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Quick Dinner Recipes

Whether you're on the go or just want to spend less time in the kitchen, we've got you covered with these quick dinner recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less!

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When it’s springtime in the South, cabbage is plentiful and we use it. One of our favorite recipes is this combo of Asian slaw and barbecue chicken. Plus, it's easy to halve or double the servings as needed. —Paula Todora, Fort Worth, Texas
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Cilantro Shrimp & Rice

Cilantro Shrimp & Rice

Cilantro Shrimp & Rice

I created this one-dish meal for my picky son. It's become a go-to, even for him! Nibedita Das, Fort Worth, Texas

Pinto Bean Tostadas

Pinto Bean Tostadas

Pinto Bean Tostadas

Ready-to-go pinto beans and crispy corn tortillas prove how easy it is to make a healthy meal. Chili powder kicks up the fun, making this a popular pick for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

When I have some leftover veggies, I dress the salsa up a little with some diced green onions and bell peppers. If you like a spicier sauce, add cayenne pepper to the skillet. —Aysha Shurman, Ammon, Idaho

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Flank Steak with Couscous

Flank Steak with Couscous

Flank Steak with Couscous

It takes just minutes to broil this nicely seasoned flank steak that’s served with made-in-minutes couscous. Slicing the meat on an angle across the grain produces the most tender results. If you prefer, a pound of sirloin steak can be used instead of the flank steak in this recipe.

Simple Marinated Ribeyes

Simple Marinated Ribeyes

Simple Marinated Ribeyes

When spring comes to our house, out comes the grill! My husband does a great job cooking these steaks to perfection. They taste so terrific, we often have them once a week.—Sonja Kane, Wendell, North Carolina

Three-Cheese Florentine Burgers

Three-Cheese Florentine Burgers

Three-Cheese Florentine Burgers

We love cheese. It's an ingredient we always have in abundance. I came up with this recipe to showcase one of our favorite combinations: spinach and cheese! —Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska
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Batter-Up Walleye

Batter-Up Walleye

Batter-Up Walleye

Nothing is more rewarding than celebrating the day’s catch with friends when you share this fresh appetizer. Substitute your favorite fish! —Alesha Oster, Williston, North Dakota

Grapefruit-Gremolata Salmon

Grapefruit-Gremolata Salmon

Grapefruit-Gremolata Salmon

If you're looking for a simple fish dish, make this Italian-inspired recipe that combines salmon, broiled grapefruit and a fragrant gremolata. Halibut may be substituted for the salmon.—Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware

Curried Shrimp Salad

Curried Shrimp Salad

Curried Shrimp Salad

The recipe is easy to prepare and tastes great as a main dish. The water chestnuts and celery give it just enough crunch.

Seasoned Salmon Steaks

Seasoned Salmon Steaks

Seasoned Salmon Steaks

A flavorful basting sauce adds spark to these special salmon steaks sent in by Cary Winright of Medina, Texas. The moist firm fish broils to perfection in mere minutes.

Lemon Seafood Pasta

Lemon Seafood Pasta

Lemon Seafood Pasta

This recipe can also be made with fish fillets. Pairs well with Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay.

Chicken Sausage & Gnocchi Skillet

Chicken Sausage & Gnocchi Skillet

Chicken Sausage & Gnocchi Skillet

I had a bunch of fresh veggies and combined them with sausage, gnocchi and goat cheese when I needed a quick dinner. Mix and match your own ingredients for unique results. —Dahlia Abrams, Detroit, Michigan

Salmon Fettuccine

Salmon Fettuccine

Salmon Fettuccine

My husband, Chet, and I both love sport fishing—in fact, we even went fishing on our honeymoon! This tasty recipe is a favorite when we have leftover cooked salmon to use up. It's also great with canned salmon.—Lisa Royston, Wasilla, Alaska

French Dip Subs with Beer au Jus

French Dip Subs with Beer au Jus

French Dip Subs with Beer au Jus

These savory subs make a family-pleasing meal that comes together in no time. The tender roast beef goes great with the hearty beer dipping sauce and a garnish of banana peppers.—Susan Simons, McKenna, Washington

Peppery Philly Steaks

Peppery Philly Steaks

Peppery Philly Steaks

Since we love to cook and eat, my husband and I are always developing new recipes. This is one we especially enjoy when we have fresh peppers. Our home is a small mountain cabin that's 3 hours from town. We have no electricity or phone...and we cook about half the time on a wood stove. -Edie Fitch, Clifton, Arizona

Grilled Barbecued Salmon

Grilled Barbecued Salmon

Grilled Barbecued Salmon

For a beautiful blend of sweet and spicy, salmon is grilled and basted with barbecue sauce perked up by brown sugar and hints of chili, soy sauce and lime.—Country Woman Test Kitchen

Balsamic Chicken with Broccoli Couscous

Balsamic Chicken with Broccoli Couscous

Balsamic Chicken with Broccoli Couscous

This quick-fix recipe uses an ingenious shortcut: The broccoli cooks right along with the couscous. Just add a healthy vegetable side.
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