I love to cook and come up with new recipes. I serve this dish at least once a month and sometimes more. For a different twist, I'll occasionally add a scrambled egg or use soy sauce instead of the rice vinegar. —Sonya Labbe, Santa Monica, California
“You don’t have to be a spinach fan to happily eat up these greens,” assures Dotty Egge, a field editor from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. Soy sauce gives her energy-packed dish an Asian twist. “I serve it over rice or as a side. Try garnishing it with toasted sesame seeds.”
For many years, I made this dish with asparagus. At Thanksgiving, green beans were all I had, so I used them instead. Everyone enjoyed it. Plus, it doesn't take much time to put together. —Phy Bresse of Lumberton, North Carolina
Crunchy water chestnuts give a nice contrast in texture to the tender peas in this snappy side dish from Judy Bennett. The Vacaville, California cook says she prepares it often for company. Guests will never guess that it costs only 52¢ per serving.
This dish always conjures up memories of Mom's traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone loves green beans when they're dressed up in a creamy suace and topped with golden french-fried onions.—Christy Hinrichs, Parkville, Missouri
Her Almond Currant Rice is 9-year-old Whitney's favorite. "Stirring in the almonds and currants at the last minute is a snap, and we love the flavor," Felicia says. "You can substitute your favorite dried fruits and nuts if you like."