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These Are the Cooking Light Editors' Favorite Recipes of All Time

These Are the Cooking Light Editors' Favorite Recipes of All Time

We asked the staff, "What is your all-time favorite Cooking Light recipe?" Here's what they had to say.

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From The Best of Cooking Light Everyday Favorites: Over 500 of Our All-Time Favorite Recipes The Best of Cooking Light Everyday Favorites by Cooking Light Magazine

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The Best of Cooking Light: Over 500 of Our All-Time Greatest Recipes

The recipes included here have been carefully chosen from more than 10,000 that have appeared in the magazine since 1987. To make the final cut for The Best of Cooking Light, each recipe had to meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Earned a high rating in the Cooking Light Test Kitchens • Has a surprising and satisfying “no-way-this-can-be-light” flavor • Named a “

The recipes included here have been carefully chosen from more than 10,000 that have appeared in the magazine since 1987. To make the final cut for The Best of Cooking Light, each recipe had to meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Earned a high rating in the Cooking Light Test Kitchens • Has a surprising and satisfying “no-way-this-can-be-light” flavor • Named a “reader favorite recipe” based on calls, letters, e-mails, and comments on cookinglight.com • Voted “most popular” among the Cooking Light Foods staff—these are the recipes they cook for their families and friends

You’re guaranteed success with every recipe! Each recipe has been tested at least twice, often three or four times, in the Cooking Light Test Kitchens to ensure that not only are they supremely healthy, tasty, and easy to prepare, but that they also have the all-important “yum factor.”

“Our Test Kitchens’ staff does the hard work every day so the rest of us can take Cooking Light accuracy for granted.” Mary Kay Culpepper Editor, Cooking Light Over 250 color photographs make this all-star collection come alive. A virtual feast for the eyes, this book is as beautiful to read and display, as it is practical to use. Look for serving suggestions and artful food presentations throughout to show you how to turn an ordinary dish into an extraordinary meal.

This healthy cookbook is for all cooks and for all occasions. While some recipes take very little time, others require a bit more commitment. Eitherway, you’ll have your choice of great food that adjusts to your schedule, your grocery list, and your mood. Plus, • Step-by-step instructions and complete nutritional analysis with each recipe • Preparation and make-ahead tips • Menu suggestions• Ingredient substitutions and purchasing information

Whatever your definition of “best” is, there are recipes here for you. Just step into your kitchen and make them your own.


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"This one-dish salmon doesn't even need to be mixed in a bowl before it slow-roasts in the oven—just layer everything together in a baking dish and let it do its thing. Break pieces of tender fish apart with a spoon—no knife necessary—and artfully arrange on a platter with fennel, citrus, and dill." —Alyse Whitney, associate web editor


Our 50 Best Ground Beef Recipes

If you’ve got ground beef on hand, then a delicious meal is never out of reach. From classics like burgers and meatloaf to family-friendly favorites like pasta Bolognese and shepherd’s pie, these are the recipes you’ll find yourself making again and again.

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Hearty Meat Sauce

This will become your new, go-to meat sauce recipe. Just season beef with dried herbs, and simmer it low and slow with tomatoes until the flavors meld to perfection. Easy and delicious!

Beef Stroganoff Burgers

These shroom burgers are both double-deckers and double mushroom &mdash they have a whole roasted portabello mushroom (in addition to a burger patty) and a creamy mushroom stroganoff sauce.

Moroccan Meatball Soup

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this hearty and delicious meatball soup, but the harissa and cumin are a must. They work together to give the soup its incredible flavor and aroma.

Beef Picadillo Enchiladas

These enchiladas &mdash loaded with ground beef, tomatoes, Cheddar, olives and raisins &mdash get a kick from Chinese five-spice powder.

Quick Spicy Chili

Add a little beef and a little beer and a little chipotle, and you've got chili in no time.

Good Eats Meatloaf

Alton's Mini Man Burgers

Rachael Ray's Super Nachos

Mini Meatballs

Super Sloppy Joes

Beef and Black Bean Tacodiles

Taco night is even better when you dress your meal up as these adorable crocodiles.

Classic Beef Sliders

Beef sliders get a sweet upgrade on soft Hawaiian rolls, which are both kid- and adult-friendly. Add thin slices of grilled pineapple to complement the bread, if you like.

Mashed Potato-Stuffed Meatloaf

Forget mashed potatoes as a side dish and reinvent meatloaf with this spud-stuffed version. The potatoes are ready in no time, thanks to your microwave, and could easily become a weeknight go-to recipe all on their own.

Hamburger Stroganoff Skillet

Give ground beef the stroganoff treatment by combining it with sauteed mushrooms and rich cream. Cook pasta right in the sauce for an easy one-pan dinner.

Bacon Cheeseburger Crescent Ring

Have your golden, flaky crescent rolls and eat your cheeseburger too: This crowd-pleasing ring is filled with beef and all your favorite burger toppings &mdash bacon, cheese, pickles and a special sauce.

Ina's Stuffed Cabbage

Ellie's Beef Taco Salad

Nebraska Handheld Meat Pies

If you've ever been to Nebraska, you've probably had a handheld meat pie. These buttery palm-sized dough pockets encase a peppery browned beef, cabbage and onion filling. Great made ahead and heated for lunch, they'll fly off the table.

Mushroom and Provolone Meatloaf

Finely chopped mushrooms and shredded provolone add moisture and flavor to this glazed meatloaf. The recipe calls for a mix of ground meat but feel free to use all beef if that's what you have on hand.

Big-Batch Healthy Beef, Mushroom and Spinach Calzones

Set aside some extra time one weekend to make a dozen of these calzones. Then pack your freezer full of them and know you've got healthy lunches or dinners for those hectic days covered.

Giada's Classic Italian Lasagna

Ellie's Lettuce Cups With Tofu and Beef

Patty Melts

Thai Basil Beef with Coconut Rice

It&rsquos easy to get stuck in a burgers-and-meatloaf rut when it comes to ground beef recipes. That&rsquos why we love this quick and easy dinner. Jasmine rice and a few flavorful ingredients are all you need to turn ground beef into a Thai-inspired meal.

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

Meatballs a la Pizzaiola

Beefy Stuffed Sweet Potato

Melissa's Shepherd's Pie

Meat and Collards Pizza

Make a hearty pizza with this ground beef and collard green topping. Eating your greens never tasted so good!

Julia Child's Pan-Fried Thin Burgers

Rachael's Spaghetti and Meatballs

Meatball Sandwiches

Quesadilla Bar

This self-serve meal lets kids load up open-faced quesadillas with their choice of toppings. For little kids: Let them assemble the quesadillas before baking. For big kids: Let them add the seasonings to the beef and help cut up the vegetables for the toppings.


Cathead biscuits are a Southern staple whose name refers to their large size (about as big as a cat's head). The dough for this hand-rolled biscuit recipe is made by incorporating flour into the wet ingredients, instead of the reverse. The result is a fluffy (rather than flaky) biscuit, ready to be split and spread with flavorful honey butter.

This classic French spiced bread is perfumed with a vibrant spice mix of star anise, ginger, and cinnamon. It's great for a sweet toast in the morning, or it can be sliced thinly and served with pâté for a pretty appetizer.


Tricks of the trade

I love that you can still freeze these little babies and pull them out one at a time for a quick breakfast. Just like the frozen breakfast sandwiches that you get at the grocery store. I also sometimes like to add a little bit of veggies too after I heat mine up. I will occasionally add some sliced tomatoes, or spinach, or peppers. The secret is making them in bulk (24 to be exact) and using cookie sheets! See the picture below to see some of the steps I used to make them. It explains it in the recipe, but you can cook both the sausage and eggs on cookie sheets and cut them into 24 equal servings. If you are not crazy about the light version you can still use this same easy method for the regular kind.


Though widely accepted as the national dish of the Philippines, no two adobos are the same. This one calls for an unapologetic amount of turmeric, which has a somewhat bitter, definitely earthy flavor, and those deep, dark notes are backed up by charred coconut and cauliflower.

Great chefs take great pride in turning humble vegetables into world-class dishes. Which is something you ought to remind yourself of while simmering sesame seeds for 2 hours to make a sauce for this cauliflower.


Summer Weeknight Dinners

Warm weather calls for no-fuss meals that are full of flavor. Whether you’re cooking with seasonal produce from the local farmers market or planning to fire up the grill for an al fresco family dinner, these recipes are sure to make mealtime easier.

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Caprese Chicken Breasts

Dinner prep just got a whole lot easier, thanks to this recipe &mdash it allows you to cook frozen chicken breasts without having to thaw them first. You&rsquoll simply pan-fry the chicken until it&rsquos golden brown (don&rsquot worry, the oil won&rsquot spatter), then layer them with fresh tomato slices and mozzarella cheese when they&rsquore partially thawed to lock in the moisture as the chicken finishes cooking.

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Corn Sheet Pan Dinner

This sheet pan dinner is loaded with summer corn, tomatoes, fennel and shrimp. The whole thing is broiled together, so you can have it on the table in a flash. Top with feta, fresh basil and a squeeze of lemon juice for the perfect summer weeknight meal.

Steak and Potato Kebabs

Enjoy a steak-and-potato dinner &mdash on a stick! The buttery fingerling potatoes and tangy balsamic steak sauce make an irresistible combination.

Fish Tacos

Grilled Shrimp with Walnut Pesto

Alex's 25-minute dinner couldn't be simpler: A quick summer pesto tops grilled shrimp and mixed greens for a meal that tastes like summer.

Spicy Cocoa Steak Rub

Ree gives rib eye steaks a deep, savory flavor by rubbing them with cocoa powder, brown sugar and spices. She cooks hers in a hot cast-iron skillet before serving with a simple, summery salad &mdash but you could just as easily throw them on the grill if you&rsquore cooking outdoors.

Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Pulsing jarred sun-dried tomatoes and their oil in a food processor is all it takes for a tangy, flavorful pesto.

Tofu Lettuce Wraps

You can&rsquot go wrong with Ree&rsquos meatless marvel. She seasons tofu with salt, pepper, chili powder and soy sauce, then tosses the tofu with corn and serves in a lettuce wrap. A slice of avocado adds the finishing touch!

Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Shrimp blush pink in the skillet before being tossed with garlic, lemon and angel-hair pasta.

Barbecue Chicken Pan Pizza

This cast-iron pizza is the perfect mix of salty, sweet, tangy and sharp. Crispy baked pizza dough is topped with barbecue chicken, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. A drizzle of honey with fresh cilantro and scallion finish off this cheesy chicken pizza.

Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl

Veggie bowls are a go-to on busy weeknights because they&rsquore one and done. Take whatever veggies you have in your fridge (bonus points if it&rsquos fridge cleaning day), toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper, place them on a baking sheet and roast until tender. For this Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl recipe, we recommend chickpeas, red onions, sweet potatoes and cremini mushrooms. While everything is in the oven, whisk together a quick Greek yogurt-tahini-lemon dressing, cook some quinoa and slice up that fresh avocado you&rsquove been waiting to eat. Once the veggies are done roasting, assemble your bowl and, be sure to make one for lunch the next day, too!