My husband and I enjoy Monte Cristos so much that I created this non-fried version to cut down on fat. The addition of orange peel and pecans makes these beautiful sandwiches absolutely delicious! —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
DURING my childhood, I lived in an Italian neighborhood in New Jersey. Since both my parents were working, I went home for lunch with my Italian girlfriend.
Lunch was always the same - sausage, fried potatoes, green peppers and onions - but I could never get enough of my favorite meal.
-Amelia Bordas, Springfield, Virginia
Whenever I ask my husband what he'd like for dinner, this is what he requests. I double the recipe so that I can enjoy it with him. He thinks this rivals the stir-fries served in many restaurants.Margery Bryan, Moses Lake, Washington
AFTER our children were married and gone, I prepared this entree often for my husband and me, especially on our anniversary. It was one of our favorites.
We found that one of the nicest ways to enjoy each other's company was to have a great meal together.
-Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
IT'S FUN to make miniature meat loaves instead of one big loaf...and they cook up quickly in a skillet rather than in the oven.
The unique combination of flavors gives the ground beef zip. This recipe is one of my old standbys for a speedy supper.
-Paula Martin, Paxinos, Pennsylvania
This recipe is a nice way to add vegetables to your diet...they add color, flavor and nutrition. Chili sauce makes a pretty and tasty topping for the single-serving loaf.Lethea Weber, Newport, Arkansas
I came across this recipe a few years ago around Thanksgiving. The golden, juicy hens and festive rice stuffing make a memorable feast for two. Best of all, we're not eating leftovers for days on end.Kathy Meyer, Kenosha, Wisconsin
A FRIEND shared this recipe with me many years ago.
My son-in-law loves these lamb shanks as part of a hearty meal with baked potatoes, a hot vegetable and fresh fruit salad. Of course, I include mint jelly on the side.
-Jeanne McNamara, Camillus, New York
MY FAMILY loves chicken, so I came up with this easy sandwich recipe. The chicken stays moist and tasty prepared this way.
With potatoes or fries and a salad, it's a complete meal.
-Joe Urban, West Chicago, Illinois
SINCE I eat very little meat, I'm always on the lookout for vegetarian and low-fat recipes.
I came up with this recipe after a lot of experimenting. I used tomatoes as a base for the sauce, and my version of pasta primavera has been enjoyed by both family and friends.Clara DelVitto, Midlothian, Virginia
This recipe is one of my favorites for a luncheon dish or a quick and easy meatless meal. For extra flavor, I'll sometimes use homemade bread or a specialty bread such as Italian, French or sourdough.
-Janet Scherffius, Mountain Home, Arkansas
I've discovered a variety of small roasts that work well for two, without creating leftovers for the rest of the week. This prime rib is perfect for a holiday meal when company isn't coming. The portion for each is generous, and the flavor is unsurpassed.
-Richard Fairchild, Tustin, California