Once a week, I create a new recipe for my blog, An Officer and a Vegan. I first made this risotto when I needed something cheerful and comforting. It would be fantastic with asparagus, zucchini or summer squash, but use whatever veggies are in season. —Deanna McDonald, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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.
This recipe combines rice with frozen vegetables. The veggies are small enough for my daughter, Sara, to handle easily. The same's true of the rice, which she can pick up with her fingers.—Coleen Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin
It's a snap to change the spice level in this popular rice side dish by choosing a milder or hotter salsa. It's a delicious way to round out burritos or tacos when the clock is ticking. —Molly Ingle, Canton, North Carolina
This is an old Louisiana recipe that I've had longer than I can remember. It's a very popular Southern dish. To turn this into a main meal, simply add more sausage and chicken livers. —Mrs. Lum Day, Bastrop, Louisiana
Since my husband's a Navy meteorologist, we've sampled food all over the world. I adapted this recipe from one I was given while we were stationed on the Aleutian Islands. Fresh meat was difficult to obtain in that part of Alaska, so I learned to make many meals featuring grains and legumes instead!
We're looking forward to retiring soon to a small farm in central Maine. All three of our children were 4-H leader for 9 years.
In this rice dish, green onions give great color, raisins bring a touch of sweetness and almonds add crunch. I think you'll agree the mild curry flavor pleases all palates. —Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri
Instant rice an convenient canned goods simplify the stovetop preparation of this tangy side dish from Flo Burtnett of Gage, Oklahoma. Its traditional taste makes it a perfect accompaniment to the Mexican-style entree.