Quick to assemble, this is a simple recipe I’ve cooked many times. Stir in hot sauce if you like a bit of heat. I also like to top the finished dish with a sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese. —Cindi Hayward-Boger, Ardmore, Alabama
Oatmeal fans will love this dish. Although the pears, blueberries and granola make a beautiful breakfast, with vanilla ice cream, the recipe also makes a delicious dessert.—Lisa Workman, Boones Mill, Virginia
Tzimmes is a sweet Jewish dish consisting of a variety of fruits and vegetables and it may (or may not) include meat. Traditionally (as it is here), it’s tossed with honey and
cinnamon and cooked slowly over low heat to meld the flavors. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri
I was asked to do a cooking demo for a group of women from my church. After spending hours looking up side dish recipes, I combined a few to make these green beans my own. —Alice White, Willow Spring, North Carolina
This recipe came to me from a friend and previous coworker at a health food store. I changed a few things until I found a version that my family loves. My 5-year-old son doesn't like things too spicy, so I make the stew milder for him and add a sprinkle of extra spice in mine. My husband, who farms, works outdoors for long hours at a time and finds this soup hearty enough to keep him satisfied.—Melanie MacFarlane, Bedeque, Prince Edward Island
You just have to try this hearty soup for its unique blend of flavors and beautiful appearance, With all the rich foods served during the holiday, it's nice to serve this soup loaded with fiber and vitamins.
—Christina Till, South Haven, Michigan
Cumin and chili powder give spark to this thick, hearty soup from Amy Chop of Eufaula, Alabama. "If you have leftover meat - smoked sausage, browned ground beef or roast - toss it in for the last 30 minutes of cooking," she says.
Kitchen staples and canned goods help me get this heartwarming soup on the table with very little preparation. Feel free to change the ingredients according to your tastes by adding a few of your favorite vegetables, or swap out some of the beans with the variety you like best.—Belinda Moran, Woodbury, Tennessee