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Try a dish with bold North African-influenced spices

Tasters also liked the traditional addition of chorizo, which added meaty richness. Curly-leaf spinach was the best choice for its sturdy texture in this brothy dish.

A Thai-style red curry that highlights lentils and tofu

We wanted to create a Thai-style red curry that wasn't swimming in coconut milk and featured fiber-rich lentils and tofu instead. We started by cooking the lentils in an aromatic red curry broth.

You won’t miss the meat in this vegetable-packed lasagna

Then there's the eggplant, which is typically not only soggy, but greasy from pre-frying. Add to that the usual patches of dry, grainy ricotta and it's a wonder this dish ever became an Italian American standard.

Make some plain biscuits and then feel free to dress them up

These plain biscuits can be dressed up with any flavorful, relatively dry ingredient, such as herbs, scallions, cheese, dried fruit, or spices. For variations on the recipe, see below. Follow this recipe with your kids.

Retool the classic pound cake to make it ultra-chocolatey

We wanted to retool classic pound cake to make it ultra-chocolatey without compromising its hallmark velvety-soft crumb. For deep chocolate flavor we used mostly Dutch-processed cocoa powder, which incorporated seamlessly into the batter; a couple ounces of milk chocolate added richness without interfering with the cake's texture.

Sustainable Living

Some favorite garden vegetables attract pollinators, too

"When we think of our diet, the rule of thumb is that one out of every three bites we take is dependent upon pollinators," said Ed Spevak, who manages the St. Louis Zoo's Center for Native Pollination. It was among the nation's first zoos to have a dedicated invertebrate department.

Organic price premiums dip as demand grows, choices multiply

"Consumers are more focused on products that have some benefit to them," Sarah Schmansky, a vice president of growth and strategy at Nielsen.

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