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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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Fajita in a Bowl

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Peggy Woodward
Pull out the skewers and take a stab at grilling peppers, onions and corn for an awesome steak salad that’s all summer and smoke. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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

Chicken in Sweet Pepper Sauce

Chicken in Sweet Pepper Sauce

Chicken in Sweet Pepper Sauce

"I learned to prepare this dish from a local chef before I was married, but I've varied it slightly," Jennifer Class of Kirkland, Washington shares. "Served with a green salad and rice or potatoes, it makes a simple but elegant meal for two."

Rosemary-Lemon Chicken Thighs

Rosemary-Lemon Chicken Thighs

Rosemary-Lemon Chicken Thighs

A cooking show inspired me to create this lemony chicken. Ask your butcher to remove the bones from chicken thighs but leave the skin intact. —Jennifer Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
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Grilled Pork Tenderloins

Grilled Pork Tenderloins

Grilled Pork Tenderloins

We do a lot of grilling during the summer months, and this recipe is one my entire family loves. —Betsy Carrington, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Chops with Corn Salsa

Chops with Corn Salsa

Chops with Corn Salsa

This easy recipe is popular with my family and friends. I like to serve it throughout the year.—Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

Hoisin Salmon Fillets

Hoisin Salmon Fillets

Hoisin Salmon Fillets

Fabulous Asian flavor in no time flat—this moist salmon is special enough for guests, easy enough for weekdays. “I usually serve this dish with steamed brown rice, broccoli and a fresh fruit salad.” —Jeri Farough, Perryville, Missouri

Skewered Shrimp & Vegetables

Skewered Shrimp & Vegetables

Skewered Shrimp & Vegetables

Serve these flavorful and colorful kabobs as an appetizer or as the main dish—either way, guests will love them!

Spicy Filet Mignon

Spicy Filet Mignon

Spicy Filet Mignon

I adapted this recipe from a seasoning I saw for blackened catfish. Because these steaks have a lot of kick, I make a more mellow side dish, like buttered potatoes or grilled fresh vegetables. —Vera Kobiako, Jupiter, Florida

Microwaved Orange Roughy

Microwaved Orange Roughy

Microwaved Orange Roughy

Onion and mustard complement Microwaved Orange Roughy, tender flaky fish fillets that cook oh, so quickly. “We’re eating more fish these days, and this recipe is one of our favorites,” shares Alice Keohane Feeney of Morristown, Pennsylvania.

Turkey Portobello Pasta

Turkey Portobello Pasta

Turkey Portobello Pasta

With portobellos and a host of seasoning, this turkey pasta dish is truly special. From Heather Fergeson of Idaho Springs, Colorado, it’s perfect for guests, but since it’s so quick, you can make it any night at all!



Mandarin Pork and Wild Rice

Mandarin Pork and Wild Rice

Mandarin Pork and Wild Rice

Mandarin oranges add a splash of color and citrus flavor to this tasty entree shared by Melanie Gable of Roseville, Michigan. With just a few minutes of prep, it’s a complete meal in a flash.

Super-Stuffed Mexican Potatoes

Super-Stuffed Mexican Potatoes

Super-Stuffed Mexican Potatoes

These taters are packed! Your whole family will enjoy this hearty stuffed potato. —Steve Westphal, Wind Lake, Wisconsin

Confetti Salmon Steaks

Confetti Salmon Steaks

Confetti Salmon Steaks

In Decatur, Alabama, Mary Kay Dixson relies on her microwave to cook this tender fish in a jiffy. With its sprinkling of bright peppers, the mildly seasoned dish makes a pretty entree for two.

Lemon Chicken Skewers

Lemon Chicken Skewers

Lemon Chicken Skewers

Says Margaret Wagner Allen of Abingdon, Virginia, "This easy-to-assemble recipe, with tender chunks of chicken and garden-fresh zucchini and cherry tomatoes, is always a hit when we have a party."

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Curry Shrimp

Curry Shrimp

Curry Shrimp

I created this Indian-style shrimp when we were entertaining some friends, one of our favorite things to do. It works on the stovetop or the grill. —Shana Conradt, Appleton, Wisconsin

One-Pot Meaty Spaghetti

One-Pot Meaty Spaghetti

One-Pot Meaty Spaghetti

I used to help my mom make this when I was growing up, and the recipe stuck. It was a beloved comfort food at college, and is now a weeknight staple for my fiance and me. —Kristin Michalenko, Seattle, Washington

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Rice Bowls

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Rice Bowls

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Rice Bowls

With three hungry boys in my house, dinners need to be quick, filling and it helps to get in some veggies, too. This one is a favorite because it's hearty and fun to tweak with different ingredients. mdash;Kim Van Dunk, Caldwell, NJ
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