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?

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

From Midwest Living

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Almond Lace Cookies

Paper-thin but intensely flavorful, these dainty lace cookies are a snap to make. Simply combine five ingredients, mix in sliced almonds, and bake.

From Family Circle

Almond Lace Cookies

German Chocolate Bar Cookies

Try this German favorite for your next party. The crunchy, chocolatey cookies feature Nabisco wafers, flaked coconut and chopped pecans and can be made in just 35 minutes.

From Family Circle

German Chocolate Bar Cookies

Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto

A zesty rub and spicy pesto topping adds pizzazz to simple grilled steak.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto

Tote-and-Slice Loaf Sandwich

Also called a hoagie or sub, these popular sandwiches can be sliced for entertaining and easily toted to a tailgate or picnic in the park.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Tote-and-Slice Loaf Sandwich

Garlic-Herbed Bread

Here's the classic recipe you enjoyed as a child, updated with fresh garlic, parsley, and kosher salt. Look for a plump baguette that is soft and easy to pull apart.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Garlic-Herbed Bread

Easy Chicken Jambalaya

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Easy Chicken Jambalaya

Chicken and Lemon-Broccoli Alfredo

Quick-cooking boneless skinless chicken breasts are a key ingredient for those times when you need a quick dinner recipe. Toss in broccoli and a light Alfredo pasta sauce for a saucy family-friendly dish.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken and Lemon-Broccoli Alfredo

Zucchini Salad

Thinly sliced zucchini forms the base of this low-carb salad that pairs well with any grilled meat or poultry. Serve when the ubiquitous summer vegetable is at its peak.

From Family Circle

Zucchini Salad

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Rice

This easy, low fat vegetable casserole may finally convince your kids that broccoli tastes good!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Rice

Chicken, Apple and Spinach Empanadas

Shredded chicken, apple, and spinach are joined by melted cheese and onion in these savory empanadas. Assembled in pre-made dough wrappers, they're a quick meal idea for on-the-go families.

From Family Circle

Chicken, Apple and Spinach Empanadas

Spaghetti Carbonara

From Family Circle

Spaghetti Carbonara

Pierogies with Meat Sauce

From Midwest Living

Pierogies with Meat Sauce

Peppered Salmon with Roasted Root Vegetables

From Midwest Living

Peppered Salmon with Roasted Root Vegetables

Dandy Shandy

Celebrate all things British. Choose your favorite stout beer and ginger beer to make this across-the-pond cocktail.

From Midwest Living

Dandy Shandy

Asian-Style Asparagus Slaw

This low-cal, low-salt side dish recipe is loaded with fresh veg.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asian-Style Asparagus Slaw

Chicken Linguine with Pesto Sauce

Combining pesto with Alfredo sauce makes a simple creamy sauce for pasta.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Linguine with Pesto Sauce

Barley Vegetable Soup

This soup recipe is a vegetarian lovers delight. It's full of vegetables, mushrooms, barley, and red beans--all slow cooked to perfection for those busy week nights.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Barley Vegetable Soup

Rosemary Chicken with Vegetables

Boneless chicken breasts are among the quickest-cooking cuts around. A few fresh touches, including a garlic-laced rosemary sauce, take this recipe well beyond the ordinary.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rosemary Chicken with Vegetables

Meatball Hoagies

Choose smaller 1/2-ounce meatballs when making these sandwiches to make them bite-size. This 30-minute meal is a hearty dinner treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Meatball Hoagies

Stroganoff-Style Beef with Broccoli

If sour cream or dill is not a family favorite, serve the sour cream mixture on the side rather than in the stroganoff. This quick pasta dish is ready in 30 minutes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Stroganoff-Style Beef with Broccoli

Ham and Cheese Calzones

Refrigerated pizza dough makes this ham and cheese dinner possible on busy weeknights.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Ham and Cheese Calzones

Easy Lemon Sugar Snaps

Need to make cookies fast? Try this recipe, which uses a lemon cake mix to save time.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Easy Lemon Sugar Snaps

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