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?

Marinated Orange Slices

These delicate honey-sweetened oranges can be served either as a dessert or an appetizer.

From Diabetic Living

Marinated Orange Slices

Yogurt-Fruit Parfaits

Any seasonal fruit would taste like a treat in these colorful yogurt parfaits.

From Diabetic Living

Yogurt-Fruit Parfaits

No-Bake Apricot-Almond Balls

These energy bites are a nutritionally balanced snack that tastes like dessert, thanks to peanut butter, nuts and a chocolate drizzle. Make this recipe your own by substituting any dried fruit in for the apricots.

From Diabetic Living

No-Bake Apricot-Almond Balls

Mini Pizza for One

Let your imagination run wild with the pizza toppings! Each snacker can customize his or her own creation with vegetables, meats and cheeses.

From Diabetic Living

Mini Pizza for One

Veggie-Topped Rye Crisps

From Diabetic Living

Veggie-Topped Rye Crisps

Jiggly Fruit Blocks

Why opt for pre-made gelatin cups packed with artificial ingredients when it's so simple to make your own with any fruit and juice? Snack time just got sweeter!

From Diabetic Living

Jiggly Fruit Blocks

Basil-Tomato Chicken Skillet

Quick cooking chicken tenderloins and packaged spinach make this dinner recipe come together in just 25 minutes.

From Diabetic Living

Basil-Tomato Chicken Skillet

Tarragon Chicken Linguine

This quick recipe features chicken, broccoli and pasta all topped in a light sauce. It's a complete healthy meal in just 25 minutes.

From Diabetic Living

Tarragon Chicken Linguine

Tomatoey Shrimp and Polenta

From Diabetic Living

Tomatoey Shrimp and Polenta

Spicy Vegetable Fried Rice

From Diabetic Living

Spicy Vegetable Fried Rice

Curried Chicken with Cabbage, Apple, and Onion

The aromatic flavor of curry powder brings out the best in the chicken and the cabbage-and-apple slaw.

From Diabetic Living

Curried Chicken with Cabbage, Apple, and Onion

Garden Fresh Quinoa

From Diabetic Living

Garden Fresh Quinoa

Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

Tasty, good for you, and low in carbsthis wilted spinach salad fits that bill. Turkey bacon and reduced-fat feta cheese keep the fat and calories low, while spinach and roasted sweet peppers add vitamins A and C.

From Diabetic Living

Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

Organic Baby Lettuces and Quinoa Salad

If you don't have quinoa in your pantry, wheat berries or barley would also work well in this salad.

From Family Circle

Organic Baby Lettuces and Quinoa 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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian Fried Steak with Roasted Pepper Pesto

Chicken Parmigiana

Don't go to a restaurant for this classic Italian favorite. With just 30 minutes preparation time, this breaded chicken, cheese, tomatoes and herb dish can be on the table in less than an hour.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Parmigiana

Creamy Chicken & Pasta

Ready in just over 20 minutes, a rich Parmesan sauce with a hint of nutmeg coats chicken, penne pasta, and a colorful melange of vegetables.

From Family Circle

Creamy Chicken & Pasta

Pineapple Chicken

Try this quick and easy meal that features chicken thighs topped with pineapple. It's ready in under 30 minutes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pineapple Chicken

Swedish Meatballs

Stir baked meatballs into a rich cream sauce for this classic meatball recipe. Serve over noodles or with mashed potatoes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Swedish Meatballs

Avocado Basil Pasta

Cook the pasta then toss everything together for this fast dinner recipe.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Avocado Basil Pasta

Loaded Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Turn refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes into a company-special side dish by "loading" them with onion, mushrooms, and savory seasonings.

From Diabetic Living

Loaded Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Pea Pod and Carrot Stir-Fry

To keep prep time to a minimum, use bottled minced ginger and and garlic as well as purchased shredded carrots.

From Diabetic Living

Pea Pod and Carrot Stir-Fry

Pea Pod and Carrot Stir-Fry

Healthify your stir-fry with this two-vegetable mix. Toss with minced ginger, garlic, and reduced-sodium soy sauce for a delicious 15-minute meal.

From Midwest Living

Pea Pod and Carrot Stir-Fry

Garlicky Wilted Greens

Take your choice of kale or Swiss chard. Both are packed with vitamins, yet low in carbs, fat, and calories.

From Diabetic Living

Garlicky Wilted Greens

Crunchy Zucchini and Tomato

Light-texture Japanese bread crumbs, called panko, provide the crunch in the topping. Look for them at large supermarkets or specialty food stores.

From Diabetic Living

Crunchy Zucchini and Tomato

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