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Breakfast Fruit Salad

You can make this salad a couple of hours ahead of time, but wait until just before serving to add the bananas so they don’t get mushy.

Cranberry-Ginger Tea Bread

These can also be made in three 5-1/2 x 3-inch mini loaf pans (bake for about 45 minutes)-perfect for gift giving.

Homemade Chicken Broth

This basic broth is easy to make and infinitely more healthful than storebought. It is much lower in sodium and there are good amounts of beta carotene and lycopene from the vegetable juices. If chicken legs are on sale, you can certainly use them in place of the whole chickens.

Parmesan-Crusted Baked Eggplant

These crisp eggplant rounds can be served as they are intended, as a vegetable side dish or topped with your favorite tomato sauce and a bit of shredded part-skim mozzarella and baked again just until the cheese has melted.

Peaches & Cream

This is a good trick for an easy dessert, though you have to think about it ahead of time because it takes 2 hours to chill. The rest is a snap, and you can make it with all sorts of fruit, or even storebought applesauce. You just need about 2 cups of fruit puree.

Dried Fruit & Bran Bread

Start with bran muffin mix, add some dried fruit and chopped nuts, and you can make a tasty loaf in no time. Using pineapple juice as the liquid adds a nice hint of natural sweetness and moisture to the loaf.

Hot & Spicy Cocktail Sauce

This sauce gets its heat from a smoky chipotle pepper and a healthy amount of cayenne. Chipotle peppers packed in adobo can be found at Mexican markets and many supermarkets. If you can’t find chipotles, substitute a canned or bottled jalapeño and increase the chili powder to 2-1/2 teaspoons.

Asparagus with Confetti Dressing

Most salad dressings have very little in the way of nutrients (and usually quite a bit of fat). In this asparagus side salad we take the opportunity to boost the fiber and nutrient content of the tomato-lemon vinaigrette by adding bell peppers, carrot, cucumber, and onion. Serving suggestion: In addition to serving this as a side salad, this would make a very nice starter for a multicourse meal.

Dried Plum & Toasted Oat Muffins

Dried plums (prunes) are always available, but in fresh plum season, you can make these with diced firm-ripe plums. The best type of fresh plum to use would be a so-called prune plum, because its flesh is quite dense and not too wet.

Toasted-Oat Banana Bread

Toasting heart-healthy oats brings out their nutty flavor, underscoring the flavor of the walnuts.