Crisp-tender green beans are paired with tomatoes for a colorful and nutritious side. Dressed with fresh basil and just enough vinegar to add a bit of tang, this side compliments most any entree. Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
A combination of fine egg noodles and long grain rice makes this side dish a savory change-of-pace. Judy Barry of West Milford, New Jersey seasons the pilaf with minced garlic, fresh parsley and a little butter.
These baked squash cubes pick up a mouthwatering grilled taste along with a mild curry butter flavor. The pretty orange side dish adds interest to more traditional summer entrees.—Mary E. Relyea, Canastota, New York
Garlic and other seasonings give great flavor to this colorful medley of vegetables at little cost. The pretty side dish from Sally Domark of Orland Hills, Illinois is tasty and inexpensive, too, at 33 cents a serving.
Creamy sweet potatoes are treated to a brown-sugar-and-pecan topping in this pared-down casserole. “I like to double the recipe for my company's Thanksgiving potluck,” Tina Browning writes from Lehigh Acres, Florida. “Everyone loves it.”
Yellow squash, green asparagus and red onion help usher in the flavors of springtime. For an Asian flavor twist, substitute soy sauce for the balsamic vinegar (adjusting the salt due to the soy sauce). Use red pepper flakes for a little added heat. —Billy Hensley, Mount Carmel, Tennessee