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Caribbean Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Bananas

The cooking of the Caribbean Islands frequently uses fruits in savory dishes, often laced with a spiciness that could combat even the most withering heat. This sautéed chicken dish demonstrates the concept by combining the sweetness of bananas, nectarines, and apricot jam with the heat of pickled jalapeño peppers. To relish every last drop of the delicious sauce, serve this over rice.

Sweet & Spicy Red Lentil Dip

Red lentils (which are small, hulled lentils) cook much more quickly than brown or green lentils and lose their shape more readily. That makes red lentils perfect for this dip-once cooked they’re already halfway to being a puree. Carrot juice and an apple lend a slightly sweet note, enhancing the flavors of the curry powder. If you don’t have carrot juice, you could use tomato juice, tomato-vegetable juice, or broth.

Mushroom-Onion Broth

Use this anywhere that you would ordinarily use chicken broth.

Dill-Caper Dressing

Silken tofu makes a wonderful salad dressing. The rich creaminess of the tofu is accented in this dressing by spicy Dijon mustard, chopped capers, and fresh dill. In addition to using this as a salad dressing, it would make a tasty sauce for fish or chicken.

Banana Bread Pudding

Soy milk has much in its favor, including no cholesterol and healthful compounds called isoflavones. However, you could just as easily make this dessert with cow's milk.