For a dinner accompaniment that hardly seems light at all, consider Nikki Dolan's creamy mashed potatoes. The Largo, Florida reader uses light cream cheese and plenty of garlic to flavor the rich side dish. It's destined to become a popular request at your home.
Although it was once thought to ward off vampires, today’s research suggests garlic has a laundry list of cardiovascular benefits including reduction in LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and an increase in HDL cholesterol.
For a festive presentation, Tressa Surdick slices into the tops of baking potatoes to "fan" them, then seasons them with herbs and butter. "Guests rave about these potatoes," she writes from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.
"I started make these rolls in the 1960s because my children liked their meat or cheese separate from their bread," explains Ruthelaine Hoolsema of Grand Rapids, Michigan. "Sometimes I add poppy seeds or use rye flour instead of wheat flour and add caraway seeds."
"These zesty potatoes are a snap to make. My two boys and husband just love them. They’re good with roast or chops, but can also be served as an appetizer with a dip." —Jane Lynch of Scarborough, Ontario
"My mom got the recipe for this zucchini and green bean casserole from an authentic Greek cook years ago. The ingredients originally included olive oil, but we omitted it...and it tastes even better!" writes Angela Berry, Coon Rapids, Minnesota.