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Winter’s Sweet Spot MARKET FRESH I PEGGY FALLON Depending upon where and when you read this, Valentine chocolates may be lurking in the immediate vicinity. This is no crime. After six weeks of (mostly) healthy eating this New Year, everyone is entitled to a little diversion, especially in the name of romance. But one minor transgression is no reason to resume gorging like it is December again; so think twice before you take off for the mall to replenish that candy stash. This is the ideal time of year to visit the farmers’ market, when you can take your time looking over the inventory and ask the growers for their favorite ways to prepare their products. You may be surprised to see a lot more than root vegetables out there. The February market offers plenty of natural sweetness in the form of plump dried fruits, juicy citrus, and silky-smooth local honey. Mixed with some power greens, these simple ingredients will satisfy that sweet tooth and get you right back on the healthy-eating track. This Moroccan-inspired salad is a nourishing side dish for a grilled chicken breast, especially when paired with artisan wholegrain bread from the farmers’ market. To transform the salad into an entree, serve on a bed of cooked and cooled couscous, quinoa, or white beans; or consider adding other ingredients like coarsely crumbled California goat cheese, ripe avocado chunks, or a generous sprinkling of toasted walnuts or pistachios. A L I V E E A S 28 T B A Y f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 6


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