HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >


Cooking Light

  • k

So sadly I am on weight watchers and am trying to figure out good recipes to make so I'm not so depressed. I have tons of Cooking Light cookbooks on my shelves, and over the years have made some good things out of them (I usually change the recipes to take out processed foods etc.). Does anyone else use their recipes and if so, what are your favorites?

My favorite is the Raspberry Balsamic Chicken (although I use apricot preserves rather than raspberry)

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Off the top of my head, I loved the salmon with curried pineapple essence.

    1. My husband was dieting last year and we did a ton of cooking from Cooking Light. Some of our favorites:

      "Fried" chicken with cucumber and fennel raita: http://food.cookinglight.com/cooking/...

      Honey hoisin pork tenderloin: http://food.cookinglight.com/cooking/...

      Roasted fresh corn, poblano, and cheddar pizza: http://food.cookinglight.com/cooking/...

      Tuna with miso chili sauce: http://food.cookinglight.com/cooking/...

      1. I use a lot of their recipes - will be hard for me to pick which ones are from CL and which are not.

        Some of my "light" recipes (keep in mind light doesn't always mean healthy, just better than the full-fat/calorie version):
        - Strawberry shortcakes (CL)
        - Orzo salad with chickpeas, scallions, feta (CL)
        - light buffalo chicken tenders
        - mushroom turkey meatloaf
        - peach upside down cake (really good) (CL)
        - stuffed peppers
        - I think it was CL that I found savory bread pudding recipes using whole wheat bread?? If so, definitely look for those recipes - it was a whole article - very good and filling.

        Good luck!!! I think there are tons of good recipes and ways to cut down on fat & calories without sacrificing too much flavor. And some things are NOT worth saving on - some things are worth splurging on!

        1. PS: Eating Well is another good mag.

          1. Cooking Light recently lifted its password protection on its website for recipes. :-))

            This recipe recieved 5 stars from the cooking light readrs and 58 reviews are posted.

            Here's the link:


            2 Replies
            1. re: jfood

              Good! Now I don't have to peek at the PW while in line at the grocery store :)

              1. I have the book with the blueberry cake on the cover. My favorite recipe (I haven't tried too many, though) has been the Greek flank steak (rolled and stuffed with a mixture of spinach, peppers, etc. and braised in beef stock and red wine).

                1. I enjoy the barbecue roasted salmon & barbecued chicken potpie

                  1. Their Polenta and Goat Cheese Tart is gorgeous and delicious...I add roasted red pepper to the top along with the zucchini & yellow squash for even more color and flavor...I used spicy V-8 for the polenta, too:


                    Also, I made this easily in a 9" pie pan.

                    2 Replies
                    1. re: Val

                      Thanks for this link Val, it looks great!! I have been a subscriber for many years and I've been thinking of canceling just to reread my old issues since I never have time to make/look at them!

                      My favs. (I usually tweek a bit)

                      slow roasted salmon with bok choy and coconut rice
                      osso buco with balsamic onions
                      spicy turkey burgers
                      pork chops with carolina rub
                      chinese style stove top pot roast with noodles
                      ***green chili chicken casserole
                      baked pasta with sausage, tomatoes and cheese
                      Grandma Salazer's Albondigas soup
                      ***ma po tofu
                      ***Harmony Holiday Delight (succotash with edamame)
                      ***banana pudding
                      ***baked oatmeal
                      ***Cinnamon apple cake****

                      1. re: 4chowpups

                        It's a funny thing...that recipe I posted says it is originally from Cooking Light...but when I go to the CL website and put that in, it does not come up. Oh, well...!

                    2. A few of my favorites are: Chicken Bruschetta, Champion Chicken Parmesan, Baked Polenta w/Swiss Chard, Chicken Cacciatore, Malaysia Chicken Pizza, Molasses-Oat Banana Bread, Ma Po Tofu

                      1. I've made a great Eggplant and Roasted Pepper Soup, and a Tomato Lime viniagrette. These are worth making when watching calories or not.