A splash of lemon and dash of chopped parsley make this orzo one of my family's most requested springtime sides. It's fantastic with chicken, pork and fish, or eat it on its own as light lunch. —Leslie Palmer, Swampscott, Massachusetts
In her Howell, Michigan kitchen, Ann Berger dresses up quick-cooking couscous with mushrooms, green onions and carrot. Seasoned with white wine, thyme and garlic, it's a comforting menu addition that complements most any main course.
For a succulent side dish, Marion Karlin of Waterloo, Iowa suggests her nicely herbed and spiced rice. Onions, mint, dill and lemon all accent the tender grain, while the flecks of green dress it up a bit.