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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca

    Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca

    "This dish will be a regular in our household. Fancy enough for company, yet so simple to make!" -Cooking Light reader EMCULP1

    Serve this Italian favorite with sautéed broccoli rabe or haricots verts.

    Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca

    Ingredients

    4 (4-ounce) chicken cutlets
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    12 fresh sage leaves
    2 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 8 thin strips
    4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    1/3 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
    Lemon wedges (optional)

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    Preparation

    1. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with salt. Place 3 sage leaves on each cutlet; wrap 2 prosciutto slices around each cutlet, securing sage leaves in place.

    2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; cook for 2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.

    3. Combine

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  • Our Happiest Recipes for Every Craving

    It was a tough job, but we decided to find and taste our way through 25 years of archives to bring you these superlative recipes. By Cooking Light

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Prosciutto, Pear, and Blue Cheese Sandwich

    Prosciutto, Pear, and Blue Cheese Sandwich
    A savory blend of salty and sweet flavors make the perfect pair between two slices of multigrain bread. Toast the bread in a pinch by arranging it on a baking sheet and broiling for three minutes.

    Prosciutto, Pear, and Blue Cheese Sandwiches

    Ingredients

    8 slices 100% multigrain bread
    1 tablespoon butter, softened
    3 cups arugula
    1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
    1 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced
    2 ounces blue cheese, sliced

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    Preparation

    1. Preheat broiler.

    2. Arrange bread in a single layer on a baking sheet; broil 3 minutes or until toasted. Turn bread slices over; spread butter evenly over bread slices. Broil an additional 2 minutes or until toasted.

    3. Combine arugula and shallot in a medium bowl. Drizzle arugula mixture with oil and vinegar; sprinkle with

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

    Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples

    Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

    The sautéed apples make a great side dish on their own. This spice mixture would also make a wonderful rub for lamb.

    Ingredients

    3/8 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 12 pieces
    Cooking spray
    2 tablespoons butter
    2 cups thinly sliced unpeeled Braeburn or Gala apple
    1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup apple cider
    1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

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    Preparation

    1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients; sprinkle spice mixture evenly over pork. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan; keep warm.

    2. Melt butter in pan; swirl to coat. Add

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  • Halloween Candy Sugar Showdown

    The sugar war wages on! Find out who the sugar heavy hitters are in this year's Halloween candy lineup. By Cooking Light

    Sugar-overload is a given on Halloween. Which perfectly portioned Halloween candies are worth the indulgence and which ones should you leave at the bottom of the bag? We've compiled the sugary stats on the most popular Halloween candies and matched them up head to head (or bar to bar) to find which treat has the least amount of added sugar. Find out which are the best and worst candies as we crown this year's Halloween Candy Comparison Champ and Halloween Candy Comparison Clunker!

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine

    Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine

    Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine

    This recipe is full of bold ingredients like peppery arugula and savory sausage. A sprinkling of shaved pecorino Romano cheese gives a salty bite.

    Ingredients

    1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated fettuccine
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    6 ounces Italian turkey sausage
    2 teaspoons minced garlic
    1 pint cherry tomatoes
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    3 cups baby arugula leaves
    2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, shaved

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    Preparation

    1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 2/3 cup cooking liquid.

    2. While pasta cooks, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Break sausage into bite-sized pieces and add to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently to crumble. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and pepper; cover and cook 2

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Fast Chicken Chili

    Fast Chicken Chili

    Fast Chicken Chili

    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon canola oil
    1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
    3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
    1/2 cup vertically sliced onion
    2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
    3 cups no-salt-added canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    1 cup water
    2 (4-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, undrained and divided
    1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
    1/4 cup cilantro leaves
    1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

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    Preparation

    1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken; sauté 4 minutes. Add onion and next 5 ingredients; sauté 3 minutes. Add 2 cups beans, water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 can chiles, and broth; bring to a boil.

    2. Mash 1 cup beans and 1 can chiles in a bowl. Add to soup; simmer

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  • Recipe Makeover: Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The classic chocolate chip treat is made lighter and better with browned butter, dark chocolate, and whole grains. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

    The chocolate chip cookie, crisp around the edges, soft in the middle, with gooey pockets of melty chocolate, is an almost perfect treat. And it's hardly a huge nutrition offender at just 200 or so calories per cookie. But who can eat just one? Or, put another way, what if you can have the pleasures of the classic with about half the fat and calories? That's what we have delivered here, even sneaking in a few whole grains. And we did not skimp on the rich, buttery cookie or the essential minimum chip-per-cookie ratio.

    Classic
    187 calories per cookie
    5.8 grams saturated fat
    9.6 grams total fat

    Makeover
    96 calories per cookie
    2 grams saturated fat
    4 grams total fat

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    Cookie Tip #1: Browned Butter

    Less becomes more when butter gets browned, which amps up

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  • 20-Minute Recipe: Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice

    Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice

    With chicken cutlets and boil-in-bag rice, this unique take on the chicken-and-rice dinner couldn't be easier (or faster!) to make.

    Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice

    Ingredients

    1 (3.5-ounce) bag boil-in-bag brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
    2 tablespoons butter, divided
    1 pound chicken breast cutlets (about 4 cutlets)
    3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 cup refrigerated apple cider
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1/4 cup chopped pecans
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

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    Preparation

    1. Cook rice according to package directions in a small saucepan, omitting salt and fat; drain.

    2. While rice cooks, melt 1 teaspoon butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan. Add cider and mustard to pan, scraping pan to

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  • Global Pantry: Other Uses for Fish Sauce

    Guacamole with Fish Sauce

    Don't be daunted! This Southeast Asian staple adds depth to many dishes. By Naomi Duguid

    A long time ago, when I was making food for my second child, who was about eight months old, I made a soft puree of ripe avocado with cooked potato and a little olive oil. He loved it. I did, too-after I'd seasoned it with a dash of fish sauce for my adult palate. That led me to add fish sauce to guacamole the next time I made it. It turned out to be a great addition: Fish sauce enhances the avocado's richness and gives it extra depth without overpowering. Ever since, I've always added a dash to my guacamole-about a teaspoon. The effect is subtle (there's no taste of fish), but it's not a "hidden" ingredient: Taste the fish sauce version next to an unsauced one; the former is notably deeper, richer, and somehow smokier.

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    In many parts of mainland Southeast Asia, fish sauce (made from the liquid of, yes, salted fermented fish) is a staple, used for

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