Quick and Easy

There's definitely a place for multi-hour braises and slow-simmered soups, but sometimes you just need a quick and easy recipe to get dinner on the table. But fast doesn't have to mean skimping on flavor - sometimes it's just a matter of using time-cutting techniques and ingredients. (Simply buying meat and produce pre-cut will save you a huge chunk of time, for example.) There are hundreds of easy chicken recipes you can make in less than 30 minutes, as well as beef, pork, pasta, or whatever else your family likes. Making the most of tools like your microwave and slow cooker can also speed things up. Even if you've had a long day, it's worth a few minutes at the stove to avoid eating dinner out of a box, isn't it?

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Quick & Easy Dips and Spreads

You want to lay out an assortment of dips that provide familiar flavors without any fuss.These recipes require few ingredients, a big mixing bowl, and a spoon to make and are served with chips.

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

I always like to try and re-create the meals I've enjoyed on my travels, and this Spaghetti Carbonara not only brought back some wonderful memories of Italy, it was so quick and easy to prepare that my husband and I could spend less time in the kitchen and more time reminiscing. It uses only 5 ingredients, and it's ready in just 20 minutes. When Under the Tuscan Sun came out in movie theaters in 2003, I watched Diane Lane fall hopelessly in love with the picturesque countryside of Tuscany -- and I, too, fell hard.

Quick and Easy Dinner Before Thanksgiving

A quick and easy dinner the night before Thanksgiving? You bet. Any marathon runner can tell you that you shouldn't run a long distance prior to the big race. The same holds true for cooking: On the day before Thanksgiving, you should minimize your time in the kitchen. After all, you'll need to reserve your energy, too, for the cooking (and eating) marathon on the holiday itself. With that in mind, here are some quick and easy dinner recipes for your Thanksgiving eve. Each of them takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, and as an added bonus, manyread more

Swedish Meatballs: Quick and Easy Meals

We're big fans of the smorgasbord, the Swedish buffet-style meal where groaning plates of herring, cheeses, salads, sausages, and vegetables present a perfect Scandinavian feast. And no smorgasbord worth its salt would be without kottbullar (Swedish meatballs). They're hearty, meaty party food (small enough so that they're easy to eat while you're mingling), and, served with a side of buttery noodles (sprinkled with parsley) or mashed potatoes, they're a great entree for nights when you don't have time to fuss.

How to Make Quick and Easy Donuts

For a special breakfast treat learn how to make these quick and easy donuts. The chocolate frosting tops off these delicious donuts.

Quick and Easy Recipes Kids Will Love

Kids are creatures of habit. Until they're not. It can be hair-tearingly frustrating to serve up something they loved yesterday -- like pizza or burgers -- only to have them turn their noses up, literally, and pitch their flatware across the kitchen.

Quick and Easy Dinners for After Thanksgiving

No doubt two little words come to mind when you contemplate what to make for dinner on the day after Thanksgiving: quick and easy. What with all the baking, peeling, roasting, simmering, sauteing, and mashing that you've done in the past week, it's likely both you and your kitchen could use a break. But as sure as the sun will set, here comes dinnertime again.

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes: Skillet Pot Roast with Cherries

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes include this Skillet Pot Roast with Cherries that is hearty, healthy, and fast.

Quick and Easy Chicken, Broccoli & Brown Rice: 30-Minute Meal

A quick and easy skillet dinner -- every night. Wouldn't that be nice? But also impossible, you say. Not true, because this Quick and Easy Chicken, Broccoli & Brown Rice recipe is just what it says it is. And that means a fast weeknight meal when you don't have time to fuss but still want something healthy and delicious to put on the family table. And that bears repeating! By the way, this particular 30-minute main clocks in at only 25 minutes. Whatever will you do with those extra 5 minutes? Might we suggest -- nothing at all. Sometimesread more

Holiday Quick Breads and Cakes: Easy Does It

Fancy Christmas cakes are best left to professional bakers, except for those rare times when you feel like taking on a major project -- maybe a Cherry-and-Chocolate Buche de Noel or a Six-Layer Coconut Cake with passion fruit filling that takes almost 6 hours to make! Personally I go for fast-and-easy whenever I decide to bake. That means quick breads and loaf pan cakes -- always festive and perfect for entertaining or even gift-giving. What makes a quick bread quick? Quick breads and cakes are typically baked in loaf pans or bundt pans rather than in layers thatread more

Quick and Easy Meatless Chili: 30-Minute Meal

This recipe for Quick and Easy Meatless Chili is a busybody's dream. No, no, sorry. That came out wrong. A busy person's dream, which lets you get a fast weeknight on the table with no muss or fuss. The dish only has 5 ingredients total. And of those ingredients is water. If you can deal with the burden of cooking with water, then this easy dish is for you. We also love the directions. Or should we say "direction," since there is only ONE? It reads: "Combine all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heatread more

Fast & Fabulous: 7 Quick and Easy Dinners (with Pizzazz!)

Sometimes the hardest challenge at the end of a long day is coming up with something quick and easy for dinner. This task becomes especially tricky when you add a desire for variety; for many of us, busy weeknights mean even less time to be inventive in the kitchen. Before you give up and reach for your stack of take-out menus, give one of these quick-and-easy recipes a try.

What to Bake This Weekend: Quick and Easy Donuts!

Come Saturday morning, what kid wouldn't love to turn the kitchen into his or her very own donut shop? And while the recipe here was specifically developed with dads in mind, there's no reason mom can't get in on the action, too (though some relative peace and quiet while the rest of the family is busy in the kitchen doesn't sound bad, either ...) Of course, "quick and easy" here depends admittedly on your definition of "quick and easy." Then again, if you're looking for your donuts a.s.a.p., you can always run to Dunkin'. But then you'd miss outread more

Quick and Easy Beef Pizza: 30-Minute Meal

A pizza on a busy weeknight that's guaranteed to please? Guaranteed to please everybody, that is, including you, because it can put it together in a clock-breaking 28 minutes? Don't say "impossible," because this quick and easy beef pizza is, hey, possible -- and very delicious.

Casserole Tonight: 11 Flash-tastic Quick and Easy Casseroles

We'd like to offer our sincerest thanks to whoever invented casseroles. Whether inspired by creativity or necessity (or the desire to do as few dishes as possible), this enterprising cook's willingness to combine ingredients into an one-pot meal has truly been a gift to us all. We're not saying there should be a national casserole day (hey, come to think of it ...), but we do think the dish deserves recognition, and we're here to honor it by showcasing some of the best quick and easy casserole recipes. Casseroles can be a main or a side dish, they canread more

Holiday Hosting (in a Flash): Quick and Easy Appetizer Recipes

We've upped the ante on these quick and easy appetizer recipes: none of them take more than 15 minutes to make. That's right; in about the same time it takes to throw some cold cuts and cheese slices on a plate, you can make a colorful, Tex-Mex-inspired edamame bean dip or a warm tray full of individual pizzettes. Because if there's one big secret to making your entertaining look effortless it's, well, to make it almost effortless.

Minty Pasta Salad with Lamb: Quick, Easy, and Elegant

A recipe for pan-fried lamb rib chops with a minty arugula pasta salad. Perfect for Easter or any spring dinner.

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