Stuff We Love: Cooking Light Magazine
Posted by Toni in Stuff We Love
Don't try this at home. But do try some of these recipes.

It all started on Facebook, when an acquaintance mentioned making the shrimp-stuffed poblanos recipe in the latest issue of Cooking Light for dinner. I was entering my grocery list onto my iPhone and added "Cooking Light," since I've yet to meet a poblano I didn't like, and I hadn't read the magazine for years. Why? I'd grown tired of all things "diet" and "light" and "fat free" and "artificially sweetened" and "blast your butt" and "tone your abs" and all of the other promises of perfection made in bright, bold fonts at the checkout stand. I wanted to learn how to cultivate a sensible relationship with food and to make good eats using real and tasty ingredients, and I started doing just that.

Fast forward to my post-grocery-shopping reading, and you may now color me impressed and inspired by Cooking Light magazine. It's not only for people watching their weight; the recipes are just plain good and emphasize moderation over artificial sweeteners or crazy substitutions. Many of the meals could easily pass Michelle's muster for a Foodie Fridays entry. Like Fettucine Alfredo with Bacon, Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers, and Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies.

Then came the kicker: the January/February issue features 10 rules for eating in 2010 that read like a FGG laundry list of mindful decadence: "try something new," "cook more often," "eat more whole foods," "indulge adventurously." I also loved the "Dinner Tonight" section that ends with - be still my menu-planning, grocery-listing heart - a food shopping list for each recipe! Swoon.

This just goes to show that not all things labeled "light" will leave you feeling deprived or spin you into "diet" mode. Bravo, Cooking Light!

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