Intense heat concentrates the pumpkin's sugars, bringing out its natural sweetness -- so you can enjoy its rich, dense flesh as you spoon out your stew. White beans, red pearl onions, baby peas, and turkey sausage make up the deep-flavored mix.
The peppery bite of broccoli rabe mellows when joined by Parmesan, pine nuts, and red-pepper flakes. Plus, you get a solid serving of vegetables in a comforting bowl of pasta. You could also stir this pesto into lentils and sprinkle the dish with crumbled fresh goat cheese.
Links of Polish sausage are grilled to highlight their garlicky flavor. Sliced into small pieces, they contrast nicely with buttery Yukon gold potatoes with a light coating of grainy-mustard vinaigrette.
Udon noodles are thick Japanese noodles similar in size to linguine and can be found in Asian markets and some supermarkets. The salad can be garnished with an assortment of ingredients, including enoki mushrooms, fresh bean sprouts, chopped cilantro, scallions, and toasted sesame seeds.
The black-eyed peas need to soak for at least six hours, so plan accordingly. Look for turkey sausage made with all-white meat. Per serving: 389 calories, 6 g fat, 68 mg cholesterol, 38 g carbs, 435 mg sodium, 48 g protein, 13 g fiber