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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.

Chicken Salad with Kiwi & Honey-Lime Dressing

Once an expensive imported fruit, the beautiful green kiwifruit is now grown extensively in this country.

Provençal Cod Stew

Rouille, the spicy garlic mayonnaise that is the classic accompaniment to a Provençale fish stew, is usually served on top of the dish, but you could also use it to spread lightly on thin pieces of toasted sourdough to serve alongside the stew. Or, you could leave the rouille out altogether.

Gingered Fruit Compote

To section an orange, remove the peel and any spongy pith, then use a sharp knife to cut in between the membranes to release the sections. Do this over a bowl to catch the orange sections (and juice) as you work.

Sugar-Free Mocha Pudding

Because this is a milk-based pudding, you can count it toward your dairy requirements. It's just shy of 1 dairy serving, so make up the difference by topping each pudding with 1/4 cup fat-free yogurt (sweetened with a bit of sucralose if you'd like).

Quick Pickled Vegetables

Serve these as part of an antipasto platter along with small rounds of part-skim mozzarella and crusty bread. You could also serve the vegetables as a simple side dish for cold poached chicken or grilled flank steak.