I can't think of a better dish to round out a meal. My grain salad features all my favorite nuts, seeds and fruits. Try adding grilled chicken to make it a meal on its own. —Rachel Dueker, Gervais, Oregon
My old-fashioned fruit salad is convenient to make in the slow cooker when your oven and stovetop are occupied with other dishes. It's delicious alongside roasted meats, or even served over pound cake for dessert. —Debbie Kimbrough, Lexington, Mississippi
My family enjoys this fast and refreshing salad. It's jazzed up with a beautiful blend of red apple, pear, dried cranberries, toasted pecans and Swiss cheese. No matter when I serve it, the light dressing and fruity flavor remind me of springtime.
-Helen Petisi, Palm Coast, Florida
Fruity and flavorful, these hefty grab-and-go handfuls from Bobbie Keefer in Byers, Colorado are quick to assemble, easy to handle and low in calories. “We often take them in a cooler to the local stock show and eat them in the stands,” says Bobbie. “Everyone seems to love them!”
Make quick work of peeling butternut squash. First, prick it with a fork and give it 45 seconds in the microwave. Then, trim an inch from the base of the squash, making it stand up straight and tall while you run the peeler from top to bottom. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington
Slices of tender pork are dressed up in a tangy sauce in this quick recipe shared by Marilyn Paradis, a field editor from Woodburn, Oregon. "The pretty sauce gives the pork a mouthwatering yuletide touch."—Marilyn Paradis, Woodburn, Oregon
“I embellished this recipe from my sister-in-law with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds. It’s a great gift during the holidays or for friends who need cheering up.” —Juliet Konieczny, Amsterdam, New York