The 3 Week Diet
Rigatoni with Asparagus Pesto and Ricotta Salata
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Rigatoni with Asparagus Pesto and Ricotta Salata

This innovative variation on classic pesto calls for fresh asparagus and walnuts, making it a perfect dish to welcome in springtime. The addition of spinach gives the pesto its bright green color. Like other pesto-based pasta dishes, this one tastes great served warm or cold, making it a good choice for a picnic or buffet. For a hit of color, add some yellow and red cherry tomatoes just before serving.   Rigatoni with Asparagus...

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Pea Shoots and Shiitake Mushrooms with Soba
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Pea Shoots and Shiitake Mushrooms with Soba

Pea shoots, the young, tender leaves and curly, delicate tendrils of the English pea plant, are making an appearance at farmers’ markets this month in many parts of the United States. Take advantage of their relatively brief season by eating them raw or cooked in fast-cooking dishes like stir-fries. Choose pea shoots that are bright green and show no sign of wilting, and be sure to remove any yellowed or tough stems before using. This...

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Soba Noodles with Asparagus, Shiitake and Wakame
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Soba Noodles with Asparagus, Shiitake and Wakame

This Japanese-inspired noodle dish is perfect to highlight asparagus at its peak in early spring. Wakame, a deep-green sea vegetable, adds a briny counterpoint to the slippery noodles and crisp asparagus spears. Look for it at natural foods markets and Asian stores; they’re well worth the hunt.   Soba Noodles with Asparagus, Shiitake and Wakame   2 Tbs. dried wakame or mixed sea vegetables 2 Tbs. soy sauce 2 Tbs. rice...

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Salmon Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa
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Salmon Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Fresh fruit, like the mango used in these colorful tacos, is a perfect partner for salmon, as its natural sweetness and bright flavor are great foils for the rich fish. If possible, purchase wild salmon, which tends to be more flavorful than the farmed kind.   Salmon Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa   1 ripe avocado 1 large ripe mango 1 red Fresno chile, seeded and minced 1/3 cup (2 oz./60 g) minced red onion 3 Tbs. chopped...

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Maple-Mesquite Grilled Pork Loin
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Maple-Mesquite Grilled Pork Loin

In this recipe, our maple- and mesquite-flavored barbecue sauce adds lots of smoky-sweet flavor to a tender grill-roasted pork loin, while whole chiles grilled and served alongside pack a wallop of heat. If you’re not a fan of super-spicy foods, be sure to choose milder chile varieties such as Anaheim, poblano or banana chiles. For a super-spicy dish, try serranos, jalapeños or even habaneros instead.   Maple-Mesquite Grilled...

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Grilled Cornish Hens with Chimichurri
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Grilled Cornish Hens with Chimichurri

Here’s a creative way to use zesty chimichurri sauce in an impressive and unexpected presentation. Cornish hens are flattened and cooked under the pressure of a heavy brick, saving cooking time and creating a gorgeous color and crisp skin. Don’t have bricks lying around? Use a pizza stone, cast-iron pan or other heavy, flameproof pan to weigh down the game hens while they’re cooking.   Grilled Cornish Hens with Chimichurri  ...

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