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Fresh Salmon Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing

You could also make this composed salad with tuna instead.

Chopped Broccoli Piccata

Many people (grown-ups included) will eat the florets off a broccoli spear, leaving the nutritious stems behind. Here’s a recipe that should encourage diners to eat the whole thing (well, they won’t actually have a choice). If the pungent flavors of arugula are not to your liking, you can use 1/3 cup of chopped fresh basil or parsley instead.

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Warm spices, such as cumin, cinnamon, and coriander, are typical of many Moroccan dishes and marry well with the sweet carrots and currants in this salad. Timing alert: Although this salad is fine at room temperature, it’s especially good served chilled, which will take at least 1 hour.

Roasted Vegetable Broth

Roasting the vegetables gives the broth a rich, deep flavor. Use this broth anywhere you might use a chicken broth or a storebought vegetable broth. For longer storage, pour the broth into ice cube trays and freeze. Empty the cubes into a freezer bag and use them as needed to enhance sauces, soups, or stews.

Toasted Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries

Toasted oats and flaxseeds contribute a slightly nutty flavor to these cookies, while adding heart-healthy soluble fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Oat & Cherry Breakfast Pudding

This creamy cherry-studded pudding is filled with healthful soluble fiber. Although this is intended as a breakfast or brunch dish, you could also serve it as a dessert.

Chicken Breast Osso Buco-Style

Risotto is the traditional accompaniment for osso buco (the classic Italian veal recipe that inspired this dish), but a wild rice pilaf would make a suitable substitute here.

Split Pea Salsa

Most people think of salsa as a spicy chopped tomato condiment, but salsa merely means sauce. So, by extension, you can make a salsa out of all sorts of things. Here we use folate- and fiber-rich split peas to make a salsa with Mexican spices. And just so tomato fans won’t be disappointed, the salsa also has chopped grape tomatoes.


This traditional Middle-Eastern dip has a good garlicky punch. If you'd like to tame the pungency, cook the garlic for 1 minute in a pan of boiling water before adding it to the recipe. Serve the dip with raw vegetable dippers, such as celery sticks, pieces of bell pepper, or yellow squash slices.

Date & Walnut Bread

If you remember date-nut bread from your youth, this recipe will take you right back. To complete the nostalgia, serve the bread spread lightly with reduced-fat or fat-free cream cheese.