Sauteed bits of garlic and shallot, plus a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, turn ordinary beans into something special. Keep the recipe in mind for your garden crop in summer, too. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
For variety and color, I like to combine at least two types of vegetables in this fried rice recipe. It's a flexible dish, limited only by what's in the fridge and your imagination. —Becky Matheny, Strasburg, Virginia
“My mother makes a delicious carrot and onion side dish, but it calls for a whole stick of butter. My lighter version uses only 1 tablespoon and relies on some lively Asian flavors to make up the difference.” A scrumptious side! Jeanne Holt - Mendota Heights, Minnesota
Cooked rice and frozen vegetables hurry along the preparation of this savory side dish. Simply press the cheesy mixture into measuring cups with the back of a spoon and stack them to make individual sand castles.
"This colorful, quick side dish is a great pair with any meat or fish," advises Jackie Horridge from Nashville, Tennessee. "Sometimes I like to top it with toasted pine nuts, sliced almonds or crumbled feta cheese."