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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Bloody Marys

From Better Homes and Gardens

Be adventurous and change the standard celery garnish in this brunch cocktail. Opt for green olives on toothpicks, small pickles, or even a strip of beef jerky.

Bloody Marys

Rainbow Rotini

From Parents

Multicolor pasta is mixed with chicken, beans, and vegetables to make this quick complete meal.

Rainbow Rotini

Sunrise Smoothies

From Diabetic Living

Start the day off deliciously with this easy-to-fix melon and yogurt drink for breakfast.

Sunrise Smoothies

Grilled Vegetables with Lemon-Herb Dressing

From Ladies' Home Journal

Grilled Vegetables with Lemon-Herb Dressing

Spice-Rubbed Steak

From Ladies' Home Journal

Spice-Rubbed Steak

Chicken with Skillet Gravy

From Better Homes and Gardens

Your family will think you spent all day preparing this simple breaded chicken and gravy main-dish recipe. For a fast side, round out the meal with packaged mashed potatoes.

Chicken with Skillet Gravy

Cream of Any-Vegetable Soup

From Midwest Living

Simmering for hours is so Sunday afternoon! On weeknights, whip up this easy and nutritious soup using whatever veggies you have on hand. The recipe is designed to serve two people but multiplies easily.

Cream of Any-Vegetable Soup

Sugar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

At Christmas try making this soft, lightly lemony cookie recipe and serve them with hot cocoa for dipping. Chill the dough at least 1 hour to ensure that it's easy to roll out and cut.

Sugar Cookies

Polenta and Beans

From Better Homes and Gardens

This vegetarian main dish receives it's Mexican flair from black beans, diced tomatoes, and salsa. Prepare this low-fat recipe in 30-minutes or less.

Polenta and Beans

Cheesy Polenta

From Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this thick, cornmeal side dish by itself, or spoon heated pasta sauce over individual servings. Sprinkle with extra Parmesan, if you like.

Cheesy Polenta

Polenta and Black Beans

From Better Homes and Gardens

This meatless meal is very satisfying because of the high-protein, high-fiber ingredients.

Polenta and Black Beans

Mediterranean Chicken and Polenta

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mediterranean Chicken and Polenta

Creamy Polenta with Portobello Mushroom Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

Looking for hearty main-dish vegetarian dishes? Serve this made-for-two recipe of meaty-flavor portobello mushrooms, mild yet tangy shredded Havarti cheese, and polenta.

Creamy Polenta with Portobello Mushroom Sauce

Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Swiss cheese adds a rich flavor to the creamy sauce in this homestyle chicken and noodle casserole recipe.

Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

This classic cookie is an updated version of the recipe that appeared in the 1941 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Skillet Tostadas with Beef

From Better Homes and Gardens

When your family craves a Mexican main dish, try these quick-and-easy skillet tostadas made with ground beef and nacho cheese soup.

Skillet Tostadas with Beef

Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Green Chile Pesto

Beef and Baby Spuds with Tomato-Olive Ragout

From Better Homes and Gardens

Beef and Baby Spuds with Tomato-Olive Ragout

Frizzled Eggs over Garlic Steak and Mushroom Hash

From Better Homes and Gardens

Frizzled Eggs over Garlic Steak and Mushroom Hash

Pan-Fried Garlic Steak and Potatoes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Topped with fresh oregano and tomatoes from the garden, this 30-minute steak dinner is fast even for a last-minute get-together.

Pan-Fried Garlic Steak and Potatoes

Pan-Fried Garlic Steak

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pan-Fried Garlic Steak

Spring Chicken Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

Planning a baby or wedding shower? Serve this traditional chicken salad recipe that tastes great on its own or between slices of your favorite bread.

Spring Chicken Salad

Poached Chicken Salad Stackup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Poached Chicken Salad Stackup

Cowboy Steak Tacos

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cowboy Steak Tacos

Corn Tortillas

From Better Homes and Gardens

The corn tortilla is considered the sandwich bread of Mexico.

Corn Tortillas

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