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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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This started as a restaurant copycat dish at home. Cheese just oozes out of the center, and mustard lends a lot of flavor. —Joan Oakland, Troy, MT
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Quinoa-Stuffed Squash Boats

Quinoa-Stuffed Squash Boats

Quinoa-Stuffed Squash Boats

My colorful “boats” with quinoa, chickpeas and pumpkin seeds use delicata squash, a winter squash that’s cream-colored with green stripes. In a pinch, acorn squash will do. —Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dill Pickle Hamburger Pizza

Dill Pickle Hamburger Pizza

Dill Pickle Hamburger Pizza

My husband's favorite foods are pizza and cheeseburgers, so I combined the two in a pizza with mayo and dill pickle juice topping. People who try it start laughing because it's so good. —Angie Zimmerman, Eureka, Illinois

Warm Rice & Pintos Salad

Warm Rice & Pintos Salad

Warm Rice & Pintos Salad

During my undergrad years, my roommate taught me how to cook vegetarian dishes like brown rice with pintos. It's so versatile; you can turn it into a wrap or casserole. —Natalie Van Apeldoorn, Vancouver, BC

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Provolone-Stuffed Pork Chops with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Provolone-Stuffed Pork Chops with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Provolone-Stuffed Pork Chops with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Provolone cheese and a fresh tarragon vinaigrette give these stuffed pork chops the savory feel of dining in Provence. —Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia

Nutty Cheese Tortellini

Nutty Cheese Tortellini

Nutty Cheese Tortellini

“I like to plant Italian flat-leaf parsley in a long terra-cotta planter, so I have it on hand,” says Barb Kramer of Endwell, New York. “The Italian parsley really lends itself to this pasta dish.”

Flank Steak Burritos

Flank Steak Burritos

Flank Steak Burritos

Get your protein from these meaty burritos shared by Becky Baird of Salt Lake City, Utah. Black beans, avocado and steak slices team up are nicely seasoned with fresh cilantro, salsa and sour cream. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake Cty, Utah
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Penne alla Vodka

Penne alla Vodka

Penne alla Vodka

This easy and impressive pasta is always on the menu when my husband and I have new friends over for dinner. Years later, they've asked me to make it again. —Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas

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

Bow Ties with Sausage & Asparagus

Bow Ties with Sausage & Asparagus

Bow Ties with Sausage & Asparagus

We love asparagus, so I look for ways to go green. This veggie pasta comes together fast on hectic nights and makes wonderful leftovers. —Carol Suto, Liverpool, New York

Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

Phyllis Kernick of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania uses just a few ingredients to marinate these super-moist grilled chicken breasts.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

“This is so tasty, my husband insists it could be served in a restaurant,” promises Joan Hallford of North Richland Hills, Texas.

Coconut Curry Shrimp

Coconut Curry Shrimp

Coconut Curry Shrimp

Here’s a shrimp dish with sweet coconut milk, complemented by the spiciness of curry. Jasmine rice makes a fragrant bed for the sumptuous stir-fry.—Cindy Romberg, Mississauga, Ontario

Vegetable Shrimp Toss

Vegetable Shrimp Toss

Vegetable Shrimp Toss

"Whenever I cook too much spaghetti, I just pop it in the refrigerator," relates Sharyn Craig from El Cajon, California. "The next time I have leftover veggies, I combine them with the pasta, some sauteed shrimp and a little Parmesan cheese."



Pronto Chicken Fajitas

Pronto Chicken Fajitas

Pronto Chicken Fajitas

"My family loves Mexican food, and this is a quick way to enjoy it. It doesn’t require a lot of prep and only uses one pan, so you have plenty of time to relax." Get creative with these versatile fajitas. Try using last night’s leftover veggies or chicken for a brand-new meal. —Robin Poust, Stevensville, Maryland

Herbed Salmon Packets

Herbed Salmon Packets

Herbed Salmon Packets

“This is a fast and easy way to prepare healthy fish”, says Lois Kinneberg of Phoenix, Arizona. “You can experiment with different herbs and fish, and add matchstick vegetables to the packet.”

Fiesta Ribeye Steaks

Fiesta Ribeye Steaks

Fiesta Ribeye Steaks

"This is a great recipe for grilling out or for camping trips," notes Jodee Harding of Granville, Ohio. "Adapt it for indoors by cooking the steaks in a skillet and heating the tortillas in a warm oven."

Caribbean Rice 'n' Shrimp

Caribbean Rice 'n' Shrimp

Caribbean Rice 'n' Shrimp

This tasty meal-in-one is flavorful and hearty. The shrimp, asparagus and tomato combine to create a colorful and lightly spicy dish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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