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Chicken and Dumplings From 'Lighten Up, America!'

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When January rolls around, I often struggle to find a compromise between my impulse to dive into plates of rich comfort food and my desire to eat more healthfully. Allison Fishman Task's chicken and dumplings from her new cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, helps to mitigate my problem. By cutting back on the butter and by carefully defatting the broth, Task transforms the traditionally rich dish into a clean-tasting meal with plenty of comfort. More

Chicken and Dumplings From 'Lighten Up, America!'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 4 comments

When January rolls around, I often struggle to find a compromise between my impulse to dive into plates of rich comfort food and my desire to eat more healthfully. Allison Fishman Task's chicken and dumplings from her new cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, helps to mitigate my problem. More

Oven-Fried Fish Sticks With Tartar Sauce From 'Lighten Up, America!'

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The oven fried fish sticks in Allison Fishman Task's new cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, use fresh, flaky cod coated with crisp panko and spritzed with cooking oil spray to replicate the golden, fried exterior of the frozen variety. More

Oven-Fried Fish Sticks With Tartar Sauce From 'Lighten Up, America!'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 1 comment

The oven fried fish sticks in Allison Fishman Task's new cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, use fresh, flaky cod coated with crisp panko and spritzed with cooking oil spray to replicate the golden, fried exterior of the frozen variety. More

Vermont Baked Beans From 'Lighten Up, America!'

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Beans are often a good choice when you're looking to lighten up your diet for the New Year. However, traditional Boston baked beans, loaded down with bacon, molasses, and salt pork, aren't a terribly wholesome choice. To give the dish a healthier twist, Allison Fishman Task gleans inspiration from Vermont. This recipe, from her new cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, includes just a bit of bacon for smoky pork flavor, and swaps out the molasses for the lighter flavor of maple syrup. More

Vermont Baked Beans From 'Lighten Up, America!'

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Beans are often a good choice when you're looking to lighten up your diet for the New Year. However, traditional Boston baked beans, loaded down with bacon, molasses, and salt pork, aren't a terribly wholesome choice. To give the dish a healthier twist, Allison Fishman Task gleans inspiration from Vermont. This recipe, from her new cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, includes just a bit of bacon for smoky pork flavor, and swaps out the molasses for the lighter flavor of maple syrup. More

Meat Loaf From 'Lighten Up, America!'

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Of all the recipes in Allison Fishman Task's new cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, her healthier meatloaf was one of the most intriguing. She lightens the loaf in a few ways: first she uses ground sirloin mixed with veal and pork for a leaner meat blend, next she adds whole grain oats instead of bread to bulk out the meat, and then she stirs in a box of wilted baby spinach for color and extra nutrition. More

Meat Loaf From 'Lighten Up, America!'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 6 comments

Of all the recipes in Allison Fishman Task's new cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, her healthier meatloaf was one of the most intriguing. She lightens the loaf in a few ways: first she uses ground sirloin mixed with veal and pork for a leaner meat blend, next she adds whole grain oats instead of bread to bulk out the meat, and then she stirs in a box of wilted baby spinach for color and extra nutrition. More

Split Pea Soup With Ham From 'Lighten Up, America!'

Cook the Book Kate Williams 4 comments

Split pea soup was a favorite of mine as a kid (did that make me a weird kid?). I was perfectly happy eating it from a can as I was from a big, lovingly attended-to pot. But I rarely make it these days; in fact, I had forgotten about the soup until opening up Allison Fishman Task's new cookbook, Lighten Up, America! Her lightened version isn't much different from the classic. More

Split Pea Soup With Ham From 'Lighten Up, America!'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 3 comments

Split pea soup was a favorite of mine as a kid (did that make me a weird kid?). I was perfectly happy eating it from a can as I was from a big, lovingly attended-to pot. But I rarely make it these days; in fact, I had forgotten about the soup until opening up Allison Fishman Task's new cookbook, Lighten Up, America! Her lightened version isn't much different from the classic. More

Cook the Book: 'Lighten Up, America!'

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One part travelogue, one part cookbook, Lighten Up, America!, a new cookbook from Cooking Light written by editor Allison Fishman Task, is a fun approach to healthier eating. Task travels around the country, collecting homespun recipes for American classics, and then gives each a Cooking Light makeover. More

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