During my undergrad years, my roommate taught me how to cook vegetarian dishes like brown rice with pintos. It's so versatile; you can turn it into a wrap or casserole. —Natalie Van Apeldoorn, Vancouver, BC
With the delectable combination of basil, tomatoes and mozzarella, this warm pasta medley makes a wonderful meatless side or main course. From Avon Lake, Ohio, Sandy Jenkins writes, “Everyone in our family loves this recipe, and it’s such a great way to use fresh tomatoes from your garden.”
Asparagus is in season, so celebrate with this satisfying meatless dish from Genise Krause of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The tender spears pair beautifully with the creamy white sauce, which is tossed with fettuccine right in the skillet.
My son encouraged me to come up with a good veggie burger for him, and he gave this recipe a triple A+! Not only are they moist and flavorful, but they’re very easy to freeze. Now, like my son, I prefer them over meat burgers.
North Prairie, Wisconsin
My husband plants the garden and I harvest and cook the fruits of his labor. My favorite way to use plum tomatoes is this easy Margherita Pita Pizza. It is so good! —Rosemarie Weleski, Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
When I'm in the mood for Chinese food, I turn to this snappy recipe. The colorful nutty dish is sure to stir your creativity...substitute broccoli for the asparagus or add carrots and mushrooms.
—Christine Sherrill of Herndon, Virginia
“I first served this pasta dish with a tossed salad when friends dropped by and stayed for dinner,” recalls Amy Burns of Charleston, Illinois. “Since then, I've modified it to include some vegetables, so it's a complete meal by itself. My sons ask for it all the time. Frozen peas, corn, chopped broccoli and sliced zucchini can be used alone or in any combination that you like in place of the vegetable medley listed,” she adds.