"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."
Are you looking for an appetizing way to enhance a nutritious vegetable? Try this eye-catching stir-fry from Marie Rossey of Creston, Ohio. The broccoli keeps its bright color and crispness, while ginger and soy sauce help to spice it up nicely.
This pretty side dish is an excellent way to serve one of the first springtime vegetables from our garden. I never have leftovers since everyone goes for the fresh taste of the asparagus, the crunch of the walnuts and the zippy seasoning.
"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."
In a nonstick skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add ginger and garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Add the teriyaki sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, salt and hot pepper sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add rice and mixed vegetables; cook and stir over medium heat until vegetables are tender.
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