This colorful side dish is perfect for a potluck and a great way to use up your summer bounty of tomatoes and squash. The mild seasoning lets the garden-fresh flavor of the tender vegetables shine through.—Jen Stutts, Florence, Alabama
Brenda Snyder from Hesston, Pennsylvania notes, "This is a nice way to serve mushrooms as an appetizer...and it also makes a great side dish for any type of meat. Sometimes I add these tangy mushrooms to salads for extra flavor, too."
We had an abundance of eggplant in our garden one year, so I was happy to find this recipe, especially since it was such a hit with my family. It's not hard to make, and the best part is it's perfect for two people.
-Joyce Towles, Houston, Texas
"This combination of colorful vegetable is so good when baked in the oven," assures Margaret Allen of Abingdon, Virginia. "They make a lovely presentation when threaded on skewers before roasting, too," she notes.
"My daughter is a vegetarian, so I created this colorful side dish to serve with vegetables. She asks for it once a week," says Lucille Goers of Seminole, Florida. Chopped sweet peppers, onion and almonds accent the mild buttery noodles.
Dolores Kastello of Waukesha, Wisconsin enhances instant brown rice with celery, onion, mushrooms, seasonings and chopped pecans. With its stuffing-like flavor, this fluffy rice dish makes a perfect accompaniment for chicken or turkey.
Here's a fun way to jazz up wild rice. Soy sauce and chicken bouillon add plenty of flavor, while celery, mushrooms and water chestnuts help dress it up. "My husband and two adult children love this delicious side dish," comments Joyce Bodle, Enumclaw, Washington. "It's convenient, too, because you can make it a day ahead."
"I was fixing a Western omelet form my husband while frying up potatoes in another pan," recalls Shirley Frank of Neponset, Illinois. "I cut up too many vegetables for the omelet and didn't want to waste them, so I added them to the potatoes. Everyone wanted a taste. Now I make this hash at least once a month."