Better Homes & Gardens August 2009 Recipes

Classic Bread and Butter Pickles
Check out our latest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens magazine: 30-minute dinners, Scott Peacock's pickle recipe, new healthful meal ideas, and more.

Fresh Melon Quenchers

Pureed fruit blended with ice and sparkling water makes a refreshing summer drink. A spoonful of yogurt adds creaminess, while a skewer of fresh fruit makes a pretty garnish.

Lamb Chops with Barley Salad and Tomato Dressing

This supercharged main-dish salad mixes high-fiber barley with vitamin-packed greens, red sweet pepper, and cucumber. Tomato vinaigrette adds delicious flavor.

Chimichurri-Stuffed Pork Loin

Chopped parsley and cilantro rolled into this lean, boneless pork loin provides bold flavor without salt. Pineapple contributes vitamin C, while corn adds A.

Vegetable Bowls with Lime-Yogurt Dressing

This crunchy main course salad features sweet potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, black beans, and a zippy lime-yogurt dressing. Serve it in an edible bowl of crisp, fresh savoy cabbage.

Creamy Lemon-Dill Tuna Salad

This no-cook, healthful salad has a good supply of protein, fiber, and vitamin C. Convenient ingredients such as canned tuna and chickpeas make it quick to fix.

Chilled Cucumber-Chickpea Soup

This main-course soup is so thick and rich it seems loaded with cream. But instead of high-fat dairy, a handful of ice cubes is blended in before serving -- thickening the mix of chopped shrimp, chickpeas, and spices.

Spiced Beef Kabobs with Mashed Carrots

Discover how bold flavor can make up for pared-down portion size (20 percent!). These beef skewers are marinated in red pepper, soy, and brown sugar.

Plum-Berry Whole Wheat Tarts

Plums and blackberries bake together in a sturdy yet tender crust that uses half the butter of a conventional recipe. Goat cheese crumbled on top adds tangy richness as it melts.

Steak and Herb Tacos

A spicy rub for the beef gives this authentic taco-stand-style taco its Southwest flavor.

Chicken-Vegetable Tacos

Fill whole-wheat tortillas with fresh veggies from the garden, chicken, fingerling potatoes, and green salsa for a satisfying supper.

Pork-Wasabi Tacos

At taco stands around the U.S., cooks are adding Asian flavors to their creations. Get in on the trend with this easy taco recipe.

Catfish and Slaw Tacos

This quick taco recipe features a spicy homemade coleslaw and cornmeal-crusted catfish.

Fresh Corn and Chicken Chowder

Filled with fresh, seasonal produce, this chowder recipe is warm-weather comfort food at its finest.

Grilled Veg Sandwiches

For a simple sandwich supper, layer grilled veggies, fresh mint, and tangy feta cheese on a hearty ciabatta roll.

Shrimp Fritters with Romaine

A punchy honey-lime dressing adds pizzazz to this 30-minute shrimp dish.

Turkey-Mango Quesadillas

Mango salsa and smoky Gouda cheese put a fresh spin on this Mexican-inspired favorite.

Chili-Peanut Pork Chops with Carrot-Cucumber Salad

An irresistible weeknight favorite, this flavorful pork dish is ready in 20 minutes.

Raspberry-Pear Sorbet

For a refreshing summer dessert, try this pear liqueur-laced sorbet recipe.

Vegetable Flatbreads with Goat Cheese

For a quick, healthful dinner, top toasted flatbread with a mixture of broiled vegetables, tangy green olives, and creamy goat cheese.

Veggie-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms are filled with summer vegetables, toasted breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese.

Bananas Foster Gelato

We've put a summer spin on a time-honored dessert recipe. Serve it with fresh banana slices and warm caramel sauce.

Classic Bread and Butter Pickles

Scott Peacock's recipe makes pickles that are crisp, mildly sweet, and deliciously sour. Make it your own by adding your favorite combination of garlic, chiles, or extra spices.

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