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Broken Vermicelli & Meatballs

One of the best ways to make a meatball moist and juicy without using ground meat that is high in fat, is to cut the amount of meat used and replace it, as here, with spinach, bread crumbs and Parmesan. This mixture is seasoned with basil and black pepper, and then baked to produce an extraordinary flavorful and tender meatball.


Tabbouleh is a Lebanese salad made with bulgur (a partially cooked cracked wheat), lemon juice, tomatoes, and a considerable amount of fresh parsley and mint.

Tangerine Smoothie

By using fruit juice concentrate and ice cubes to make a smoothie, you can get a thick, icy drink without diluting the flavors.

Cranberry-Ginger Applesauce

Choose any combination of apples you like. If you use red apples, the peel will heighten the blush that the cranberries give to the sauce.

Blueberry-Apple Compote

Serve with a dollop of plain or vanilla yogurt for dessert, or serve it in place of jam on toast.

Manhattan Clam Chowder

The key to making a successful clam chowder using fresh clams is not to overcook them. Add the littlenecks to the soup base and cook them as directed, then serve immediately in wide shallow bowls, preferably with a crusty loaf of bread for soaking up the delicious broth.

Couscous Salad

Couscous makes an almost-instant pasta salad because it doesn’t actually have to cook; it’s merely steeped in boiling water to soften.

Roasted Eggplant-Walnut Dip

Although this recipe calls for discarding the eggplant skin, if you don’t mind small purple flecks in your dip, just go ahead and puree the whole eggplant (though you should discard the tough parts at the stem end). The compounds that are responsible for the color of fruits and vegetables are being investigated for their health potential, so why not go ahead and eat the deeply colored eggplant skin? Serving suggestion: Serve this silky dip with vegetable crudités or wedges of pita bread.

Buckwheat & Currant Pancake Mix

The dry mix recipe makes a total of 4 cups, enough for four batches of 8 pancakes.

Dr. G's Koffi-Mocha Freeze

Working with the fantastic owners of Koffi, the hippest and busiest coffee house in Palm Springs, I came up with this drink, which is not only delicious but also good for you.