“When we go camping, we put frozen steaks in the marinade in a sealed plastic container at the bottom of our cooler. By the second night, they’re thawed, tender and ready to cook.” —Louise Graybiel, Toronto, Ontario
When it comes to convenience, Darlene Markel has dinner in the bag. The Sublimity, Oregon cook measures dry noodles and a mixture of spices into separate plastic bags, then stores them in a paper bag with canned stewed tomatoes. This "pantry kit" gives her family a head start on a hearty meal. "Since I work late occasionally," she says, "they just have to brown ground beef, and soon dinner is simmering."
With refreshing vegetables and zippy beef and beans, these stuffed peppers stand out from any others. This tasty dish is so easy to make, I serve it often during summer and fall, much to my family's delight. —Nancy McDonald, Burns, Wyoming
From Spearville, Kansas, Pat Habiger shares her pretty stuffed peppers. "When green, red or yellow bell peppers are plentiful, they create a colorful container for this spicy taco mixture that's ready in record time," she promises.
Our taste panel flipped for these mouthwatering steaks, marinated and grilled to perfection! They’re melt-in-your-mouth delicious and sure to become a summer favorite. Don’t let the season go by without trying this recipe.
Anna Davis - Half Way, Missouri
There's enough flavor in these steaks to allow the side dish to be simple. So consider serving them with baked potatoes, rice pilaf or another plain vegetable and salad. The meal has always gone over big when I've fixed it for my husband and friends helping out with his latest home construction project. David and I have a daughter, 3. Her new brother or sister is due any day!
-Elaine Anderson, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
For an old-fashioned stick-to-your-ribs meal, try this economical entree that's just 89¢ a helping. "As a newlywed, I was so grateful to my mom for sharing this easy recipe," notes Sandy McKenzie of Braham, Minnesota. "My husband enjoys this no matter how often I serve it."
Alice Bower's hearty Greek-Style Supper is an all-in-one meal that’s sure to become a favorite. The Roanoke, Illinois coook adds a pinch of cinnamon to make the dish shine, and feta cheese offers just the right flavor. Better still, there’s minimal prep work and clean up should be just as easy! With 6 grams of fiber per serving, it’ll fill you up on a busy night.