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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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Strawberry-Carrot Smoothies

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Elisabeth Larsen
My children resist veggies, but they love smoothies. This smoothie packs in lots of good-for-you fruits and veggies, but to my kids, it's just a super delicious breakfast. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, UT
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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.

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

Belarus Pickled Carrots

Belarus Pickled Carrots

Belarus Pickled Carrots

My mom’s holiday buffet always included pickled carrots. I kept the tradition going and passed it to my daughter. The buffet isn’t complete without them. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, GA

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French Bean Salad

French Bean Salad

French Bean Salad

Penni Barringer jazzes up frozen green beans with onion, bacon and bottled salad dressing for a cool dish that's as big on flavor as it is on convenience. "I created this recipe after trying a similar salad at a restaurant," explains the Rosalia, Washington reader.

Red, White and Blue Frozen Lemonade

Red, White and Blue Frozen Lemonade

Red, White and Blue Frozen Lemonade

This patriotic drink is as pretty as it is delicious. With raspberries, blueberries and lemon juice, we created a striped lemonade that screams Fourth of July. —Shawn Carleton, San Diego, California

Buttery Mint Carrots

Buttery Mint Carrots

Buttery Mint Carrots

I reworked an old recipe to blend mint (traditionally a complement to lamb) with buttery-sweet carrots. This quick way of dressing up carrots makes a colorful accompaniment for other meats as well.
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Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

When Crafting Traditions staffers saw the enticing cake recipe Gloria shared recently, they excitedly added it to our sweet gathering of birthday treats. And for good reason—to make it, Gloria uses candy-flavored ice cream! "This is the kind of dessert that's perfect for any special occasion," Gloria comments. "Traditionally, I fix it for our December 24 celebration." What's also nice is the fact that the cake can be made a few days ahead and stored in the freezer until the c

Marinated Lima Bean Salad

Marinated Lima Bean Salad

Marinated Lima Bean Salad

This salad is one of my family's favorites. It tastes even better the next day, after the lima beans have marinated in the dressing.—Sue Thompson, Chester, Maryland

Asian Pork Tenderloin Salad

Asian Pork Tenderloin Salad

Asian Pork Tenderloin Salad

A homemade marinade adds delicious flavor to the stir-fried pork in this main dish salad. The fast, fresh meal is easy to toss together with canned apricots and convenient salad kits. TIP: Look for the Asian crunch salad mix in the produce section near other bagged salad blends. If you can’t find it, pick up mixed greens, snow peas, shredded carrot, chow mein noodles and a bottle of sesame ginger or Asian-style salad dressing.

Turkey 'n' Swiss Sandwiches

Turkey 'n' Swiss Sandwiches

Turkey 'n' Swiss Sandwiches

Perfect for two, these toasted sandwiches turn boring lunches into exciting meals. “They offer a wonderful combination of flavors,” shares Leah Starnes of Bedford, Texas.

Ham Salad Pineapple Boats

Ham Salad Pineapple Boats

Ham Salad Pineapple Boats

These bountiful "boats" hold a chunky mixture of ham, pineapple, celery and green pepper dressed with a blend of mayonnaise and mustard. "We love this light meal, especially during the summer," says Carol Shafer of Manhattan Beach, California.

Special Spinach Salad

Special Spinach Salad

Special Spinach Salad

I always get compliments when I serve this refreshing salad during the holidays. The creamy dressing is perfect with the colorful cranberries and crunchy nuts. —Laurene Hunsicker, Canton, Pennsylvania

Strawberry Banana Dessert

Strawberry Banana Dessert

Strawberry Banana Dessert

"Like springtime on a plate, this eye-catching dessert has a bright cheery color and plenty of fruity flavor," remarks Margaret Kuntz from Bismarck, North Dakota.



Peach Chiffon Cups

Peach Chiffon Cups

Peach Chiffon Cups

I like to liven up individual servings with almond slices.—Heidi Doudna, Fairbanks, Alaska

Grilled Spiced Fish

Grilled Spiced Fish

Grilled Spiced Fish

These moist flaky fillets provide a welcome change of pace at summer cookouts. Chris McBee of Xenia, Ohio peppers a savory herb rub with cayenne, then works it into the fish. Even steak lovers will be smacking their lips.

Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad

My mom always made this salad for Christmas dinner, so it's been a family favorite for many years. I teach special education at the high school level and often incorporate cooking into my lessons. Whenever we make this recipe at school, it's always a hit with the students.

Zesty Buttered Peas

Zesty Buttered Peas

Zesty Buttered Peas

I came up with this recipe one day when I wanted to add some "zip" to plain peas. This recipe did the trick! Everyone commented on the great flavor and festive color.
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