I prefer to use spinach or other dark leafy greens because they are tastier than iceberg, and also because of the amount of calcium they contain. I'm always looking for ways to boost my calcium intake since I can't eat dairy. —Holly Bauer, West Bend, Wisconsin
“I am a vegetarian, but the rest of my family is not,” confides Janice Schneider from Parkville, Missouri. “But they prefer this soup to a traditional meaty chili because it’s packed with so much flavor.”
"Whether people like raspberries or not, these muffins always receive rave reviews," says Kristin Stank of Indianapolis, Indiana. Pecans, brown sugar an a sweet yummy glaze make them seem anything but light.
With a buttery cracker topping and lots of cheese, this lightened up classic casserole from Lisa Eldridge of Topeka, Kansas makes a guilt-free side dish at any meal. "I got the original recipe from a friend," Lisa notes. "And it is excellent."
Olives, oregano and artichoke hearts boost flavor in this colorful and hearty meatless main dish. It goes together in minutes with convenient pantry items. Try a little feta cheese on top for something extra-special. Elaine Ober - Brookline, Massachusetts
As the caretaker for a private home, I sometimes cook for the young family who lives there. Although I'm an old-fashioned cook, my job has me trying new flavors. Everyone likes these grilled vegetables.
-Jan Oeffler of Danbury, Wisconsin
I like to top this wonderful meatless meal with lettuce and serve it with extra picante sauce. It's quick, easy, filled with fresh flavor and definitely satisfying! Lesley Tragesser - Charleston, Missouri
A tasty peanut dressing lightly coats pasta and cabbage in this easy-to-make side dish that's perfect for potlucks or outdoor events. Try sesame oil instead of olive oil if you have some on hand. Laurie Davison - Clearwater, Florida