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Olive-Cheese Zucchini Boats

Olive-Cheese Zucchini Boats

Olive-Cheese Zucchini Boats

I WAS ANXIOUS the first time I tried this recipe, wondering if my family would like it. It was a big hit, though, and I was happy to find another idea for serving this prolific garden vegetable. I serve it most often with chicken. It adds so much color to the plate. -Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas

Roasted Potatoes and Artichokes

Roasted Potatoes and Artichokes

Roasted Potatoes and Artichokes

Potato wedges and artichoke hearts are roasted to perfection in this hearty recipe from Mary Relyea of Canastota, New York. For added zing, Mary sprinkles the veggies with crumbled feta cheese.

Savory String Beans

Savory String Beans

Savory String Beans

I LOVE making this dish when I can pick the beans right out of the garden and put them into the pot. The fresh taste is unbeatable. I've also made it with beans purchased at the store. Either way, you'll find this recipe a winner. There's no need for any extra seasonings at the table. -Ina Reed, Kingman, Arizona
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Scented Rice in Baked Pumpkin

Scented Rice in Baked Pumpkin

Scented Rice in Baked Pumpkin

This easy, delicious and healthy side is a showpiece that always delights. You can use grain, squash, fruits and nuts to suite your taste—it's impossible to go wrong! —Lynn Heisel, Jackson, Missouri

Turnip Puff

Turnip Puff

Turnip Puff

“My family would never eat turnips until I served them this way,” says Debbie Henry from Phelpston, Ontario. This downsized version goes well with turkey, ham or roast beef. TIP: A pound of turnips yields about 2 cups chopped.

Honey-Mustard Green Beans

Honey-Mustard Green Beans

Honey-Mustard Green Beans

I used this recipe as an occasion to get my kids involved in cooking. They had fun snapping ends off the beans and they delighted in whisking together the dressing ingredients. In addition I was surprised how much they liked the green beans with this hint of sweetness.

Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

"You'll find this delicious squash is a welcome change from plain vegetable side dishes," assures Karen Scaglione of Nanuet, New York. "It makes a great accompaniment to pork roast."

Asparagus Stir-Fry

Asparagus Stir-Fry

Asparagus Stir-Fry

“Fresh asparagus is a rarity in our small town, but when I find it at the store, I make this colorful stir-fry,” says Judy Stashko of Mayerthorpe, Alberta. “Even folks who don’t like asparagus will enjoy this.”

Baked Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Baked Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Baked Mushroom Rice Pilaf

"My husband, Steve, and I were experimenting one night, tossing together things we both like," writes Marianne Bauman from Modesto, California, "and we created this recipe. It’s a wonderful side because it turns out moist and flavorful every time—with no worry about burning, and goes with a wide variety of entrees!”

Baked Sweet Potato Deluxe

Baked Sweet Potato Deluxe

Baked Sweet Potato Deluxe

"I downsized the original recipe for this spicy side dish and adjusted it a bit for my husband and me," writes Sarah Gottschalk of Richmond, Indiana. "It's such a nice change from the usual baked potato...and healthier, too!"
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