"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."
“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.”
While broccoli florets and chunks of red pepper give this dish plenty of color, it's the fresh gingerroot, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil that round out the flavor.
-Mary Relyea of Canastota, New York
Julienned carrots and broccoli florets brighten this delectable dish from Kris Lundberg of Baldwin, Wisconsin. "This is a guilt-free meal," she informs. "The fat content is minimal, there's no reason not enjoy dessert afterward!"
"My husband, our two young sons and I enjoy this deliciously different fried rice dish," relates Lorna Plett of Riverton, Manitoba. "The brown rice makes it extra nutritious...and it's a great way to use up leftover cooked turkey."
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