"In this delicious main-dish salad, savory strips of broiled streak are lightly dressed along the water chestnuts, mushrooms and onions, then tossed with crisp snow peas," details Janeen Kilpatrick of Fairbury, Illinois. "Ketchup and ginger add a bit of zip to the sweet dressing."
Red grapes tucked into the center of a molded gelatin ring accent the tangy taste of lime, orange and pineapple in this colorful salad. "It's festive enough to serve guests and goes perfectly with ham or pork roast," writes Janice Pardue of Naples, Florida. "Plus, it's cool, tasty and easy to prepare!"
Leah Lyon of Ada, Oklahoma often rounds out a meal with Southwest Iceberg Slaw. "It's a cool, light and versatile side dish I created one day when I was trying to stretch my avocados," she says. "And friends rave about it no matter what vegetables I add!“
TASTY TIP: Try substituting other fresh garden vegetables in this salad or adding low-fat Mexican panela cheese for a light lunch entree, suggests Leah.
Try this tempting take on store-bought ice cream sandwiches that relies on convenient brownie and pudding mixes. The frosty hand-held treats have a sweet filling tucked between fudgy brownie layers. --Test Kitchen
"These are the best beans and ham you'll ever taste—bar none!" confirms Tom Greaves from Carrollton, Illinois. "Friends rave about this hearty soup that I serve hot off the grill." For easy cleanup, consider covering the outside of your Dutch oven with heavy-duty foil first.
"After sampling some wonderful tuna at a Japanese restaurant, I decided to try my hand at coming up with the recipe," says Michelle Dennis of Clarks Hill, Indiana. "It took a little trial and error, but I was pleased with the results—these seasonings are a lovely complement to the tuna."
Please romance submitter's preference for fresh (or smoked fresh) mozzarella cheese. (RE changed for readers' convenience.) Reader also likes red and yellow plum tomatoes. ME: Call for 6 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese on Internet grocery list.
This is our favorite vegetable soup recipe. I got it from a friend and made some changes to make it lighter. It is quick, colorful and satisfying—and you would never know it's low-fat! —Denise Mayer, Modesto, California
Horseradish adds a special “kick” to this mouthwatering salad that Lesley Pew fixes at home in Lynn, Massachusetts for her family and friends. “It’s creamy, crunchy and always popular,” she promises. No one guesses that she lightens it up with low-fat sour cream and fat-free mayo!—Lesley Pew, Lynn, Massachusetts
My family loves pizza, but we rarely have it delivered since I created this fresh and flavorful version. Always a winner in my house, it is a fast and delicious meal that even my young son looks forward to. --Kate Selner of Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
Classic relish is made with cucumbers, but this sweet and tangy topper is packed with zucchini, peppers and onions. I use it on burgers, sandwiches and in any recipes that normally call for pickle relish. —Jyl Basinger, Cave City, Arkansas
"Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same for my family without the buttery, pecan-topped sweet potato bake they've come to love with their turkey. Now with a third less cholesterol, 25 percent fewer calories and a whopping 43 percent less fat, this recipe is one any holiday cook who cares about her family's health can be thankful for!"
Sonia Chimenti - Concord, California