Cheryl Landers can easily add a Louisiana entree to her LaTour, Missouri table any day of the week. “I brown the meat, cut up veggies and measure spices the night before, and then assemble and start it cooking the next morning,” she pens. “When I get home, I make the rice…and dinner is served!”
Meet the Cook: This is an all-time favorite because it combines the satisfying ingredients of meat and vegetables with the flavor and textures of pasta dishes. My husband is a hunter besides, so on occasion I'll use elk or venison in place of the beef.
We have three daughters and three grandchildren. Plus, my husband's the oldest of 14 children. Having 30 or 40 for holiday dinners isn't uncommon!
-Ann Shorey, Sutherlin, Oregon
Meet the Cook: One of the reasons I like quick dinners like this is our two sons, who are 7 and 6. With boys of those ages, I am constantly on the go! Plus, I home-educate our children. With this recipe, if we really get involved in a science experiment or an art project, I can still fix a good meal for my family.
-Cheryl Nagy, Newark, Ohio
Add zip to supper by serving your family this Southwestern-style stew shared by the National Barley Foods Council. It's a zesty change of pace from the traditional beef stew.—National Barley Foods Council, Mary Sullivan, Spokane, Washington
Meet the Cook: With our busy schedule, I cook lots of stews. This one - handed down to me by my mother-in-law - is nice because you can prepare it on the weekend and reheat it during the week. It's a great full-course meal...put out hard rolls and French bread, and you're set.
My husband and I have a son, 11.
-Jeanne Dahling, Elgin, Minnesota
Your family will love the zesty but milk flavor of this hefty stew. But you'll appreciate the change-of-pace flavor-and the extra change you'll pocket using less expensive pork cuts! Serve it over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.