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Cooking Light Cooking Light 5 Ingredients, 15 Minutes - Spring 2021

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Live life deliciously with Cooking Light magazine—vibrantly designed as a digital edition, with all of the recipes and gorgeous photos of the magazine. Each issue is packed with seasonal, delicious and nutritious recipes, quick ways to plan everyday menus and helpful tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

We understand that preparing healthy, home-cooked food is only one component of your busy life. That’s why we’ve created recipes that combine fresh ingredients with smart, store-bought items to help you get meals on the table in minutes. Each of the 95 easy recipes requires no more than 5 ingredients (excluding water, salt, pepper, oil, and cooking spray) or takes 15 minutes or less to make. Many deliver on both! When you have last-minute company, turn to First Bites (p. 12) for superfast starters and a list of ready-made appetizers. See Dinner’s Ready (p. 32) to get quick-fix ideas for beef, pork, poultry, and seafood. If you’re not eating as much meat these days, the Veggie Plate chapter (p. 60) offers hearty vegetarian main dishes. To maximize your use of fresh…

3 min.
what healthy means now

There is a lot of noise out there about what defines healthy eating—some of it rings true, while some of it is hype. For over three decades, Cooking Light has been a trusted source not only of reliable nutrition information but also of delicious ways to put that information into practice in the kitchen. So, what is the Cooking Light approach to healthy eating? ALL FOODS CAN FIT We want people to enjoy a variety of wholesome, nutritious foods that promote health. And while the focus is not specifically on weight loss, it is certainly possible to lose weight while using our recipes and following the healthy eating guidelines we suggest. MORE PLANT-BASED FOODS, LESS MEAT The recipes offer delicious ways to increase fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of…

2 min.
easy freezer jams

PRESERVE THE BEST To prepare jams and preserves, use the best fruit you can find. Whether you’re at the supermarket, the local farmers’ market, or out in the berry patch, there’s one rule for picking the best produce: Smell it. If it lacks fragrance, it probably lacks taste. CONTAIN YOURSELF Although refrigerator preserving is more straightforward than traditional canning, you must store jams in nonreactive, airtight containers. The best containers to use are glass canning jars, found in large supermarkets and some hardware stores. You can also forgo the glass jars and use stainless-steel bowls or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. Avoid reactive metals, such as aluminum, copper, and cast iron—when they come in contact with acidic ingredients they can give the food an unpleasant metallic flavor. FREEZE TIME Store jars in the freezer for…

2 min.
simple spring brunch

Gazpacho Shooters HANDS-ON 10 MIN. TOTAL 10 MIN. Serve the gazpacho in tall shot glasses and garnish with cucumber sticks for an eye-catching appetizer. 1 (16-oz.) container refrigerated mild salsa1 cup Bloody Mary mix¾ cup finely chopped seedless cucumber½ cup waterCucumber sticks (optional) Stir together salsa, Bloody Mary mix, chopped cucumber, and water. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve gazpacho in 2- to 4-ounce shot glasses. Garnish with cucumber sticks, if desired. SERVES 8 (serving size: ½ cup) CALORIES 24; FAT 0g (sat 0g, unsat 0g); PROTEIN 1g; CARB 5g; FIBER 1g; SUGARS 3g (added sugars 0g); SODIUM 533mg; CALC 2% DV; POTASSIUM 4% DV Lemon Balm–Citrus Salad HANDS-ON 15 MIN. TOTAL 15 MIN. 4 navel oranges2 red grapefruit1 cup seedless red grapes, halved¼ cup chopped fresh lemon balm or mint¼ cup agave nectar Peel and section oranges and…

2 min.
fresh and fast vinaigrette

The keys to success start with quality ingredients and end with emulsification, thoroughly blending the oil’s fat molecules and the watery vinegar. Adding a touch of creamy Dijon mustard helps the emulsification happen more easily. From there, add flavor as you see fit. Additions can be as simple as a pinch of salt and pepper or as complex as a bit of honey, fresh herbs, or minced shallots. Follow the step-by-step instructions below for a classic vinaigrette. Dijon Vinaigrette HANDS-ON 3 MIN. TOTAL 3 MIN. Use this vinaigrette over your favorite greens or fresh veggies. The mustard gives classic vinaigrette a clean, sharp flavor. 2 Tbsp. finely chopped shallots1 tsp. Dijon mustard2 Tbsp. sherry vinegar¼ tsp. kosher salt¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil Combine shallots and mustard in a bowl. Add vinegar,…

2 min.
top 20 ingredients for quick cooking

FROZEN CORN KERNELS Frozen kernels allow you to skip shucking and cutting the kernels from the cob. FROZEN SHELLED EDAMAME Shelled edamame offers a superconvenient way to add color, texture, and protein. PRESLICED CREMINI MUSHROOMS Presliced fresh mushrooms allow you to simply dump and stir. REFRIGERATED POTATO WEDGES Refrigerated red potato wedges are ready to cook straight out of the bag. BAGGED BABY SPINACH Using bagged baby spinach saves you the time and trouble of removing the stems. GRAPE TOMATOES These small tomatoes add a quick splash of color and flavor. COUSCOUS This wheat product is one of the easiest and most versatile starches you can find. MICROWAVE BROWN RICE Microwave brown rice is one of the quickest ways to get more whole grains in your diet. PANKO As convenient as regular dry breadcrumbs, these taste better and create a supercrisp crust. FRESH PASTA Fresh pasta cooks in half…