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Hobo Meatball Stew

Basic ingredients make this hearty stew a favorite at the home of Margery Bryan in Royal City, Washington. “I usually have everything on hand for this recipe, so it’s simple to load up the slow cooker at noon. When I get home, dinner’s ready and waiting.”

Carrot Pepper Skillet

You can prepare stuffed peppers on the stovetop, cooked alongside nicely seasoned carrots, with this creative recipe shared by Esther Shank. “This dish is attractive, delicious and goes together in a hurry,” promises the Harrisonburg, Virginia cook.

Sesame Zucchini Bread

“We were treated to this delicious zucchini-flecked bread when we went to visit a friend one evening,” remarks Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren, Minnesota. “Each healthy slice is dotted with goodies like raisins, sesame seeds and nuts.”

Spicy Beef Vegetable Stew

This zesty ground beef and vegetable soup is flavorful and fast to fix. It makes a complete meal when served with warm corn bread, sourdough bread or French bread if you can squeak in a few more calories. —Lynnette Davis, Tullahoma, Tennessee

Mushroom Marsala with Barley

This filling vegetarian recipe is a tasty mashup of chicken Marsala and mushroom barley soup. It’s great as a main dish, but can also be served, with or without the barley, as a side. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois