I rely on my slow cooker to prepare this chili-like specialty. It's packed with turkey sausage, pasta and vegetables. My gang gobbles it up without realizing they're eating healthy. Sarah Bowen of Upland, California
Meet the Cook: Because I've never entered a recipe contest before, I hesitated before sending my stew in. I knew, though, it not only was so good but anybody could make it. You just throw the ingredients into a pot and stir!
I've been cooking 40 years. My husband and I have one grown daughter.
-Carol Smith, Stuart, Florida
Meet the Cook: Green chilies are a big favorite here in the Southwest - my family likes anything with them in it.
Now that we are "empty nesters" (two married children and two grandchildren), my husband knows that I'm going to spring at least one new recipe on him each week. He's always brave!
-Pat Henderson, Deer Park, Texas
Think you can't prepare a hot and hearty stew in under 30 minutes? Well you can! This super stew recipe uses frozen vegetables and prepared gravy, plus it cooks on the stove, so you can serve up steaming bowlfuls in no time.
My family loves stew, and this recipe is perfect for the last few vegetables left in the garden. The best part of this recipe is that you can substitute whatever is available in your garden. It's perfect with freshly baked bread.
"With sausage, chicken and shrimp plus rice, a medley of vegetables and the
'heat' of cayenne, this warming soup is one my husband and I enjoy for dinner many Sunday evenings," relates Debbie Burchette of Summitville, Indiana. "It's wonderful with crusty bread."
I really love African flavors, but you don't really encounter them much in America. Here the combination of native African ingredients, all of which are readily accessible to Americans, really transports you to a new culinary place. —Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California
I had a delicious stew recipe but rarely prepared it because sausage can be high in fat and sodium, so I substituted low-fat turkey sausage. Now it not only tastes good, it feels goodboth hearty and healthy!
Lisa Zeigler-Day of Forest Park, Illinois
"My husband and I run a dorm for missionaries' children, who live and work with us in Yamoussoukro while their parents work in the interior. This traditional African dish is easy to Ameericanize and tastes great."
If you like German potato salad, you'll love this sweet-and-sour stew. Caraway seeds, smoky kielbasa, tender potatoes and shredded cabbage make it a filling change of pace at dinner. Valerie Burrows of Shelby, Michigan