Taste of Home Meal of the Day

Low-Cholesterol Pancakes

"When my husband and I developed high cholesterol, I found this wonderful way to convert our favorite pancake recipe," says Dorothy Anne Adams of Valier, Montana. "These pancakes are light, tender and slightly sweet."

Bacon 'n' Egg Bagels

Better than fast-food fare, these savory sandwiches with veggie cream cheese and zesty olives will have mouths watering in the morning. “For a change of pace, prepare them with other cream cheeses or speed things up by using precooked bacon warmed in the microwave,” advise Chris and Jenny Thackray of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Mom's Best Meat Loaf

This is no ordinary meat loaf - the recipe is so good it's been passed down in our family for three generations. The zesty seasoning gives the flavor a spark. I remember Mom's delicious meals. She loved to serve this meat loaf. -Linda Nilsen, Anoka, Minnesota

Crab Cake Sandwiches

"While it's in the oven, I prepare Crab Cake Sandwiches." Yvonne continues. She originally created the golden cakes to use up some leftover crab, but you can make them anytime by simply using convenient canned crab. "Alan loves them," she notes. "I've served them to family and friends, and they always ask for the recipe. "I've also used the crab mixture to stuff mushroom caps and bake them as an appetizer."

Rib Roast with Madeira Gravy

I discovered this recipe years ago, and it proved to be such a winner that I still enjoy serving it to family and friends during the holidays.

Dijon-Honey Pork Chops

You won't need salt to season when you serve these tasty chops. They're treated to a flavorful honey-orange-Dijon sauce in this quick entree from Shirley Goehring of Lodi, California.

Bacon-Wrapped Beef Filets

Beef fillets add a bit of elegance to a casual festive feast. Best of all, they are easy on the cook because they take mere minutes to prepare.

Chicken with Red Pepper Sauce

This lightly breaded, moist and tender chicken is cooked to perfection, topped with a Italian-seasoned, red pepper puree and sprinkled with a touch of feta cheese. Excellent!

Lime-Cilantro Turkey Hoagies

Need-for-speed meals aren’t a problem with this hearty turkey-and-cheese sandwich from our Test Kitchen. With a yummy homemade spread of cilantro and lime, it is ready in moments.

Chicken Chili Fettuccine

This pasta dish features ingredients mild enough for kids, but tasty enough for grown-ups. The dish also works well for company. Cindy Cohen of Alta Loma, California writes, “Not only is it tasty, it has nice and colorful presentation.”

Asian Beef and Noodles

Stir-fry recipes, like Asian Beef and Noodles from Laura Shull Stenberg in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, translate to one-dish family fare that’s long on flavor, but short on prep time, cost and cleanup. This light, colorful family favorite takes only five ingredients—all of which you’re likely to have on hand. Laura suggests serving with a dash of soy sauce and a side of pineapple slices. Or try ground turkey instead of beef!

Grilled Lime-Teriyaki Shrimp

“I make these seafood skewers often,” writes Karen Tyson from Clawson, Michigan. “We grill year-round. The side dishes may vary, but these shrimp are always a stellar main event!”

Cranberry Turkey

Entrees don't get much easier than this main course from Sharen Clark. "My husband and I enjoy the recipe for holiday meals," says the Sunnyside, Washington reader. "It's perfect for the two of us since it doesn't result in a lot of leftover turkey."

Spiced Ham Steak

"My husband loves ham, but I get bored cooking it the same old way," says Karla Foisy from Minneapolis, Minnesota. "I wanted something easy and tasty, so I came up with this zippy sauce that really perks up a plain ham steak."

Rice Balls with Meat Sauce

My mom's deep-fried rice balls, flavored with traditional Italian cheeses, make a hearty main dish. She serves them with her special spaghetti sauce - my favorite - featuring ground beef and artichoke hearts. -Concetta Maranto Skenfield, Bakersfield, California

Angler's Delight

Cayenne pepper, taco seasoning and cumin give this fried fish a colorful coating and fantastic southwestern flavor. The slightly crispy fillets are accented by a splash of lime. Prepare the recipe with haddock, cod or any firm fish you prefer.

Ragu Bolognese

“I cook my hearty entree, Ragu Bolognese, slowly, which creates a rich sauce that’s absolutely delicious. The veggies add fiber, and I use skim milk and turkey sausage to keep it lighter,” Mary Bilyeu writes from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The flavorful dish is great for family, but special enough for company.

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