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 <a href="/recipes/quick-easy/dinner/chicken/">easy chicken recipes</a> you can make in less than 30 minutes, as well as <a href="/recipes/quick-easy/dinner/beef/">beef</a>, <a href="/recipes/quick-easy/dinner/pork-chops/">pork</a>, <a href="/recipes/quick-easy/dinner/pasta/">pasta</a>, 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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Strawberry-Coconut Daiquiri

From EatingWell

You'll feel like you're on a tropical getaway with this refreshing strawberry-coconut cocktail. To keep it cool in warmer weather, freeze fresh berries for 30 minutes before blending. Variation: For a nonalcoholic version, omit the rum and add 1/2 cup additional strawberries.

Strawberry-Coconut Daiquiri

Squash Tea Bread

From EatingWell

Pureed winter squash, honey and sugar give this tea bread a round, rich sweetness. It's terrific warm with a little pat of butter for breakfast, snack or even dessert and of course afternoon tea, if you're so inclined.

Squash Tea Bread

Jerk Pork Loin

From EatingWell

"Jerk" isn't Jamaican for "as hot as you can stand it." Instead, a jerk paste should be a carefully blended, aromatic melange, as much nose tickle as tongue spike. Here we use that flavorful paste on grilled pork loin. Watch out for that hot chile pepper: wear rubber gloves to protect your skin and touch no one until you've washed up thoroughly. If you have time, marinate the pork the full 24 hours for the best flavor.

Jerk Pork Loin

Baja Butternut Squash Soup

From EatingWell

This silky-smooth butternut soup gets a hit of spice from chipotle, cloves and cumin. Adapted from Chef Jesus Gonzalez, Chef of La Cocina Que Canta at Rancho La Puerta.

Baja Butternut Squash Soup

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

From EatingWell

You can make your own tasty pita chips in a matter of minutes. Just cut pita bread into wedges (stale pitas work very well), brush them with a little olive oil and bake. Not only do homemade pita chips save you money, you'll also cut calories by 16 percent.

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

Greek Bison Burgers

From EatingWell

Feta and spinach not only add great flavor to these Greek-inspired burgers, but also provide moisture and texture to lean ground bison. The yogurt sauce is a perfect condiment, with much less fat than regular mayonnaise.

Greek Bison Burgers

French Onion Dip

From EatingWell

In our homemade version of French onion dip, we simmer chopped onions in broth and use reduced-fat sour cream and yogurt for the familiar rich and creamy flavor. All told, our version has 12 grams less fat and nearly 50 percent less sodium per serving than the original.

French Onion Dip

Creamy Spinach Dip

From EatingWell

Try this light spinach dip made healthier with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. It will save you a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving when compared to traditional versions. Serve it with pita chips and crunchy vegetables or spread it on a sandwich.

Creamy Spinach Dip

Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

From EatingWell

These tortilla chips are baked, not fried, and a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of chili powder add flavor without tons of calories. Plus with 5 grams less fat per serving than a packaged version, they deliver all the crunch without the guilt.

Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

Hawaiian Ginger-Chicken Stew

From EatingWell

This chicken stew has a bold ginger-flavored broth and provides a whole serving of dark leafy greens in each bowl. We tried it with frozen chopped mustard greens (available in large supermarkets) and it was even quicker to prepare and just as delicious. Serve with brown rice.

Hawaiian Ginger-Chicken Stew

Chile Con Queso

From EatingWell

Our healthier version of chile con queso will have ooey-gooey-cheese lovers celebrating. Now you can enjoy this Tex-Mex dip without all the fat and calories. We replaced some of the cheese with a low-fat white sauce and used sharp Cheddar plus a splash of beer to boost the flavor. Our version cuts the calories in half and reduces total fat and saturated fat by nearly 60 percent.

Chile Con Queso

Chicken with Honey-Orange Sauce

From EatingWell

Here we combine raisins, cinnamon, honey and almonds with orange juice, zest, wine and broth to make a rich, savory pan sauce for chicken. There's plenty of the gorgeous sauce, so be sure to serve whole-wheat egg noodles, couscous or rice on the side.

Chicken with Honey-Orange Sauce

Fresh Herb & Lemon Bulgur Pilaf

From EatingWell

This pilaf, made with nutty bulgur, gets plenty of bright flavor from fresh dill, mint, parsley, ginger and lemon.

Fresh Herb & Lemon Bulgur Pilaf

Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter for Two

From EatingWell

Lime juice, chili powder and pepitas give this salmon Mexican flair. Serve with wild rice and steamed vegetables.

Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter for Two

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic-Lemon Sauce

From EatingWell

Roasted asparagus is delicious drizzled with a sauce inspired by Caesar salad dressing. Low-fat mayonnaise makes the sauce creamy without a lot of extra calories or fat. Dress up the dish with chopped hard-boiled eggs or leave them out if you're in a hurry.

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic-Lemon Sauce

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

From EatingWell

These prosciutto-wrapped bundles of grilled asparagus are a delicious addition to a spring brunch or elegant dinner.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Asparagus with Curry Butter

From EatingWell

A touch of curry-infused butter dresses sauteed asparagus. This quick and delicious side dish would be just as welcome with a grilled cheese sandwich as it would with broiled salmon.

Asparagus with Curry Butter

Tuscan Spice Rub

From EatingWell

Take a trip to Italy with this Tuscan-inspired rub, aromatic with fennel, basil, garlic, rosemary and oregano. Try it on boneless, skinless chicken thighs, salmon steaks or lamb chops.

Tuscan Spice Rub

Southwestern Beef & Bean Burger Wraps

From EatingWell

Kids and adults alike will love these quick, zippy burgers. The beans make the burgers a little fragile, so be careful when taking them off the broiler pan. Make it a meal: Serve a green salad and frozen mango slices for dessert.

Southwestern Beef & Bean Burger Wraps

Oven-Barbecued Pork Chops

From EatingWell

Need a little summertime flavor? Try this swift recipe and enjoy a "barbecue" indoors. Make it a meal: Serve with coleslaw and cornbread.

Oven-Barbecued Pork Chops

Spanish Rub

From EatingWell

Two kinds of paprika, cilantro and lemon give Spanish flair to pork chops, tenderloin or shrimp.

Spanish Rub

Indian Spice Rub

From EatingWell

Curry, cumin, coriander, mint, turmeric and ginger make a delicious Indian-inspired rub for tofu, chicken breast or with sauteed potatoes.

Indian Spice Rub

Blueberry-Pecan Pancake Mix

From EatingWell

Say goodbye to frozen pancakes or box mixes: dried blueberries give this pancake mix rich blueberry flavor and the pecans liven up the texture with a bit of crunch.

Blueberry-Pecan Pancake Mix

Honey-Tahini Dressing

From EatingWell

Extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice are the backbone of this dressing, but it gets a unique toasty flavor from tahini.

Honey-Tahini Dressing

Thai Red Curry Mussels

From EatingWell

Watercress is prized in Asian cuisine for its peppery flavor and in this dish stands up to the sweet spiciness of the mussels in a coconut-laced red curry sauce. If you can find it in your market, use Thai basil for the garnish - it adds a unique sweet anise flavor that will make the dish taste all the more authentic.

Thai Red Curry Mussels

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