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 <a href="/recipes/quick-easy/dinner/chicken/">easy chicken recipes</a> you can make in less than 30 minutes, as well as <a href="/recipes/quick-easy/dinner/beef/">beef</a>, <a href="/recipes/quick-easy/dinner/pork-chops/">pork</a>, <a href="/recipes/quick-easy/dinner/pasta/">pasta</a>, 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?

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Salsa Roll-Ups

From Philadelphia Cream Cheese

These cheesy bites pack a little heat to keep your smart eating plan interesting. Make it basic or take it to the next level with pizza flavors or a riff on a BLT.

Salsa Roll-Ups

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

From EatingWell

Our savory cauliflower puree makes a perfect low-carb stand-in for mashed potatoes. It gets its fabulous flavor from garlic, buttermilk and a touch of butter and, best of all, it has about one-quarter of the calories of typical mashed potatoes. If you like, vary it by adding shredded low-fat cheese or chopped fresh herbs.

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Mahimahi with Herbed White-Wine Sauce

From Food & Wine

In this easy, elegant dish, Marcia Kiesel looks to strongly flavored herbs, such as thyme and marjoram, because she likes them with meaty mahimahi. Along with white wine, she includes clam juice to add a briny edge.

Mahimahi with Herbed White-Wine Sauce

Kana Okada
Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

From Family Circle

These quick and easy treats will make a colorful addition to your holiday table. Wrap some up in cellophane and ribbon to sell at your next bake sale.

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

Garlic Confit

From Food & Wine

Although garlic is available year-round, fresh summer garlic has large cloves that are especially sweet and juicy. To preserve it, Grace Parisi simmers the cloves with dried red chiles and fresh thyme in olive oil under tender, then packs them in the oil. Mash the garlic confit in butter and spread it on bread or slip it under chicken skin before roasting.

Garlic Confit

Petrina Tinslay
Clams with Pork and Golden Garlic

From Food & Wine

Ground pork and clams are a common combination in Chinese recipes. Marcia Kiesel sautes the two quickly with slivers of garlic, then adds black-bean chile sauce (easy to find at supermarkets) to create a dish with deep, briny flavor and some heat.

Clams with Pork and Golden Garlic

Kana Okada
Shrimp Piccata

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon, garlic, and white wine characterize this exceptionally easy, but oh-so-elegant, entree.

Shrimp Piccata

Pepper-Steak Quesadillas

From Diabetic Living

Jicama, a bulbous root vegetable especially popular in Latin America, adds lots of crunch and a slightly nutty flavor to these easy-to-make fold-overs.

Pepper-Steak Quesadillas

Breakfast Pizza

From Better Homes and Gardens

A popular breakfast entree, your family will fall in love with this pizza recipe topped with bacon, eggs, ham, and cheese. If you like, try one of the snappy variations like shrimp or mushroom and artichoke.

Breakfast Pizza

Spicy Beef and Noodle Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

The Asian sweet chili sauce drizzled over seasoned beef and rice noodles makes a sweet and sassy salad recipe in less than 30 minutes.

Spicy Beef and Noodle Salad

Oven-Fried Chicken

From Food & Wine

Oven-Fried Chicken

Tina Rupp
Pina Colada Yogurt Parfait

From EatingWell

Take a trip to the tropics with our pina colada inspired parfait. It even makes a great breakfast when you need a sunny start to your day.

Pina Colada Yogurt Parfait

Italian Veggie Dunkers

From Better Homes and Gardens

Better make lots of these crispy-coated vegetables. Kids love dipping them in pizza sauce for a snack.

Italian Veggie Dunkers

Maryland Crab Cakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

This Maryland specialty, pan-fried patties of crab meat coated with bread crumbs and flavored with lively seasonings, is quick to make.

Maryland Crab Cakes

Asian Chicken and Rice

From Campbell's

The right combination of convenient ingredients like frozen vegetables, teriyaki seasoning mix and instant rice make this super-easy chicken stir-fry absolutely delicious.

Asian Chicken and Rice

Scallops and Artichokes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Scallops and frozen artichoke hearts pair up in this low-fat recipe. Serve over quick-cooking couscous for an elegant Mediterranean-inspired dish.

Scallops and Artichokes

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hot and savory, Serrano chiles lend their signature kick to these amazing vegetarian quesadillas, inspired by the flavors of classic fajitas. When buying bell peppers, choose that are firm, heavy for their size, and have shiny, vibrantly-colored skin.

Fajita-Style Quesadillas

Chicken with Honey-Orange Sauce

From EatingWell

Here we combine raisins, cinnamon, honey and almonds with orange juice, zest, wine and broth to make a rich, savory pan sauce for chicken. There's plenty of the gorgeous sauce, so be sure to serve whole-wheat egg noodles, couscous or rice on the side.

Chicken with Honey-Orange Sauce

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

From Old El Paso

Your family will dig into a hot-from-the-oven casserole that combines tasty taco ingredients in one dish.

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

Oriental Chicken Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

The pineapple-sesame dressing softens the uncooked ramen noodles to give the salad the right amount of crunch.

Oriental Chicken Salad

Bacon Grilled Cheese

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy smoked cheddar, crisp bacon, creamy avocado, and juicy tomato tops honey wheat bread.

Bacon Grilled Cheese

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken

From Better Homes and Gardens

Refrigerated egg product and fat-free milk makes this main dish a dinnertime headliner that's also ideal for the diabetic diet.

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken

Omelet Crepes

From Better Homes and Gardens

A ham and cheese omelet rolled in a crepe makes a filling breakfast. Perfect for brunch, too.

Omelet Crepes

Crab and Asparagus Casseroles

From Better Homes and Gardens

It takes just 30 minutes to make these saucy seafood casseroles.

Crab and Asparagus Casseroles

Kansas City Steak Soup

From Midwest Living

Canned tomatoes and frozen vegetables make this ground beef soup fast and easy to make. Serve it for dinner with corn bread or crackers.

Kansas City Steak Soup

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