choose the right fish. Round fish–which have an eye on each side of the head, such as bass, snapper, and trout–are ideal. Make deep cuts. Use a chef’s knife to cut through the flesh at a 45-degree […]

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Mad Delicious Lesson: Grilled Short Ribs

If you’ve been to a Korean barbecue restaurant, you’ve probably enjoyed kalbi, grilled flankenstyle short ribs, which are long and thin and cut across the bone. But it’s unlikely that you’ve had grilled English-cut short ribs (the type you typically braise). A straight-ahead dry rub with a touch of cornstarch traps in juices just enough to allow quick formation of […]

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Build Cleaner, Smarter Summer Salads

Salads always seem like the healthy option—a quick way to meet your daily, fruit, and veggie quota. Added bonus: They’re a simple, no-cook approach to summer supper, and most are clean without much effort. But a heavy hand with dressing, combined with calorie-dense toppers like cheese, bacon, and even heart-healthy nuts, can quickly turn those bountiful greens into a 1,000-calorie […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Balsamic, Beet, and Berry Salad with Balsamic Rosemary Vinaigrette

If you’ve got a bounty of berries coming from your garden or farmers’ market, there’s no reason you shouldn’t toss them into a salad for a sweet-tart twist on a classic dinner salad. In this one, we’ve used strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, but feel free to use any berries you have. BALSAMIC ROSEMARY VINAIGRETTE 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 […]

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Is It Clean?: Whole Grains

Are whole grains considered clean? Yes—in fact, we encourage them! Grains: they’re not inherently bad for you, we promise. The right ones are actually very good for you. The trick to eating clean whole grains though is to stick to whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, farro, and oats. Shop the bulk section at stores such as Whole Foods […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Shrimp, Squash, and Bacon Salad with Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Consider this salad a summery spin on a classic Cobb. Grilled shrimp replaces chicken, and we’re piling up some shaved summer squash for a truly seasonal twist. Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar + 1 teaspoon light agave nectar + ¼ teaspoon kosher salt + ¼ teaspoon pepper + 1 teaspoon finely chopped […]

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Is It Clean?: Bread

We here at Cooking Light are avid grocery shoppers. Personally, I’ve been known to go through every single aisle reading every single label until I find exactly what I’m looking for. This process definitely helps when I’m trying to eat clean, but it doesn’t help when my boyfriend is following me around asking if I’m done yet. (Thank goodness for Whole Foods’ full-service […]

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Clean Summer Salad of the Day: Peaches and Green Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

The true summer jewels, peaches and tomatoes, shine in this simple salad with prosciutto, almonds, and a hint of blue cheese. Top with a simple Red Wine Vinaigrette (recipe below) and let the produce be the star of this refreshing salad. Red Wine Vinaigrette 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar + ¼ teaspoon salt + ¼ teaspoon […]

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