Ready-to-go pinto beans and crispy corn tortillas prove how easy it is to make a healthy meal. Chili powder kicks up the fun, making this a popular pick for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Looking for something a little different for supper? “This vegetarian main-dish salad pairs walnuts, juicy oranges and tomatoes with warm, pistachio-crusted goat cheese medallions and a splash of vinaigrette,” says Gloria. Serve with a crusty loaf of French bread.
Gloria Bradley - Naperville, IL
“I first made this recipe for a crowd of 11 people,“ recalls Debby Chiorino in Pt. Hueneme, CA. “And everyone—from little kids to teens and adults—loved the Southwest flavor…and the guacamole topping. A real hit!“
We love how the whole wheat pasta and crisp, raw vegetables blend with the rich and creamy peanut sauce. The addition of fresh lime juice really brightens the flavor of the dish. Some eat it hot, but my husband and I prefer to wait until it's closer to room temperature. —Donna McCallie, Lake Park, Florida
"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."
"Out of all our recipes for pasta, this simple meatless main dish is our favorite," writes Christa and Holley Hageman from Telford, Pennsylvania. "We can hardly wait for summer to arrive so we can use our garden-fresh tomatoes and minced basil in this recipe." The entree's Mediterranean flair comes from feta cheese, oregano, olive oil and lemon.
Use up leftover noodles by tossing them with this wonderful creamy garlic sauce from Loretta Ruda of Kennesaw, Georgia. "This is my version of several recipes I've tried through the years," she notes. "It is so simple to make." Tip: "Top this dish with broiled shrimp or scallops," she suggests.
Writes Merrie Fischer of Gen Arm, Maryland, "I love this dish because it's so quick to fix...and it's versatile, too. Sometime I'll dress it up by stirring in cooked shrimp, crab, chicken or turkey for an elegant company meal."