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?

Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad

The secret ingredient in this Indian-inspired chicken salad? A carton of pina colada or pineapple yogurt! It adds the same creaminess as mayo (for way fewer calories).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad

Tomato-Tortellini Soup

Just four pantry and refrigerator staples are required to make this quick and comforting Italian soup.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Tomato-Tortellini Soup

Lemon-Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado brings rich texture and flavors to this citrusy chicken salad. Toss the ingredients gently so the avocado stays cubed (rather than mashed).

From Midwest Living

Lemon-Avocado Chicken Salad

Mexican Chicken Salad

A pinch of taco seasoning takes this chicken salad south of the border. Wrap the finished mix in a tortilla or serve on top of crisp romaine lettuce.

From Midwest Living

Mexican Chicken Salad

Chicken Chutney Salad

Jarred mango chutney and raisins add sweetness to this lightened-up chicken salad recipe. Plain yogurt is the perfect skinny swap for mayonnaise!

From Midwest Living

Chicken Chutney Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Use crackers to scoop up this traditional Waldorf salad or serve inside a tortilla or lettuce wrap for a quick weekday lunch.

From Midwest Living

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

This unique Asian-flavored recipe combines chicken, cabbage and crunchy ramen noodles with a sweet-and-salty dressing.

From Midwest Living

Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

Rosy Red Salad with Chicken

Packaged roasted beets make this colorful chicken salad a quick dinner option. Serve this pretty recipe at your next summer brunch party or picnic.

From Midwest Living

Rosy Red Salad with Chicken

Broccoli Gravy Toasts

For a quick brunch, lunch or dinner, whip up this ham, broccoli and gravy topping, then serve on top of toasted bread or mashed potatoes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Broccoli Gravy Toasts

Tangy Broccoli Salad

Don't toss those broccoli stems. Shave them into "noodles" to add to this Asian salad.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Tangy Broccoli Salad

Turkey Nachos Supreme

Ground turkey and black beans add enough protein to make these nachos a meal!

From Family Circle

Turkey Nachos Supreme

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

A gourmet risotto dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes! The secret to the creamiest batch ever: never stop stirring.

From Midwest Living

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

Lemon Chia Fresca

Serve this bubbly and refreshing Mexican beverage the next time you make tacos, enchiladas or burritos.

From Parents

Lemon Chia Fresca

Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa and Ranch Taco Sauce

Fresh tomatillos and jicama add tartness and crunch to this done-in-minutes Mexican dinner.

From Midwest Living

Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa and Ranch Taco Sauce

Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowl

When you start with a rotisserie chicken, this Asian noodle bowl comes together quicker than a takeout delivery can arrive. Coconut milk and fish sauce impart authentic flavor.

From Midwest Living

Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowl

Better-For-You Baked Mac

No artificial cheese packets are required for this easy, cheesy macaroni casserole.

From Parents

Better-For-You Baked Mac

Double Chocolate Brownies

Personalize the love note on the top of these decadent brownies for a birthday, anniversary on any holiday celebration.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Double Chocolate Brownies

Salted Caramel Sauce

Drizzle this quick caramel sauce over apple pie, cakes or ice cream.

From Family Circle

Salted Caramel Sauce

Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows

Way easier than cookies! Simply dip marshmallows in melted chocolate, then decorate to fit the holiday or party theme.

From Family Circle

Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows

Scallops Fra Diavolo

Fra diavolo, Italian for "brother devil," is a spicy pasta sauce that pairs perfectly with seafood and pasta.

From Family Circle

Scallops Fra Diavolo

Apricot-Glazed Pork Chops and Potato Pancakes

Cover all of your nutrition bases with this pork (protein), latke (starchy side) and broccoli (vegetable) dinner.

From Family Circle

Apricot-Glazed Pork Chops and Potato Pancakes

Flank Steak Broccoli and Green Bean Stir-Fry

If you often order beef and broccoli at your favorite Chinese restaurant, this quick homemade version will become a new go-to dinner in your home.

From Family Circle

Flank Steak Broccoli and Green Bean Stir-Fry

Whipped Potatoes

There's a reason why mashed potatoes are served as a side with steak, chicken, pork and pretty much everything else. They're fast, creamy and totally crowd-pleasing.

From Family Circle

Whipped Potatoes

Peanut Butter Banana Shakes

Opt for non-frozen Greek yogurt with a lower sugar content and blend up a batch of this peanut butter beverage as a breakfast smoothie.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut Butter Banana Shakes

Fresh Mexican Salad Pizza

Customize this Mexican pizza with your favorite bean, salsa and any vegetables you have hanging out in your refrigerator.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh Mexican Salad Pizza

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