Put your garden-fresh summertime veggies to good use with a colorful side dish that gets a little heat from Cajun seasoning. It pairs well with any entree and is quick and easy to prepare. —Nancy Dentler, Greensboro, North Carolina
All my kids and grandkids absolutely love this stuffing, but especially my daughter-in-law, Amber. I usually have to make a big batch at Thanksgiving so I will have leftovers for my husband. Otherwise, you can use this recipe to make it for two. —Kathy Katz, Ocala, Florida
“Fresh asparagus is a rarity in our small town, but when I find it at the store, I make this colorful stir-fry,” says Judy Stashko of Mayerthorpe, Alberta. “Even folks who don’t like asparagus will enjoy this.”
The recipe for this pretty medley comes from Elizabeth MacAulay in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. "Last spring, when asparagus was in the stores, my sister found this recipe, tried it and thought I might like it, too," she notes. "This fast-to-fix side dish is perfect after a busy day at work."
Green beans taste terrific all by themselves, but my mom has managed to improve on Mother Nature! She adds mushrooms, celery and crisp slivered almonds to dress up the popular green vegetable.
-Becky Brunette, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Diane Hixon of Niceville, Florida uses garlic and Italian seasoning to dress up green beans straight from the garden. "This fast flavorful side dish is frequently on the menu for special occasions," she relates.
With its nutty texture and visual appeal, you’ll turn to this hearty side whenever a rice dish is in order. I’ve served this for more than 30 years and, over time, have learned to make enough for leftovers to be sent home with family members.—Virginia Peter, Winter, Wisconsin
One of my all-time favorite side dishes, this marinated medley is well-received whenever I serve it - which is often. It's wonderful with turkey, but also pleasant with just about any main dish you can think of.
-Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana