I tried to create a healthy veggie burger that wasn't dry and crumbly or really boring. These fit the bill because even my grandkids prefer them over hamburgers. They taste like chips and dip in a burger! —KT Rehrig, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Ever hear of "carnitas"? They're easy-to-make pork crisps that are very popular in Mexico.
The secret to this recipe is the citrus and quick frying. Be sure the meat is well drained before it's place in oil, though, or it will splatter and pop.
My husband works at a timber mill. Logging is an important industry here in the mountainous northeast part of our state, and there are also numerous wheat and grass seed farms. In addition to cooking and canning, I enjoy fishing, gardening and crafting. —Patricia Collins, Imbler, Oregon
"Our family loves Mexican food, but I couldn't find a recipe for homemade burritos that we liked as much as the frozen varieties," comments Terry Ann Christensen of Roy, Utah. "So I came up with a not-too-spicy homemade sauce that dresses them up."
"My family loves Mexican food, and this is a quick way to enjoy it. It doesn’t require a lot of prep and only uses one pan, so you have plenty of time to relax." Get creative with these versatile fajitas. Try using last night’s leftover veggies or chicken for a brand-new meal. —Robin Poust, Stevensville, Maryland
This was a recipe that came about when I asked my two sisters what they would like to see added to traditional Mac and Cheese to make it a little special. One said Pepper Jack Cheese and the other said black beans. I liked both of the ideas and this is the result. The black beans add color and nutrition. The Pepper Jack cheese adds zip and fun.—Andrea Johnson, Freeport, Illinois
Black beans, convenient chicken strips and chilies star in a feisty new role in these loaded pockets. Eat ’em out of hand (or with a fork if you feel civilized)! Serve a little salsa on the side for an extra burst of flavor. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
Here’s one of my favorite all-in-one meals that uses items I typically have in the pantry. Green chilies give it just a little bite, but it’s easy to swap in a spicier can of tomatoes if you want to turn up the heat. —Jan Conklin, Stevensville, MT