Mixed Vegetable Grill

Onions and summer squashes are superb when grilled, but don’t be afraid to try any vegetable on the grill. Toni also likes to throw in carrots, fresh fennel, and halved baby potatoes. You’re only limited by your own imagination. Serves 4-6 Ingredients: Basic Balsamico Vinaigrette (makes about 1 cup): 3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil …

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Little arms of love

Broccoli’s name comes from the Italian piccoli bracci meaning “little arms” and just a single serving of this amazing vegetable provides 30 mg of vitamin C, plentiful fiber, and a slew of other anti-oxidant, cancer-fighting nutrients. And it’s not just good for you, it’s good! Soup, salad, side, or main dish, broccoli is a cool …

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Asparagus Grilled with Lime

This recipe is both easy and elegant and if you’ve never tried grilling these tasty spears, now’s the time! Gorgeous stalks of fresh asparagus are blanched, then grilled and dressed with lime juice. Heavenly! Serves 4 Ingredients: Good-sized bunch of fresh asparagus stalks, preferably the thicker type suitable for grilling Coarse kosher salt Freshly ground …

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Fennel with Tomatoes, Onion, and Raisins

Fennel with Tomatoes, Onion, and Raisins One of Italy’s favorite root vegetables, finocchio (fee-no-keeo, a.k.a. fennel) has a wonderfully crisp texture and a flavor that borders on sweet with a trace of licorice. This tender white bulb can be enjoyed raw for its crisp, juicy texture or cooked in a variety of ways. The most …

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Cathi’s Oven-Dried Tomatoes

Cathi Dicocco’s Oven-Dried Tomatoes These tomato gems are sweet, delicious, and a snap to make. Oven drying enhances the sweetness while preserving tomatoes at a time when they’re abundantly in season and affordable. You can also do this with cherry tomatoes and you don’t even need to scoop out the innards – Sungolds work well …

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Peas for Kids

Peas for Kids Vegetables are a tough sell for children, yet sugar and sweetened foods seem to go over without a hitch. Here is a recipe that takes sweet peas and makes them sweeter in a natural way that seems to appeal to most children. Pecans add chewy texture, nutrition, and yes, enough sophistication to …

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Caribbean Sweet Potatoes

Caribbean Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are a wonderful root vegetable, sweet and flavorful, and loaded with dietary fiber (an important element in controlling cholesterol and some types of cancer). Sweet potatoes contain naturally occurring sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. They have almost twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin …

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Wine-Braised Fennel

Wine-Braised Fennel It’s a shame that fennel is often overlooked as a cooked side dish because it really is delicious. Usually served in its crunchy raw state in salads, fennel is also an easy, sweet, cooked vegetable and it’s quite popular that way in Europe. Here is a recipe that can be made with or …

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Roasted Cauliflower and Butternut Squash

Watch this recipe being made. Roasted Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Roasting is one of my favorite methods of preparing vegetables. It’s so easy and roasting brings out the very best flavor in most vegetables. This recipe boasts few ingredients and is packed with flavor and flexibility. I will serve this as a vegetable side dish …

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Rediscover Lentils

Rediscover Lentils Lentils are one of the most ancient of cultivated crops, and they’re widely consumed throughout Europe, India, and Africa. They are wonderfully all-purpose, low in fat, high in protein and fiber, and unlike other legumes, they cook quickly and require no soaking. They are a terrific meat substitute for vegetarians in a variety …

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