For special days, I make this cheesy pasta bake loaded with chicken and all sorts of veggies. Want a vegetarian version? Use vegetable stock and garbanzo beans. —Liz Bellville, Jacksonville, North Carolina
I spray my chicken with a mixture of 2 cups apple cider and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. This adds moisture to the crisp skin, but will require an additional 15 to 30 minutes of cooking time. —Steve Bath, Lincoln, Nebraska
“Roasted garlic lends a rich flavor to this appetizing entree, and it complements the spinach nicely. Ideal for entertaining, the recipe can be assembled in advance and popped in the oven when guests arrive.”—Joanna Johnson, Flower Mound, Texas
"I had a rich pasta dish similar to this at a restaurant," recalls Dana Simmons of Lancaster, Ohio. " It was so unique that i tried to duplicate it at home a few days later. This is remarkably close, but not as fussy because it uses ready-made ingredients rather than being made from scratch."
Pepper Jack cheese adds extra warmth to this golden brown chicken topped with tender veggies and bacon. It cooks in no time, and you can vary the flavor by substituting different cheeses.
Dawn Jones - Cedar Vale, Kansas
These petite pies with their hash brown crusts are so pretty that I like to serve them for special luncheons. Chock-full of meat and vegetables in a creamy sauce, they're a meal-in-one...and a great way to use up left-over chicken or turkey. —Helen Lamison
“When the aroma from this dish fills your house, your family will think you spent all day cooking.” But this elegant, Sunday-special entree, flavored with rosemary, wine and balsamic vinegar, is surprisingly simple to make. —Tracy Tylkowski, Omaha, Nebraska
"When a girlfriend came home from the hospital with her newborn, I sent over this freezer casserole," recalls Jamie Valocchi, Mesa, Arizona. "She and her family raved over how good it was. Try substituting olives for mushrooms or using veal instead of chicken," she suggests.
Who says you can't have a taste of the tropics on a weeknight? "A good friend gave me this recipe a year ago and I have made it many times since then. My husband and three sons rave about it." – Kara Cook, Elk Ridge, Utah
Laced with lemon and simmered in white wine, this easy stovetop entree couldn’t be more elegant. An added bonus? It fills the house with a wonderful aroma.
“Just add a salad, bread and veggies and this makes a great meal for company,” says contributor Cynthia Heil of Martinez, Georgia.