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?

All-Purpose Rib Rub

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All-Purpose Rib Rub

Zucchini-Tomato Cups

These delightful hot appetizers feature two types of cheese--blue cheese and Parmesan.

From Midwest Living

Zucchini-Tomato Cups

Tropical Berry Pops

This season's best berries bring a color palette of red, purple and blue to star in good-for-you desserts. They're light on calories and heavy on flavor.

From Midwest Living

Tropical Berry Pops

Tomato Pasta with Arugula and Parmesan

From Midwest Living

Tomato Pasta with Arugula and Parmesan

Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Cream

This 30-minute dinner turns fish fillets into tacos by putting them into tortillas and adding fresh toppers. Make it for a fun weeknight meal.

From Midwest Living

Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Strawberry and Mango Smoothies

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Strawberry and Mango Smoothies

Sparkling Berry Lemonade

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Sparkling Berry Lemonade

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Sundaes

In need of a fast yet festive dessert? Warm pineapple in butter and brown sugar, then spoon the softened fruit over crumbled pound cake and dulce de leche ice cream.

From Midwest Living

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Sundaes

Ice Cream Chocolate Shell

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Ice Cream Chocolate Shell

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

This five-ingredient beef and broccoli main-dish recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Bottled ginger salad dressing makes a simple and delicious sauce.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

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Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

Roasting asparagus brings out a slightly sweet flavor which pairs well with the classicly pungent notes of garlic. Try this for brunch alongside poached eggs, or as a dinner side with your favorite main dish meat or fish.

From Midwest Living

Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

Fresh-Fruit Ice Cream Sodas

Toss those artificial syrups! Puree berries, peaches or mangoes for a fresh and additive-free beverage-starter. Feel free to skip the ice cream to make a refreshing fruit soda.

From Midwest Living

Fresh-Fruit Ice Cream Sodas

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Fresh herbs and curry powder accent the dressing for this contemporary twist on classic tuna salad. Serve it in on whole grain bread.

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Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

Asparagus, potatoes and bacon are blended together for a delicious creamy soup. Garnish with more asparagus, bacon, parsley or lemon peel.

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Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

Butterscotch Brickle Pudding Pops

A few pantry staples make these homemade pudding pops a breeze to DIY. If you don't have freezer-pop molds, use paper cups and wooden sticks.

From Midwest Living

Butterscotch Brickle Pudding Pops

Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans

This easy summer salad pairs the textures and flavors of buttery, slightly sweet and crisp Boston lettuce with grilled warm peaches and crunchy nuts.

From Midwest Living

Boston Lettuce Stacks with Grilled Peaches, Feta and Pecans

Asian-Style Vinaigrette

Toss this light soy-ginger dressing with a bag of slaw mix and roasted peanuts for a nutritious side dish on stir-fry night. The recipe uses canola oil and sesame oil, which are both good choices as part of a balanced diet.

From Midwest Living

Asian-Style Vinaigrette

Southwestern Steak Roll-Ups

Flank steak, peppers, onions, and tomatoes spiked with chili powder simmer into a stew that tastes great wrapped in a warmed tortilla.

From Diabetic Living

Southwestern Steak Roll-Ups

Zesty Sloppy Joes

This version of the favorite ground beef sandwich is livened up with jalapeno peppers and chili power.

From Diabetic Living

Zesty Sloppy Joes

Spicy Steak and Beans

For this slow cooker recipe, the beef is flavored with a spicy tomato mixture. Beans and sweet peppers are added near the end of cooking to make a complete meal.

From Diabetic Living

Spicy Steak and Beans

So-Easy Pepper Steak

Vary the flavor of stewed tomatoes you use the next time you make this slow cooker recipe, and you'll have a whole new dinner.

From Diabetic Living

So-Easy Pepper Steak

Southwestern Shredded Beef Sandwiches

The beef and sauce mixture for this simple sandwich recipe is made in your slow cooker. When the meat is ready, just add buns and dinner is ready.

From Diabetic Living

Southwestern Shredded Beef Sandwiches

Shredded Pork Sandwiches

To save on carbohydrates, skip the bun in this easy pork sandwich recipe. To make this potluck-style dish suitable to diabetic food plans, mounds the slow-cooked pork shoulder with a spoonful of broccoli slaw.

From Diabetic Living

Shredded Pork Sandwiches

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