I used to live in Texas and since moving away, missed those classic Tex-Mex flavors that were always such a big part of my meals. I decided to create a fresh and healthy salad that reminds me of traditional pico de gallo. My friends especially love it because it's so different; it's always a pretty popular dish at our gatherings. —Tammy Davis, Arlington, Virginia
Cilantro comes through in this colorful side that's zesty but not too spicy. It also makes a great luncheon dish when served with sesame breadsticks, sherbet and sugar cookies. It's sure to satisfy!
—Tommi Roylance of Charlo, Montana
This fresh-tasting side dish is a fun treatment for corn. It's colorful, comes together quickly on the stovetop and goes well with just about any main course, particularly grilled items.—Lillian Julow of Gainesville, Florida
“Rice doesn’t have to be a boring side dish,” declares Aurora, Colorado’s Janice Mitchell. “Beef consomme and a dash of hot sauce really warm up this recipe for a moist, savory pilaf. It goes well with pork, beef or chicken.”
I substituted reduced-sodium chicken broth for the rich chicken stock that was originally called for in this recipe. It's a great side dish to serve with grilled fish or chicken for a tasty low-fat meal.
—Connie Rank-Smith of Sherwood, Wisconsin
“I got this yummy corn recipe from a co-worker more than 10 years ago,” writes Nadene Melton from Euless, Texas. “It’s so easy and tasty that it’s become a favorite in our family—especially for holidays or special meals. I’ve had many requests for the recipe.” TIP: To turn Nadene’s creamy side dish into a convenient meal, simply add cooked chicken, beef or shrimp. Serve with a leafy tossed salad and crusty loaf of bread.
In Bryan, Texas, Erin Littlefield saves herself the trouble of husking those ears of sweet corn she brings to family picnics and get-togethers with this scrumptious grilling technique. “My husband came up with the sweet and spicy glaze,“ she confides. “It tastes really good, looks beautiful with the flecks of red pepper and requires much less butter than folks generally use.“
“While cleaning the freezer one day, I uncovered extra filling I had used in an appetizer. I decided to add it to the mashed potatoes for dinner…and it became an immediate favorite,” relates Laurie Balcom of Lynden, Washington.
I serve this as a meatless main dish, but it also makes a nice side dish. It freezes and reheats well, so I’ll sometimes double the recipe. It has a colorful combination of carrots, corn, beans and tomatoes.