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
"This is my own creation, invented one day at lunch time when I had limited time and ingredients," writes Ruth Lee, of Troy, Ontario. To add a fresh, crisp taste, add chopped cilantro to these pockets. Complete your meal by serving these with Chunky Tomato Guacamole.
Our Test Kitchen adapted Amy Chop's recipe to use up leftover wild rice. “I found this years ago, and it has become a family favorite,” says the Oak Grove, Louisiana cook. TIP: “Try adding cooked chicken or smoked sausage. There are endless possibilities for new and exciting variations,” Amy says.
When one of my favorite lunch spots closed, this recipe let me hold on to more than just good memories. The peas, bacon and cheese are such a fun and springy combo. I make big batches of the salad for parties—turns out I'm not the only fan! —Merrijane Rice, Kaysville, Utah
Why heat up the kitchen on warm Indian summer evenings when you can take dinner in hand with these hearty chicken pitas from Lynne Ziegler in Odenton, Maryland?
LYNNE’S TIP: I also roll up the chicken strips in flour tortillas and serve as grab-and-go wrap sandwiches. Serve any leftover chicken with mixed greens and the last of the garden tomatoes in lunch salads the next day.
In Bluffton, Indiana, Fancheon Resler reaches for bacon and canned corn to makes this subtly sweet stuffing that combines corn bread and white bread. The moist mixture is terrific with turkey but just as good served solo.
“This soup is so satisfying,” writes Donna Ahnert from Scotia, New York. “You can substitute other beans, kale or add leftover corn. For brunch, I add a fried egg on top and for dinner, my husband adds lots of hot sauce!”
Fennel adds to the flavor of this wonderful chicken dish, along with lemon, capers, wine, spices and a bit of bacon. Serve with a colorful salad or veggie for a special meal. —Rebecca Hunt, Santa Paula, California
I came across this recipe years ago and added the pork sausage to perk it up. My husband claims these are the best burgers he's ever tasted, and I have to agree. They're great served with some crunchy dill pickles.