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Fajita in a Bowl

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Peggy Woodward
Pull out the skewers and take a stab at grilling peppers, onions and corn for an awesome steak salad that’s all summer and smoke. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Dad's Favorite Barbecue Meat Loaves

Dad's Favorite Barbecue Meat Loaves

Dad's Favorite Barbecue Meat Loaves

It may sound old-fashioned, but it warms my heart to serve dishes that make my family and friends happy. This recipe does just that, and then some. —Leta Winters, Johnson City, Tennessee

Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

My family asks for these scones all the time, but I like to save this special treat for celebrations. It's a wonderful add-on to any brunch or potluck. —Leslie Parker, Avoca, Iowa

Strawberry-Carrot Smoothies

Strawberry-Carrot Smoothies

Strawberry-Carrot Smoothies

My children resist veggies, but they love smoothies. This smoothie packs in lots of good-for-you fruits and veggies, but to my kids, it's just a super delicious breakfast. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, UT

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Italian Bean Soup

Italian Bean Soup

Italian Bean Soup

This budget-friendly bean soup with orzo, potato and veggies is so hearty, you won’t even notice it’s meatless. —Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

With pasta salad, it’s easy to change up ingredients. We like to add grilled chicken and pine nuts and sometimes change the chickpeas to black beans. —Julie Kirkpatrick, Billings, Montana

Parmesan-Basil Breadsticks

Parmesan-Basil Breadsticks

Parmesan-Basil Breadsticks

What's not to love about fragrant breadsticks hot from the oven? Round out any Italian meal with these beauties.
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Porcini-Crusted Pork with Polenta

Porcini-Crusted Pork with Polenta

Porcini-Crusted Pork with Polenta

Porcini mushrooms surround these luscious pork chops with earthy undertones and a delectable flavor. Hints of rosemary and Parmesan cheese make polenta a sophisticated accompaniment to this restaurant-quality meal from Casandra Rittenhouse of North Hollywood, California.

Minestrone with Turkey

Minestrone with Turkey

Minestrone with Turkey

I remember my mom making this soup; now I make it as often as I can. It's a good way to use up leftover vegetables. Sometimes I add a can of rinsed and drained kidney or garbanzo beans. —Angela Goodman, Kaneohe, Hawaii

Salmon Pinwheels

Salmon Pinwheels

Salmon Pinwheels

Inexpensive and impressive, this recipe is a must have anytime you want to wow your guests without spending all day in the kitchen!—Cristina Mathers of San Miguel, California

Christmas Gingerbread Trifle

Christmas Gingerbread Trifle

Christmas Gingerbread Trifle

Trifle desserts make eye-catching centerpieces. I garnish mine using candy canes and red and green M&M's. Think of the merry possibilities as a kid-friendly project. —Cheryl Tompkins, Kingsville, MO

Pizza-Style Tossed Salad

Pizza-Style Tossed Salad

Pizza-Style Tossed Salad

“If you love pizza, you’ll love this salad that tastes like pizza in a bowl,” reports Pat Habiger of Spearville, Kansas. “Almost every ingredient is packaged, so it needs no measuring. Just open the packages and toss. Serve warm breadsticks on the side, and you have a complete meal.”

Mediterranean Potato Salad

Mediterranean Potato Salad

Mediterranean Potato Salad

Jenny Haen of Red Wing, Minnesota uses red onions, Greek olives and feta cheese to bring Mediterranean flavors to an all-American classic. With a few minutes of prep and time to chill, it makes an ideal side dish on busy summer days.

Crisp Button Cookies

Crisp Button Cookies

Crisp Button Cookies

Almost too cute to eat but too sweet to resist, these clever cookies take minutes to make. They’ll disappear as quickly! Bonnie Buckley - Kansas City, Missouri



Tender Garlic Green Beans

Tender Garlic Green Beans

Tender Garlic Green Beans

Margaret Wagner Allen dresses up garden-fresh green beans in minutes, thanks to this easy microwave recipe. "The tender beans are delicious served with baked ham or grilled salmon," she writes from Abingdon, Virginia.

English Marmalade Pecan Bread

English Marmalade Pecan Bread

English Marmalade Pecan Bread

My dad was Canadian, but had a very British upbringing. And, boy, did he love his marmalade! I know it's an acquired taste for some, but when I baked the jam into this nutty bread, everyone loved it—even my kids. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Sun-Dried Tomato & Chicken Spinach Salad

Sun-Dried Tomato & Chicken Spinach Salad

Sun-Dried Tomato & Chicken Spinach Salad

Plain old chicken isn't my favorite, but dress it up and I'm all about it. Sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers and spinach do the trick. —Cindy Worth, Lapwai, ID

Classic Bumbleberry Pie

Classic Bumbleberry Pie

Classic Bumbleberry Pie

What a delightful ending to any meal! Apple, raspberries and rhubarb work in unison to create this fresh-flavored pie. Judy Parker - Albuquerque, New Mexico
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