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January means a fresh start--a new year, a healthier lifestyle. Weâ??re committed to our New Yearâ??s resolutions and whole foods are at the top of the list.

January means a fresh start–a new year, a healthier lifestyle. We’re committed to our New Year’s resolutions and whole foods are at the top of the list. These recipes will warm and comfort you on frosty days, while introducing you to fresh and exciting new foods like cilantro, taro root, portobello mushrooms and kohlrabi.

Cilantro, also known as coriander or Chinese parsley, is a bold, full-bodied herb with a distinctive flavour. You’ll learn to love it. Sprinkle fresh cilantro leaves over savoury dishes or use the seeds ground, mixed with other spices and in curries. Taro is a root vegetable with brown, hairy, bark-like skin, dry, creamy, almost pink flesh and a taste like sweet potato. Peel the skin before using it. Kohlrabi is round and either purple or light green, with stalks sprouting from the base. Choose firm kohlrabi no bigger than a large apple. Portobello mushrooms, large and "meaty," have exploded onto the market in the last few years. Marinate and gently fry the mushroon whole, place in a whole wheat bun and you’ve got a quick, healthy burger.

The following recipes all serve two hungry people.

Country Chocolate Cheesecake

Kefir Snowballs with Plum Filling

Rotini with Orange-Cream Sauce

Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed Kohlrabi with Lemon-Tarragon Sauce

Eggplant Cordon Bleu

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