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?

Sweet Potato and Apricot Pancakes

Start the day with a serving of fruits and vegetables with this delicious pancake recipe. Let any leftovers cool, then freeze (in freezer bags) for a quick reheat on busy mornings.

From Parents

Sweet Potato and Apricot Pancakes

Caramelized Bananas

Enjoy a fruity dessert in just 15 minutes! Serve these caramelized bananas on their own or on top of a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

From Parents

Caramelized Bananas

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Impress guests with this three-ingredient holiday dessert. Make sure the white chocolate is almost set before adding the peppermints to ensure the candies don't melt.

From Parents

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Salty Sweet Bark

Dark or semi-sweet chocolate form the base of this dessert while pretzels and chocolate-covered raisins give it the perfect dash of salt.

From Parents

Salty Sweet Bark

S'mores Bark

Treat your guests to the flavors of this campfire favorite in the form of a delightful holiday bark.

From Parents

S'mores Bark

Cashew Caramel Bark

Enjoy or gift this easy salted caramel bark with cashews. Sprinkle on the salt when the chocolate is almost set to make sure the salt doesn't liquefy.

From Parents

Cashew Caramel Bark

Pineapple and Coconut Bark

Brighten your holiday dessert options with a tropical take on this classic. Toasted coconut and candied pineapple top smooth white chocolate to complete this easy recipe.

From Parents

Pineapple and Coconut Bark

Chocolate-Cherry Bark

In this simple bark recipe, dark chocolate is complemented perfectly by toffee, roasted almonds, and dried cherries or cranberries.

From Parents

Chocolate-Cherry Bark

Barbecue-Sauced Meatloaf

Meat loaf is a winter standard, but it's time to update your mother's classic recipe. Try spreading barbecue sauce on top for a little extra zing.

From Midwest Living

Barbecue-Sauced Meatloaf

Fish and Peppers

Poach fish and sweet peppers in a lemon-scented broth for a quick, healthy and satisfying supper.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fish and Peppers

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

Warm Chicken and New Potato Salad

Try this modern take on potato salad that has lean protein and vegetables included in the mix. Serve it up as a nutritious dinner option, or bring it to a potluck with friends.

From Diabetic Living

Warm Chicken and New Potato Salad

Pumpkin Pie Nog

This punch tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass. Serve in a hollowed-out gourd for a seasonal centerpiece for your holiday buffet.

From Family Circle

Pumpkin Pie Nog

Pumpkin Waffles

Protein powder isn't just for shakes. In this fall breakfast, it stands in for some of the flour, adding staying power to the gluten-free waffles.

From Diabetic Living

Pumpkin Waffles

Spaghetti Squash with Chili

Low in carbs, salt, and fat, this chili dish will fuel you up without weighing you down. Top it with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt for a creamy finish.

From Diabetic Living

Spaghetti Squash with Chili

Quick Skillet Lasagna

Talk about quick! Just cook the pasta, then prepare this family friendly lasagna in a skillet.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Quick Skillet Lasagna

Stamped Cookies

Make these personalized treats using crafts-store stamps (preferably ink-free ones) and share with your favorite Valentines.

From Parents

Stamped Cookies

Sugar Cookies

This dough is so easy to prep (only seven ingredients!) that you'll find yourself rolling out dough just for the fun of itóno matter the time of year.

From Parents

Sugar Cookies

Applesauce Raisin Cookies

Applesauce takes the place of some of the fat in these sweet, chewy cookies that are perfect for an afterschool snack or a healthy dessert.

From Parents

Applesauce Raisin Cookies

EatingWell Waffles

These healthy waffles are made from a blend of whole-wheat and regular flour plus nonfat buttermilk and canola oil. Top with fresh berries or sliced peaches and yogurt for a satisfying start to any day.

From EatingWell

EatingWell Waffles

Pork Chops with Pear & Ginger Sauce

In this quick saute, vinegar and sugar are caramelized in the skillet, forming a deep, richly flavored base for the sauce. Ginger adds a spicy note that plays against the mild pork and pear.

From EatingWell

Pork Chops with Pear & Ginger Sauce

Steamed Mussels in Tomato Broth

With fresh mussels increasingly available at supermarket fish counters, you can easily make this bistro favorite at home.

From EatingWell

Steamed Mussels in Tomato Broth

Turkey Fingers with Maple-Mustard Sauce

Popular with both children and adults, this crispy, low-fat version of a perennial favorite will disappear faster than you expect. For a fruity alternative, substitute apricot jam for the maple syrup in the sauce.

From EatingWell

Turkey Fingers with Maple-Mustard Sauce

Spiced Turkey with Avocado-Grapefruit Relish

This fresh-tasting citrus relish will perk up even the most jaded appetite, and it goes well with chicken, fish or pork. Serve it with a simple salad of Boston lettuce, scallions and cilantro and whole-wheat Couscous.

From EatingWell

Spiced Turkey with Avocado-Grapefruit Relish

Cucumber-Mint Raita

Tame the heat of curries with this cool sauce, or serve it on Curried Cashew Burgers.

From EatingWell

Cucumber-Mint Raita

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