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Spend less time in the kitchen, without sacrificing taste, by making these family-favorite quick recipes. You'll find great appetizers, desserts and main dish recipes made in 30 minutes or less!

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My tomatoey chicken is the perfect answer on those crazy days when supper has to be on the table in 30 minutes, tops (doesn't hurt that it's delicious, too). —Denise Chelpka, Phoenix, Arizona
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Cranberry Pesto

Cranberry Pesto

Cranberry Pesto

I updated a classic Italian pesto to include cranberries and walnuts. It's so good slathered on pork loin, pasta or turkey sandwiches. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, ID

Strawberry Garden Salad

Strawberry Garden Salad

Strawberry Garden Salad

When I take this cheery mix of berries, pineapple, red onion and feta to book club, it’s a blockbuster. I add a sprinkle of vanilla sugar almonds on top. —Deborah Loop, Clinton Township, Michigan

Lemony Garbanzo Salad

Lemony Garbanzo Salad

Lemony Garbanzo Salad

Everybody goes for this super-fresh salad with the cumin-coriander dressing, especially on warm days. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California

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Chocolate Soda

Chocolate Soda

Chocolate Soda

Poodle skirts may be out, but the old-fashioned ice cream soda our Test Kitchen concocted is still a simply perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.—Country Woman Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Waldorf Turkey Sandwiches

Waldorf Turkey Sandwiches

Waldorf Turkey Sandwiches

"Apples, celery and raisins give this special turkey salad a great flavor and tempting texture," remarks Meghan Bodas of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Marinated Tomatoes

Marinated Tomatoes

Marinated Tomatoes

My mom made this salad often, and I have made it for my family. The bread is delicious dipped in the dressing. It's something you can enjoy all summer. -Maryalice Kieffer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Chocolate Peppermint Pie

Chocolate Peppermint Pie

Chocolate Peppermint Pie

"This delightful dessert will satisfy a chocolate lover's craving," assures Kristin Dorazio, from Chepachet, Rhode Island. "It's quite simple as well.

Lemon Garlic Sprouts

Lemon Garlic Sprouts

Lemon Garlic Sprouts

Lemon, garlic and Parmesan cheese are the perfect complement for brussels sprouts in this quick recipe from Mary Steiner of West Bend, Wisconsin.

Lemon Vinaigrette on Greens

Lemon Vinaigrette on Greens

Lemon Vinaigrette on Greens

The vinaigrette also tastes good on spinach salad. It keeps well in the regrigerator in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Just shake and serve.—Susan Garoutte, Georgetown, Texas

Cranberry Fruit Mold

Cranberry Fruit Mold

Cranberry Fruit Mold

This special gelatin salad takes the place of ordinary cranberry sauce on my Thanksgiving table. Grapes and mandarin oranges make it deliciously different. —Kristy Duncan, Southfield, North Carolina

Blue Cheese Salad with Onion and Pear

Blue Cheese Salad with Onion and Pear

Blue Cheese Salad with Onion and Pear

This pretty and flavorful salad with a contrast of texture is refreshing and versatile…a nice accompaniment to a variety of entrees. Using this list of ingredients as a base for two, it can easily be increased to serve many more.

Tangy Marinated Shrimp

Tangy Marinated Shrimp

Tangy Marinated Shrimp

"I like the fact that I can make this colorful unusual appetizer ahead of time," writes Pat Waymire, a field editor from Yellow Springs, Ohio. "I'm always on the lookout for new and different appetizers--and this one fills the bill."

Tuna Tea Sandwiches

Tuna Tea Sandwiches

Tuna Tea Sandwiches

A friend brought tuna sandwiches to a picnic years ago. I never got the recipe from her, but these are close and just as delicious! —Lisa Sneed, Bayfield, Colorado



Seven-Fruit Salad

Seven-Fruit Salad

Seven-Fruit Salad

This refreshing fruit medley, lightly coated with cherry pie filling, makes a great potluck or picnic dish. "You can substitute other fruits, such as red grapes or bananas, and use strawberry pie filling instead of cherry," notes Martha Cutler of Willard, Missouri, who adapted her grandmother's recipe.

Apricot Lemon Ice

Apricot Lemon Ice

Apricot Lemon Ice

Frosty, fruity and full of flavor, this pretty iced treat from Elizabeth Montgomery in Allston, Massachusetts, is sure to melt any resistance to dessert! “It’s a nice ice-cream substitute for lactose-intolerant friends and family,“ she notes. And with only 5 ingredients, it couldn’t be easier.

Tex-Mex Bean Salad

Tex-Mex Bean Salad

Tex-Mex Bean Salad

My father-in-law's recipe, this salad is both pretty and packed with protein. It's also convenient since it uses a variety of canned beans. It's more flavorful when prepared the night before.—Christi Gillentine, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Summer Garden Medley

Summer Garden Medley

Summer Garden Medley

"This colorful side dish brings back sweet memories of the corn-and-tomato dish my mother often prepared int the summer," pens Elaine Nelson, Fresno, California. "Farmers in our area supply us with delicious eggplant...so I sometimes substitute them for the zucchini in veggie recipes like this one."
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