Since Lisa Stinger and her husband really enjoy seafood, she doesn't skimp on shrimp in this recipe! "This mildly seasoned stew has other satisfying ingredients, too, like broccoli, tomatoes and pasta," she writes from Hamilton, New Jersey.
"I have three young children, so I rely on meals that are quick and easy," relates Renee DePriest of Harrisburg, Illinois. These tender patties with pasta, spaghetti sauce and cheese are family-pleasers and simple enough for kids to help prepare.
Peanut butter gives this tasty blend of red peppers, snow peas and shrimp its Thai flavor, while ginger and red pepper flakes spice it up. The colorful main dish, served over pasta, was sent in by Jeanne Fisher of Simi Valley, California.
Rich, creamy and laced with wine, this chicken-and-pasta main dish is a favorite with Elaine Moser’s family in Spokane, Washington. Who’d guess it’s so quick and easy?
COOKING CAPERS. Capers are the small, green flower buds of a bush that grows all over the Mediterranean area. Pickled in wine, vinegar or brine, capers lend a salty, lemony flavor to sauces, salads, veggies and main dishes. They can be found on grocery store shelves with olives and pickles.
Tina Gantner of Matthews, Missouri writes, “It took me a few tries to perfect this recipe, but now it's a favorite in our household. More Cajun seasoning can be added, but it tends to make the dish too hot for children. Chicken breast can be substituted for the pork tenderloin and rice can be used instead of the noodles."
If you’re looking for a dinner that’s simple and yummy, Joan Roth’s stroganoff fills the bill. The Jackson, New Jersey cook combines ketchup and Worcestershire in a creamy sauce for this satisfying beef dish.
"This blend of ingredients makes a very filling and comforting dish," writes Adena Foster of Kernersville, North Carolina. "I especially like to make it in summer when there's an abundance of fresh zucchini and carrots."
"One weekend while my husband was out of town, I came up with this recipe by using ingredients that I thought only I would enjoy," recalls Ann Dee Bent of Sullivan, Missouri "But to my surprise , my husband--who came home in time for supper--loved it. Our children enjoyed it, too."