Welcome to 2019! This first issue of the year is all about transformations, starting with the pages of this magazine! As of this issue, we have combined Cooking Light and EatingWell to bring you one bigger, better, more-relevant-than-ever magazine. Over the years, both magazines have helped Americans eat deliciously and be healthy by inspiring readers to cook great meals, learn about nutrition and make better choices. There was some variation in how each magazine approached this world of better-for-you living. But the truth is, there was quite a bit of similarity.
I am confident that all of you reading this—those who have been loyal EatingWell fans, as well as those coming to us from Cooking Light—are going to be psyched about what you see on these pages. This issue is jam-packed with 51 delicious recipes, each one accompanied by a mouth-watering photo. We’ve reorganized the sections to integrate what we loved about Cooking Light. So now our easy-cooking department is called “Dinner Tonight,” and it has even more ideas for what to make on busy evenings. We also thought Cooking Light’s “Good.Food.Fast.” section, about what to eat when you don’t have time to cook, was brilliant. We’ve added it to the mix. If you’re like me, you don’t actually cook three meals a day. (I’d like to!) But the reality is I do occasionally grab lunch at Starbucks and could use a tip on what’s healthiest and tastiest there. And I’m delighted to know about Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi and the six ways I can hack it into dinner in minutes flat.
Besides the big changes we’re making to the magazine, this issue is about transformations in another sense. After all, it’s the time of year when many of us are resolving to eat a little better, get out of a recipe rut, lose weight, get stronger, improve our cholesterol, you name it. The stories in this issue offer ways to help you make these changes. We give you seven weight-loss tactics that are way better than counting calories. Want to improve your heart health? We've got 15 ways to do that. If you want to drink a little less, we’ve got a Derby Dry mocktail. Want to grow some of your own food this year? Get inspired by some of the specialty seed catalogs we write about. Ready to get in on the spiralized-vegetable trend? Find our top picks for the best gadgets to get your “zoodle” on. And how about new chicken recipes? No need to start 2019 with the same old takes on our favorite fowl.
It’s going to be a great year! So glad you’re with us!
—Jessie Price, Editor-in-Chief