Whether you need a quick healthy side dish for a weeknight supper or fancier fare for the holidays, these flexible dishes are healthy, delicious solutions. Whip together the simple versions for every day, or jazz them up for company. For a little variation, experiment with other vegetables in the recipes. (Go to the prepared produce aisle in the grocery store for vegetables that are typically tough to cut.) —J.T.
WEEKDAY: Soy-Glazed Asparagus with Ginger and Garlic
In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, toss 1 pound of fat, pretrimmed asparagus with 1 tablespoon each low-sodium soy sauce and sesame oil, 2 teaspoons minced, jarred ginger, 1 teaspoon minced, jarred garlic, 1 / 4 teaspoon salt and ground black pepper to taste. Spread into one layer and roast in a preheated 400-degree oven for 15 minutes or until bright and sizzling. Serves 4.
HOLIDAY: Tangy Soy-Glazed Asparagus with Toasted Sesame Seeds
When you pull the asparagus out of the oven, immediately drizzle with a tablespoon of sodium-free rice vinegar. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds and serve.
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