From Niceville, Florida, Diane Hixon shares a tasty topper for tortilla chips. Chili powder and sassy salsa season a zesty mixture of ground beef and refried beans that's sprinkled with green onions, tomatoes and ripe olives.
Quick-cooking turkey breast slices make this recipe a winner when you only have a few minutes to fix a satisfying meal. I've also used flattened boneless skinless chicken breast halves in place of the turkey of this entree. —Karen Adams, Cleveland, Tennessee
Basil, marjoram and Parmesan cheese nicely season this satisfying main dish from Polly Lynam of Mequon, Wisconsin. "I saute the meat while the pasta is cooking, so it takes just minutes to make," she says. "My family likes it with tender strips of pork, but chicken is an easy alternative."
Diane Hixon's elegant slow-cooked meal is worthy of company. "I like to make it on special occasions," she writes from Niceville, Florida. "The tender steak cuts easily into appetizing spirals for serving, and extra stuffing cooks conveniently in a foil packet on top of the steak."
Give leftover ham a face-lift in this tasty pasta dish that mixes up in a wink. The mild cream sauce gets fresh flavor from sauteed mushrooms and a boost of color from frozen peas. —Joan Laurenzo, Johnstown, Ohio
"The beauty of this hearty breakfast is that it can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge to avoid last-minute fuss," relates Donna Freeland from Upland, California. "In the morning, pop the pan in the oven, and soon you'll be enjoying flavorful filled tortillas covered with a creamy cheese sauce."
Next, she prepares the Speedy Salmon Casserole, which bakes at the same oven temperature as the cake.
"Living here on the Kenai Peninsula, we have plenty of fresh salmon. Bat this creamy, comforting casserole tastes just as good with canned salmon," she assures.
"It's also a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes—or dress up instant ones.