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All-Veg Tabbouleh

This elegant tabbouleh is even faster to make than the traditional version, yet it is completely grain-free. Finely processed raw cauliflower makes an extremely low-calorie base for all the rich, minerally, citrusy flavors of this classic Middle Eastern dish. Add in some of the optional extras to make it a full meal.

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Apple-Cornbread Stuffing

Holiday stuffing not only “stuffs” the turkey, it also stuffs your belly. The usual ingredients are the usual suspects—dried white bread (ugh) and, if you used a prepared mix, very high sodium and a very high glycemic impact . Simple fixes make this a far more healthy choice: Higher-fiber cornbread replaces the white stuff (you can even choose the gluten-free option), and the added treats like onion, tart green apples, and almonds or pine nuts add a host of nutrients rarely found in conventional stuffing

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Basic Nut Milk

Nut milk is commercially available all over the place, but it's easy to make your own and homemade tastes incredibly fresh and delicious. You can do the simplest version or fancy and flavor things up to rival anything you can find at a good juice bar ~ up to you!

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Caribbean Coconut Soup

This beautiful, creamy, no-cook soup comes together in a flash and makes a light but rich-tasting finisher to a salad-based meal. Despite the fact that it's a raw dish, it has a nice complexity of flavor ~ salty, tangy, a touch of coconutty sweetness ~ that even kids enjoy.

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Carter’s Crunchy Winter Slaw

My sweet nephew Carter grew up as a guinea pig for the principles I wrote about in my book Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby and Toddler. As a result, he has a killer palate and enjoys a very broad range of whole foods. When he was around 4 years old and visiting, I made up this salad and he couldn't get enough of it. When his mom asked him what his favorite thing about the trip was, he said "Auntie Lee's salad!" (That's what all the littles in my family call me.) So he got to name it :)

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Chia Pudding Base

The carb content of chia seed (5 grams per tablespoon) is all fiber: 80% insoluble, but 20% soluble. It’s the soluble fiber that lends the seeds their special magic: When you suspend them in a liquid, they quickly swell and become gelatinous, just like tapioca, but no cooking required

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Cleaned Up Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice makes a delicious side dish. This version is much lighter in calories than the traditional Cajun version, but just as delicious.

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Confetti Skillet Corn

Don't toss your leftover cooked corn on the cob! This delicious summer recipe works beautifully with ultra-fresh cob corn, but it's also a tasty way to liven up cooked corn.

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Cranberry Pumpkin Hummus

Try this autumnal hummus for a satisfying snack, salad topper or as a holiday party dish. Using pumpkin lightens the calorie load of traditional all-bean hummus, and the the overtones of cranberry and orange lend it a lightly sweet and tangy seasonal flare.

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Fragrant Lentils with Roasted Beets, Feta and Fresh Herbs

August beets are naturally rich and sweet, loaded with hard-to-find betalains and iron. Lentils are a high-protein, high-fiber legume which cooks more quickly than any other and requires no soaking ~ perfect for summery meals. This fragrant dish makes the perfect light entrée for a hot August night. It’s deeelicious ☺

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