“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
"We love this south-of-the-border lasagna," Trisha Kruse writes from Eagle, Idaho. "The cheesy dish comes together fast with a carton of vegetarian chili, and makes a great entree served with a green salad and baked tortilla chips."
“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.”
"Mildly flavored and flecked with garlic and fresh herbs, this creamy, versatile side dish can accompany a wide variety of entrees. Plus, it’s a cinch to put together." --Mary Relyea of Canastota, New York
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
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
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