I'm always looking for recipes that are big on taste, but quick and easy to prepare, with little clean up. This one has it all. It's my son's favorite recipe and he requests it whenever he comes home to visit. I often double the recipe so that we have leftovers for the next day's lunches. —Michele Orthner, Edmonton, Alberta
This main dish from Bea Taus of Fremont, California has a wonderful fresh garden taste. The herbs add flavor—no need for salt. "I like to serve these peppers with green salad, French bread and fresh fruit," says Bea.
"As everyone who raises a garden knows, zucchini grows overnight!" declares June Formanek of Belle Plaine, Iowa. "I never like to let anything go to waste, so I try adding this hearty squash to every recipe I can. This dish has the fresh taste of summer."
Meet the Cook: My "policy" in the kitchen is to try to fix something totally new at least once a week. This recipe came out beautifully on the first try! Ever since, in between experiments, I've made it often.
I usually fix Meaty Spanish Rice for family meals - but it's also great for doubling if unexpected company comes and the cupboards are all nearly bare!
My husband and I own a small engine repair service. Someday soon, we plan to retire to the farm 70 miles west of here that we also operate. We have three grown children and five grandchildren - and I spend as much time with those little ones as I can!
-Margaret Shauers, Great Bend, Kansas
I first made this different meat loaf when my husband and I had to start watching our diet. Since then every time I serve it to family and friends, I'm asked for the recipe. The turkey is a nice change.—Ruby Rath, New Haven, Indiana
In Crossett, Arkansas, Debbi Smith calls on pita bread as a terrific crust for her quick-to-fix individual pizzas. With the healthy ground turkey breast mixture on top, they can also be cut in quarters and served as appetizers.
"I came up with this satisfying stovetop dish after modifying a recipe printed on a ground turkey package," notes Ruth Peterson of Jennison, Michigan. "Even our grandchildren, who can be fussy eaters, love it and ask for seconds."
Celery, water chestnuts and mushrooms add texture and crunch to this hearty casserole that is full of ground turkey. "I'll fix two and serve one with a salad to make a complete meal," writes Georgia Hennings of Alliance, Nebraska. "I keep the second one in the freezer to bake when company's coming."