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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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Garlic Chicken Rigatoni

In New Mexico we adore big flavors from ingredients like garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Here’s a punchy chicken and mushroom pasta that’s a family standard. Judy Crawford, Deming, New Mexico
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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

Pesto Chicken Turnovers

Pesto Chicken Turnovers

Pesto Chicken Turnovers

When it comes to food, I'm all about anything in a pocket—pita bread, bierocks, empanadas and more. These Italian-inspired turnovers are great for dinner and even better the next day. For smaller ones, use a single crescent roll with a level tablespoon of filling.

West Coast Snappy Joes

West Coast Snappy Joes

West Coast Snappy Joes

Meet my California-inspired sloppy Joe. Load it up with whatever toppings you like, or pour the filling over noodles. It's incredible on mac and cheese. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

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Golden Catfish Fillets

Golden Catfish Fillets

Golden Catfish Fillets

This is my favorite way to prepare fresh fish. The fillets cook up moist with an irresistible crisp, golden coating. Whether your fish comes from a nearby lake or the grocery store, it makes a terrific summer meal. -Tammy Moore-Worthington, Artesia, New Mexico

Shrimp and Ham Alfredo

Shrimp and Ham Alfredo

Shrimp and Ham Alfredo

"This fast dinner for two is one of my favorites," writes Cindy Preston, who shares a simple way to dress up a boxed pasta mix. "While it's cooking, I toast some garlic bread and warm up some green beans," adds the Benkelman, Nebraska cook.

Grilled Burgers with Horseradish Sauce

Grilled Burgers with Horseradish Sauce

Grilled Burgers with Horseradish Sauce

These burgers are a twist on the traditional backyard favorite. A dollop of dill and horseradish dressing gives extra bite to this standard. They are made with lean ground beef to keep the fat content low, and includes grated carrots and chopped fresh mushrooms to sneak in some veggies.—Deb Anderson, Joplin, Missouri
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Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Ginger Rice

Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Ginger Rice

Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Ginger Rice

This delicious recipe is lower in fat, super-fast and elegant enough for company. It's packed full of vitamins and antioxidants and is good not only for your waistline, but for your heart, too! Katrina Lopes - Lyman, South Carolina

Tenderloin Steak Diane

Tenderloin Steak Diane

Tenderloin Steak Diane

Sometimes, I add more mushrooms to this recipe when my son's eating dinner—he loves them, and they are just fantastic with the steak. — Carolyn Turner, Reno, NV

Robust Marinated Steak

Robust Marinated Steak

Robust Marinated Steak

"Any time is a good time to fire up the grill and toss on a steak that has soaked up this great marinade," notes Betty Ann Ewert of Arlington, Minnesota. "One of our stock car racing buddies came up with the recipe, and we use it often."

His Favorite Ravioli For 2

His Favorite Ravioli For 2

His Favorite Ravioli For 2

Turn refrigerated ravioli into a gourmet meal in no time! The rich flavors and interesting textures give this dish its character. —Christa Rispoli, Newfoundland, New Jersey

Cantaloupe with Chicken Salad

Cantaloupe with Chicken Salad

Cantaloupe with Chicken Salad

This recipe is one of my favorite ways to eat blueberries. That delicious fruit is just one of the important crops grown here in the fertile Willamette Valley. They're grown for commercial use, but we usually pick about 60 pounds each summer for pies and other dishes.

Beef Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

Beef Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

Beef Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

Our taste test panel couldn't wait to try this stir-fry from Janet Lowe of Kennewick, Washington. The flavor is very similar to restaurant-style dishes. A pleasant peanut sauce coats the meat and vegetables, giving the entree Thai flair.

Steaks with French Onion Sauce

Steaks with French Onion Sauce

Steaks with French Onion Sauce

Enjoy the taste of your favorite soup with a knife and fork! French onion soup gets “beefed” up in this unique main dish from Vicky Carlson of Shreveport, Louisiana. A slice of toasted French bread fits right in.

Cilantro Shrimp & Rice

Cilantro Shrimp & Rice

Cilantro Shrimp & Rice

I created this one-dish meal for my picky son. It's become a go-to, even for him! Nibedita Das, Fort Worth, Texas

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

Caesar Orange Roughy

Caesar Orange Roughy

Caesar Orange Roughy

I'm so thankful that my mother taught me to cook at a young age. She won several cooking contests over the years and this is one of my favorite recipes of hers. —Mary Lou Boyce, Wilmingon, Delaware

Turkey Pita Tacos

Turkey Pita Tacos

Turkey Pita Tacos

Cumin spices up this crunchy sandwich filling from Ann Bergstrom of Warrenville, Illinois. In addition to garden-fresh vegetables, it calls for time-saving ingredients such as prepared salsa, canned olives and shredded cheese.
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