Adding toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs gives this dish a nice crunch that balances out the creaminess of the sauce. Rather than baking the shells with the crumbs on top (which can make them soggy), toast the breadcrumbs separately, and toss a handful over each serving right before you put it on the table.
The skin of rutabaga is thick and tough, so you'll want to use a sharp, hefty chef's knife to remove it entirely and later to cut the flesh. The maple glaze tends to caramelize quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on the vegetables during the final stage of roasting.
When using raw kohlrabi in a salad, it's important to use a mandoline to slice it wafer-thin. This allows you to make the most of its delicate, crunchy texture. The dressing's creamy roasted garlic is an ideal counterpart to the crisp kohlrabi.
A stir-fry is great for a quick weeknight dinner -- to make the meal even speedier, cut the cauliflower and bok choy ahead of time, devein and peel the shrimp, and have it all ready to go in the refrigerator. You could serve this dish over brown rice, but the starchlike texture of the cauliflower makes it more than able to stand alone.
Toast need not be boring: Adding part-skim ricotta cheese and a few tasty toppings transforms it into a simple, satisfying breakfast. Part-skim ricotta has significantly less sodium than cottage cheese, a common breakfast bite. Pecans are loaded with antioxidants.