Ground beef, beans and pasta thickens this hearty stew that's perfect for brisk autumn days. The zippy sauce, made with canned vegetable juice, gives the chunky mixture a western flair —Mrs. J.W. West of Alvord, Texas
I heat up cold nights by serving this thick and zesty stew with corn bread. I also like to spoon leftovers into corn tortillas with a little salsa and reduced-fat sour cream for a satisfying snack.
—Mickey Terry of Del Valle, Texas
Wine lends a warm background flavor for this satisfying take on a traditional French stew. Lynn Stein in Joseph, Oregon uses low-fat mashed beans to thicken her broth and boost nutrition. Serve with garlic bread and dinner's done!
Watching your salt intake? This satisfying stew has almost 2/3 less sodium than many off-the-shelf “beef stew cup” products. To lower the sodium even further, replace the diced tomatoes with no-salt-added diced tomatoes. —Coleen Balch, Clay, New York
"This thick, hearty stew is chock-full of beans and vegetables and makes a wonderful supper on cold winter days," relates Gina Passantino of Arlington, Virginia. "I sometimes serve it over rice for a fun change of pace. It also freezes well."
I had a delicious stew recipe but rarely prepared it because sausage can be high in fat and sodium, so I substituted low-fat turkey sausage. Now it not only tastes good, it feels good—both hearty and healthy!
—Lisa Zeigler-Day of Forest Park, Illinois
I like to sprinkle this chicken stew with toasted almonds or cashews and serve with hot couscous. Flavored with cinnamon and a touch of sweetness from the apricots, this stew tastes like you fussed. It's great for potlucks, too! —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado
My mother was born and raised in Japan and wasn't familiar with many American dishes when she married my father and moved to the States. This is one of the recipes her mother-in-law handed down to her. —Frances Aldal, Antelope, California
No one ever guesses that this traditional combination is low in fat. A thick flavorful sauce makes this hearty dish one that will be requested time and again. I know your family will enjoy it.
—Debbie Patton of Westchester, Illinois