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Mixed Sweet Pepper & Onion Ragout

This versatile ragout of vegetables can be served hot, with crusty bread, as a side dish; or cold, sparked with lemon juice, as an appetizer salad. You could also double the recipe and sprinkle it with crumbled goat cheese for a satisfying meatless main course.

Banana-Tangerine Shake

If you don’t have time to sit down to a real breakfast, the next best thing is a breakfast fruit shake. Banana is an especially good ingredient, because it makes the shake thick. With so many interesting fruit juices and fruit juice blends available, you can use the basic proportions here and try this shake with other flavors. For an easy flavor twist, use maple syrup as the sweetener instead of honey. Or use one of the darker honeys available, like buckwheat.

Dilled Tuna Burger

Instant mashed potato flakes take the place of the breadcrumbs that are usually used to help bind a tuna burger together.

Coleslaw

Plain fat-free yogurt takes the place of most of the mayonnaise in this classic dish.

Fusilli & Broccoli with Tomato Pesto

When tomatoes are drooping on the vines and lush, green basil is plentiful, this classic summertime combination needs only a good crusty bread, a simple salad, and a peach crisp, still warm from the oven, for dessert.

Burdock with Fresh Thyme

With its earthy, yet delicate flavor burdock, tastes like artichoke hearts. Look for burdock in health-food stores, local farmers' markets, or Asian produce markets. Burdock roots come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but are generally long like a carrot or parsnip. If you can't find fresh thyme, substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried.

Sesame-Roasted Asparagus

Although many people prize skinny stalks of asparagus (sometimes referred to as “pencil grass”), they are not a good choice when it comes to roasting. For this dish, choose spears that are at least H inch in diameter.

Baked Spiced Carrot Pudding

This delicious cross between a pudding and a cake is exotically flavored with dark roasted sesame oil and cardamom.

Spicy Italian Chips

If you can’t find tomato-basil tortillas, substitute another flavored tortilla or even plain tortillas. Serve the chips on their own, with salsa, or with a chunky bean dip.

Cream of Tomato-Basil Soup

The “cream” is actually silken tofu-Japanese-style tofu, which is softer and smoother in texture than regular tofu, and a surprisingly successful substitute for heavy cream in this soup recipe.