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
Even when the garden is snow-covered, its bounty crops up in the steaming bowls Donna Quinn passes around her Salem, Wisconsin table. "This filling soup is a favorite with our family and is often requested for company dinners," she reports. A hint of fennel accents the flavor or this quick-to-fix bean soup...and spinach and tomatoes add color.
The chilled salad our Test Kitchen tossed together is an ideal warm-weather refresher. Golden corn, grape tomatoes and fresh basil bring the very best of summer to the table. Subtly salty olives add an interesting contrast to the other sun-sweetened veggies
“I created this healthy whole grain side to serve my family instead of potatoes or rice. It’s so easy and has a little kick. Quinoa’s a nurturing grain and a complete protein.” —Sandra Letizia, Providence, Rhode Island
People will rave over this super-easy cheesecake appetizer. I've made this recipe several times at parties, and people were so surprised it was low fat. Make it a day ahead for convenience, adding salsa just before serving. —Sandy Burkett, Galena, Ohio
“I was making a Mexican themed dinner one night last summer, and figured I’d make a salad with the fresh produce I had. I threw in anything that reminded me of Mexican food. Thankfully, it turned out, and the combination of salsa and ranch dressing is one we now use on sandwiches burgers and more, “ writes Heather Byers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes are a perfect accompaniment any entree and lend a homey appeal. A hint of rosemary makes this dish an attention-getter, and it only takes five ingredients to prepare! “To make assembly even easier, I toss all the ingredients into a plastic bag and shake it up,” writes Julie Kocur from Abington, Maryland.