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Cranberry-Walnut Muffins

If you have walnut oil on hand, replace one of the 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the recipe with the walnut oil.

Tex-Mex Broccoli

A simple cheese sauce sparked with the flavors of the Southwest dresses up nutritional broccoli florets. Serve as an accompaniment with turkey fajitas, black beans, and rice.

Chinese Dumplings

Wonton wrappers (also called wonton skins) are very thin squares of egg-pasta dough used to make a variety of little dumplings, including the Chinese soup dumplings called wontons. Wonton wrappers come 40 to 50 wrappers per package. Although we’ve used them to make appetizers, these dumplings would also make a delicious light lunch or dinner served in a hot broth. To serve four people, bring 4 cups of homemade broth to a boil. Add 12 dumplings and cook 2 minutes. Serve topped with a sprinkling of sliced scallions.

Mango-Tapioca Pudding

As the pudding cooks, the tapioca pearls swell and turn translucent, giving this dessert the appearance that earned it its affectionate nickname: fish eyes and glue. Most tapioca puddings are made with milk and eggs, but for a lighter, more tropical feeling, we’ve cooked the tapioca in mango nectar. You could also try this with another fruit nectar, such as apricot. Timing alert: Because the tapioca needs to be soaked and the cooked pudding needs to be chilled, you should start this dessert about 9 hours before you want to serve it.

Kiwi Salsa

This colorful salsa can be prepared several hours in advance and refrigerated until serving time. Serve with fish or poultry.

Fried Chicken with Almond "Breading"

Believe it or not, it's not the oil used for frying that's killing you; instead, it's old oil that's turned into trans fats, plus the breading made from flour. Here's my version of the juiciest, most flavorful fried chicken you've ever tasted.

California Pizza

Carrot juice in the crust (which gives it an appealing golden color) and shredded carrots in the tomato sauce (which give it a chunkier texture) are the "secret ingredients" in this carotene-rich pizza.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cornbread

This moist and tender cornbread, topped with a layer of lightly sweetened fresh cranberry sauce, is not too sweet--perfect for breakfast. Don't be alarmed if some of the cranberry topping sticks to the pan when inverted, simply spoon it out and spread on top of the cornbread--no one will be the wiser.

Grilled Pineapple with Maple Cream

If it seems like a lot of trouble to trim a fresh pineapple for this dessert, try to find already cored and sliced fresh pineapple in the supermarket.