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Bacon-Tomato Salad

Bacon-Tomato Salad

Bacon-Tomato Salad

We love this wonderful salad that tastes like a piled-high BLT without the time or effort. Plus, you can make it hours ahead and keep it in the fridge till serving time. —Denise Thurman, Columbia, Missouri

Beef & Pepper Skillet

Beef & Pepper Skillet

Beef & Pepper Skillet

I love Mexican-inspired food. I also enjoy experimenting with recipes like this one and making them as healthy—and downright good!—for my family as possible. —Jenny Dubinsky, Inwood, West Virginia

Chicken & Pineapple Stir-Fry

Chicken & Pineapple Stir-Fry

Chicken & Pineapple Stir-Fry

We love how the snappy veggies and pineapple make this stir-fry taste fresh and bright. Add brown sugar and you get a sweet-and-sour dish that’s packed with flavor. —DeEtta Rasmussen, Fort Madison, Iowa

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Garlic-Herb Braid

Garlic-Herb Braid

Garlic-Herb Braid

Savory flavors of rosemary, dill, garlic and basil blend beautifully in this homey loaf that goes great with almost any main dish. Get ready for oohs and aahs when you bring this tender and impressive braid to the table! Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Sausage & Penne Marinara

Sausage & Penne Marinara

Sausage & Penne Marinara

It’s hard to beat the classic Italian flavors of this hearty, comforting dish. It has a slight kick, so omit the pepper flakes if you don’t want the heat. —Tammy Rowe, Bellevue, Ohio

Sweet Potato Enchilada Stack

Sweet Potato Enchilada Stack

Sweet Potato Enchilada Stack

Mexican flavors abound in this awesome enchilada stack jam-packed with black beans and sweet potato. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Thai Chicken Stir-Fry

Thai Chicken Stir-Fry

Thai Chicken Stir-Fry

Instead of having takeout at lunch, why not whip up this delicious meal? Thanks to the convenient frozen veggies, you can enjoy classic Thai flavors in minutes. Sally Bailey - Wooster, Ohio

Tortilla-Vegetable Chicken Soup

Tortilla-Vegetable Chicken Soup

Tortilla-Vegetable Chicken Soup

This recipe is surprisingly a snap. Don't worry about the long list of ingredients; most of them are already in your pantry. —Jan Peri-Wyrick, Fort Worth, Texas

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

This cake mixes up quickly and bakes while we enjoy our dinner. My son, David, loves to help decorate it. —Coleen Martin, Brookfield, Wisconsin

Asian Spaghetti

Asian Spaghetti

Asian Spaghetti

Give the cod an Asian twist with a quick side that has a hint of heat. We loved this recipe with its bright, crisp-tender snow peas and carrots, but you could easily substitute any veggies you have on hand. —Anne Smithson, Cary, North Carolina

Christmas Mice Cookies

Christmas Mice Cookies

Christmas Mice Cookies

These whimsical little cuties taste like truffles. Every Christmas, we make sure to have enough for friends and neighbors. —Deborah Zabor, Fort Erie, ON

Creamy Chicken and Pasta

Creamy Chicken and Pasta

Creamy Chicken and Pasta

Rich, creamy and laced with wine, this chicken-and-pasta main dish is a favorite with Elaine Moser’s family in Spokane, Washington. Who’d guess it’s so quick and easy? COOKING CAPERS. Capers are the small, green flower buds of a bush that grows all over the Mediterranean area. Pickled in wine, vinegar or brine, capers lend a salty, lemony flavor to sauces, salads, veggies and main dishes. They can be found on grocery store shelves with olives and pickles.

Easy Mostaccioli

Easy Mostaccioli

Easy Mostaccioli

This rich and cheesy casserole freezes so well that no one would ever guess it had been on ice! It’ll appeal to all ages. Margaret McNeil - Germantown, Tennessee

French Quarter Cheese Spread

French Quarter Cheese Spread

French Quarter Cheese Spread

Topped with toasty pecans, this sweet-and-savory cheese ball makes a festive hostess gift for holiday parties. Says Heidi: “It’s always a hit; there’s never anything left over, and everyone asks for the recipe.” At home, make it ahead of time for convenience, then bring to room temp and serve. Heidi Blaine Hadburg - Safety Harbor, FL

Monkey Cupcakes

Monkey Cupcakes

Monkey Cupcakes

Kids‘ eyes will light up when they see these cute jungle goodies. "They never fail to make my grandkids smile, and they’re always a hit at bake sales," says Sandra Seaman of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf

Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf

Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf

This meat loaf is a hit with my family. My three sons eat two pieces each, which is incredible, considering that they are very picky toddlers. This Southwest-style meat loaf is topped with a sweet and tangy sauce. —Lacey Kirsch, Thornton, Colorado

Tortilla Lasagna

Tortilla Lasagna

Tortilla Lasagna

“I found a similar recipe on-line and when I finished adjusting it, this was the result," notes Lynn Smith of Warrensburg, Missouri. "It was an instant hit with my family! They love spicy food, and this simple lasagna has become a new favorite.”
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