My mom immigrated from the Philippines, so we would often eat Filipino pancit, a well-known noodle dish. I took her version and added my own touches to make it easier and a little healthier. —Jasmin Baron, Livonia, New York
In her home in Pine Beach, New Jersey, Jennifer Wickes serves this delicious dish often. "Try substituting chicken, shrimp or tofu for the beef, and add a healthy mix of water chestnuts, bean sprouts or nuts," she suggests.
Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon relies on Ramen noodles to stretch this appealing stir-fry. "You can use whatever vegetables you happen to have on hand," she suggests. "The dish is different every time I make it."
"No one would guess this elegant entree is a snap to prepare at the last minute," remarks Janis Plourde from Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. "To save even more prep time, use frozen mixed veggies instead of fresh. Sometimes I substitute chicken, chicken bouillon and curry for the beef, beef bouillon and ginger."
Cubes of chicken and chunks of smoked turkey kielbasa, plus plenty of herbs and veggies, make this a hearty stir-fry. I sometimes top off servings with shredded mozzarella cheese and minced basil and parsley.
—Sharon Clemens of Groveland, Illinois
I put a bit of a spin on a typical stir-fry that you'd normally serve over rice. Ramen noodles are quick to sub in for the rice and I find bagged coleslaw mix gives the dish a good crisp-tender bite along with some fresh broccoli. —Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia
Margaret Wilson of Hemet, California shared the recipe for this yummy mainstay. Pineapple juice, ginger and soy sauce lend a slightly tangy flavor to the chicken strips and veggies in this pretty blend. A package of frozen vegetables speeds along the prep time, making this a quick meal for busy weeknights.
We’ve all heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so when I plan a romantic dinner, this is one dish I like to serve. It’s easy on the budget and turns out perfectly for two. —Shari Neff, Takoma Park, Maryland
There's just enough ginger, chili powder and garlic powder in the sauce to spark the taste of this enjoyable steak specialty. For variety, you can substitute chicken or pork for the sirloin. If I'm in a hurry or don't have fresh vegetables on hand, I'll reach for two bags of frozen stir-fry vegetables instead.