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Black Bean & Cabbage Salad

Tomato-vegetable juice has enough texture to be the basis for an easy low-fat salad dressing. For an extra kick, try the spicy version of tomato-vegetable juice in the dressing.

Lemony Mushrooms

These mushrooms can be served hot as a side dish, or chilled as a fine salad. Or if you drain the cooked mushrooms and chop them up a bit, they make a great sandwich topping.

Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles

Equal parts flour and cornmeal give these waffles a good crunch and "corny" flavor. Use a nonstick waffle iron if you have one or lightly brush a regular waffle iron with oil. This recipe makes 16 waffles that are about 3" square. Some waffle irons have 4 individual squares and some have only 2. Whichever type of iron you have, use 1/4 cup of batter per waffle, spooning it into the center of the waffle square.

Dream of Broccoli Soup

Although this soup is tummy-warming in fall and winter, it can also be served chilled in the summer with a dollop of yogurt and garnished with a few sprigs of cilantro or Italian parsley.

Cranberry Ginger Sorbet

The pectin in the homemade applesauce base makes this sorbet extremely creamy and thick. Although it has no dairy in it, it seems much more like ice cream or sherbet than sorbet.