When my friends and I were new moms, we started organizing lunchtime play groups for our kids. Here's one of the recipes I made for them. It's their hands-down favorite. —Shannon Brown, Omaha, Nebraska
Writes Candy Snyder from Salem, Oregon, "Whether you serve these moist and tender chicken strips as an appetizer or main dish, they're sure to satisfy your hungry bunch. The five-spice powder and red pepper flakes add a bit of zip."
"My husband and I love to grill," Michelle Armistead says of her low-fat and nearly carb-free entree. "This delicious recipe is quick enough for weeknight meals. Simply make a salad and side dish while the tuna steaks are marinating, and dinner is on the table in no time," she writes from Marlboro, New Jersey.
Tired of pasta weighted down by sauce? Opt for Linda Nichols' nutritious toss-up of marinated tomatoes, linguine and cheese. "This recipe comes from my husband's sister, Allison, and is in our family cookbook. It is one of our favorite summer meals," she says from Atlantic, Iowa. "The leftovers make a great cold pasta salad."
From Tigard, Oregon, Janelle Inkens writes, "These venison steaks are so tender and tasty, they're even a hit with my kids, ages 3 and 4. Someone who tried this dish once said, 'Wow, if I could make venison taste like this, I'd make it all the time.'"
"My husband is a real fish lover," reports Erna Farnham of Marengo, Illinois. "This buttery treatment is his favorite way to prepare sole, perch or halibut." It cooks quickly in the microwave, so it's perfect for a busy weekday.