Spiced just right, These bean-based tacos have plenty of South-of-the-border appeal. Lynn Hamilton of Naperville, Illinois livens up her black bean filling with diced tomatoes, green chilies and a variety of seasonings, then garnishes each taco with a slice of avocado.
Melonie Corbin's creamy homemade macaroni and cheese is quick to fix and costs only 58¢ a helping. "You can add tuna, leftover ham or other meat, and vegetables to make this into a main dish," she related from Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
One summer I worked at a health food store that sold sandwiches. We were close to a college campus, so I made lots of these fresh filled pitas for the students. Crunchy with crisp vegetables and nutty sunflower kernels, they're a fast-to-fix lunch when you're on the go.
-Linda Reeves, Cloverdale, Indiana
“Every year my sisters and I have a “Sister's Day” which includes a special lunch. This fast and easy pizza is one of our favorites. Served with a garden salad this makes a light and nutritious meal.”
-Deborah Prevost of Barnet, Vermont
What started as an appetizer is now one of my favorite Mediterranean meals. I make sure I always have the ingredients, so I can whip it up in a hot minute. I like to use fresh tomatoes instead of sun-dried ones when they're in season, and sometimes I throw in some chopped artichoke hearts, too. —Nikki Haddad, Germantown, Maryland
"When I need a quick and easy dinner, I make these satisfying pizzas that capture the flavor of Mexico," relates Katherine Jones, Renton, Washington. "Piled high with zesty ingredients, the tortillas are a snap to prepare and taste great."
Crisp-tender veggies and soy sauce are combined with linguine noodles in this colorful main dish. "I got this recipe from a radio program several years ago," recalls Sara Tatham of Plymouth, New Hampshire.