On busy days, it's a comfort to know that my family can sit down to dinner minutes after we walk in the door. Double it to wow at a potluck. This recipe works in a slow cooker, too. —Virginia Krites, Cridersville, Ohio
"As a busy home health nurse, I'm committed to preparing meals that are quick and nutritious," shares Susan Houser of Anchorage, Alaska. "I came up with this rich and creamy sauce that is lower in fat than traditional white sauce. Dinner guests never believe it is made with fat-free milk."
This lightened-up Stroganoff from Beth Bries of Farley, Iowa is sure to become a family favorite. The tender strips of beef, sliced mushrooms and onion are coated in a pleasing sauce made with fat-free yogurt and served over noodles.
This recipe was passed down to me from Mom, who got it from her mother. Oregano and basil in the tomato sauce and in the coating on these tender moist chops give this entree its Italian flavor.
-Joanna Iovino of Commack, New York
They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So when I invite that special guy to dinner, I like to prepare something equally special. This well-seasoned pasta dish has lots of flavor...and it won't hurt your budget!
Silver Spring, Maryland
My wife and I are pasta lovers, and after we tried this dish at an Italian restaurant, I thought I could improve on it. I enjoy making pasta sauces, and this is one dish we like to serve to our pasta-loving friends.
With ham, asparagus, onion and pasta in a creamy sauce, this stovetop supper is tasty enough for even your pickiest guests. It's great with penne, but you can also try it with mostaccioli or another type of pasta.
Marybeth Wright of Maitland, Florida says it takes her only minutes to make this time-saving pasta toss. Leftover ham, canned ripe olives, sliced mushrooms and roasted red peppers lend plenty of flavor to the colorful combination of tastes.
"This is a super-fast way to prepare Stroganoff without all the extra simmering involved," writes Mary Wilhelm of Sparta, Wisconsin. "For a change of pace, I use boneless chicken breast strips instead of beef. Served with a salad and dessert, your meal is complete."
This mildly flavored stir-fry combines tender strips of chicken with vegetables and popular ramen noodles. "I came up with this recipe when I wanted a quick-fix meal for myself," shares Dawn Boothe of Lynn Haven, Florida. "Sometimes I change the vegetables or substitute ground turkey for the chicken."