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Radiatore Romesco

You will be amazed at how pureeing fresh tomatoes with canned tomato sauce can enliven the overall flavor of a red sauce. Add a touch of fresh or dried chili pepper, some homemade bread crumbs and ground almonds as thickeners, and you’ve made a simple Romesco sauce. Serve this pasta as a main course with steamed artichokes vinaigrette to start and for dessert, present melon balls chilled in port, with a plate of biscotti for dipping into after-dinner espresso.

Pepper Steak Salad with Tomatoes & Arugula

If you love arugula, double the amount called for here. To make only 1 serving: Broil 4 ounces* of flank steak, rubbed with a mixture of 1/8 teaspoon garlic power, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Use one-fourth of the salad and dressing ingredients (use a pinch of salt). *Because flank steak does not come in small sizes, buy a 1-pound steak, cut it into 4 equal portions and freeze 3 of the portions for future use.

Maple-Orange Baked Acorn Squash

Compact and sturdy, acorn squash serves as both food and plate.

Cinnamon-Apple Bran Muffins

To save a little time in the morning, you can put together all of the dry ingredients ahead of time. Combine all of the ingredients in step 2 and store them in a zip-seal bag in the freezer. When it’s time to make the muffins, preheat the oven, prepare the muffin tins, and continue with step 3.

Evo-Pizza

Far better than what passes for pizza in the United States, this handy "plate" topped with tomatoes, a little bit of cheese, herbs, and various veggies is inspired by pizza I had near Portofino, on the Italian Riviera.

Brownies

No one but the baker will know that extra-light olive oil replaces most of the butter in these intense fudge-like dessert bars.

Baked Bananas

Delicious just as they are, these baked bananas could be converted into a banana split by topping them with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt and a sprinkling of toasted almonds or walnuts.

Orange-Currant Waffles

Soy protein powder often comes slightly sweetened and sometimes in flavors, such as vanilla or chocolate. Although this recipe was created with an unflavored soy protein powder, you could certainly use a vanilla-flavored one.

Chocolate-Raspberry Buttermilk Cupcakes

Raspberries and chocolate have a natural affinity, but cherry jam or orange marmalade would work equally well here.

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

Brussels sprouts, in addition to looking like mini heads of cabbage, are in the cabbage family, making them cruciferous vegetables. The earthy, cabbage-y flavor of sprouts is nicely complemented by chestnuts. If you’re not up for cooking and peeling chestnuts, look for cans of whole cooked chestnuts. Thyme is a sweet yet savory herbal underscore for the dish.