Meet the Cook: The day I first made this, we'd invited a neighbor - a bachelor farmer - over, and I wanted to fix something hearty. It was a hit instantly. These days, our three sons (17, 16 and 13) enjoy it as a change from regular mashed potatoes. We've found that it's best served with beef...either with or without gravy.
-Kathy Smith, Granger, Indiana
"For a dish with harvesttime appeal, you can't go wrong with this veggie medley I created," assures Julie Varilek of Box Elder, South Dakota. "Served with breadsticks, it makes a satisfying main dish or a hearty side. I grow so much spaghetti squash, I often prepare this through February."
With tons of veggies and flavorful rice, this simple dish has all your sides covered. Hearty and filling, this, paired with chicken or the pork chops here, is the only side you'll need. Vary the basil depending on how sweet you like your meals. Pat Habiger - Spearville, Kansas
"I came across the recipe for this grilled vegetable medley at a nurses' station at the hospital where I work," notes Sheila Dedman of New Dundee, Ontario. "It's a big hit at home and while camping. The foil packet makes cleanup easy, too."
People think I fussed when I serve these packets. Individual aluminum foil pouches hold the juices in during baking to keep the herbed chicken moist moist and tender. It saves time and makes clean up a breeze.—Edna Shaffer, Beulah, Michigan
"I frequently serve this flavorful combination of fish, vegetables and cheese over a bed of rice," writes Sally Davis of Warren, Pennsylvania. "It's quick to assemble, and the foil packets make cleanup a breeze."
When you want to impress guests, you can’t beat these lovely Cornish game hens. Apricots and apricot preserves give the tender meat and moist wild rice stuffing a fruity flavor that everyone in our family loves. —Jodi Grable, Springfield, Missouri