Quick Dinner Recipes

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Cajun Beef & Rice

Cajun Beef & Rice

Cajun Beef & Rice

Dirty Rice from a restaurant or box can have a lot of sodium and fat. Here’s a hearty, healthy way to trim it. Raquel Haggard, Edmond, Oklahoma

Cajun Shrimp Skillet

Cajun Shrimp Skillet

Cajun Shrimp Skillet

There’s plenty of sauce with these shrimp—I always have some bread on the side to soak it up. Make it your own by using your favorite amber beer or flavorful broth.—Mark Oppe, North Pole, Alaska

Coconut-Ginger Chickpeas & Tomatoes

Coconut-Ginger Chickpeas & Tomatoes

Coconut-Ginger Chickpeas & Tomatoes

This is my go-to quick dish. When you add tomatoes, you can also toss in some chopped green peppers (jalapenos, if you like heat) to make it even more colorful. —Mala Udayamurthy, San Jose, California

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Spicy Shrimp Fettuccine

Spicy Shrimp Fettuccine

Spicy Shrimp Fettuccine

This dressed-up seafood entree from Judy Farrar makes a tasty impression on family and friends. "Nicely spiced shrimp, tomatoes and spinach top off the saucy fettuccine," she notes from Richmond, Virginia. "It's great with crusty bread and a salad,"

Seafood Stew

Seafood Stew

Seafood Stew

Craving seafood? This nourishing stew from Janis Worley of Hudson, Ohio is a delicious way to baet the winter blahs. “I’ve yet to find anyone who hasn’t fallen in love with this dish,” says Janis.

Glazed Salmon with Brussels Sprouts

Glazed Salmon with Brussels Sprouts

Glazed Salmon with Brussels Sprouts

This meal goes on the table in under 30 minutes and proves that you can be fancy and fuss-free at the same time! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Shrimp Penne with Garlic Sauce for Two

Shrimp Penne with Garlic Sauce for Two

Shrimp Penne with Garlic Sauce for Two

“My friends and family request this all the time. It’s quick and smells so good.” Best of all, it's a breeze to downsize for two! Christy Martell - Round Hill, Virginia

Minty Peach Halibut

Minty Peach Halibut

Minty Peach Halibut

"I knew this golden entree was a winner when my mother-in-law -who owns every cookbook imaginable- asked for the recipe" relates Dawn Mayford of Granite City, Illinois. She flavors halibut steaks with a deliciously different sauce that combines fresh mint and peach preserves.

Lime-Cilantro Tilapia

Lime-Cilantro Tilapia

Lime-Cilantro Tilapia

I have so much fun serving this Mexican-inspired tilapia at summer parties. Finish it off with a side of rice and a salad loaded with sliced avocadoes and tomatoes. —Nadine Mesch, Mount Healthy, Ohio

Gorgonzola & Orange Chicken Tenders

Gorgonzola & Orange Chicken Tenders

Gorgonzola & Orange Chicken Tenders

My mom likes to make this for family gatherings, and we all like to eat it. Marmalade and Gorgonzola might sound like an unusual combo, but they actually make a great pair. —Yvette Gorman, Denver, PA

Chicken Soba Noodle Toss

Chicken Soba Noodle Toss

Chicken Soba Noodle Toss

This is one of my favorite meals for busy weeknights. You can perp all the ingredients the day before and then put the dish together just before dinner. —Elizabeth Brown, Lowell, Massachusetts

Cajun Pecan Catfish

Cajun Pecan Catfish

Cajun Pecan Catfish

This is one of our favorite recipes. It's quick, easy and delicious. Just serve with a side salad, biscuits and mixed fruit for dessert. We like it a lot for Christmas Eve. —Jan Wilkins, Blytheville, Arkansas

Herbed Chicken Strips

Herbed Chicken Strips

Herbed Chicken Strips

A mild mixture of herbs and spices adds delicious flavor to these chicken breasts. This doesn't take long to prepare, so it's a recipe I pull out of the file often. —Barbara Wall Yucaipa, California

Lime Chicken with Salsa Verde Sour Cream

Lime Chicken with Salsa Verde Sour Cream

Lime Chicken with Salsa Verde Sour Cream

Whenever I'm in a crunch, this recipe comes to the rescue. The verde sauce gives classic baked chicken a big pick-me-up. My friends keep asking to share it with them. —Ellen Fowler, Seattle, Washington

Apple Halibut Kabobs

Apple Halibut Kabobs

Apple Halibut Kabobs

At first, I was hesitant to try this recipe, but I'm very glad I did—the apple and halibut flavors complement one another so well. —Marilyn Rodriguez of Fairbanks, Alaska

Grapefruit Shrimp Salad

Grapefruit Shrimp Salad

Grapefruit Shrimp Salad

Joanne Beaupre combines orange juice, red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard in the tangy dressing that perks up her seafood salad. "I had tried a similar salad at a restaurant," she writes from Manchester, Connecticut. "I adapted this version for a fun lunch to take to work. It always gets comments."

Spicy Scallop Fettuccine

Spicy Scallop Fettuccine

Spicy Scallop Fettuccine

This attractive savory stir-fry from Dot Christiansen of Bettendorf, Iowa stars succulent, quick-cooking scallops. "It may seem that timing is everything when you first try this recipe, but you'll soon realize you can pretty much just throw it together," she hints. "It's well worth it!"
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