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Some foods are at their nutritional best when matched with other foods. (Via NPR.)

Here are some classic food friends.

1) Eggs and Raw Vegetables

Top raw vegetables with cooked eggs. Research suggests that the fat in egg yolks helps absorb phytonutrients from the veggies. Specifically carotenoids, the color-giving component in red, green, and orange vegetables, including tomatoes, spinach, kale, and carrots.

Nicoise-Style Tuna Salad With White Beans & Olives

Nicoise-Style Tuna Salad With White Beans & Olives
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Tomato and Egg Stir Fry

Tomato and Egg Stir Fry
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Vegetarian Bibimbap

Vegetarian Bibimbap
Photo by Holiday Baker

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad
Photo by Mollycurls77

Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap

Bi Bim Bap
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Open-Faced Sandwiches with Arugula Salad

Open Faced Egg Sandwiches with Arugula Salad
Photo by Marianne

2) Black Beans and Peppers

It's a classic combo, black beans cooked with red peppers. And a good thing, too, because the vitamin C in peppers helps draw iron from the beans. Ditto, vitamin C-rich mangos, pineapples, and sweet potatoes.

Cucumber, Mango, and Black Bean Salad

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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa
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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

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3) Black Pepper and Turmeric

Combine these two ingredients to get the most from turmeric's anti-inflammation and anti-cancer compounds. An alkaloid in black pepper helps draw out the curcumin in turmeric. Grind a little fresh black pepper over these recipes for the full effect.

Mild Curry Powder

Mild Curry Powder
Photo by kellieann

Curry Stand Chicken Tikka Masala Sauce

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Bite-Sized Salmon Tikka

Bite-Sized Salmon Tikka
Photo by ALFANN02

Cindy's Yellow Rice

Cindy's Yellow Rice
Photo by naples3412

Aloo Phujia

Aloo Phujia
Photo by Raquel Teixeira

Lamb Tagine

Lamb Tagine
Photo by maimai