This comforting and colorful soup from field editor Margery Bryan of Royal City, Washington is loaded with old-fashioned goodness. The flavorful broth is chock-full of veggies, chicken and macaroni. "By changing the vegetables, you can make it different every time," Margery notes.
I started to prepare a chicken stir-fry one day and discovered I was out of frozen snow peas. So I tossed in green beans instead with a few leftover wax beans for color. I've been making the recipe this way ever since.Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
This is a terrific recipe for anyone who cooks for one or two people. Plus, it can easily be doubled to feed more. It is perfect for fast-paced weekdays and makes a complete meal when served with buttered beans and rolls.
-Luke Armstead, Oregon City, Oregon
"Mondays have always been soup and sandwich night at our house," writes Sarah Smith from her home in Edgewood, Kentucky. "One evening, I embellished a regular chicken salad sandwich with some not-so-usual ingredients, like rye bread and honey-mustard dressing. The results were delicious."
A great way to use lentils is in this satisfying salad. Besides the combination of textures, the tasty ingredients blend well with the creamy dressing. It merited a blue ribbon and praise from all the tasters at our church fair.
"My sister-in-law prepared these hearty sandwiches that are filled with chicken, mushrooms and pepperoni," writes Tricia Buss of Telford, Pennsylvania. "My husband loved them so much, he insisted I ask for the recipe."
Thyme seasons this quick skillet entree from Lois Crissman of Mansfield, Ohio. She serves the tender browned chicken breasts, colorful sliced carrot and zucchini and savory sauce over spaghetti for a pleasing pasta meal.
"When my children visited their aunt, she served these colorful fajitas," writes Marlene Mohr from Cincinnati, Ohio. "They were so impressed, they brought the recipe home to me. It's a great way for them to eat vegetables.