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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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Beef Breakfast Burrito

Ground Beef, peppers and onions are quickly sautéed and wrapped up with scrambled eggs. Serve with lime-cilantro cream and salsa.
Recipe Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff
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Almond-Crusted Chops with Cider Sauce

Almond-Crusted Chops with Cider Sauce

Almond-Crusted Chops with Cider Sauce

I use finely ground almonds to give pork chops a crunchy crust. The cider sauce makes them tangy, creamy and sweet. —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois

Crispy Shrimp Caesar Salad

Crispy Shrimp Caesar Salad

Crispy Shrimp Caesar Salad

My friend Jane and I have a favorite lunch spot that serves a fantastic salad on Wednesdays. I made my own version at home so I can share it with my family and eat it whenever I want. Save a lot of prep time and buy peeled, deveined shrimp and pre-washed lettuce. —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Pineapple-Dijon Pork Chops

Pineapple-Dijon Pork Chops

Pineapple-Dijon Pork Chops

I like to dress up pork chops with pineapple, peach or apricot preserves. Whenever I do, I always serve mashed sweet potatoes on the side. They make a perfect pair. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida

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Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

Spaghetti with Homemade Turkey Sausage

This speedy and hearty dish is quite tasty. You get the rich flavor by allowing the turkey and spices to blend overnight. Don't skip this step!—Shirley Goodson, West Allis, Wisconsin

Pesto Hamburgers

Pesto Hamburgers

Pesto Hamburgers

Purchase pre-shaped patties in the meat section of your local grocery store.

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
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Honey-Mustard Chicken Pasta

Honey-Mustard Chicken Pasta

Honey-Mustard Chicken Pasta

“In the six years that we have been married, my husband and I have lived in five countries on three continents,” writes Rebecca Lentz of Chattanooga, Tennessee. “This dish has proved to be a winner wherever in the world we have been.”

Reuben Deli Sandwiches

Reuben Deli Sandwiches

Reuben Deli Sandwiches

Here's a new twist on the classic Reuben sandwich. The filling is easy to prepare and keeps well in the fridge. Add a salad and dessert, and you have a delicious brunch.

Deli Beef Sandwiches with Horseradish Mayonnaise

Deli Beef Sandwiches with Horseradish Mayonnaise

Deli Beef Sandwiches with Horseradish Mayonnaise

Sweet cherry preserves balance bold horseradish in this hearty sandwich. What a delicious noontime treat! —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas

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.

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo

Seasonings and a splash of lime make this chicken something special, writes Carma Blosser from Livermore, Colorado. “It is also really tasty in salads and sandwiches and can also be prepared on an indoor grill.” TIP: MAKE EXTRA PIECES TO FREEZE IN INDIVIDUAL SERVINGS AND KEEP ON HAND FOR DROP-IN GUESTS, CARMA SUGGESTS.

Jalapeno Sausage Pizza

Jalapeno Sausage Pizza

Jalapeno Sausage Pizza

This zesty pizza is a quick way to bring some spice to the dinner table. The biscuit mix crust gets its zip from chopped jalapenos while taco seasoning perks up the tomato sauce. Sweet peppers , sausage, lettuce and tomato complete the Mexican main dish.

Flank Steak with Horseradish Sauce

Flank Steak with Horseradish Sauce

Flank Steak with Horseradish Sauce

An overnight marinade performs double duty, gently flavoring and tenderizing this lean cut of beef. It can be grilled to perfection in only minutes.

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

Cucumber Chicken Croissants

Cucumber Chicken Croissants

Cucumber Chicken Croissants

When my friends and I were new moms, we started organizing lunchtime play groups for our kids. Here's one of the recipes I made for them. It's their hands-down favorite. —Shannon Brown, Omaha, Nebraska

Shrimp Pizza

Shrimp Pizza

Shrimp Pizza

Our home economists lightened Susan LeBrun’s savory pizza to make it a bit healthier. Topped with fresh shrimp and melted cheese, the delicious main dish from the Sulphur, Louisiana cook makes a timely supper with a special touch.

Peanutty Pork Kabobs

Peanutty Pork Kabobs

Peanutty Pork Kabobs

Cubes of pork tenderloin and green pepper chunks get a spicy treatment from a combination of peanut butter, brown sugar, ginger and red pepper flakes. Reserving half of this mixture to use as a basting sauce adds an extra boost of flavor. -Ellen Koch, St. Martinville, Louisiana
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