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While American food has traditionally been centered around meats and seafood, these once fringe vegetarian trends are quickly become mainstream.

Portobello Burgers with Red Pepper-Pesto Mayo
Grilling portobello mushrooms and serving them as you would a burger is terrific way to enjoy them, especially when topped with this quick and easy roasted red pepper and pesto mayo.

Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
This healthy sweet potato salad features a low-fat honey mustard dressing, and would make a great change of pace from more traditional potato salads.

Sour Cream Potato Salad Recipe
A tangy sour cream dressing turns a basic potato salad recipe into something special. This potato salad recipe can be done with russet, red, or gold potatoes.

Rainy Day Mac and Cheese Recipe
The name of this macaroni and cheese recipe says it all. This is the mac and cheese that put the "comfort" in comfort food. Dig into a dish of this classic, creamy macaroni and cheese anytime you want to warm up from the inside out.

Whole Roasted Garlic Recipe
Roasting whole garlic bulbs is an easy and delicious method, and the sweet, soft cloves can be used in countless ways. Roasted garlic cloves are a great garnish for main course, like roasted chicken, and can also be mashed up and added to dressings and sauces.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Fresh, Ripe, Summer Tomatoes
Here's a top 10 countdown of recipes and preparations using one of the stars of summer eating; the sweet, and perfectly ripe tomato. After suffering with pink, mealy supermarket tomatoes all winter, there's nothing that says summer like a beautiful, just picked tomato.

Deli-Style Red Potato Salad Recipe
This deli-style red potato salad recipe is delicious with all your favorite sandwiches, as well as alongside a spicy rack of ribs at the next cookout. Red potatoes work so well in potato salad recipes since they don't fall apart after being cooked.

Fresh Farmer's Cheese Recipe
This farmer's cheese recipe will show you how fun and easy it is making your own fresh white cheese at home. This cheese recipe uses plain milk, requires no special equipment, and produces a homemade cheese that's a sort of cross between cream cheese and a ricotta.

Twice-Baked Potatoes with English Peas
This delicious stuffed twice-baked potato recipe come compliments of the Artisan Cheese Center. It features a great combination of flavors and will be a wonderful way to use those beautiful spring peas. If you can't get fresh peas, frozen peas will work fine in this twice-baked potato recipe.

Waldorf Salad - Video Recipe
Invented in 1896 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, this is America's most famous fruit salad. One taste of this crunchy, juicy, sweet, and tangy salad, and you'll know why it's such a favorite.

Broccoli and Cottage Cheese Casserole
The addition of broccoli and cottage cheese turns an ordinary macaroni and cheese recipe into a deliciously healthy casserole.

Low-Fat Butter-Free Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
The tangy, low-fat goodness of buttermilk makes a great mashed potato recipe, without any butter. Despite the name, buttermilk is very low in fat and calories, and allows room for a little sour cream in the recipe. The results are delicious, and healthy mashed potatoes.

Fat-Free Kale and Sweet Potato Soup
It's hard to come up with a more nutritious soup recipe than this fat-free kale and sweet potato soup. No butter or oil is needed when you're using the delicious combination of satisfying sweet potatoes and the flavorful kale. Not only is this fat-free soup nutritious and tasty, it's incredibly easy and fast to prepare. Both the main ingredients are on many of the "super foods" lists and this kale and sweet potato soup is a great way to enjoy them.

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing
This colorful, healthy avocado and grapefruit salad recipe features an exciting array of tastes and textures. It has peppery arugula lettuce, a simple and light yogurt dressing, sharp curls of Parmesan cheese, and toasted pine nuts. These ingredients really go wonderfully with the silky avocado, and the sweet and tangy grapefruit.

Sweet Potato Steak Fries
So simple and delicious, these sweet potato fries are a great way to enjoy one of nature's most nutritious foods. Since these are done in a hot oven, they don't need lots of oil to "fry." These sweet potato fries are great with burgers, steaks and almost anything else you would serve with regular fries.

Macaroni and Cottage Cheese Casserole
The addition of cottage cheese and sour cream turns the ordinary macaroni and cheese into a deliciously creamy casserole. To counter the mild cottage cheese, a sharp cheddar is also used in this great macaroni and cheese recipe.

Traditional Potato Salad
This classic potato salad recipe, featuring a traditional mayonnaise dressing and eggs, is the version many of us grew up. That's probably the reason this potato salad is such a popular American side dish.

Spaghetti Squash
This versatile veggie has a delicate, sweet flavor and can be prepared with a multitude of ingredients.

Pear Salad with Walnuts and Gorgonzola
This easy pear salad features a delicious combination of flavors and textures. The crisp juicy pears, crunchy walnuts, sweet chewy currants, and the soft tangy cheese all work perfectly together. A pear salad like this makes a great first course for almost any menu.

Green Bean Salad with Fresh Mint
This quick and easy green bean salad recipe is very low fat thanks to a light, simple rice vinegar dressing. Rice vinegar has a natural sweet and tangy flavor that pairs perfectly with the fresh mint. A cold green bean salad is a very refreshing side dish served next to richer entrees.

Mushroom Ragout on Garlic Toast
This easy and elegant mushroom ragout (stewed mushrooms) is as versatile as it is delicious. It can be served as a first course, a main course, or even as a sauce for chicken or meat. You can also use wild mushroom when available.

Vegetarian "I Can't Believe I Don’t Miss" Meatloaf
Yes, vegetarian meatloaf is an oxymoron, but a delicious and nutritious one! This satisfying loaf is a great change of pace.

Fried Sweet Plantains
This fried sweet plantains recipe is so easy, and makes for a great change of pace, meat-less meal.

Classic "Cast Iron" Cornbread
Until you try this recipe you've never really had true American corn bread before! By the way, this is just one of the many great reasons to own a cast iron skillet.

Ultimate Nachos
These Nachos are big on flavor and are laden with black beans, corn, tomatoes, scallions, olives and cheese. Be sure to serve these nachos right away so they are crisp and hot.

Roasted Vegetable Tart

9 Easy Meatless Meals
Try these 9 vegtarian recipes that deliver on ease and flavor.

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