“I decided to give my old mac 'n' cheese recipe a new twist by including some of my favorite Southwestern ingredients. I especially like the smoky flavors of the chipotle and bacon…my family loves it all!” Serve with a salad or veggie.
Naomi Reed - McMinnville, Oregon
I love having pints of these spicy tomatoes in the freezer to use in place of canned stewed tomatoes with green chilies in my favorite recipes. Beside, home-grown is always much better than store-bought.—Cathy Hardin, Santa Monica, California
“Rice doesn’t have to be a boring side dish,” declares Aurora, Colorado’s Janice Mitchell. “Beef consomme and a dash of hot sauce really warm up this recipe for a moist, savory pilaf. It goes well with pork, beef or chicken.”
I substituted reduced-sodium chicken broth for the rich chicken stock that was originally called for in this recipe. It's a great side dish to serve with grilled fish or chicken for a tasty low-fat meal.
—Connie Rank-Smith of Sherwood, Wisconsin
"I received this recipe from a good friend who is a fabulous cook," remarks Donna Brockett of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. The colorful side dish gets its zesty flavor from spicy canned tomatoes with green chilies.
I keep my kitchen stocked with fruits and vegetables. Potatoes are great to have on hand because they're nutritious and low in fat. Oregano seasons this side dish dressed up with onions, peppers and tomatoes.
—Connie Thomas of Jensen, Utah
“While cleaning the freezer one day, I uncovered extra filling I had used in an appetizer. I decided to add it to the mashed potatoes for dinner…and it became an immediate favorite,” relates Laurie Balcom of Lynden, Washington.
I serve this as a meatless main dish, but it also makes a nice side dish. It freezes and reheats well, so I’ll sometimes double the recipe. It has a colorful combination of carrots, corn, beans and tomatoes.