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Tarts

Tarts are like pie, only more refined. Any occasion is an excuse to make one of these flaky pastries: Fill a crust with fruit, chocolate, cheese, a creamy custard, whatever is fresh and abundant. Bake your tart in a fluted pan, in individual tartlets, or in a rustic free-form shape. Get more ideas here.

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Quinoa, high in protein and important amino acids, has a unique, earthy taste that surprises the palate. In this festive tart, a rich cream-cheese dough serves as the base for jewel-toned cranberries and figs stewed in wine, which combine to spectacular (and seasonal) effect.

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Phyllo is neither the culinary bully nor nutrition nightmare that it is commonly thought to be. Quick hands and a good pastry brush or nonstick cooking spray are all you need to make delicious pastries. You can use muffin tins for the tart shells or make a single tart in a 6-inch cake pan.

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Adapted with permission from "Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen" by Heidi Swanson, copyright 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.