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Tempeh lettuce wraps: littlegreenwheelbarrow.com

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…

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…

Tomatillo soup with jalapenos, canelli beans and corn. Little Green Wheelbarrow

Tomatillo soup with cannellini ‘chicken’

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Living in California as I do, regular doses of Mexican food are a must. If I go a week without it, I get the shakes. It’s like salsa runs through my veins. One of my favorite salsas is the green type, used for enchiladas and verdes, or to top tacos and salads. The base of green salsas is the tomatillo, a fruit that’s a staple of Mexican and Central American…

Add vegetables to your mashed potatoes for extra flavor and texture.

Cauliflower mashed potatoes

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The next time you’re asked to bring a side dish to a potluck supper — or anytime your menu calls for mashed potatoes — you may wish to add a bit of punch to your dish by throwing in some fresh veggies. This mashed potato recipe is inspired by the colorful varieties of cauliflower that are now becoming readily available. The purple color comes from an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is also found…

Asparagus cornbread with baked garlic.

Asparagus cornbread with roasted garlic

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Here in Northern California impending asparagus festivals are conjuring up all kinds of treatments for the perennial herb: battered and fried spears, blended in ice cream, stir-fried, sauteed, souped, sauced … But many times asparagus recipes end up doing injustice to what is otherwise a very nutritious and lovely food. We all know of asparagus’ rather pronounced effect on one’s … ahem … secretions. That said, asparagus does have beneficial diuretic…