“I had purchased some vegetarian chicken patties…but had no idea how to serve them. This recipe, an impromptu creation on a busy weeknight, turned out so well…my husband never knew it wasn't 'real' chicken! Good for vegetarian friends.”
Heidi Heimgartner - Blooming Prairie, Minnesota
"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."
The recipe for this pretty medley comes from Elizabeth MacAulay in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. "Last spring, when asparagus was in the stores, my sister found this recipe, tried it and thought I might like it, too," she notes. "This fast-to-fix side dish is perfect after a busy day at work."
"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."
Here's a fun way to jazz up wild rice. Soy sauce and chicken bouillon add plenty of flavor, while celery, mushrooms and water chestnuts help dress it up. "My husband and two adult children love this delicious side dish," comments Joyce Bodle, Enumclaw, Washington. "It's convenient, too, because you can make it a day ahead."
Good-for-you things come in tasty little packages when you follow the recipe Barbara Nowakowski sent from North Tonawanda, New York. Wonton wrappers form the crisp cups that hold the cheddary artichoke filling in these cute appetizers.
Discover tofu with this Asian-inspired stir-fry from Trisha Kruse of Eagle, Idaho. Says Trisha, “This recipe is a tasty way to introduce your family to tofu. The blend of flavors really makes this meatless main dish appeal to folks who have never tried tofu.”
Karen C. Fitterer's kitchen rivals the finest Asian restaurant when she makes her healthy take on a Chinese-American favorite. “This egg foo yong a popular entree served to doctors at our medical center,” she reports from Portland, Oregon.