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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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Creamy Lemon Milk Shakes

Several different recipes inspired the combination of ingredients I use in these shakes, and I'm glad they did! They're so refreshing. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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Spinach, Apple & Pecan Salad

Spinach, Apple & Pecan Salad

Spinach, Apple & Pecan Salad

Company was on the way, and I realized I'd forgotten to buy salad ingredients—epic fail! I scavenged the kitchen to come up with the right blend of ingredients, and created an instant favorite. You can use any type of apple but Galas are my favorite. —Kelly Walsh, Aviston, Illinois

Ham & Pickle Wraps

Ham & Pickle Wraps

Ham & Pickle Wraps

I decided to try this recipe on my card club, and it was a big success. They loved it. The recipe can be swapped around and changed in so many different ways and always turns out as an awesome appetizer or great-looking centerpiece over a hand of cards.

Sourdough Turkey Melts

Sourdough Turkey Melts

Sourdough Turkey Melts

If you have 10 minutes, you've got the time to whip up these toasty, melty sandwiches. They're one of my standbys on those days that just won't stop. —Leah Carter, San Pedro, California

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Mango Smoothies

Mango Smoothies

Mango Smoothies

—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Avocado Turkey Salad

Avocado Turkey Salad

Avocado Turkey Salad

Grape tomatoes and avocado chunks add pretty color and fresh flavor to this main-dish salad from our home economists. In a pinch, substitute half-and half or milk for the whipping cream, adding a teaspoon at a time until you get the desired consistency.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Ranch dressing got its start on a real dude ranch in California. Punch up the Western original with green salsa, green chilies, jalapenos and cilantro for more color, spice and high volume that feeds a crowd. —Lindsay Duke, Goodrich, Texas
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Olive Corn Salad

Olive Corn Salad

Olive Corn Salad

This recipe has been a favorite of mine for years. My grandmother would always ask me to make it for our family picnic.

Asian Skillet Supper

Asian Skillet Supper

Asian Skillet Supper

Amid the flurry of holiday happenings, you can still gift yourself with a personalized serving of steak. From Titonka, Iowa. Dona Shroyer shares this colorful combination of cubed steak, vegetables and rice--a quick and simple meal.

Nutty Waffle Sandwiches

Nutty Waffle Sandwiches

Nutty Waffle Sandwiches

You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and Nutella, but the secret here is using really juicy strawberries. Never tried Nutella? Look for the hazelnut-flavored spread near the peanut butter at the grocery store. —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas

Fruity Chicken Salad with Avocado and Cantaloupe

Fruity Chicken Salad with Avocado and Cantaloupe

Fruity Chicken Salad with Avocado and Cantaloupe

“I find that both men and women enjoy this version of chicken salad, whether you serve it at lunchtime or for your evening meal,” writes Marina Jines from Enid, Oklahoma.

Ham Salad Puffs

Ham Salad Puffs

Ham Salad Puffs

Flecked with pimientos and chives, this fast, flavorful ham salad boasts crunchy pecans, tart pineapple and chewy raisins. A Test Kitchen change-of-pace twist on traditional recipes.

Apricot Aspic

Apricot Aspic

Apricot Aspic

A family who usually passes up molded salads will hunt for this fruity version at our covered dish buffet. Not only is it delicious, it adds color to any meal.

Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast Potatoes

Breakfast Potatoes

These cheesy, hearty potatoes are a super morning side dish. Because they take no time to fix, I prepare them often for me and my husband. They go great with just about any type of entree.—Judy Dupree, Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Quick Blue Cheese Pear Salad

Quick Blue Cheese Pear Salad

Quick Blue Cheese Pear Salad

Made with just five ingredients, this special salad from Ginger Smiser of Blanco, Texas is a cinch to put together. Chopped pear balances the rich blue cheese while almonds lend crunch and sweetness. Add a drizzle of dressing, and you’re done!

Fruity Lime Salad Mold

Fruity Lime Salad Mold

Fruity Lime Salad Mold

A DEAR FRIEND shared this recipe with me over 30 years ago, and it has appeared on our table frequently all these years. It's rich tasting, plus the touch of red maraschino cherries makes it a real treat for the holidays or any special occasion. -Jean Kirkland, Newport, Oregon

Creamy Potato Salad for 2

Creamy Potato Salad for 2

Creamy Potato Salad for 2

Potato salad is such an easy side to prepare for a potluck or family get-together. This recipe is so easy to put together and will surely be a hit.—Caron Osberg, Urbandale, Iowa

Disappearing Fruit Dip

Disappearing Fruit Dip

Disappearing Fruit Dip

"This tangy dip never lasts long at our house," says Camille Langford of Branson, Missouri. "For variety, try substituting orange juice and orange peel."
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