So creative and convenient, you'll wonder why you haven't been making these for years. And the best part is that you can customize the fillings to your liking as well as play with different combinations of seasonings.
When my kids were really small, they were reluctant to eat their veggies and I had to get creative. I figured that because pesto is already green, it would be the perfect place for some spinach. The pizza was a big hit. —Janet Burbach, North Platte, Nebraska
I like using the slow cooker for our meals because it gives me time for other preparations, frees the oven, and it usually doesn't matter if you serve it later than planned. The fruit in this recipe, which I adapted, gives the pork a special flavor. —Mary Jeppesen-Davis, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Pepperoni and mozzarella cheese punch up this easy skillet recipe with the pizza taste that kids—and guests of all ages—are sure to love. Vance Werner, Jr. of Franklin, Wisconsin likes to dress this speedy supper up by using Portobello mushrooms and serving with fresh broccoli or green beans.
When I entertain, I prefer spending time with company to being holed up in the kitchen. This fast entree lets me serve a spectacular dinner with almost no hassle. —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina
This big meaty sandwich is one I've made many times when I knew I'd be feeding a hungry bunch. Everyone remarks on the tasty olive salad tucked between slices of meat and cheese. Since it can be made ahead, you're free to visit with family and friends.
-Patrice Barker, Tampa, Florida
Meet the Cook: Especially if you're having company, this is a good recipe. While it looks like you spent time on it, it's actually easy.
Married 6 years, we have three little ones. Technically, I'm not working, but I've never worked so hard in my life!
-Karen Peterson, Hainesville, Illinois
I received this recipe when we moved to Oklahoma. A going-away party was held for us, and the guests were asked to bring their favorite recipe as a remembrance. The special friend who brought this one has since died, and every time I make it, a flood of wonderful memories fills my heart.
I love making this slow-cooked dish for chilly fall dinners with my family—the comforting apple-cinnamon aroma fills our whole house. The pork roast tastes even better served with homemade mashed potatoes.—Rachel Schultz, Lansing, Michigan
This colorful main dish with crispy snow peas and baby carrots is a favorite with Denise DuBois of Coral Springs, Florida. “It's quick, healthy and the variety is endless,” she notes. “I sometimes use chicken, mushrooms, bean sprouts and cashews!”
TIP: Denise sometimes serves her Lo Mein over rice or spaghetti.
When company's coming or when I need a quick-and-easy dish to pass, this is my hands-down favorite. A neighbor introduced me to the delicious combination of fluffy rice and sage-seasoned sausage. One forkful was all it took to convince me that I'd found a winner.