I grow purple asparagus, so I'm always looking for new ways to prepare it. Recently, my husband and I discovered how wonderful any color of asparagus tastes when it's grilled. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
This side dish is our favorite way to fix summer vegetables. Cleanup is a breeze because it cooks in foil. It goes from garden to table in under an hour, and makes a great accompaniment to grilled steak or chicken. — Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
Clarice Scheeringa of Ripon, California shares this dressed-up asparagus. "I live in the heart of asparagus country, so I'm always on the look out for new ways to serve it," she explains. "Lemon and a touch of tarragon make it a quick elegant side dish."
This faster version of traditional chicken and dumplings uses canned broth. It is ready to eat in about a third of the time, thanks to chicken breasts and purchased biscuit mix.—Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
"French-fry fans will fall for this easy oven-baked variety and never miss the fat," assured Ruby Williams of Bogalusa, Louisiana. Try pairing the seasoned wedges with everything from hot dogs and hamburgers to chicken strips and fish.
"Besides helping on our farm, I work as an environmental assistant for a power district," relates Denise Goedeken from Platte Center, Nebraska. "It's quite a challenge to put a good nutritious meal on the table and still have time for doing things with my family." Denise's husband and their two girls enjoy this dish, which you can make for just 20¢ a serving.
Looking for a holiday side dish that's something special? Karen Ann Bland in Gove, Kansas suggests: "The sour-cream sauce in this broccoli casserole makes it a little different from the usual, and the cashews lend a nice crunch. It's great with a variety of entrees.”
“This is a good way to spice up plain instant potatoes. I prepare these when I'm running out of time to get dinner on the table but want something that still tastes homemade.” Carolyn Coop - Stuarts Draft, Virginia
"It's simple to jazz up a box of scalloped potatoes and pop them in the oven while the kids are doing their homework," says Jennifer Skipper of Great Lakes, Illinois. "This meal disappears in a hurry whenever I serve it."