Red wine vinegar really perks up everyday green beans in this simply seasoned side dish from LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota. "Add a sprinkling of salt and pepper to suit your family's taste," she suggests.
The beauty of this recipe is that I can substitute any vegetables and still have a terrific side dish. I grow fresh rosemary and use it to season whatever garden bounty I harvest. Since zucchini is abundant almost every year, this recipe puts that to good use.—Emily R Chaney, Blue Hill, Maine
A hint of mustard in the vinaigrette-style dressing sparks the flavor in this change-of-pace coleslaw. Fruit and cauliflower are unexpected surprises in the cabbage mixture, but the flavors blend beautifully.
"Balsamic vinegar adds zing to these colorful sauteed veggies that cook in a flash," says Chris Kallies of Oldsmar, Florida. "Trim the beans and julienne the pepper ahead to make this dish in a snap at the last minute."
With its red pepper slices and green broccoli florets, this merry medley will brighten any holiday table. Sara Lindler of Irmo, South Carolina uses mild seasonings to let the variety of veggie flavors shine through.
"I grow my own herbs, and this dish showcases them perfectly," says Marilyn Pozzo from Salmo, British Columbia. "Red pepper slices and a sprinkling of parsley dress up the pasta shells in a simple yet eye-pleasing way. My husband and our three young children enjoy this on the side with grilled pork, bee, chicken and fish."
A sweet and spicy apricot sauce gives lots of flavor to the tender chicken in this dish from Diana Duda of Glenwood, Illinois. "It's especially fast because it's made with instant rice," she notes. "Serve it with crusty bread, fresh fruit and a green salad."
"This recipe came from a family reunion of mostly Mennonites. It is over 30 years old," Jane Bone shares from Cape Coral, Florida. "You can choose different beans, according to your family's tastes, but keep the pork and beans as a base. I often take a big pot of these to large gatherings or pitch-in-suppers, and everyone enjoys them."