Mitzi Sentiff of Annapolis, Maryland uses a packaged pot roast dinner jazzed up with a few additional ingredients to give it that slow-cooked flavor. “You might think this is too good to be true, but believe it,” writes Mitzi. “Serve it with a salad or veggie side dish and dinner rolls for a complete and delicious meal.”
"I adapted this recipe from a cookbook to eliminate time-consuming steps like browning the sausage and soaking and boiling beans," explains Brenda Heidoff Leonard of Missoula, Montana. "Red pepper flakes add zest to this satisfying dish that's chock-full of beans and flavorful sausage."
Keep Sybil Brown's zippy jambalaya mix on hand and a full-flavored meal is never far away. The Highland, California cook add shrimp, smoked sausage and a few other easy ingredients to the nicely seasoned rice mix to create a speedy skillet sensation.
"One night, I was running late and didn't know what to make for dinner," recalls Wendy Hughes, Easton, Pennsylvania. "So I tossed some steak and everything else I could think of into the pressure cooker. It was a great last-minute meal that tasted very good."
While the tarts chill, she assembles Turkey Noodle Stew, a creamy mixture of turkey, vegetables and noodles.
"Michael doesn't usually go for meal-in-one dishes, but he likes this savory skillet entree," Traci assures.
In Galax, Virginia, Ila Alderman relies on chili powder to spice up this hearty stew brimming with chicken and fresh-tasting veggies. Since it simmers in a slow cooker all day, it's wonderful to have it ready when you walk in the door.
When I was still living in Missouri, a friend gave me all of her family cookbooks (I think I was in heaven). They're where I got the idea for this easy stew. Believe it or not, the taco seasoning adds just the right touch. —Kristen Hills, Layton, Utah