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Spicy tempeh lettuce wraps

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As warmer days approach, meals often become lighter. One of my favorites, when I’m not in the mood for just a salad, is a lettuce wrap with a hearty filling. Lettuce wraps are truly a regional and seasonal affair. I’ve had them in Hawaii made with tofu and macadamia nuts. Here on the mainland they’re usually seen with chicken. But if you’re avoiding meat, there is a great alternative that…

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Coconut Blueberry Tart

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Sometimes you just have to have dessert. Granted, plump, fresh-picked blueberries are a wonderful snack by themselves. And baked in a pie — boy, oh, boy — that’s good eating. Why not combine the pop of fresh, cold berries with a chewy crust, layered with a cool, creamy filling? This unpretentious tart begins with a coconut and nut crust that requires no special handling. Just mix the ingredients and press…

English peas with lemony pappardelle

Fresh English peas and lemony pappardelle

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English peas. When they start arriving at your farmers market, it’s one of the happiest signs of spring. Although peas get a bad rap from insominac Princesses, a happy family of peas in their cozy little pods is a friendly image in many children’s books. Many babies eat peas among their first solid foods, their unpracticed fingertips pinching each pea. Then, as we grow out of the hide-your-peas-under-the-mashed-potatoes phase, we pea-lovers find…

California Quinoa Tabouli Salad

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Ever since I lived in Greece, tabouli has been one of my favorite salads. Tabouli, or tabbouleh, is commonly served throughout the Middle East as a starter or side dish. Traditionally, wheat bulgur forms the base of a simple tabouli, since it was readily available in Syria and Lebanon where the dish originated. The wheat formed a hearty base for a filling main dish where meat was scarce, so it’s…