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Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

Though hothouse rhubarb is available much of the year, locally grown farmers’ market rhubarb is still a great way to celebrate the end of winter (rhubarb is one of the first plants up in the spring). Serve this compote by itself or over low-fat frozen yogurt.

Asian Noodle Salad

Asian noodle salads make especially good summer fare as many of them actually improve in flavor when prepared in advance. This variation, with fresh oranges, is as lovely to look at as it is to eat.

Banana-Oat Quick Bread

Toasting the oats gives the bread a nutty flavor without adding any fat.

Black Bean Cakes with Spicy Sweet Potato Sauce

Meaty black beans are the main ingredient of patties that are topped with a pureed sweet-potato sauce seasoned with cayenne and fresh lime juice. Serve with a simply dressed salad of mixed greens.

Butternut-Cherry Tea Bread

Butternut squash are generally larger than 1-1/4 pounds, so you can either cut off a chunk of a squash, or roast the whole squash and use only 1-1/4 cups of the roasted squash in the bread. Serve any leftover squash as a vegetable side dish, or use it in place of pumpkin puree in a recipe. The pumpkin pie spice blend called for below is intended to be a convenience, but if you don’t have any, you can simply substitute 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon each allspice and cloves.

Indian-Spiced Chick-Pea Pancake Mix

This pancake mix recipe makes 4 cups. Each cup of the mix will make 6 pancakes. Store the mix in the freezer. To make 6 pancakes, measure out 1 cup of the mix and stir in 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest. In a small bowl, stir together 3/4 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of extra-light olive oil, and 1 large egg white. Stir the water mixture into the pancake mix until combined. Drop by 1/3 cup fulls onto a nonstick greased griddle or skillet and cook 1 minute per side or until done.

Blueberry-Apricot Shake

While fresh blueberries would be fine here, the frozen blueberries make the shake thick and icy.

Lasagna Arrabbiata

The Italian word "arrabbiata" indicates a dish with tomato or bell pepper sauce, and by tradition the sauce often includes a hefty measure of red pepper flakes.

Kohlrabi Gratin

Kohlrabi, a member of the turnip family, has a mild, sweet taste and a crisp, crunchy texture.