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Asian Pork Tenderloin Salad

Asian Pork Tenderloin Salad

Asian Pork Tenderloin Salad

A homemade marinade adds delicious flavor to the stir-fried pork in this main dish salad. The fast, fresh meal is easy to toss together with canned apricots and convenient salad kits. TIP: Look for the Asian crunch salad mix in the produce section near other bagged salad blends. If you can’t find it, pick up mixed greens, snow peas, shredded carrot, chow mein noodles and a bottle of sesame ginger or Asian-style salad dressing.

Barbara's Italian Wedding Soup

Barbara's Italian Wedding Soup

Barbara's Italian Wedding Soup

In a little Italian restaurant in Santa Cruz, my husband and I had an amazing soup with orzo. I tweaked it at home to make it healthier but kept the warm, comforting flavor. —Barbara Spitzer, Lodi, CA

Harvest Time Chicken with Couscous

Harvest Time Chicken with Couscous

Harvest Time Chicken with Couscous

Even on busy days, I can start this chicken in a slow cooker and still get to work on time. When I come home, I add spinach salad and crescent rolls. —Heidi Rudolph, Oregon, Illinois
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Grilled Potato Skins with Creamy Topping

Grilled Potato Skins with Creamy Topping

Grilled Potato Skins with Creamy Topping

The creamy topping on these potato skins is so delicious. These make an excellent summertime treat alongside your favorite grilled meat. They are especially good with barbecue ribs. If you're not grilling your meal, you can bake these appetizers in a 375° oven for 18-20 minutes. —Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho

Turkey with Lime Butter Sauce

Turkey with Lime Butter Sauce

Turkey with Lime Butter Sauce

When I’m in Florida, I buy Key limes for the butter sauce, but any fresh limes work just fine. If I'm using leftover turkey, I brown the meat a little so the sauce picks up the flavor. —Patricia Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Ham and Swiss Biscuits

Ham and Swiss Biscuits

Ham and Swiss Biscuits

"These can be made ahead and frozen. To heat them up, place on an ungreased baking sheet in a 375° oven for 6 to 10 minutes or until heated through. They go great with the soup and salad.” —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Italian Dressed Broccoli

Italian Dressed Broccoli

Italian Dressed Broccoli

Here's a tangy treatment for broccoli that the whole family will enjoy. It tastes terrific with Italian-themed meals, but would work equally well alongside almost any main dish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Basil BLTs

Basil BLTs

Basil BLTs

Everybody goes for the bacon in this impressive sandwich. If you’ve got a garden, harvest your fresh tomatoes and basil and pile them on. —Alisa Lewis, Veradale, Washington

White Bean Soup with Escarole

White Bean Soup with Escarole

White Bean Soup with Escarole

This winter warmer has become a favorite because it uses kitchen staples, it's packed with healthy ingredients and is a cinch to prepare. If I can't find escarole, I sub fresh spinach at the very end of cooking. —Gina Samokar, North Haven, Connecticut

Penne alla Vodka

Penne alla Vodka

Penne alla Vodka

This easy and impressive pasta is always on the menu when my husband and I have new friends over for dinner. Years later, they've asked me to make it again. —Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas

Fresh Grape Broccoli Salad

Fresh Grape Broccoli Salad

Fresh Grape Broccoli Salad

Field editor Lavonne Hartel of Williston, North Dakota chuckles as she relates, “Our nephew recently told me this salad is his favorite, but the first time he ate it at my house, he thought I was cleaning out the refrigerator!“

Tarragon Asparagus Salad

Tarragon Asparagus Salad

Tarragon Asparagus Salad

I love asparagus, and I love it even more when drizzled with my light, lemony vinaigrette dressing with a touch of tarragon. It's so perfect as a side for fresh spring meals. —Linda Lace, Winter Park, Florida

Italian Chicken Cordon Bleu

Italian Chicken Cordon Bleu

Italian Chicken Cordon Bleu

Streamline any weeknight with this pretty main dish full of pleasing flavors. Chop the pepper ahead and pick up sliced mushrooms, and you’ll have this microwaved in moments. —Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland

Grilled Firecracker Potato Salad

Grilled Firecracker Potato Salad

Grilled Firecracker Potato Salad

I can eat potato salad like crazy. A little spice is nice, so I use cayenne and paprika in this grilled salad that comes with its own fireworks. —Ashley Armstrong, Kingsland, Georgia

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One-Pot Meaty Spaghetti

One-Pot Meaty Spaghetti

One-Pot Meaty Spaghetti

I used to help my mom make this when I was growing up, and the recipe stuck. It was a beloved comfort food at college, and is now a weeknight staple for my fiance and me. —Kristin Michalenko, Seattle, Washington

Parmesan Chicken Bites

Parmesan Chicken Bites

Parmesan Chicken Bites

For tailgates and after-game parties, we dip these crisp, tender chicken bites in marinara, ranch dressing or barbecue sauce. They're all winning combinations. —Lynne Nevrivy, Malta, Montana

Double-Duty Applesauce Mini Muffins

Double-Duty Applesauce Mini Muffins

Double-Duty Applesauce Mini Muffins

Children reach with both hands for these buttery tender mini muffins. Cinnamon-spiced and made with applesauce, they’re easy to bake on a moment’s notice. —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York
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