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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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One night I goofed, accidentally using the balsamic butter I save for grilling chicken on my pound cake. What a delicious mistake that my entire family loved! For a patriotic look, add a drizzle of blueberry syrup. —Moira McGarry, Parkman, Maine
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Smoked Turkey Salad with Raspberries

Smoked Turkey Salad with Raspberries

Smoked Turkey Salad with Raspberries

For a zingy spinach salad, I make a dressing with jalapeno jelly. No turkey on hand? Add grilled chicken. Try strawberries instead of raspberries, too. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma

No-Cook Fresh Tomato Sauce

No-Cook Fresh Tomato Sauce

No-Cook Fresh Tomato Sauce

Try this sauce at times when you have a box of pasta or a store-bought pizza shell and need a sure-fire topping. Dinner is served. —Julianne Schnuck, Taste of Home Designer

Maple Glaze for Doughnuts

Maple Glaze for Doughnuts

Maple Glaze for Doughnuts

Cider doughnuts are a tradition in Vermont, but here in Texas, we love maple flavors, too. Our glaze of choice features delicious maple syrup. Barbara Elliott, Tyler, Texas

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Black-Eyed-Pea and Pasta Salad

Black-Eyed-Pea and Pasta Salad

Black-Eyed-Pea and Pasta Salad

To create a more interesting pasta salad, I added pasta to my favorite black-eyed pea salad. The result is different and delicious. Cucumber and green pepper give this picnic side dish a satisfying crunch. —Melinda Ewbank of Fairfield, Ohio

Nutty Toffee Popcorn

Nutty Toffee Popcorn

Nutty Toffee Popcorn

"I use holiday tins to deliver this sweetly coated popcorn-nut crunch to family and friends on my Christmas list," notes Glenna Hale of Sceptre, Saskatchewan.

Sweet Fruit Smoothies

Sweet Fruit Smoothies

Sweet Fruit Smoothies

Writes Helen Reed of Amherst, Ohio, "Sipping one of these thick smoothies is a wonderful way to get fruit into your diet. They're a fun alternative to chocolate or vanilla milk shakes."
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Sour Cream Salad Dressing

Sour Cream Salad Dressing

Sour Cream Salad Dressing

In Ukiah, California, Phyllis Groves blends together a few items to create this tangy dressing for fresh greens. "It's easy to prepare ahead of time...or at the last minute," she says. Tip: You can even eliminate the milk and serve the mixture as a sauce over almost any vegetable, Phyllis suggests.

Cinnamon Chocolate Sundaes

Cinnamon Chocolate Sundaes

Cinnamon Chocolate Sundaes

Kids will enjoy this tempting ice cream topping because it hardens on the ice cream as it stands. Store-bought sauces just can't compare to this homemade concoction.

Fruited Chicken Tossed Salad

Fruited Chicken Tossed Salad

Fruited Chicken Tossed Salad

Almonds add crunch to this refreshing salad from Dennis Vitale of New Preston, Connecticut. A homemade citrus dressing complements chicken, peach, and apricot sliced tossed with lettuce and spinach.

Mixed Greens with French Dressing

Mixed Greens with French Dressing

Mixed Greens with French Dressing

You won’t miss the oil in this tasty dressing. People have told me it’s so good, they wonder why I haven’t marketed it! I enjoy cooking and have worked in food service, at schools and elsewhere, for most of my life.

Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze

Grapefruit aficionados will really enjoy this drink. The combination of grapefruit and cranberry juice makes it tart and tangy.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Watermelon Spinach Salad

Watermelon Spinach Salad

Watermelon Spinach Salad

Dark green spinach leaves provide a rich backdrop for brilliant raspberries, cubed watermelon and sliced almonds in this eye-appealing salad. The light vinaigrette is the perfect way to dress up summer's finest produce.

Yummy Chocolate Dip

Yummy Chocolate Dip

Yummy Chocolate Dip

Turn fresh fruit into an irresistible and tantalizing snack or dessert with this dreamy, creamy chocolate dip. Four ingredients and 10 minutes are all it takes! You could also serve with graham cracker sticks for an easy after-school snack. —Stacey Shew, Cologne, Minnesota

Blue Cheese & Berry Tossed Salad

Blue Cheese & Berry Tossed Salad

Blue Cheese & Berry Tossed Salad

The sweet tang of blueberries complements the sharpness of blue cheese in this breezy side. Topped with pecans, it could pass for a fancy restaurant’s signature salad.—Rachael Zavala, Pleasant Hill, California

Creamy Crab Salad

Creamy Crab Salad

Creamy Crab Salad

This easy-on-the-pocket salad beautifully dresses up economical imitation crab. My husband's grandmother gladly shared the recipe. —Barb Stanton, Winona, Minnesota

Peach Smoothie

Peach Smoothie

Peach Smoothie

Whip up this creamy concoction from Martha Polasek of Markham, Texas as a refreshing and nutritious snack or a quick chilled breakfast. Because you can use frozen fruit, you don't have to wait until peaches are in season to enjoy this delicious drink.

Pea Pods and Peppers

Pea Pods and Peppers

Pea Pods and Peppers

This recipe makes an easy, yet well-flavored side that goes well with a variety of main courses. “I make this about once a month. It’s a modification on a recipe I found in a cookbook." Cassie Conrad - Prescott Valley, AZ
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