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PORK CHOPS WITH GINGER RHUBARB COMPOTE 

Pork Chops with Ginger Rhubarb Compote

I spied the first rhubarb of the season, so thought I’d get going with one of my favorite spring dishes: savory grilled chops with a tangy rhubarb side. This roasted asparagus and potatoes done any way you like them make perfect sides. 


LAZY GIRLS ENCHILADA PIE

Enchilada pie

Called “lazy” because you layer all of the ingredients instead of rolling up each individual enchilada. The result is no less tasty. Any Mexican sides are fair game: sour cream, guacamole, pinto beans, extra salsa.  A salad on the side adds nice crunch, but isn’t needed to complete the meal. 


SPRING VEGETABLE PESTO PASTA

Vegetable Pesto Pasta

This is everything that’s good about the produce section this time of year in one bowl of pasta: asparagus, peas, and fresh herbs. It’s got heaps of vegetables relative to the pasta, so hits all the nutritious buttons. If shelling peas isn’t on your priority list, outsource to one of your kids or substitute frozen peas. Finish with a big bowl of strawberries for dessert. 


LIGHTER GREEN GODDESS DRESSING

Lighter Green Goddess Dressing

Make a batch of this creamy dressing to drizzle over salads, use on sandwiches in lieu of mayo, or pack into small containers to serve with vegetables for school  lunch or afternoon snack (kids love to dunk). It’s excellent over nearly any cooked or raw vegetable.


CHOCOLATE CHIP “MAKEOVER” COOKIES

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now that Girl Scout season is behind us, time to get back to baking homemade. These “makeover” cookies have what’s good about chocolate chip treats, only boosted with oats, nuts, whole grain flour, and a little less sugar than the norm.