I like to sprinkle this chicken stew with toasted almonds or cashews and serve with hot couscous. Flavored with cinnamon and a touch of sweetness from the apricots, this stew tastes like you fussed. It's great for potlucks, too! —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado
"This hearty stew is oh-so-tasty, with a good variety of vegetables and spicy seasoning blend," writes Betty Jean Howard of Prineville, Oregon. "My husband and I enjoy if often. It's the perfect way to warm up a cool evening. Sometimes, I add a can of chopped green chilies for a little more heat."
From Waupaca, Wisconsin, Barbara Lane shares the recipe for a hearty barley stew that's sure to take the edge off cool-weather days. "Sometime I substitute millet for the barley," she suggests. "I pre-toast it in a skillet over medium heat, just until it starts to pop. It adds a nice nutty flavor.
Everyone, especially kids, will be thrilled with this hearty stew, chock-full of hot dog bites and baked beans with a dash of liquid smoke. Dorothy Erickson of Blue Eye, Missouri shares this dish that's great at a summer cookout or on a cool fall evening.
Chock-full of ground turkey, cabbage, carrots and tomatoes, this speedy stew delivers delicious down-home comfort on cool days. If you don't like cabbage, replace it with chopped green peppers. Simply saute the peppers with the turkey, onion and garlic.—Susan Lasken, Woodland Hills, California
"This bean stew is a staple for my co-workers and me once the weather turns cool," says Debbie Matthews of Bluefield, West Virginia. "Although this is a low-fat dish, it definitely doesn't taste like it!"
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 good—both hearty and healthy!
—Lisa Zeigler-Day of Forest Park, Illinois
"This is one of the tastiest stews I have ever made," notes Dixie Terry of Goreville, Illinois. "It's hearty and especially good for folks on restricted diets because most of its flavor comes from herbs and spices.
Beef stew always seems to be popular at a large gathering. Everyone likes this hearty combination of beef, potatoes, carrots, celery and onion in a savory tomato-to-beef broth.—Jackie Holland, Gillette, Wyoming
When he simmers a pot of his satisfying stew, Rick Sullivan of Henryville, Indiana stirs plenty of garlic and herbs into a hearty meat-and-vegetable mixture. "This stew tastes great right off the stove but it's even better if you make it ahead and reheat it," he says.