When I lived in Florida, I went to a dinner at a friend's home. His Greek wife served a beautiful and delicious side dish that she called an "eggplant fan" and shared the recipe with me. While I've made her version many times with great success, I was inspired by the movie Ratatouille and created this version. —Joe Sherwood, Tryon, Nebraska
"Even people who don't like zucchini can't seem to get enough of this full-flavored side dish," says Cathy Johnston of Ranchester, Wyoming. "I always bring it to family gatherings and potlucks because it goes well with any entree."
This creamy dish resembles traditional rice risotto, only it’s quicker and easier to make. Fresh herbs enhance the tender orzo pasta and sweet butternut squash. Try it as a warming side dish for pork.—Country Woman Test Kitchen
No one will believe this rich, creamy dish was prepared in less than 30 minutes! I developed the recipe when my garden tomatoes, zucchini and basil were coming on strong. Using orzo instead of Arborio rice makes the risotto so much easier to prepare. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois
"Mildly flavored and flecked with garlic and fresh herbs, this creamy, versatile side dish can accompany a wide variety of entrees. Plus, it’s a cinch to put together." --Mary Relyea of Canastota, New York
Round out a variety of menus with this side dish that lends a delicious pop of color. “If you have them, use leftover veggies. People are always surprised at how easy this dish is!”
Margaret Wilson - Sun City, CA
I had to get my firefighter husband to eat more fruits and veggies to lower his cholesterol and triglycerides. Fresh chard and tomatoes add a lot of fiber and vitamins to our diets, but we love this recipe for the flavor. While he would never admit to eating "health food" around the firehouse, this dish is one of many that made his trips to the doctor much more pleasant! —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California
You'll find a wonderful accompaniment to most any entree in this good-for-you Steamed Kale recipe, which is packed with vitamins. I use garlic, red pepper and balsamic vinegar to keep my family coming back for more! —Mary Bilyeu, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Garlic, basil and oregano add pizzazz to this savory side dish. The pasta is tender and moist, and there's plenty of cheese flavor. I like to serve it alongside steaks or chicken.
Concord, North Carolina