After I got married, my aunt gave me her recipe for skillet spaghetti and told me it was ideal for a quick weeknight meal. Over the years I’ve tinkered with the ingredients and played with the seasonings to make it healthier. It's a dish my family truly loves. —Kristen Killian, Depew, New York
In Fall River Mills, California, Mary Vega jazzes up a can of beef chili to create a sauce for cheese-filled manicotti. "I first made this zesty dish when I got married," she explains. "It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen, but it's really fast and easy.
This zesty pizza is a quick way to bring some spice to the dinner table. The biscuit mix crust gets its zip from chopped jalapenos while taco seasoning perks up the tomato sauce. Sweet peppers , sausage, lettuce and tomato complete the Mexican main dish.
Our family loves Mexican food and pizza, so I combined the two. It's easy to cook the pepper and onion in the microwave. Salsa, prepared chicken and other convenience items hurry along the rest of the recipe. The final result is fantastic!
Maria Baldwin's fun fish tacos bring a deliciously different twist to the Southwest stand-by! In her Mesa, Arizona kitchen, she combines halibut or cod with a fruity salsa and zesty seasoning and tucks inside wholesome corn tortillas.
This special pork dish from Bonnie Bufford of Nicholson, Pennsylvania has a zesty flair and is a snap to prepare. A sweet fruity salsa balances perfectly with the spicy rub that coats the pan-fried chops.
I'm a health fitness specialist and personal trainer, so I know how important it is to make smart food choices to fuel my day. These fast and filling tostadas are packed with lean protein, fiber and a good dose of veggies. Have them any night of the week. —Julie Huntington, Memphis, Tennessee
Susan Tuma of Faribault, Minnesota perks up pork tenderloin with an easy rub that's both sweet and spicy. "We make this dish all summer long, and I get loads of requests for the recipe because the meat is so moist and flavorful," Susan says. "The leftovers make great sandwiches, too."
"My husband, Steve, loves these stuffed peppers," says Karen Gentry of Somerset, Kentucky. "They're so filling and easy to prepare. I like to serve them with mashed potatoes and coleslaw for a no-fuss supper.
"My husband quail-hunts every season, and this recipe has become our favorite way to serve the birds. The bacon keeps the meat from drying out, and the jalapeno lends a little zip," shares Diana Johnston of Kingston, Oklahoma, "I sometimes serve these cute bundles as a main dish."
“I came across this recipe in a newspaper years ago and it’s been a real hit at our house ever since,“ recalls Cindy Ragan from North Huntington, Pennsylvania. “It’s fast and flavorful and appeals to all ages.“