"Broccoli grows abundantly during the long summer days here in Alaska," Heidi Doudna explains from Fairbanks. "I like to harvest it and freeze it along with julienned carrots, so this is always ready to go. The two vegetables are wonderful together, and the judges at our state fair even awarded this dish a first prize."
I used to make this dish with lots of butter, brown sugar and cream. I slimmed it down and this low-fat version is just as delicious-my family loves it,” writes Shannon Abdollmohammadi from Woodinville, Washington.
"For me, the most time-consuming part of preparing this side is picking the green beans in the garden," says Jeanne Bennett of North Richland Hills, Texas. "My family loves their fresh taste, and I love that they're fast to fix!"
With a coating to tongue-tingling sauce an topping of crunchy sesame seeds, broccoli makes a fancy but fuss-free side dish. This vegetable is so nutritious that it's great to have a special way to serve it.
—Doris Heath, Bryson City, North Carolina
"Living in the Midwest, we anticipate spring treats like fresh asparagus all winter long," affirms Mickey Kelly, Burnsville, Minnesota. "Our three small children can't help but snitch a taste when this dish is chilling in the fridge. I use the vinaigrette dressing on salads, sliced tomatoes and other steamed vegetables as well."
"You can substitute a variety of beans—such as soybeans, pinto or navy beans—in this versatile dish," suggests Elizabeth Bowen of Harbor Beach, Michigan. "It's a healthy and tasty alternative to sweet-and-sour pork or chicken," she adds. "I like to serve it over brown rice."
This is one of my favorite low-fat dishes—it's delicious! Rosemary, garlic, almonds and sunflower kernels flavor the broccoli and rice. Sometimes I add cooked cubed chicken for a complete meal.
—Mari Condit of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
“I came up with this easy recipe one night, and I’ve made it several times since then. The sauce is not only yummy on green beans but also on frozen broccoli,” says field editor Barbara Carlucci of Orange Park, Florida.