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Spicy Pineapple-Ginger BBQ Sauce

Slightly spicy from the ginger and cayenne, this works well with shrimp, chicken, or pork. when you make the recipe, set aside half to use as a dipping sauce. Use the remainder as a basting sauce for 1 pound of shrimp, chicken, or pork to be grilled or broiled.

Butternut-Brown Rice Pilaf

By happy coincidence, butternut squash and brown rice take the same amount of time to cook. So this hearty curried pilaf is a one-pot wonder.

Pan-Fried Grouper with Orange-Carrot Sauce

Grouper is a flavorful, meaty-textured fish and is well worth a trip to a fish market, because you’re unlikely to find this fish in supermarkets. If grouper isn’t available, substitute red snapper, sea bass, tilapia, or tilefish.

Carrot, Apple & Ginger Shake

The flavors in this refreshing fruit and vegetable shake hover intriguingly between sweet and savory.

Double-Pineapple Sauce

This sauce can be served with either sweet or savory dishes. It’s equally delicious over frozen yogurt or alongside grilled chicken or pork.

Updated Waldorf Salad

There's nothing wrong with a good old Waldorf Salad (except probably too much mayonnaise dressing). But what if you took the same ideas--creamy dressing, lettuce, crunchy sweet fruit, and chopped nuts--and created a salad with super antioxidant power: selenium in Brazil nuts, and quercetin in red apples and red onion? The results are as tasty as they are healthy.

Navajo Pumpkin-Nut Loaf

Serve this pumpkin-nut cake with apple butter for dessert or tea. It would even make a nice lunch or brunch dish topped with a mild-flavored cheese and toasted for open-faced sandwiches.

Sushi Rice Salad

For many people, the best part of sushi is the vinegared rice that goes into it. The type of rice used to make sushi is a short-grain rice with a slightly higher starch content than that of long-grain rices, which helps it stick together when it’s formed into a log or a roll. Here’s a salad based on the flavors of sushi (rice vinegar, wasabi, pickled ginger), along with a good helping of spinach. Look for sushi rice at Asian markets and some supermarkets. Of course you could make this salad with regular long-grain rice, as well.

Dilled Green Bean & Mushroom Salad

Canned sliced water chestnuts are a quick way to add a bit of heft as well as crunch to a vegetable salad.

Root Vegetables with Peanut Sauce

We added some other root vegetables here to complement the flavor of the burdock as well as fill out the dish, since burdock can be quite expensive.