Joy Manning

Spring Lamb Stew
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Here, white beans, tender artichoke hearts and a small amount of lamb shoulder come together in a healthy spring stew. As with most slow-cooked dishes, the flavor improves after a day or two in the refrigerator. Slideshow:  Great Lamb Recipes 
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Soup au Pistou
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A bowl of this brothy vegetable soup is perfect for an early-spring dinner. If you have pesto saved in the freezer from last summer, this is a great way to use it up, but a good-quality store-bought pesto also works well. Slideshow:  Best Vegetable Soups 
Fiber-rich white beans are delicious with a lid of bubbly cheese. Slideshows:  More Leek Dishes 
Briny clams are delicious with sweet, tender slivers of roasted fennel and fiery fresh chiles. Slideshows:  Great Clam Recipes 
This healthier riff on a classic Indian take-out dish subs in pureed cashews for the usual cream. Slideshows:  Healthy Indian Dishes 
Harissa—the North African chile paste that gives this vegetarian dinner its heat—varies greatly from brand to brand. Taste it before you add the vegetables to the marinade, and add more if it strikes you as too tame. For a richer dish, make a fast sauce with mayonnaise whisked with harissa, lemon juice and water and drizzle it over the vegetables and couscous just before serving. Slideshows:  North African Dishes 
This lightened up classic is fast to pull together—especially if you buy presliced mushrooms. It has a rich, slow-cooked flavor. A splash of cream makes it extra-decadent but still light. Slideshows:  More Fast Chicken Recipes 
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Beet Hummus
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Soft, sweet and earthy, roasted beets make for a vivid pink dip that’s a fun take on hummus. If you are pressed for time, use the preroasted beets available in many supermarket produce sections instead of roasting your own. Slideshows:  Great Beet Recipes 
This lightened up classic is fast to pull together—especially if you buy presliced mushrooms. It has a rich, slow-cooked flavor. A splash of cream makes it extra-decadent but still light. Slideshows:  More Fast Chicken Recipes 
Beet Hummus
Rating: Unrated
New!
Soft, sweet and earthy, roasted beets make for a vivid pink dip that’s a fun take on hummus. If you are pressed for time, use the preroasted beets available in many supermarket produce sections instead of roasting your own. Slideshows:  Great Beet Recipes