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Spring Couscous with Asparagus, Peas and Mint

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Here's a quick, one-pot meal that makes the most of spring greens: asparagus, two types of sweet pea, and mint all get folded into a delicious dish that pops with the flavors of lemon and feta and the crunch of pumpkin seeds. Serve the dish hot or cold, as a side dish or main dish, and vary the veggies according to the season: make it with tomatoes, corn, and basil in the summer, or with winter squash in cold weather -- just be sure that everything is cooked before you add the couscous, as this is a more-or-less instant grain.

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Smoky Pepper Pizza

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Late summer's bounty of peppers and herbs combine with smoky cheese to make this unusually flavorful pizza. Of course, you can use store-bought pizza dough or pizza crust. You could even doctor a pizzeria pizza, if you're feeling especially averse to cooking: add any other vegetables you have on hand, including cooked potato slices, fresh tomatoes, sautéed summer squash, or steamed greens. And don't forget the sprinkling of fresh herbs, which adds a powerful punch of flavor.

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Roast Chicken and Roots

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Root vegetables are abundant in fall and winter, but they can be a little daunting: grubby and odd, and what on earth do you do with them? But roasting concentrates their sweetness, making them a natural for kids, even skeptical ones. Here, they roast below a whole chicken for an economical one-dish meal with the added benefit of soup later: just simmer the bones for a few hours with fresh carrots, onions, and celery, then strain, salt, and add a handful of pasta or rice.

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Midwinter Vegetable Soup

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This is a warming, hearty, and simple recipe that turns all your odds and end of winter vegetables into a giant pot of nourishing soup. You can prep the veggies in order as the soup cooks, and if you don't have any stale bread to add, you can do without -- but it does lend the soup a satisfying robustness Let your kids add their own cheese and a splash of olive oil from a small pitcher: they'll love feeling involved in their dinner.

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Sweet Potato Curry with Tofu

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Packed with vitamins and fiber, super sweet potatoes make a vibrant base for this easy, family-pleasing curry. If you can find them, choose the extra-sweet jewel variety of sweet potatoes (they may be called "yams") with their vivid, smooth flesh. And if you're short on time, skip the frying step and add the tofu directly to the pan of simmering vegetables; it may fall apart a little, but it will still be saucy and good.

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Chilli Cheese Spoon Bread with Fresh Corn

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As far as veggies go, fresh corn is not too hard a sell. But if you've got an abundance of it, and you're finally sick of corn on the cob (or your kids are currently too toothless to enjoy it), try baking up this puffy, cheesy, corn-studded casserole. It's delicious as a light main course, or as an accompaniment to any meat that might be coming off the grill.

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Pork Chops with Maple-Cider Cabbage

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Cabbage is famously inexpensive, packed with nutrients, and a classic accompaniment for pork. Look for naturally raised chops on sale, then buy more than you need and freeze them for easy meals such as this one, where they're paired with braised cabbage that has gone meltingly tender and sweet in the oven.

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Winter Squash Tart

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This pretty, open tart pairs sweet squash with sweet onions and melty cheese. Your kids will love that you're having pie for dinner, and you'll love that you found a home for that pretty, nutrient-packed squash. Don't let the dough scare you: it comes together quickly, and rolls out easily into a delicious, flaky crust.

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