If you’d like a little extra crunch with this colorful chop suey, serve with chow mein noddles. —George Utley, South Hill, Virginia
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When I was growing up on Cyprus, my mother would often make this side dish to have with roast lamb. Although I hated lima beans when I was a kid (who didn’t?), I love them now. They always remind me of home. —Paris Paraskeva, San Francisco, California
After the feast, we always have leftover turkey and sweet potatoes. I put them together in this quick, easy and nutritious main dish that satisfies with a simple green salad alongside. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
I always have pearl onions on hand to add to stews and vegetable dishes—they’re great pickled, too. Every Thanksgiving, I make this glazed onion dish. It can easily be made ahead and reheated the day of. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Thanks to fresh veggie dishes like this one, I almost forget I’m wheat- and gluten-free. This gorgeous side dish is awesome with bacon. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas
I’m crazy about homemade soup during the fall and winter months. This wild rice soup is one of my favorite cool-weather experiments. —Deborah Williams, Peoria, Arizona
A head of cabbage seems like it never ends. Here’s a delicious way to use it up. My husband is this stew’s biggest fan. —Pamela Kennemer, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
This recipe combines two of my favorite flavors: coffee and cinnamon. You can always find them on my holiday treat trays. —Cynthia Messenger, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
These easy, apple-y oats let your family have a warm and cozy breakfast no matter how busy you are. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
For a different spin on a pea side dish, I added fresh mushrooms. They add so much flavor and it is so simple to whip up.—Wendy Masters, Grand Valley, Ontario
“You can have your cake and eat it too with this luscious, easy-to-prepare chocolate dessert,” assures Gessica Brown of Rochester, Indiana.
“I came across the recipe for this grilled vegetable medley at a nurses’ station at the hospital where I work,” notes Sheila Dedman of New Dundee, Ontario. “It’s a big hit at home and while camping. The foil packet makes cleanup easy, too.”
“I revised an old stuffing recipe several times to come up with this simple savory side dish,” shares Lisa Mathew of Buffalo, Missouri. “It’s a breeze to prepare using instant rice, and everyone loves its herb flavor.”
A light lemony dressing complements a beautiful mixture of melons and sliced cucumbers from Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah. “This delightful summer salad is especially good served at a brunch or luncheon,” she adds.
“We’re a busy hockey and figure skating family, so we’re always on the go,” relates Nancy Levin of Chesterfield, Missouri. “Served over rice, this fast skillet supper makes a good home-cooked meal when there’s little time.”
“This unusual golden soup combines two of our favorite foods–nutritious butternut squash and apricots,” notes Jean Hennessey Klein of New Berlin, Wisconsin. “It’s thick, rich and simple to make to dress up any meal.”
From Mendota, Illinois, Kim Marie Van Rheenen shares her recipe for an easy all-in-one skillet supper that’s brimming with fresh-from-the-garden flavor. It’s a tasty way to make the most of seasonal produce–from your backyard veggie patch or the farmer’s market.
“My daughter loves to cook and especially likes dishes with Mexican flair,” reports Donna Hackman of Bedford, Virginia. “She bakes these wonderfully seasoned fish fillets in foil to keep them moist and cut down on cleanup.”
“I came up with this recipe when searching for a low-fat dessert for my chocolate-loving family,” recalls Karen Yoder from Bremerton, Washington. “My husband’s and son’s eyes light up whenever I serve these fudgy brownies topped with a fluffy mousse.”
“This recipe saved the day when I came home from the hospital after delivering our son,” recalls Danielle Monai of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio. “It requires just six ingredients and bakes in less that half an hour, so I can have this hearty dinner on the table in a jiffy.”