Vegetables that are in season make great additions to this orzo salad. It's the perfect side dish for a picnic, it can easily be doubled for a crowd, or you can add grilled chicken to make it a filling entree. — Danielle Miller, Westfield, Indiana
I spent 14 years preparing meals in restaurants, but now I just cook to entertain family and friends. I've always liked the versatility of pasta. This cheesy vegetable noodle dish is one of my grandmother's favorites, so I make it often when we get together.
"This saucy lasagna is one of my specialties," says Sharon Allen of Allentown, Pennsylvania. "It's packed with fresh-tasting vegetables, such s zucchini, mushrooms, carrots and peppers. The colorful casserole is a great way to celebrate the bounty of summertime."
Crunchy cashews and citrus-seasoned sauce will stir your appetite for this colorful vegetable medley. "My husband requests the meatless entree often," says Dorothy Swanson of St. Louis, Missouri, "so it's on the menu at least once a month."
"Cottage cheese is the surprising base for the wonderfully creamy sauce that coats the pasta and veggies in this side dish," notes Barbara Toher of Lexington, Kentucky. "My husband, who doesn't like to compromise good taste for low-fat foods, didn't even realize this dish was lower in fat."
"By keeping a few of these tender well-stuffed crepes in the freezer, I can easily reheat them when vegetarian friends stop by unexpectedly," writes Patricia Moyer of Island, Pond, Vermont. "Plus, they're a great way to use up extra zucchini."
Frozen bread dough is the convenient base for this herb-flavored flat Italian bread. These savory slices are a super appetizer at a summer gathering. It's a fun and delicious way to use up abundant garden tomatoes and fresh zucchini.
"No coaxing is necessary to get my husband to eat his spinach when I stir it into this tempting tart," says Mary Lopez of Willow Creek, California. "With no crust, this cheesy veggie dish is so easy to prepare. The aroma alone will be enough to bring your family to the table.
A savory mix of seasonings adds zip to Daphne Blandford's satisfying dish that's loaded with beans, rice, vegetables and cheese. "We enjoy it as a light entree with garlic bread and fresh spinach salad," she notes from Gander, Newfoundland. "It also makes a super side dish at potluck gatherings."
This marvelous meatless entree comes from my 89-year-old grandmother, who cooks a lot with grains, particularly bulgur. The zucchini's a fun change of pace in these cabbage rolls. —Michelle Dougherty of Lewiston, Idaho
Looking for a tasty alternative to meat-and-potatoes meals? Try this colorful pasta dish, which is the brainchild of my oldest son. It's a stick-to-the-ribs supper that takes advantage of fresh mushrooms, zucchini and other vegetables as well as basil and provolone cheese.