After plates are scraped clean, this stellar meal keeps on giving. Use the chicken bones to make your own stock, and freeze the remaining chipotle peppers and sauce for a smoky Sunday chili. — Nancy Brown, Dahinda, Illinois
Pork tenderloin gets gussied up with a sweet honey, Dijon mustard and sesame seed marinade in this easy-to-fix low-fat entree. "This is our family's favorite way to fix pork during grilling season," says Barbara Blake from her home in West Brattleboro, Vermont.
"This recipe—from a seafood cookbook my husband bought me before we were married—is a longtime favorite," writes Robin Guth of Endicott, New York. "I have literally won out the page it's printed on." The citrus-flavored fillets are broiled to a golden brown...then topped with toasted sesame seeds for a fun crunch.
"This hearty pasta dish was inspired by the delicious sausage rolls served at our favorite Italian restaurant," relates Vicky Benscoter of Birmingham, Alabama. "I serve if frequently for supper since it's easy to prepare and my husband thinks it's great!"
"For a special-occasion main dish that's perfect for a small family gathering, try this moist tender turkey breast with its unusual dressing," suggests Kathi Graham of Naperville, Illinois. "Lemon and garlic flavor the meat, while raisins and shredded carrot add sweetness and color to the couscous stuffing."
Herbed tomato sauce enhances the tender, moist chicken in this delectable dish from Cynthia McGraw of Florissant, Missouri. Crumbled feta cheese and tangy green olives bring home the essence of Mediterranean flavor. "If you use fresh herbs, add them to the skillet during the last 15 minutes of cooking," Cynthia advises. "This dish is excellent made the day before and reheated."
Seasoned with garlic, onion and citrus, these fish fillets are moist and tasty, and they look especially pretty on a colorful bed of shredded carrots. "This delightful main dish tastes like you fussed, but it can be make in a snap," say Jalayne Luckett of Marion, Illinois.
"I created this dish for a church supper one night when I didn't have a lot on hand in my fridge or pantry," writes Cindy Evans from Sedalia, Missouri. "I was a hit! Now, I fix it often for my large family. You could also used cooked chicken in place of the turkey."
"i never guessed my picky eaters would agree to try chickpeas, but they gobble them up when I disguise them this way," says Susan Brown from Saugerties, New York. "This pasta dish receives raves from my husband, young son and daughter and dinner guests, too. No one can guess my secret ingredient is nutritious legumes!"
When this spicy stew's simmering on the stove, Beverly McDowell's family has a hard time waiting for dinner. "It's much like a thick tomato-based soup with a hearty mix of okra, brown rice and beans," she writes from Athens, Georgia. "Everyone leaves the table feeling satisfied...and eager to have it again soon."
When I make meat loaf, I usually just mix together whatever I have on hand. One time I added leftover kidney beans I had in the fridge, and my family loved the meat loaf's soft texture. Now it's our favorite.
—Patricia Zwerk of Tucson, Arizona