This is my daughter Tonya's favorite meal. Sometimes we make it with rigatoni and call it "Riga-Tonya." It's a great dinner and a nice way to prepare yummy vegetables for the kids. —Sandra Eckert, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Peppers are probably the vegetable that gets used most frequently in my kitchen. My freezer's constantly stocked in case I discover a new recipe to try or want to whip up an old favorite again. In a way, my parents helped create this recipe. They always taught never to waste. So one day when my husband (I'm a stepmom to two girls, 18 and 15) and I had prepared a Mexican meal and had peppers, cheese, salsa and tortillas left over, these were the result!
-Melissa Cowser, Greenville, Texas
"This is a shortcut version of a rich, creamy pasta dish I enjoyed on a vacation trip," shares Mickie Taft of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's versatile, too--serve it as an awesome meatless entree or a special side dish.
"Mom often made this hearty main-dish salad for my three brothers and me when we were growing up," recalls Cindy Stephan of Owosso, Michigan. "Now it's one of my husband's favorite meals - and one we frequently fix for weekend guests."
"I'm constantly trying to incorporate healthy but tasty meals into our menu," writes Pam Masters of Derby, Kansas. "Both kids and adults love these mildly spiced burritos that combine filling lentils with crisp zucchini."
"I make this family favorite at least two or three times a month," remarks Jackie Messina of Chardon, Ohio. "It's wonderful with a salad and fresh Italian bread." Besides being easy to prepare, this meatless main dish is easy on the pocketbook at just 61 cents per serving.
This versatile side dish is a variation of a recipe I've had for years. Instead of broccoli, you can use green beans, carrots or your family's favorite vegetable. You can even add cubed cooked chicken and turn it into a main dish.—Robin Stevens, Cadiz, Kentucky
My family prefers homemade macaroni and cheese over the kind you get out of the box. This recipe is an easy way to keep them happy. Whenever we have a family get-together, I bring this comforting dish. Its "from scratch" taste can't be beat.
-Linda Gingrich, Freeburg, Pennsylvania
"My neighbor and I discovered these delicious low-fat burritos a few years ago," writes Angela Studebaker of Goshen, Indiana. "On nights my husband or I have a meeting, we can have a satisfying supper on the table in minutes."