“My mother used to prepare orange chicken with rice back in the ‘60s, and it was so good. My version uses pearl barley instead of rice, and I added parsnips for flavor and baby carrots for color.” —Helen Glazier, Seattle, Washington
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
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
"Years ago, I fell in love with the spicy flavor and wonderful aroma of this hearty slow-cooker recipe," relates Heather Gray of Little Rock, Arkansas. "You can serve the stew alone or as a topper for meat and poultry. It's great either way!"
This is my first completely original recipe—and it turned out to be awesome! It’s a hefty, rich stew, full of veggies, tender beef, a splash of red wine and simply wonderful flavors. —Tammy Munyon, Wichita, Kansas
Everyone, especially kids, will be thrilled with this hearty stew, chock-full of hot dog bites and baked beans with a dash of liquid smoke. Dorothy Erickson of Blue Eye, Missouri shares this dish that's great at a summer cookout or on a cool fall evening.