“For effortless entertaining, try this hearty stew. You can make it hours ahead, so you have plenty of time to get ready for your party. I serve it with baby greens and blue cheese tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.”
—Rebecca Ames, Wylie, Texas
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
Jam-packed with nutritious veggies, this hearty main-dish soup makes a rib-sticking meatless meal the whole family will love. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread and dinner’s done! Krista Goodwin - Ypsilanti, Michigan
Add your family's favorite picante sauce to ground beef, black beans and corn, then watch how quickly they empty their bowls. This mixture freezes well, so I keep a batch on hand for quick nutritious meals.
—Janet Brannan of Sidney, Montana
"I often whip up this easy stew on days when I am juggling a lot of the kids' sports schedules," Juline Goelzer of Arroyo Grande, California says of this healthy and hearty entree. "Add a green salad and some corn bread or homemade rolls for a perfect meal."
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: Next to hamburger, round steak probably is the most frequent dinner "guest" at our place! I'm always experimenting with recipes, changing them to fit our tastes...this one's easy and good.
Our little town has a post office, a cafe, two gas stations and two country stores. My husband and I have a pair of sons, 13 and 9, and a daughter, 7. I work part-time in the cafeteria at their school (it's small, with only about 100 students or so) helping prepare lunch.
-Deborah Cole, Wolf Creek, Oregon
More Country Woman Soup Recipes
Nancy Cox of Martinsville, Indiana spices up autumn evenings with this zippy stew, a blend of Italian turkey sausage, seasoned tomato broth, pasta and veggies. "This reheats well and tastes even better the next day," she says.