Better Homes & Gardens January 2008 Recipes

Apricot-Pistachio Oat Bars
Celebrate the start of 2008 with these delicious new dinners, from a modern twist on classic chicken and dumplings to wholesome ancho-grilled salmon.

Sage Chicken Dumpling Soup

Who doesn't have a soft spot for this favorite? Turned into a thick chicken soup with olives and mushrooms, it's a bit more modern than Grandma's dumpling recipe. Savory stovetop biscuits keep it classic.

Triple Tomato Soup

This chunky version of a time-honored comfort food is tasty and convenient. It combines pantry-ready tomatoes -- canned, dried, and paste -- with onions, celery, and parsley. Serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich.

White Chili

Fresh mango slices and lime juice give hearty pork-and-white-bean chili an expected twist.

Southwestern Noodle Bowl

With a delectable blend of flank steak, fiery salsa, red peppers, and angel hair pasta, this hearty dish is endlessly satisfying -- and ready and on the table in 30 minutes.

Skillet Beef Stew

Chase the winter chill away with this down-home favorite -- beef and vegetables served over simple-to-make mashed potatoes.

Winter Woods Chili

For a chili that's sure to satisfy the meat lovers in your family, try this recipe: It combines beef and bacon. Mix your classic cheddar topper with fresh oregano for a fresh twist.

Good Greens Soup

You won't feel an ounce of guilt when eating this warming soup. A vitamin-rich blend of kale, spinach, leeks, and zucchini is endlessly satisfying -- and only 90 calories per serving.

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Looking for a unique Super Bowl dish? Try this delicious soup -- it's rich and creamy, with all the crowd-pleasing flavors of spicy buffalo chicken wings. Save time by picking up a roasted chicken from your local deli.

Black-Eyed Peas

Fresh pork hocks make this black-eyed pea recipe hearty enough for your main course -- simply serve it over rice. Add heat with crushed red pepper.

Braised Greens

To get a head start on this side dish, blanch and refrigerate the greens for up to 24 hours ahead of time. Mix in the ham, garlic, jalapeno, and brown sugar just before serving.

Good-for-You Cabbage

How to spice up cabbage? Toss it with our delicious gravy made from coffee and molasses.

Crusty Corn Bread

This recipe mixes regular cornmeal and stone-ground cornmeal, creating a cornbread that's uniquely tender and firm at the same time.

Spicy Beef Noodle Bowl

Toss together beef, egg noodles, broccoli, onions, and bottled peanut sauce for a simple supper that's ready in just 20 minutes.

Ancho Glazed Salmon

Spice up simple salmon with a mix of cumin and ancho chili powder. Broiled potatoes coated with the same spice mixture complete the dish -- and it's all ready and on the table in 20 minutes.

Garlicky Peppers and Shrimp

Here's the perfect recipe for a last-minute dinner party: It takes just 20 minutes to make, and with colorful spinach, peppers, and plump shrimp, will dazzle your guests. Garlic adds a bit of kick.

Smoked Turkey Panini

Jazz up a plain old turkey sandwich by piling on spinach, walnuts, and mayo -- then grill it all together. The tasty treat takes just 20 minutes to make.

Mediterranean Veggie Dip

For a simple -- yet impressive -- homemade dip, blend yogurt cheese with roasted red sweet peppers, green onions, kalamata olives, and fresh herbs. Serve it with toasted pita bread, carrots, or cucumber spears.

Fruit and Nut Chocolate Sticks

Dark chocolate sticks are dipped in peanut butter and coated with dried fruit and nuts. For a crunchier treat, use pretzel sticks instead of the chocolate.

Apricot-Pistachio Oat Bars

For an easy afternoon snack, bake these delicious fruit-and-nut bars. They're heartier than your typical cookie and they can help prevent overindulging at dinner.

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