Barley-Stuffed Peppers These stuffed peppers use barley filling instead of Mom's old-fashioned hamburger stuffing, but they're just as comforting. For an eye-catching presentation, use two different colors of sweet peppers.
Vegetable Primavera Casserole Not your mother's potluck recipe: This mac 'n' cheesy update boasts veggies and a slimmed-down cream sauce.
Penne with Fennel Fresh fennel has a light licorice flavor, which mellows with cooking. When trimming the fennel bulbs, save some of the feathery leaves for garnish.
Warm Fajita Salad Using minimal cooking oil to stir-fry the meat and vegetables makes this easy meal-in-a-bowl healthful.
Mom's Meat Loaf We sneaked in extra-lean ground beef, fat-free milk, and a few extra veggies to Mom's old-fashioned recipe to reduce the fat and calories.
Pineapple-Teriyaki Beef Japanese teriyaki sauce is a natural partner for sweet Hawaiian pineapple. Use the leftover marinade to sauce the meat before serving.
Wasabi-Glazed Whitefish with Vegetable Slaw Though its presence in this recipe is subtle, fans of fiery wasabi -- the bright-green Japanese horseradish condiment -- will notice its head-clearing heat. Wasabi is found in powdered or paste form in Japanese markets or in larger supermarkets.
Cool-as-a-Cucumber Chicken Salad Arrange chicken, melon, cucumber, and zucchini on greens and drizzle with refreshing lime and mint dressing.
Maple-Glazed Chicken and Vegetables Add a little butter to maple syrup and -- presto -- you've created a terrific glaze for your oven dinner.
On-The-Fly Stir-Fry A combination of chicken, carrots, broccoli, peanuts, and fresh ginger make up this quick-to-fix stir-fry served over hot cooked noodles.
Pork with Fennel and Carrots This citrus-mustard marinated pork loin is roasted with a colorful combination of fennel and carrots, and then topped with a lovely thickened sauce, made from the reserved marinade.
Jamaican Pork with Melon Salsa Jamaican jerk seasoning gives grilled pork a delectable spicy-sweet flavor. Look for jerk in the seasoning section of large supermarkets. Another time, make this recipe substituting turkey tenderloins for the pork chops.