A friend gave me an awesome recipe for manicotti...and I set out to make it a little healthier. Now, whether we have company, my husband asks me to serve this. Even our 2-year-old son loves it!
—Tonya Fitzgerald of West Monroe, Louisiana
Parmesan, pecans, oregano and basil blend beautifully in this crunchy, crusted chicken. The recipe couldn’t be much easier, and no one will know it’s lower in calories. —Patricia Brown, Battle Creek, Michigan
This full-flavored stir-fry from Linda Trainer, Phoenix, Arizona, is sure to bring rave reviews from your family. Snappy snow peas, sweet pepper and pork are spiced up with ginger, sesame oil,, red pepper flakes and soy sauce. Consider rices a s an alternative to the pasta.
Writes Jennifer Neilsen of Williamston, North Carolina, “I enjoy concocting new, healthy recipes and spinach is one of the few vegetables that my husband will eat.” Jennifer's creamy risotto makes a great side dish, but doubles as a meal-in-one as well.
Fresh mushrooms and cream of mushroom soup create the speedy simmered sauce that covers these ground beef patties. The family-pleasing entree is perfect for a busy weeknight. —Elouise Bonar of Hanover, Illinois
With the delectable combination of basil, tomatoes and mozzarella, this warm pasta medley makes a wonderful meatless side or main course. From Avon Lake, Ohio, Sandy Jenkins writes, “Everyone in our family loves this recipe, and it’s such a great way to use fresh tomatoes from your garden.”
My husband doesn't care much for garlic, so I use elephant garlic, which is milder. He never mentions the garlic being too strong in this recipe, so we're both satisfied with the results. --Delia Kennedy of Deer Park, Washington