100-Calorie Chili Toppers

When you pack loads of veggies, fiber-rich beans, and lean meats into one big pot of simmering chili, you have a healthy dinner for several meals. Spoon it over quinoa or brown rice to add a serving of whole grains—but avoid too much cheese and sour cream on top. These six hearty, tasty combos will brighten up your chili routine […]

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Food Finds: Emily G’s Berbere and Turkey Chili

I am a sucker for the comfort classics, made the way I expect and hanker for. But there’s something exciting about playing with flavors and textures to create something completely original. That’s exactly what Emily G’s did. She took Berbere, an essential Ethiopian spice blend that typically includes ginger, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric and a variety of other spices and made an iconic […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—November 17-21

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. The Plan […]

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Today’s Special: Roasted Cauliflower with Dijon Vinaigrette from Chef Michael Leviton of Lumière

Dismissed for generations as bland, boiled, and boring, cauliflower has recently blossomed into the It Veggie at restaurants around the country. Michael Leviton, chef-owner of Lumière, one of the Boston area’s most esteemed restaurants, recalls how enterprising chefs some years back started featuring cauliflower puree on their menus instead of mashed potatoes, introducing the public to its versatility. “Then after […]

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Five on Friday: 5 Dishes You Need to Cook from the December Issue

Each Friday, we share five things that are getting buzz around the Cooking Light offices — from what we’re reading around the Web, to what’s hot on Instagram, or even our latest favorite ingredient.  1. Spinach, Egg, and Prosciutto Flatbreads: An impressively big 20-minute personal pizza featuring spinach, prosciutto, and egg. 2. Chili con Carne: Bold flavors in classic chili con carne, […]

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A Farewell in Six Simple Recipes

As editor Scott Mowbray prepared to say good-bye, he got cooking. Very late in my career at this magazine—in fact, the day after I decided to write a farewell-to-readers article in the form of six simple recipes of my own devising—I discovered what a pain in the ass it is to actually develop recipes for this magazine. This is ironic, […]

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Burgers and Blues: The Struggles of a College Football Fan

Being a true college football fan is akin to riding a roller coaster. Some of us have the good fortune to enjoy top-tier coasters that are at the same time always thrilling and satisfying (the Alabamas, for example). Even when the ride ends, the adrenaline high and the sheer satisfaction and consistency with which dizzying heights are reached becomes the norm. […]

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Talking Shrimp with Chef Chris Hastings

Think all shrimp are simply shrimp? That idea doesn’t swim well with Alabama Gulf Seafood and James Beard Award winning chef, Chris Hastings, who want you to know just how different varieties of shrimp can be. We sat down with Hastings to get the scoop on this popular Cooking Light dinnertime star. “Each [variety of shrimp] has its own characteristics […]

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Beauty Editor’s Picks: Favorite Apple Products

The potent extract of this tempting fruit is a skin- and hair-care superstar. GARNIER DAMAGE ERASER SPLIT-END BANDAGE Strengthen strands with this leave-in treatment that contains active fruit concentrate and a green apple scent. $6, garnierusa.com EMERGINC EYELIGHT CREAM In this instance, apple extract works with rose hip oil to provide gentle hydration to delicate under-eye skin. $65, emerginc.com JUICE BEAUTY GREEN APPLE […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try Smoked Salmon Bites

If you’re looking for an appetizer that will delight your guests with its gorgeous presentation and rich, delicious taste, the search stops here. These beautiful canapés start with a base of candy cane (or Chioggia) beet squares, whose alternating ruby and white rings are stunning. (You can add more color to the platter by alternating candy cane beet and golden […]

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