When it comes to food, I'm all about anything in a pocket—pita bread, bierocks, empanadas and more. These Italian-inspired turnovers are great for dinner and even better the next day. For smaller ones, use a single crescent roll with a level tablespoon of filling.
For a nice alternative to beef and bean burritos, I use this recipe, which I discovered several years back. If I fix the chicken mixture the night before, the next day's dinner is a snap. My 14-year-old gives these yummy burritos an enthusiastic "thumbs up"!
-Suzanne Adams, Laguna Niguel, California
I created this version of oven-baked chicken by modifying a recipe to match my family's love of garlic with chicken. Just coat the chicken, pop it into the oven and forget it. The crispy coating really stays on. My family always enjoys this flavorful main dish.—Jan Walls, Dover, Delaware
"This casserole has so much zesty Mexican flavor that my husband doesn't even realize it's a low-fat dish," says Shirley Meyer of Alden, Minnesota. "With its creamy sauce made from soup and cheeses, it tastes like a calorie-laden meal when it's not."
Although this uses leftover chicken, I serve it sometimes as a special company dinner. Actually, my husband may enjoy it more than the original roasted bird with all the fixings! -Marilyn Hockey, Lisle, Ontario
Cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper give Margaret Bailey's slow-cooked specialty its kick. "I serve bowls of it with crunchy tortilla strips that bake in no time," she writes from her Coffeeville, MIssissippi home. "Leftover soup freezes well for nights I don't feel like cooking."
"on a lazy sunny summer day, this chicken is the best ever," writes Agnes Gollan of Garfield Heights, Ohio. "We enjoy it with baked beans and watermelon." Try the zesty barbecue sauce on other grilled meats, too.