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Penne with Ratatouille Sauce

The famous vegetable stew of Provence, ratatouille, redolent of fresh herbs and plenty of garlic, serves as an ideal topping for pasta. Pretty here over penne pasta, this ratatouille sauce can also be layered with cooked lasagna noodles, sprinkled with cheese, and baked.

Sesame Stir-Fried Asparagus

Using cornstarch to thicken sauces is an idea borrowed from Chinese cuisine. It's a good trick to remember when you want to give a low-fat sauce the "mouth feel" of a high-fat sauce.

Italian-Style Vegetables

Instead of serving the same old one-note vegetable dishes with dinner, try this medley of potatoes, peppers, carrots, green beans, and garlic. Each vegetable contributes its own nutritional assets, and the flavors add up nicely, too.

Sicilian-Style Broccoli Rabe

The slight bitterness of broccoli rabe is tempered here by the sweetness of raisins. If you prefer, substitute milder broccolini for the broccoli rabe. All of the broccoli rabe is edible, though it’s best to trim off the very ends, which may be tough.

Chinese Roast Pork Salad

If you’re preparing this in the summer, and have access to a grill, by all means barbecue the pork instead of roasting it.

Cranberry-Blueberry Smoothie

You can prepare the cranberry mixture (step 1) for this smoothie ahead of time. Let it cool to room temperature, then chill until ready to use. To make one smoothie at a time, use 1/2 cup of the cranberry mixture, 2/3 cup yogurt, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, 2 ice cubes and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. This smoothie is on the tart side (the way we like it), so add more honey if you like things sweet.

Chopped Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Fresh-squeezed or bottled pomegranate juice makes a delicious, sweet-tart salad dressing. If you are making this recipe in pomegranate season, use some of the fruit's colorful seeds to garnish the salad. Sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 cup over the salad after tossing the other ingredients together.

Turkey Sausage Pizza

For an easy variation on this pizza, substitute cauliflower for the broccoli, minced scallions for the fresh basil, and thyme for the oregano.

Spicy Black Bean Dip

While this scrumptious dip is slightly spicy, you’ll want to add more cayenne if you’re a big fan of spicy food.

Creamy Winter Vegetable Stew

Just a touch of maple syrup brings out the sweetness in the winter squash and rutabaga, two root vegetables with a good amount of beta carotene.