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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Spicy Tilapia Rice Bowl

I love healthy living and tilapia is a staple in my kitchen. Fresh vegetables are always good but take more prep time, so I use boil-in-bag rice for a shortcut. —Rosalin Johnson, Tupelo, Mississippi
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Thai Pasta with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Thai Pasta with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Thai Pasta with Spicy Peanut Sauce

We love how the whole wheat pasta and crisp, raw vegetables blend with the rich and creamy peanut sauce. The addition of fresh lime juice really brightens the flavor of the dish. Some eat it hot, but my husband and I prefer to wait until it's closer to room temperature. —Donna McCallie, Lake Park, Florida

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

Spicy Hash Brown Waffles with Fried Eggs

Spicy Hash Brown Waffles with Fried Eggs

Spicy Hash Brown Waffles with Fried Eggs

Refrigerated hash brown potatoes help you make quick work of these crunchy waffles. Put out lots of toppings so everyone can design their own. —Nancy Judd, Alpine, Utah

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Texas Lemon Shrimp

Texas Lemon Shrimp

Texas Lemon Shrimp

This main dish adds spice to any meal. My family loves this simple yet elegant main dish.—Amy Parsons, League City, Texas

Indonesian Pork Tenderloin

Indonesian Pork Tenderloin

Indonesian Pork Tenderloin

From Houston, Texas, Margaret Haugh Heilman shares her favorite recipe for tangy grilled pork tenderloin. Marinated in soy sauce, lime juice, red pepper and ginger, the meat takes on plenty of flavor-and is special enough for company.

Oven-Fried Fish

Oven-Fried Fish

Oven-Fried Fish

When you're looking for a fast, flavorful meal, look no further than fish! Parmesan cheese and special seasonings add a bit of an Italian flair to these fillets. Not only is this recipe low in fat, it's delicious as well. So it's sure to please everyone in the family.
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Scallops Florentine

Scallops Florentine

Scallops Florentine

This elegant spinach-and-scallops dish created by our Test Kitchen makes a special entree for two. A pleasant Parmesan-garlic sauce complements the scallops in a scrumptious way.

Tomato Pizza

Tomato Pizza

Tomato Pizza

My children liked to eat pizza with a lot of toppings, so I developed this recipe. With fresh tomatoes available year-round here, we still make it often, even though the kids are grown. It's a delightful change from usual meat-topped pizza.

Mushroom Cheeseburgers

Mushroom Cheeseburgers

Mushroom Cheeseburgers

Instead of topping juicy cheeseburgers with sauteed mushrooms, include some savory 'shrooms in the meat mixture for a new twist! Folks will be pleasantly surprised with these deluxe sandwiches...bite after bite.

Dan's Peppery London Broil

Dan's Peppery London Broil

Dan's Peppery London Broil

I was bored making the usual London broil, so I got a little creative and sparked up the flavor with crushed red pepper, garlic and Worcestershire sauce.—Dan Wright, San Jose, California

Cheddar-Apple Turkey Salad

Cheddar-Apple Turkey Salad

Cheddar-Apple Turkey Salad

Whenever Luci Knepper of Salem, Ohio takes this colorful salad to a ladies luncheon, she gets compliments. "Even my son loves this...and he doesn't care for either cheese or sour cream. The apples add interest and a little crunch...and you can easily substitute cooked chicken for the turkey," she suggests.

Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches

Parmesan cheese and dill make this the most incredible chicken salad I’ve ever tasted. For the no-cook version, use canned chicken. These sandwiches are a simple entree to serve at parties, showers or picnics.—Jaclyn Bell, Logan, Utah

Glazed Beef Tournedos

Glazed Beef Tournedos

Glazed Beef Tournedos

“I found this wonderful, quick recipe in a book years ago,” recalls Janet Singleton in Bellevue, Ohio. “It’s been a favorite for special occasions ever since! I like to serve it with twice-baked potatoes and a spinach salad.”

Turkey Curry

Turkey Curry

Turkey Curry

You can make this zesty entree as spicy as you like by varying the amount of curry powder used.—Martha Balser, Cincinnati, Ohio

Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans

Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans

Penne with Tomatoes & White Beans

I learned how to make this dish from friends in Genoa, Italy, where they're known for creating tasty combinations of veggies, pasta and beans. You can sub feta cheese to give this a Greek twist. — Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Steak au Poivre for 2

Steak au Poivre for 2

Steak au Poivre for 2

With the punch of peppercorns and a smooth, beefy sauce, this steak is delicious. You'll love the hint of sweetness the bittersweet chocolate adds to the savory meat. —Crystal Bruns, Iliff, Colorado

Spinach Steak Pinwheels

Spinach Steak Pinwheels

Spinach Steak Pinwheels

Bacon and spinach bring plenty of flavor to these sirloin spirals from Helen Vail. "It's an easy dish to make and great to grill at a backyard cookout," relates the Glenside, Pennsylvania cook. "I get lots of compliments on it."
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