"One day, I needed to have dinner ready when we walked in the door after work and school. So I altered a skillet dish that my family likes into this delicious slow cooker meal, and it was ready and waiting when we got home. It's perfect for a weeknight meal but is nice enough for company, too." —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
Pretty and healthy, this looks like it came from an Italian restaurant. When I’m in a rush, I use a jarred tomato sauce and omit the tomatoes and seasonings. You can also fix this ahead and reheat it for convenience. —Nancy Deans, Acton, ME
“My mother-in-law created this recipe after enjoying a similar dish on a trip to Denver,” writes Winnie Struse of Hereford, Arizona. A medley of artichokes, red pepper and chicken create a lovely entree when paired with pasta and a creamy sauce.
This zippy entree from Athena Russell of Florence, South Carolina looks and tastes special, but it’s a cinch to make. “When I get home from work, I like to prepare quick dishes, and this is one of our favorites,” Athena says.
With its hint of garlic and a delicate wine sauce, this seafood sensation will have artichoke lovers asking for seconds. Toss in some sliced olives for added umph. We round out the menu with rolls and key lime pie. —Daniel Spengler, Seattle, Washington
Rita Brooks of Norman, Oklahoma loved this recipe so much, she spent weeks tracking it down after trying it at a meeting. “I’ve been making it for years and have shared it with friends and family. Hope you enjoy it, too!”