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
This is one of my favorite grilled dishes. Featuring garden-fresh vegetables and a light pesto sauce, the pizzas are especially popular because each family member can add whatever toppings he or she prefers.—Martha Haseman, Hinckley, Illinois
A colorful combination of zucchini and zippy canned tomatoes is delicious over quick-cooking angel hair pasta. We like the extra zest from crushed red pepper flakes. —Kathleen Timberlake, Dearborn Heights, Michigan
I spent 14 years preparing meals in restaurants, but now I just cook to entertain family and friends. I've always liked the versatility of pasta. This cheesy vegetable noodle dish is one of my grandmother's favorites, so I make it often when we get together.
This is a great summer dish because all of the cooking is done in the microwave oven, you won't heat up your kitchen. Cooked chicken, pork or extra-lean beef can easily be added to suit your family's tastes.—Carol Birkemeier, Nashville, Indiana
"Cottage cheese is the surprising base for the wonderfully creamy sauce that coats the pasta and veggies in this side dish," notes Barbara Toher of Lexington, Kentucky. "My husband, who doesn't like to compromise good taste for low-fat foods, didn't even realize this dish was lower in fat."
Looking for a tasty alternative to meat-and-potatoes meals? Try this colorful pasta dish, which is the brainchild of my oldest son. It's a stick-to-the-ribs supper that takes advantage of fresh mushrooms, zucchini and other vegetables as well as basil and provolone cheese.
Refrigerated crescent rolls shape the crust for this party pleaser that features flavored cream cheese and fresh vegetables. "It doesn't take long for it to disappear around here," says Pat Walter of Pine Island, Minnesota.
"I'm trying to cut back on meat and have to watch my cholesterol, so I eliminated the meat in this recipe and used egg substitute," explains Rochelle Higgins of Fredericksburg, Virginia. "The patties are easy to make and reheat nicely in the microwave."
Fans of traditional lasagna are sure to be intrigued by this tasty twist—a rice-based version. Writes Gwen Cantwell from Sharon, Wisconsin. "I discovered this recipe in a weight-loss class...and my family loves it. It has all the flavor of classic lasagna made with noodles with only a fraction of the fat."