"Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same for my family without the buttery, pecan-topped sweet potato bake they've come to love with their turkey. Now with a third less cholesterol, 25 percent fewer calories and a whopping 43 percent less fat, this recipe is one any holiday cook who cares about her family's health can be thankful for!"
Sonia Chimenti - Concord, California
It’s love at first bite when you get a delectable burst of sweet-and-salty flavor with just the right amount of garlic in this simple side. Just trim the asparagus, and it’s ready to eat in the blink of an eye. —Lisa Daniell, Loveland, Colorado
Tender cubed zucchini gets pleasant flavor from a cheesy sauce and cracker-crumb topping. "This fast-to-fix side dish is a great way to use up a big crop of the common squash," says Kathi Grenier of Auburn, Maine. At 35¢ a serving, it's an uncommon value.
Round out any meal with the natural sweetness of these quick and easy roasted vegetables. "Whole grape tomatoes, onions, peppers, green beans, halved Brussels sprouts and whole cloves of garlic also make delicious additions. Toss with chopped fresh herbs and drizzle with balsamic vinegar or shake on grated Parmesan cheese."
Paula Young - Tiffin, Ohio
A creamy sauce flavored with cheese makes vegetables so much more appealing to my crowd. This holiday side dish will please even the pickiest veggie-phobics. It uses vegetables that are available year round, so it works for Easter as well as winter holiday meals.—
I turned to a particular dish when I wanted to use peppers I grew in my garden. I promptly rewrote the recipe to include several other fresh veggies and this was the result. It's a perfect side dish for just about anything. —Kate Selner of Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Meet the Cook: When my husband worked as a deputy ag commissioner, he'd bring me bushels of vegetables from area farms. This pretty side dish is the result - it's easy to fix but impressive enough for company. We're busy retirees with five grown kids and a menagerie ranging from show dogs to miniature donkeys.
-Judy Williams, Hayden, Idaho