“I revised this old recipe by using ground turkey instead of ground beef (to make it healthier), by finely chopping the cabbage to improve texture and by adding thyme," explains Irene Gutz of Fort Dodge, Iowa. "Crescent rolls help it go together quickly, and it’s often requested.”
If you like Mexican food but are watching your diet, try this tasty bake. It takes advantage of ground turkey and reduced-fat cheese without sacrificing flavor.—Mrs. Gertrudis C. Miller, Evansville, Indiana
I got creative while we were housebound during a snowstorm one winter...and used ingredients I had on hand to come up with this hearty casserole. Later, I modified it so it has less fat and fewer calories
-Judy Munger of Warren, Minnesota
This comforting second-time-around casserole from Lois Koogler of Sidney, Ohio is perfect for a family supper or potluck. "With its appealing crunch from water chestnuts, almonds and chow mein noodles, this economical main dish is enjoyed by all," she assures.
"This meal-in-one tastes like a big holiday dinner without the work," writes Lynne Hahn of Temecula, California. It's a great way to use up leftover turkey, but Lynne says she often uses thick slices of deli turkey instead.
Judy speeds up her mother-in-law’s tetrazzini by using jarred Alfredo sauce, canned mushrooms and
onion powder. We loved the peas’ pop of color, the hint of white wine and the creamy, tangy taste. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
Loaded with colorful, flavorful roasted veggies, this recipe became an instant hit with us when it was developed in the Country Woman test kitchen. This rustic Italian-inspired casserole is also the perfect main dish "to go": it transports easily and retains heat well. A great make-ahead, too!
Filled with family-friendly flavors, a pleasant peppery kick and a creamy from-scratch sauce, this hearty dish is just the kind of stick-to-your-ribs comfort food you’re looking for. —Emma Hathway Price, Tampa, Florida
It takes a little longer to make baked spaghetti, but the difference in taste, texture and richness is well worth the time. I serve this lasagna-style dish with a tossed green salad and breadsticks for a hearty, yet healthy meal.