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74 Contest-Winning Diabetic-Friendly Recipes

Feed your family some guaranteed favorites with these contest-winning diabetic-friendly recipes!

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Mushroom Bacon Turkey BurgersTaste of Home

Mushroom Bacon Turkey Burgers

If you ask me, a good burger needs mushrooms on top, but they tend to slide around and fall off. I decided to put mushrooms right into the patties—problem solved! —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York

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Curried Quinoa SaladTaste of Home

Curried Quinoa Salad


Quinoa is such a fantastic salad base—it's full of protein, it adds a nutty flavor, and it's the perfect vehicle to soak up any kind of dressing. If you like a little more heat, add more cayenne or curry to the dressing. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
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Turkey Salsa Bowls with Tortilla WedgesTaste of Home

Turkey Salsa Bowls with Tortilla Wedges


Delicious and nutritious, this dish was a favorite of the kids who participated in the junior chef classes I taught at my church. The recipe encouraged creativity and healthy eating as students designed their own salsa bowls using whole grains, vegetables and lean protein. —Jean Gottfried, Upper Sandusky, Ohio
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Creamy Cauliflower Pakora SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Cauliflower Pakora Soup


My husband and I often crave pakoras, deep-fried fritters from India. I wanted to get the same flavors but use a healthier cooking technique, so I made soup using all the classic spices and our favorite veggie, cauliflower! —Melody Johnson, DePere, Wisconsin
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Turkey Sausage Cabbage RollsTaste of Home

Turkey Sausage Cabbage Rolls


I practically grew up in my Polish grandmother's kitchen, watching Babci cook and listening to her stories. I made her cabbage roll recipe healthier with whole grains and turkey, but kept the same rich flavors I remember. —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, Texas
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Feta Steak TacosTaste of Home

Feta Steak Tacos


I love tacos, and came up with this version to make them with Mediterranean flavors as opposed to Mexican. They went over big with my family!—Debbie Reid, Clearwater, Florida
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Thai Chicken & SlawTaste of Home

Thai Chicken & Slaw


This recipe is foolproof and well worth the prep time. Kids love the sweetness of the honey, and I serve the slaw on the side so my vegetarian friends can enjoy it, too.—Karen Norris, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Pear Waldorf PitasTaste of Home

Pear Waldorf Pitas


Here's a guaranteed table brightener for a shower, luncheon or party. Just stand back and watch these sandwiches vanish. For an eye-catching presentation, I tuck each one into a colorful folded napkin. —Roxann Parker, Dover, Delaware
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Easy Caribbean ChickenTaste of Home

Easy Caribbean Chicken


This is a very simple recipe that uses easy-to-find ingredients. Serve with some steamed vegetables for a complete meal. Use cubes of pork or even shrimp instead of the chicken. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Simple Poached SalmonTaste of Home

Simple Poached Salmon


I love this recipe because it's healthy and almost effortless. And the salmon always cooks to perfection! —Erin Chilcoat, Central Islip, New York
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Spicy Beef SaladTaste of Home

Spicy Beef Salad


This recipe was inspired by my love of spicy flavors and light, nutritious entrees. The pretty salad has an appealing variety of textures. I make it year-round because it's fast and easy to prepare after a long day at work. —Peggy Allen, Pasadena, California
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Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea SaladTaste of Home

Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea Salad


My black-eyed pea salad reminds me of a southern cooking class my husband and I took while visiting Savannah, Georgia. People go nuts for it at picnics and potlucks. —Danielle Lee, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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Maple-Dijon ChickenTaste of Home

Maple-Dijon Chicken


Eating dinner as a family every night is really important to us, and this recipe is one that we all love. It's our favorite skillet chicken dish. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Grilled Steak PinwheelsTaste of Home

Grilled Steak Pinwheels


I've been serving this recipe to family and friends for 20 years and very seldom do I have any leftovers. We try to keep the house cool, so we grill out often. —Mary Hills, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Greek Breakfast CasseroleTaste of Home

Greek Breakfast Casserole


This is a great dish for a Sunday brunch, or you can cut it into six pieces and freeze it to have as a quick and easy breakfast any day of the week. I also like to make it with broccoli, carrots, green onions, Canadian bacon and sharp cheddar cheese; the variations are nearly endless! —Lauri Knox, Pine, Colorado
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Pork Tenderloin with Mango RelishTaste of Home

Pork Tenderloin with Mango Relish


Colorful mango relish is a refreshing counterpoint to the “heat” in the meat rub I use to pep up a number of pork dishes. These roasted tenderloins are sure to turn out nice and juicy. —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois
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Italian Chicken ChardonnayTaste of Home

Italian Chicken Chardonnay


One day I needed to have dinner ready when we walked in the door after work and school. So I altered a skillet dish that my family likes into this delicious slow-cooker meal, and it was ready and waiting when we got home. It's perfect for an everyday meal but nice enough for company, too. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
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Slow-Cooked Rump RoastTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Rump Roast


I enjoy a good pot roast, but I was tired of the same old thing—so I started experimenting. Cooking the beef in horseradish sauce gives it a tangy flavor. Even my 6- and 3-year-olds love this rump roast with its tender veggies and gravy. —Mimi Walker, Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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Beef Lentil SoupTaste of Home

Beef Lentil Soup


You can prepare this soup as the main course in a hearty lunch or dinner. But on cold winter evenings here in New England, I've often poured a steaming mugful and enjoyed it in front of our fireplace as well. —Guy Turnbull, Arlington, Massachusetts
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Roquefort Pear SaladTaste of Home

Roquefort Pear Salad


Guests at a barbecue we hosted one summer brought this cool, refreshing salad. Now it's a mainstay at many of our gatherings year-round. The mingling of zesty tastes and textures instantly wakes up the taste buds. —Sherry Duval, Baltimore, Maryland
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Cuban-Style Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Cuban-Style Pork Chops


These are like Cuban sandwiches without the bread, so they’re a bit more elegant. Let your family customize theirs with pickles, mustard and other condiments. —Erica Allen, Tuckerton, New Jersey
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Quinoa Tabbouleh SaladTaste of Home

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad


In our new cookbook “The Kitchen Decoded,” we include tabbouleh salad because it's super simple and filling. Try red quinoa for a slightly earthier flavor. —Logan Levant, Los Angeles, California
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Blackened Tilapia with Zucchini NoodlesTaste of Home

Blackened Tilapia with Zucchini Noodles


I love quick and bright meals like this one-skillet wonder. The way it tastes, you'd think it takes a lot more effort, but it goes from prep to dinner table in half an hour. The recipe works well with any light fish, or even shrimp. —Tammy Brownlow, Dallas, Texas
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Mini Mediterranean PizzaTaste of Home

Mini Mediterranean Pizza


I was on a mini-pizza kick and had already served up Mexican and Italian variations, so I opted for a Mediterranean version and came up with these. —Jenny Dubinsky, Inwood, West Virginia
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Spinach and Shrimp Fra DiavoloTaste of Home

Spinach and Shrimp Fra Diavolo


This 20-minute dish is spicy, garlicky, saucy, and loaded with delicious shrimp. Plus, with the addition of spinach you’re also getting a serving of veggies. When you need a perfect low-fat weeknight meal that is quick to pull together, this is it. You can substitute arugula or kale for the spinach if you'd like. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
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Sesame Beef & Asparagus SaladTaste of Home

Sesame Beef & Asparagus Salad


Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies—especially when it comes to experimenting with fresh ingredients like these. This meaty salad is wonderful at the start of asparagus season. —Tamara Steeb, Issaquah, Washington
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Tangerine Tossed SaladTaste of Home

Tangerine Tossed Salad


My mother taught me how to cook when I was a young girl. The sweet tangerines and crunchy caramelized almonds make this one of my favorite recipes. —Helen Musenbrock, O'Fallon, Missouri
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Southwest Hash with Adobo-Lime CremaTaste of Home

Southwest Hash with Adobo-Lime Crema


Adobo sauce adds so much extra flavor that you won't even miss the smaller amounts of butter and egg yolks in this smoky hash. Here's a tip: Add a splash of white vinegar to the poaching water right before you drop in the eggs. It helps keep them from separating as they cook. —Brooke Keller, Lexington, Kentucky
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Haddock with Lime-Cilantro ButterTaste of Home

Haddock with Lime-Cilantro Butter


Here in Louisiana, the good times roll when we broil fish and serve it with lots of lime juice, cilantro and butter. —Darlene Morris, Franklinton, Louisiana
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Grilled Peach, Rice & Arugula SaladTaste of Home

Grilled Peach, Rice & Arugula Salad


This hearty salad was created when I needed to clear out some leftovers from the fridge—and it became an instant hit! The grilled peaches are the ultimate "tastes like summer" salad booster. —Lauren Wyler, Dripping Springs, Texas
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French Lentil and Carrot SoupTaste of Home

French Lentil and Carrot Soup


It's crazy how just a few ingredients can make such a difference. Using finely chopped rotisserie chicken in this recipe makes it perfect for a busy weeknight meal, but you can leave it out if you prefer. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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Cashew-Curry Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad


My husband and I fell hard for the curried chicken salad from our grocery store deli, and I knew I could find a way to make something similar. This greek yogurt chicken salad has become one of our favorites to take on trips to the beach. —Janine Cooper-Moren, Portland, Oregon
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Peach Chili SauceTaste of Home

Peach Chili Sauce


I've been eating and serving this tasty chili sauce since my childhood—it's always been a favorite. —Barb Townsend-Batten, Blenheim, Ontario
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Layered Garden Bean SaladTaste of Home

Layered Garden Bean Salad


For easy entertaining, cover and refrigerate the salad a few hours before guests arrive so you don't have to bother with last-minute assembly. Turn it into a light lunch by adding sliced rotisserie chicken, salmon or tuna. —Melissa Wharton, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Creamless Creamy Squash SoupTaste of Home

Creamless Creamy Squash Soup


Here's my go-to recipe for family and friends' get-togethers. One time, my niece devoured three bowls of it and we had to stop her from a fourth so others could have one last spoonful! —Sharon Verea, Thomasville, Georgia
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Pork Tacos with Mango SalsaTaste of Home

Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa


I've made quite a few tacos in my day, but you can't beat the tender filling made in a slow cooker. These are by far the best pork tacos we've had—and we've tried plenty. Make the mango salsa from scratch if you have time! Yum. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas
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Potato-Bean Salad with Herb DressingTaste of Home

Potato-Bean Salad with Herb Dressing


My veggie garden inspired this creamy combo of beans, potatoes and fresh herbs. I toss them with a ranch-style dressing sparked up with Creole mustard. —Chris Cummer, Bayonne, New Jersey
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Eggplant Salad with Tomato and Goat CheeseTaste of Home

Eggplant Salad with Tomato and Goat Cheese


Tender, grilled eggplant helps make this light summer salad feel like a meal. The balsamic dressing adds so much depth and a burst of bright flavor. —Susan Leiser, Hammonton, New Jersey
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Asparagus Spinach Salad with ChickenTaste of Home

Asparagus Spinach Salad with Chicken


We love all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available in the summer. This salad is one of our favorite because it packs in so much great produce, plus it's quick and easy on a warm summer day. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Avocado SalsaTaste of Home

Avocado Salsa


I was planning a party and thought it might be fun to try a different kind of avocado salsa. This recipe was an absolute success. Scoop it up with chips, spoon it over chicken or steak, or eat it on its own! —Susan Vandermeer, Ogden, Utah
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Lemon Roasted Fingerlings and Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Lemon Roasted Fingerlings and Brussels Sprouts


My trick to roasting veggies is to choose ones that cook in the same amount of time. Other combinations to try? Cauliflower florets with baby carrots or okra with cherry tomatoes. —Courtney Gaylord, Columbus, Indiana
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Prosciutto-Pepper Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Prosciutto-Pepper Pork Chops


Here's a dish that's easy, fast and most importantly, delicious. Serve these prosciutto-stuffed pork chops with pasta salad for a satisfying meal. —Donna Prisco, Randolph, New Jersey
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Lentil Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

Lentil Sloppy Joes


When I experimented with making more vegetarian-friendly recipes, this was one of my biggest hits—we still eat it weekly! My now-preschooler will always eat all of these tangy lentil joes. —Christina Rock, Covington, Washington
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Chicken Chili with Black BeansTaste of Home

Chicken Chili with Black Beans


Because it looks different than traditional chili, my family was a little hesitant to try this dish at first. Thanks to the full, hearty flavor, it's become a real favorite around our house. I like to serve it with warm cornbread. —Jeanette Urbom, Louisburg, Kansas
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Bruschetta ChickenTaste of Home

Bruschetta Chicken


We enjoy serving this tasty chicken bruschetta to both family and to company. It just might become your new favorite way to use up summer tomatoes and basil. —Carolin Cattoi-Demkiw, Lethbridge, Alberta
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General Tso's StewTaste of Home

General Tso's Stew


I love Asian food and wanted a chili-like soup with the distinctive flavors of General Tso’s chicken. The slow cooker makes this super easy, and you can use any meat you like. It’s a great with turkey, ground meats or leftover pork. —Lori McLain, Denton, Texas
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Bruschetta Chicken WrapsTaste of Home

Bruschetta Chicken Wraps


As an Italian-American, I love, love, love garlic, tomatoes and basil, all of which are musts for good bruschetta. This recipe was created in celebration of the first tomatoes to come out of our home garden this year. —Gina Rine, Canfield, Ohio
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Beef Cabbage Roll-UpsTaste of Home

Beef Cabbage Roll-Ups


Cooking up original recipes is a hobby of mine. My version of classic cabbage rolls is delicious served over rice or noodles. —Irma Finely, Lockwood, Missouri
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Tomato Balsamic ChickenTaste of Home

Tomato Balsamic Chicken


I came up with this saucy chicken during a particularly busy holiday season. As new parents, my husband and I both appreciate having a go-to dinner that's easy, homemade and delicious. —Anne Colvin, Chicago, Illinois
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Fabulous FajitasTaste of Home

Fabulous Fajitas


I've enjoyed cooking since I was a girl growing up in the Southwest. When friends call to ask me for new recipes to try, I suggest these flavorful fajitas. It's wonderful to put the beef in the slow cooker before church and come home to a hot delicious main dish. —Janie Reitz, Rochester, Minnesota
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Wintertime Braised Beef StewTaste of Home

Wintertime Braised Beef Stew


This easy beef stew is incredibly rich. Since it's even better a day or two later, you may want to make a double batch. —Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California
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Zesty Grilled ChopsTaste of Home

Zesty Grilled Chops


These pork chops make a quick company dish. Our family enjoys them on the grill, as the summer weather in our part of the country is hot and muggy. In the wintertime, they're wonderful prepared in the broiler. —Blanche Babinski, Minto, North Dakota
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Stuffed Vegetarian ShellsTaste of Home

Stuffed Vegetarian Shells


When my aunt first told me about these shells, they sounded like a lot of work—but the recipe whips up in no time. Sometimes I add a little cooked bacon to the ricotta filling. —Amelia Hopkin, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Summer Garden Fish TacosTaste of Home

Summer Garden Fish Tacos


I like to serve fish tacos with quinoa and black beans for a complete and satisfying meal. If you’ve got them, add colorful summer toppings like bright peppers, green onions or purple carrots. —Camille Parker, Chicago, Illinois
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Chipotle-Lime Chicken ThighsTaste of Home

Chipotle-Lime Chicken Thighs


After plates are scraped clean, this stellar meal keeps on giving. Use the chicken bones to make your own stock, and freeze the remaining chipotle peppers and sauce for a smoky Sunday chili. — Nancy Brown, Dahinda, Illinois
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Egg Roll Noodle BowlTaste of Home

Egg Roll Noodle Bowl


We love Asian egg rolls, but they can be challenging to make. Simplify everything with this deconstructed egg roll made on the stovetop and served in a bowl. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Spicy Lemon Chicken KabobsTaste of Home

Spicy Lemon Chicken Kabobs


When I see Meyer lemons in the store, it must be spring. I like using them for these easy chicken kabobs, but regular grilled lemons still add the signature smoky tang. —Terri Crandall, Gardnerville, Nevada
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Andouille Sausage SoupTaste of Home

Andouille Sausage Soup


I make a soup every football Sunday. I came up with this recipe because I wanted to use lots of vegetables to keep it healthy, but wanted it to be interesting. My wife suggested adding the andouille and now it's one of my favorite andouille sausage recipes. —Steven Thurner, Janesville, Wisconsin
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Sesame Chicken Veggie WrapsTaste of Home

Sesame Chicken Veggie Wraps


I'm always on the lookout for fast, nutritious recipes that will appeal to my three little kids. They happen to love edamame, so this is a smart choice for those on-the-go days. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Chicken Florentine MeatballsTaste of Home

Chicken Florentine Meatballs


Served over squash and a chunky, mushroom-tomato sauce, these tender meatballs are tops when it comes to great flavor. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
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Golden Butternut Squash SoupTaste of Home

Golden Butternut Squash Soup


I created this soup for my vegan relatives for Christmas Eve, but everyone ended up loving it, too! It's so creamy and delicious. —Susan Sabia, Windsor, California
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Slow-Cooked Caribbean Pot RoastTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Caribbean Pot Roast


This dish is definitely a year-round recipe. Sweet potatoes, orange zest and baking cocoa are my surprise ingredients. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
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Garden Chicken CacciatoreTaste of Home

Garden Chicken Cacciatore


Here’s the perfect Italian meal to serve company. While simmering, it frees you up to visit with your guests and always receives rave reviews! I like to serve it with hot cooked pasta, a tossed salad and a dry red wine. Mangia! —Martha Schirmacher, Sterling Heights, Michigan
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Easy Crab CakesTaste of Home

Easy Crab Cakes


Ready-to-go crabmeat makes these delicate patties easier than other crab cake recipes. You can also form the crab mixture into four thick patties instead of eight crab cakes. —Charlene Spelock, Apollo, Pennsylvania
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Beefy Mushroom SoupTaste of Home

Beefy Mushroom Soup


This is a tasty way to use leftover roast or steak and get a delicious supper on the table in about a half hour. The warm, rich taste of this mushroom soup is sure to please. —Ginger Ellsworth of Caldwell, Idaho
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Cod DelightTaste of Home

Cod Delight


I used to make this in the oven, but then I discovered that microwave lets me enjoy it even faster. It's a pretty dish to serve company. In fact, many of my friends and family now cook this at home. —Nancy Daugherty, Cortland, Ohio
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Baked Chicken and MushroomsTaste of Home

Baked Chicken and Mushrooms


I made up this dish years ago, and it still remains the family's favorite healthy baked chicken recipes. It's a fast weeknight meal, but the fresh mushrooms and sherry make it special enough for a weekend dinner party. —Lise Prestine of South Bend, Indiana
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Contest-Winning Mushroom Pot RoastTaste of Home

Contest-Winning Mushroom Pot Roast


Wow! The wine-warmed flavors in this recipe are amazing! Packed with wholesome veggies and tender beef, this is one company-special dish all ages will like. Serve with mashed potatoes to enjoy every last drop of the rich, beefy gravy. —Angie Stewart, Topeka, Kansas
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Hearty Beef Barley SoupTaste of Home

Hearty Beef Barley Soup


My entire family just loves this delicious and comforting soup. Loaded with chunks of tender beef, the rich broth also includes plenty of fresh mushrooms, sliced carrots and quick-cooking barley. —Barbara Beattie, Glen Allen, Virginia
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Chicken & Spanish Cauliflower "Rice"Taste of Home

Chicken & Spanish Cauliflower "Rice"


I learned about the paleo diet from some friends who now have tons of energy and are super fit. Since then, I’ve changed my eating habits, too. Everyone from my dad to my little nephew loves this chicken in Spanish cauliflower rice. —Megan Schmoldt, Westminster, Colorado
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Curried Chicken Meatball WrapsTaste of Home

Curried Chicken Meatball Wraps


My strategy to get picky kids to eat healthy: Letting everyone assemble their dinner at the table. We love these easy meatball wraps, topped with crunchy veggies and peanuts, sweet raisins, and a creamy dollop of yogurt. —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia
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Italian Cabbage SoupTaste of Home

Italian Cabbage Soup


After doing yardwork on a windy day, we love to come in for a light but hearty soup like this one. It's brimming with cabbage, veggies and white beans. Pass the oven-warmed bread! —Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa
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Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin ChiliTaste of Home

Black Bean 'n' Pumpkin Chili


My family is crazy about this slow cooker chili because it uses ingredients you don't usually find in chili. Believe it or not, I discovered that pumpkin is what makes the dish so special. Cook up a big batch and freeze some for later; it tastes even better reheated. —Deborah Vliet, Holland, Michigan
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Mustard Turkey CutletsTaste of Home

Mustard Turkey Cutlets


Grilled turkey cutlets are treated with a slightly sweet sauce that mustard-lovers will thoroughly enjoy. This recipe feels fancy, but it’s ideal for a weeknight. —Deborah Williams, Peoria, Arizona

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