Layered desserts always grab my family's attention, but salads? Not so much. I wondered if I presented a healthy salad in an eye-catching way, I could get everyone on board. I’m happy to report that I was correct. Find tons more of my salads and other good stuff at foodyschmoodyblog.com. —Christine Hadden, Whitman, Massachusetts
Cleanup is a breeze with Margaret Wilson's simple seafood supper. Each meal-in-one packet contains zucchini, red pepper and a flaky full-flavored fish fillet. "It cooks in no time and is just as delicious with flounder or sole," writes the Hemet, California cook.
Add an unexpected taste to grilled vegetables with a glaze made with balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs and some honey and brown sugar. The fabulous veggies are paired with barley to make a healthy and deletable side.—Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland
The first time I substituted zucchini noodles for regular pasta, it was because I was trying to reduce carbohydrates and calories. Now I make them because we love the flavor and texture they bring to dishes. This dish is just as delicious if you substitute shrimp for the chicken. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
"This side dish is so simple and quick that I had to share it," notes Karen Anderson of Fair Oaks, California. "Grilling the veggies in a foil packet means one less dish to wash, but I often stir-fry the mixture on the stove instead."
"These tender kabobs are full of savory rosemary flavor yet they're low in fat and sodium," says Elisabeth Corcimiglia of Byron, New York. "I found the original recipe in a magazine but adjusted it to better suit the tastes in my household."
Convenience foods make this hearty entree a snap to prepare. Purchased meatballs are easy to thread onto skewers. And since they're precooked, you just need to grill the kabobs until the fresh veggies are tender. Basting with bottled barbecue sauce adds fast flavor.
-Shawn Solley, Lawton, Oklahoma
Mint leaves give these lamb kabobs an enticing flavor and aroma. Served with brown rice, the eye-catching meat and vegetable skewers look and taste special enough to dish up for company. —Michael Rose, Grand Prairie, Texas