On weekends I like to make a hearty breakfast for my hardworking husband. But by the time the weekend rolls around, I'm ready to relax, too! So I use an electric waffle iron to make this French toast-inspired meal. It comes out just right. —Linda Martindale, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
I let my young son pick out seed packets and he chose kale, which grew like crazy. This hearty soup helped make good use of it and rivals a restaurant version that we love.
—Michelle Babbie, Malone, New York
These seafood sammies are a tasty way to get heated up. Simply adjust the seasoning and hot sauce to put some pop in a yummy pita. I even use more hot sauce for dipping. —Kent Whitaker, Rossville, Georgia
“Here’s a simple side that lets fresh fruit shine. I’ve taken it to several picnics, where it’s always well received. Any combination of fruit will work equally well.” —Claire Watson, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
You’ll love this simple but elegant salad’s subtly tart dressing and fresh taste. It’s a fantastic combination! Don’t have Gouda? Try using Swiss cheese instead. Cheryl Perry - Hertford, North Carolina
“I’m not a big fan of fish unless it’s fried,“ confides Sherry Fletcher from Highland, Illinois. “But this recipe is so simple and good that it’s become a favorite! It’s also low in fat and packed with vitamin-rich veggies and Italian flavor.“
I was asked to do a cooking demo for a group of women from my church. After spending hours looking up side dish recipes, I combined a few to make these green beans my own. —Alice White, Willow Spring, North Carolina
Tossed in a homemade cheese sauce, these tender cauliflower and broccoli florets from our Test Kitchen make a tasty topping for the mashed potatoes. But the combination also can be served as a side dish to round out most any meal.
I knew these stuffed crescents were keepers when my husband ate most of the filling before I could roll it into the dough. I’ve had to get sneaky now when I make them. —Carrie Pommier, Lakeville, Minnesota
Our Test Kitchen stuffed these yummy Vegetarian Tacos with a blend of sauteed cabbage, peppers and black beans so flavorful and filling you won’t even miss the meat! Let the kids top their own with avocado (aguacate), cheese (queso)—or a dollop of sour cream (crema agria). (And if they’re taking Spanish in school, you might even let the them print out a Spanish label for each garnish.)
With a nice level of pepper, and just enough dill from the pickle, these Bloody Marys from Jay Feckovich of Green Bay, Wisconsin are sure to be crowd pleasing. To make Contrary Marys simply leave out the vodka.
Store-bought French toast sticks are spread with strawberry cream cheese to make this fast breakfast fare. Anna Free of Bradner, Ohio serves the “stuffed” French toast with a citrusy fruit puree instead of regular syrup.
Here’s a sweet and tangy salsa that's miles away from the spicy version people expect. Serve it as an appetizer with tortilla chips for scooping, or make it part of the main event and spoon it over white meat. —Amy Hinkle, Topeka, Kansas