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?

Tropical Panna Cotta Parfaits

The key ingredient to transform whole milk and low-fat buttermilk into panna cotta: gelatin. This fruity dessert looks żżżżż restaurant-worthy, but is a cinch to make.

From Fitness

Tropical Panna Cotta Parfaits

Chocolate Souffle Cakes

Don't worry: These light-as-air Chocolate Souffle Cakes are rich enough to satisfy in just one bite. But we won't blame you for having more!

From Fitness

Chocolate Souffle Cakes

Coconut Chicken and Waffles

Save time by using frozen whole-grain mini waffles, then save calories by baking the coconut-coated chicken pieces rather than frying for a figure-friendly soul food appetizer.

From Fitness

Coconut Chicken and Waffles

Curried Shrimp Cocktail

Perk up your appetizer platter with spicy roasted shrimp. In place of the traditional red cocktail sauce, serve with fruit chutney.

From Fitness

Curried Shrimp Cocktail

Cherry Phosphate Icebox Pie

Cherries and cherry-flavored gelatin make this Greek yogurt-based pie pretty in pink. If you can't find Amaretti cookies for the crust, substitute graham cracker crumbs.

From Midwest Living

Cherry Phosphate Icebox Pie

Soda Fountain Cupcakes

Cupcakes made from boxed cake mix get a cheerful, colorful makeover from gelatin poured over the cakes and swirled into the cream cheese frosting.

From Midwest Living

Soda Fountain Cupcakes

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

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

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

Chicken Meatloaf

A blend of mushrooms and onions keeps this lightened-up Chicken Meatloaf nice and moist. Serve with mashed potates or roasted vegetables.

From Family Circle

Chicken Meatloaf

Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding

Decadent ingredients like half-and-half, egg yolks and butter combine in this creamy, dreamy Vanilla Pudding. Spoon on top of a bowl of fresh berries for a romantic dessert.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding

Green Chili and Corn Dip

Serve this creamy corn and salsa slow cooker dip with tortilla chips or fresh vegetable sticks.

From Family Circle

Green Chili and Corn Dip

Smoky Weeknight Chili

Fire-roasted tomatoes, a heavy dose of chili powder and rich dark cocoa powder work magic to give this quick chili its all-day-on-the-stove flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Smoky Weeknight Chili

Crunchy Chicken Tenders with Cauliflower Mash

Oven-baked chicken tenderloins coated in cornmeal get as crispy as fried chicken strips. Serve with a side of garlic "mashed potatoes" that's lightened-up with low-calorie cauliflower.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crunchy Chicken Tenders with Cauliflower Mash

Peanut Sauced Veggies and Noodles

Asian-inspired dinner idea: Serve this colorful bowl of peanutty pasta with a side of beef or chicken satay.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut Sauced Veggies and Noodles

Sloppy Joe Tostadas with Yams and Black Beans

Instead of serving Sloppy Joes on buns, try the meat mixture as a topping on a crispy black bean tostada.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sloppy Joe Tostadas with Yams and Black Beans

Shrimp Fajita Grill Breads

Top a flatbread or tortilla with grilled shrimp and vegetables for a fresh and light twist on pizza.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Shrimp Fajita Grill Breads

Chicken Spinach and Pasta Salad

Pasta salad isn't always a creamy concoction. Here's proof you can try at your next picnic! A vibrant mix of spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken and penne is topped with a light balsamic dressing.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Spinach and Pasta Salad

Cal-Ital Roasted Veggie Melts

A smear of hummus acts as the "glue" for the colorful mix of roasted vegetables and tofu on these open-faced vegetarian sandwiches. Serve with a cup of soup and fresh fruit.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cal-Ital Roasted Veggie Melts

Asian Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs

Rather than basic beef meatballs and marinara sauce, take your taste buds on a trip with this unique chicken version. It's like Pho minus the broth!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asian Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs

Indian Scrambled Egg Bagels

A sprinkle of garam masala, an aromatic mix of warm spices, gives these scrambled eggs a taste of India. Serve in bite-sized pieces at your next brunch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Indian Scrambled Egg Bagels

Asparagus-Prosciutto Tartines with Basil-Pea Spread

Hop on the open-faced sandwich trend with this springy asparagus, pea and bean spread. Slightly salty prosciutto and crunchy country bread complement it perfectly.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asparagus-Prosciutto Tartines with Basil-Pea Spread

Chicken Veggie Pizza

A store-bought pizza crust and cooked chicken make this white sauce pizza possible in less than 30 minutes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Veggie Pizza

Egg Spinach and Bacon Chutney Tartines

Fry eggs in the drippings that remain in the pan after cooking up a few slices for the unique chutney. This egg recipe would be terrific for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Egg Spinach and Bacon Chutney Tartines

Avocado Melts with Arugula

Make a vegetarian sandwich super-satisfying by incorporating big flavors (jalapeno jelly, arugala) and rich textures (avocado, cheese).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Avocado Melts with Arugula

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