Recipe Developer

Nancy S. Hughes: A recipe developer and menu planner, providing clients with delicious, easy, family-friendly, and healthy recipes.

With over 25 years experience in recipe development for health-related magazines, branded product lines and cookbooks, Nancy has developed over 7,000 nationally published recipes. Healthy recipes are developed for health organizations, food councils, lifestyle magazines, and major food companies, often incorporating several branded products in each recipe. For many clients, we develop recipes with dietary restrictions, such as for people with diabetes, heart concerns, and those who are eating gluten-free. We take pride in our high ratings in test kitchens, and we provide detailed information about each of our recipes such as total yield, amount per serving, head notes, cook’s tips and other information upon request.

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Cooking Light

  • Lead Recipe Developer
  • Cookbook Contributor
  • Healthy Cooking Recipes

We’ve been developing recipes for Cooking Light since 1996. In that time, we have formed a strong working relationship with the editors. Cooking Light continues to use our services because our light and healthy recipes consistently receive high test kitchen ratings for the books and magazines in which they appear. Nancy has developed recipes and/or been lead recipe developer for these cookbooks: Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast, Cooking Light Gluten-Free, Cooking Light Superfast Suppers, and Cooking Light- Light and Easy Recipes.


PIL- Publications International, Ltd.

  • Recipe Developer
  • Cookbook Contributor
  • Monthly Magazine Columnist

For PIL, Nancy has developed traditional as well as diabetic friendly and heart healthy recipes, beginning in 1996. Over her long term relationship, she contributed to 8 cookbooks for PIL, including Rival Crock Pot Slow Cooker Recipes for All Occasions; 365 Favorite Brand Name Stir Fry Recipes and More; 101 Pasta Recipes- A Collection of Your Favorites; Rival Crock Pot Best-Loved Slow Cooker Recipes; Taste of Home’s Diabetic Cookbook 2006; Taste of Home’s Diabetic Cookbook 2005; Diabetic Desserts Cakes, Pies, Cookies and More!; and Easy Home Cooking Slow Cooker Recipes. She also created and wrote a monthly column “Reach For A…” for their Easy Home Cooking magazine and developed recipes for several other PIL magazines such as Diabetic Cooking, Favorite Brand Name Recipes and PIL Best Recipes.

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