Yellow squash, green asparagus and red onion help usher in the flavors of springtime. For an Asian flavor twist, substitute soy sauce for the balsamic vinegar (adjusting the salt due to the soy sauce). Use red pepper flakes for a little added heat. —Billy Hensley, Mount Carmel, Tennessee
Both winter and summer squash star in this fun, colorful vegetable stir-fry. I've cooked in several restaurants and for many guests in my home, and this dish has been well-received for years.
—Mary Beth LaFlamme, Eagle Bridge, New York
Celebrate the last garden harvest with this satisfying side dish. Simply cook carrots, squash and zucchini in oil that's been spiced up with ranch dressing mix. You'll be able to dish out hot and hearty helpings in minutes!
In her Minneapolis, Minnesota kitchen, Mary Ann Kosmas creates this quick and colorful medley of fresh zucchini, summer squash and red pepper. "It's a flavorful way to use up my garden bounty," she notes, "and the dill adds wonderful herb flavor."
Says Dona Alsover of Upland, California, “Our children and grandchildren live far away, so my husband, Jim, and I frequently plan a quiet dinner by candlelight. We have Vegetable Ramekins often since we can pull fresh things from our garden all year. It is a colorful and delicious side dish.”
This scrumptious side dish, from Deborah Ereth of Salem, Oregon, features an unusual way to serve a variety of well-flavored veggies—you bundle and bake the produce in parchment or foil packets. "The squash, zucchini, carrots and leeks have such wonderful aroma and taste that even the pickiest eaters dig right in," she assures.—Deborah Ereth, Salem, Oregon
Italian Sausage Skillet, served over rice or pasta, is a hearty favorite.
"This garden-fresh dish gets extra color from a can of stewed tomatoes," Eve notes. "The Italian sausage has so many wonderful flavors you don't need to add any other seasonings."
Lots of wonderfully fresh-tasting vegetables are showcased in this chunky soup sent by Victoria Zmarzley-Hahn of Northampton, Pennsylvania. "It's a great way to use up summer's excess produce," she explains. "And it's so versatile—you can add or delete just about any vegetable."
YELLOW SQUASH with colorful bell peppers makes an attractive and delicious combination that goes well with many entrees.
I enjoy experimenting with new recipes, and fortunately, my husband likes new dishes appearing on the table.
-Maxine Lynch, Boise City, Oklahoma
I'm a retired police officer and now a deputy sheriff who loves to cook. But with my busy schedule, I must rely on speedy side dishes like this one. The squash retains its fresh taste and cooks to a perfect tender crispness. You can give this cheesy treatment to other fresh veggies, too. It's so quick that I make some variation of it a few times a week. Everyone loves it!