Popular Quick and Easy Recipes

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?

Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

Rich with vitamins and minerals, this savory side dish is packed with flavor, enhanced beautifully by the roasting process. Rosemary and garlic lend their aromatic essence, while a hearty blend of chickpeas, twin potatoes and carrots ensures that this vegetarian delight will satisfy. Rinse chickpeas well to remove excess salt.

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Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger with Red Onion and Spinach

Sharp and salty blue cheese, sweet red onion, and slightly bitter baby spinach lend balance and texture to the rich ground beef in these elegant yet satisfying burgers. When buying, look for baby spinach with dark, vibrant green leaves; avoid those that show signs of bruising or wilting.

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Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger with Red Onion and Spinach

Rosemary Bruschetta Stacks

Small sandwiches are always a hit on the appetizer table, and these quick and easy tomato-cheese melters are no exception. Another time, make these stacks with large slices of bread (rather than bruschetta) and serve the sandwiches for lunch or dinner.

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Rosemary Bruschetta Stacks

Rosemary Potato Soup with Crispy Carrots

This smooth potato soup with crunchy topping is a savory budget dish that has colorful flair; and all for just 64 cents per serving.

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Rosemary Potato Soup with Crispy Carrots

The Big Pig

Juicy ground pork gets a huge boost of flavor and texture in this enticing barbeque dish. A quick cabbage slaw adds crunch, while smoky ham lends its own distinctive overtones. Serve alongside grilled corn and a fresh green salad for a completely satisfying meal.

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The Big Pig

Watermelon Martinis

With a hint of citrus and plenty of grown-up kick, this refreshing twist on the martini is perfectly formulated for hot summer nights. When buying watermelon, look for those that are symmetrical, with no flattened sides. The rind should be dull, not shiny, and just barely yield to pressure.

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Watermelon Martinis

Sangria Peach Compote with Ice Cream

With hints of citrus, fresh herbs and white wine, this phenomenal dessert perfectly captures the essence of the classic Spanish beverage. When buying peaches, look for intensely fragrant fruit that gives slightly to palm pressure; avoid those with signs of greening.

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Sangria Peach Compote with Ice Cream

Blueberry Sunrise Smoothie

Packed with vitamins, minerals and even protein, this bright and refreshing smoothie is the perfect way to start any day. When buying blueberries, choose those that are firm, uniform in size and indigo blue with a silvery frost; discard any berries that are moldy or shriveled.

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Blueberry Sunrise Smoothie

Herbed Salmon

With a fragrant blend of herbs and bright lemon, this beautifully simple dish allows the naturally sweet-richness of salmon to sing. When buying fresh fish, pay close attention to the smell. Fresh salmon should smell slightly sweet, and a little salty, like clean sea-water. If it smells "fishy" at all, it has turned, and is not safe for consumption.

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Herbed Salmon

Herbed Salmon

Lemon and snipped fresh herbs garnish this easy-to-make salmon filet. Serve with rice or potatoes for a healthy meal in under 30 minutes.

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Herbed Salmon

Five-Spice Pork Kabobs

A beautifully complex glaze of Chinese five-spice, rich soy sauce, sweet brown sugar and tangy ketchup lends incredible Asian-inspired flavor to these perfect pork kabobs. It's a fast and easy dish you'll want to try again and again. Soaking wood or bamboo skewers in cold water for 20-30 minutes before use will help to ensure they do not burn on the grill.

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Five-Spice Pork Kabobs

Chilled Tomato Soup with Corn Bread Croutons

Bright tomatoes, refreshingly cool cucumber, and peppery green onions lend their incredible flavors to this phenomenal summer soup. Substitute fresh tomatoes for even more lively flavor. Choose firm, well-shaped tomatoes that are heavy for their size, with unblemished skins. The variety is not important, just be sure that they are noticeably fragrant, and richly colored.

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Chilled Tomato Soup with Corn Bread Croutons

Turkey, Pear and Cheese Salad

Lean turkey, crisp pears, and smoky provolone cheese are beautifully complemented by a sweet and tangy cider vinaigrette in this amazing arugula salad. When buying pears, look for fruit that is fragrant and free of blemishes; any variety will work wonderfully. Comice pears are especially sweet, while Bartletts have the strongest signature "pear" flavor.

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Turkey, Pear and Cheese Salad

Italian Fried Steak with Roasted Pepper Pesto

Roasted red peppers lend a phenomenal smoky-sweet flavor to this succulent fried steak. Sharp Romano cheese and peppery fresh basil add brightness and life, recreating the classic Italian flavors everybody loves. Serve alongside a fresh salad or overtop crisp, steamed green beans, dressed in olive oil and garlic.

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Italian Fried Steak with Roasted Pepper Pesto

Bacon and Egg Spaghetti

Don't skip cooking the eggs in the reserved bacon drippings. Not only does this simple step boost the flavor factor, it means there's one less pan to clean.

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Bacon and Egg Spaghetti

Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

Pick your own mix-in for these super-soft vanilla and brown sugar cookiesówe like walnuts or chocolate chips.

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Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

Santa Cake

Give a nod to Saint Nick with this berry-laden yellow cake. Strawberries form a hat, eyes, and nose, while candies and piped icing form other features.

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Santa Cake

Mix-and-Match Baked Chicken Fingers and Dipping Sauces

Make your own shake-n-bake breading for the chicken fingers, and take your pick of six different dipping sauces, like sweet and sour apricot or buffalo.

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Mix-and-Match Baked Chicken Fingers and Dipping Sauces

Cheesy Tilapia Panini with Apple-Carrot Slaw

Perfect for lunch at home or on the go, this cheesy tilapia panini packs a punch. Add a side of apple-carrot slaw for a healthy meal that's simple to make.

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Cheesy Tilapia Panini with Apple-Carrot Slaw

Ginger-Green Tea Waffles with Summer Peach Sauce

Ginger and green tea provide a zesty twist on traditional waffle batter. Serve with homemade peach sauce for a sweet seasonal breakfast.

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Ginger-Green Tea Waffles with Summer Peach Sauce

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Combine four simple ingredients to make these shortbread cookies, then add vanilla bean buttercream to make dainty sandwiches for tea time or holiday gatherings. Cookies can be frozen for up to three months.

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Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

No-Bake White Chocolate-Almond Butter Balls

Prep these no-bake treats in just 30 minutes. Made with almond butter, baking chocolate, and candy coating, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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No-Bake White Chocolate-Almond Butter Balls

Iced Walnut Shortbread Rounds

Iced with a cream cheese glaze and made with ground walnuts, these shortbread cookies are simple to make but big on flavor. Bonus: They can be frozen up to three months in advance.

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Iced Walnut Shortbread Rounds

Salted-Peanut Blossoms

A slice of creamy nougat bar tops these sweet and salty peanut butter cookies. From start to finish, they take just 35 minutes to make.

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Salted-Peanut Blossoms

Dulce de Leche Snappers

Make these unique Dulce de Leche cookies in less than 30 minutes. Press dough into pecans, walnuts, or almonds for a dessert that suits your taste.

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Dulce de Leche Snappers

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