Our home economists wanted to wrap seasoned scallops in thin zucchini strips before threading them onto skewers for grilling. The problem was finding a terrific scallop recipe. When Hershey, Pennsylvania's Julie Gwinn shared her citrus marinade, they found just what they were looking for. Julie's recipe is easy enough for weeknight suppers, and the eye-fetching treatment suits weekend dinner parties.
"When I need to get dinner on the table fast for my husband and three children, I fix these filling fajitas," relates Elaine Keith of Mineral Wells, West Virginia. "With beef, chicken and shrimp, they satisfy everyone's tastes. They're wonderful with Spanish rice," she adds.
I prefer grilling in the summer because you don't need to turn on the stove and heat up the house. If you want to get fancy, serve it in a chilled martini glass for a beautiful presentation. The rice and/or shrimp can be cooked a day ahead and refrigerated until serving.&$151;Lindsay Matuszak, Reno, Nevada
Since Lisa Stinger and her husband really enjoy seafood, she doesn't skimp on shrimp in this recipe! "This mildly seasoned stew has other satisfying ingredients, too, like broccoli, tomatoes and pasta," she writes from Hamilton, New Jersey.
"This fast dinner for two is one of my favorites," writes Cindy Preston, who shares a simple way to dress up a boxed pasta mix. "While it's cooking, I toast some garlic bread and warm up some green beans," adds the Benkelman, Nebraska cook.