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Quick Recipes

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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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
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Bacon-Tomato Salad

Bacon-Tomato Salad

Bacon-Tomato Salad

We love this wonderful salad that tastes like a piled-high BLT without the time or effort. Plus, you can make it hours ahead and keep it in the fridge till serving time. —Denise Thurman, Columbia, Missouri

Pesto Buttermilk Dressing

Pesto Buttermilk Dressing

Pesto Buttermilk Dressing

A good dressing is hard to beat; a great one is brilliant. We love a tangy blend of buttermilk and Greek yogurt. —Liz Bellville, Jacksonville, North Carolina

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Chilled Strawberry Yogurt Soup

Chilled Strawberry Yogurt Soup

Chilled Strawberry Yogurt Soup

I enjoyed a cool berry soup at a restaurant several years ago. The manager gave me some of the ingredients and none of the amounts, so I tinkered with what I had to get this refreshing rendition. —Phyllis Hammes of Rochester, Minnesota

Tossed Salad

Tossed Salad

Tossed Salad

To speed up the preparation of this salad even more, you can slice the vegetables when you have time, either early in the day or the night before.

Quick Black Bean and Corn Salad

Quick Black Bean and Corn Salad

Quick Black Bean and Corn Salad

This recipe is a favorite with my husband and five boys, all hearty eaters. It's filling, economical and, best of all, easy to prepare. I spend many afternoons driving our sons back and forth to their wrestling and band practices, piano lessons, Boy Scout meetings and church activities.
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Creamy Lime Coolers

Creamy Lime Coolers

Creamy Lime Coolers

This rich, frothy beverage from Arlyne Murphy of Somers, New York is refreshing any time of year. But its fresh, tropical taste really beats the heat on warm summer days.

M&M Snack Mix

M&M Snack Mix

M&M Snack Mix

This colorful snack mix, shared by Billie Blanton of Kingsport, Tennessee, will satisfy a "sweet tooth" or "salty tooth"!

Greek Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Salad

My family loves this dish. Use light mayonnaise and this is a healthy salad. Even if you or your family are not garlic lovers, I'd advise that you use the full measurement of garlic and the tablespoon of oregano for the proper flavoring. I receive nothing but raves when I serve this salad.

Fruited Pistachio Pudding

Fruited Pistachio Pudding

Fruited Pistachio Pudding

Fruited Pistachio Pudding comes from Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. It's a quick dessert with broad appeal and so easy to make, Sue reports.

Bacon-Tomato Salad

Bacon-Tomato Salad

Bacon-Tomato Salad

We love this wonderful salad that tastes like a piled-high BLT without the time or effort. Plus, you can make it hours ahead and keep it in the fridge till serving time. —Denise Thurman, Columbia, Missouri

Mango Smoothies

Mango Smoothies

Mango Smoothies

—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Wilted Green Salad

Wilted Green Salad

Wilted Green Salad

"My husband refused to eat wilted lettuce until I read this recipe suggested by a friend," says field editor La Vonne Hegland of St. Michael, Minnesota. "He likes this milder dressing with just a subtle hint of vinegar. Turkey bacon adds a satisfying crunch."

Tossed Greek Salad

Tossed Greek Salad

Tossed Greek Salad

Topped with a lemony dressing, this combination of greens, cucumber, olives and feta cheese is typical of a Greek salad. "I love the flavors," relates Lisa Hooker of Eugene, Oregon.

Sweet Honey Almond Butter

Sweet Honey Almond Butter

Sweet Honey Almond Butter

This homemade butter makes a nice gift along with a fresh-from-the-oven loaf of bread.—Evelyn Harris, Waynesboro, Virginia

Apple Snack Mix

Apple Snack Mix

Apple Snack Mix

With apple chips and cereal in fun shapes, this cute mix makes a tasty, nutritious gift, bake sale item or party favor. —Rosemary Pacha, Brighton, Iowa

Mango Melba Shakes

Mango Melba Shakes

Mango Melba Shakes

When we go camping in our trailer, we like to serve this vitamin-packed, refreshing drink when company pops in.
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