"I especially like to use frozen California-blend veggies when making this dish. If you prefer, you can substitute fresh garden vegetables, but it will add a little time. Simply start them in boiling water before adding the pasta. Then add the pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking the veggies. This makes an easy, colorful and delicious entree!"
Talena Keeler - Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Spiced just right, These bean-based tacos have plenty of South-of-the-border appeal. Lynn Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois livens up her black bean filling with diced tomatoes, green chilies and a variety of seasonings, then garnishes each taco with a slice of avocado.
"I don't remember how I came up with the recipe for this swift stew, but it's so easy," writes Kelly Tyras of Houston, Texas. "It has good flavor from the spicy tomatoes and green chilies, and my co-workers love it."
Our Test Kitchen staff made sure you'd only need a handful of ingredients for this palate-pleaser. A prebaked crust, bottled barbecue sauce, shredded chicken and lots of cheese make it one of the tastiest pizzas you'll ever try.
This hearty dish is quick and easy to fix after a busy workday. We like to use hickory and bacon baked beans and serve it with fruit or a green salad for a complete meal. —Karen Roberts, Lawrence, Kansas
From Newark, Ohio, Candace Robinson shares her secret to succulent suppers. She seasons a batch of ground beef, divides it into meal-size portions and keeps it in the freezer. With a few additional ingredients, she can quickly whip up the three entrees that follow.
"A Chinese friend gave me this recipe for flavorful fish," writes Ruth Solyntjes of Waterville, Minnesota. "She didn't know U.S. measurements, so I'd hold up a plastic teaspoon and ask, 'How much?' for each ingredient she used."
Pita bread is the crust for these single-serving pizzas that get Mediterranean flair from olives, spinach and feta cheese. Breadsticks and a wedge of iceberg lettuce drizzled with salad dressing (pictured above right) make fine pizza partners. Or serve an appetizer of fresh vegetables with dip, then cap off the meal with lemon Italian ice.