I tweaked my beefy skillet cobbler until it achieved the wow factor. I must have gotten it right, as it's now a family tradition. Top it off with lettuce, avocado, cherry tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream. —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois
Tropical fruit lends a summery taste to Mary Beth Harris-Murphee's easy salmon main course. “Make the salsa the night before and serve it with cellophane noodles or jasmine rice for a fast and delicious meal,” she writes from Tyler, Texas.
"After years of not eating salmon, I tasted it one night at a formal dinner, where it was served with a sweet topping that I really liked," recalls Rebecca Reece from Henderson, Nevada. "After experimenting on my own, I came up with this sweet, spicy combo that’s become a favorite. I serve with fried rice I pick up on my way home from work."
"My wife, Jennie, is a wonderful cook who’s generally skeptical about my kitchen experiments. But she likes this recipe well enough to give me temporary kitchen privileges…and even encouraged me to enter this contest! If you can’t find the soup called for here, nacho or cheese soup make easy substitutes," suggests Mike Kirschbaum in Cary, North Carolina.
This zippy entree from Athena Russell of Florence, South Carolina looks and tastes special, but it’s a cinch to make. “When I get home from work, I like to prepare quick dishes, and this is one of our favorites,” Athena says.
“My husband and I hosted a Mexican-themed party and this was one of the main dishes. It was a huge success! I was thrilled when four of our friends asked for-and left with-a copy of the recipe! You'd never know it was a light version!” Kimberly Bish - Vandalia, Ohio
In 30 minutes flat and with only one pan, you can have a hearty and flavorful Mexican meal. This creamy skillet dinner features tender pasta, mouthwatering pork sasusage, diced veggies and lots of seasoning. "It freezes nicely if made ahead," adds Valerie Hertel from St. Louis, Missouri.