Avocado, Fennel, Carrot and Radish Salad recipe.
Featuring spring vegetables, strawberries, citrus and sweet onion, this colorful salad is truly a celebration of spring. Prepare the dressing and ingredients in advance, but assemble and toss with dressing just before serving. Even though sweet onions are less pungent than other varieties, it is a good idea to soak them in ice water to temper their bite before tossing into a salad. Almonds complement the flavors well, but other nuts, such as walnuts, pecans or pistachios, would make a delicious topping as well.
Juicy, tart red grapefruit makes a delicious contrast to buttery avocado and crunchy radishes. We have included cooked shrimp in this refreshing main-dish salad, but you can substitute sliced cooked chicken or flaked cooked salmon (or even canned salmon). If you have to avoid grapefruit because of the medications you take, substitute a cara cara orange (a type of red-fleshed navel orange) or a regular navel orange.
Chickpeas with Vegetables recipe.
Spicy Curry Soup with Chicken Recipe
Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Humble dried lentils are a valuable pantry staple and they are easy to cook. Unlike dried beans, they do not require pre-soaking. Lentils are a good source of plant protein, fiber, minerals (like iron and zinc) and folate. They are economical too-ideal for hearty soups like this one. As this recipe takes advantage of convenience products like frozen chopped onions, jarred minced garlic and prepared shredded carrots, the soup is a cinch to make. It takes about an hour to cook on the stovetop. Pureing a portion of the soup gives it body while maintaining the texture with some intact lentils, but is optional and depends on your personal preference. This step is easy to do with an immersion blender. You can also use a regular blender, but be sure to use caution when blending hot liquids. The soup keeps well and can also be frozen.
The red wine gives this sophisticated stew a deep red color and a warm, complex flavor..
Soba Noodles with Vegetables recipe.
This nutritious, whole-grain pilaf with acorn squash makes a delicious side dish at holiday meals, but it's great anytime. A mix of white and red quinoa looks festive, but using only white quinoa is fine, too.