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Simple Recipes

Find simple recipes from our Simple and Delicious Magazine. Get simple recipes for appetizers, breakfast, dinner, and more simple recipes by course.

Quick Caramel Apple Dip

Quick Caramel Apple Dip

Quick Caramel Apple Dip

This four-ingredient caramel dip is so simple and yummy. People always want to know how long I slaved over the stove to prepare it and are amazed to find that I made it in the microwave. When large marshmallows aren’t on hand, I substitute 2 cups of mini marshmallows instead. –Becky Heiner, West Valley City, Utah

Shrimp-Stuffed Sole

Shrimp-Stuffed Sole

Shrimp-Stuffed Sole

If you like stuffed fish, this recipe is the way to go. It’s so easy to assemble and cooks in just a few minutes in the microwave. Try it with chicken instead of sole, if you prefer, for a meal that’s equally good. –Robert Bishop, Lexington, Kentucky

Cod Delight

Cod Delight

Cod Delight

I used to make this in the oven, but then I discovered that microwave lets me enjoy it even faster. It's a pretty dish to serve company. In fact, many of my friends and family now cook this at home. —Nancy Daugherty, Cortland, Ohio
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Garden-Style Beef Lasagna

Garden-Style Beef Lasagna

Garden-Style Beef Lasagna

Everyone who has tried this fabulous lasagna dish absolutely loves it; rants and raves over it; and asks me for the recipe. People are always surprised that it can be prepared entirely in the microwave. For a change of pace, I like to add a layer of sliced zucchinis. –Micaela Miller, Corinth, Texas

Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

The stuffing mix, which stays crispy on the outside of the chicken, becomes the moist centerpiece of this delicious main dish from Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah.

Farmer's Breakfast

Farmer's Breakfast

Farmer's Breakfast

“I found this recipe in the newspaper several years ago and love it—especially for overnight guests,” writes Lynn Ames from Idaho Falls, Idaho. “I can whip it up in no time flat. Whenever I serve it, I’m asked for the recipe.” LYNN’S TIP: “Add fresh fruit and hot coffee for a simple but satisfying breakfast.”

Tangy Meat Sauce

Tangy Meat Sauce

Tangy Meat Sauce

This is the best meat sauce I’ve ever tried. It’s economical, timely and absolutely delicious. I often prepare batches for new moms because it can be kept in the freezer for future meals. Try it with ground chicken instead of beef, if you prefer. –Adalia Schweitzer, Hamilton, Ontario

Buttery Garlic Potatoes

Buttery Garlic Potatoes

Buttery Garlic Potatoes

My husband and three boys all love oven-roasted potatoes. But I work full-time, so once I get home and start dinner, I usually don’t have time to make them. I whipped up this quick and very tasty microwave recipe with red potatoes and seasonings instead, and everyone likes it. –Heidi Iacovetto, Phippsburg, Colorado

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

“I entertain a lot and this crowd-pleasing dip is fast and fabulous!” writes Suzanne Zick from Maiden, North Carolina. With its rich flavor, no one will ever guess it was made in a microwave!

Toffee-Crunch Coffee Sundaes

Toffee-Crunch Coffee Sundaes

Toffee-Crunch Coffee Sundaes

This fast, flavorful, foolproof fudge sauce made in the microwave has a secret ingredient: coffee ice cream. I created it one day when I was out of heavy cream and wanted to make hot fudge sauce for company. It was a huge success with my guests. –Beth Royals, Richmond, Virginia



Homemade Meatballs in Plum Sauce

Homemade Meatballs in Plum Sauce

Homemade Meatballs in Plum Sauce

This super-easy recipe for microwave meatballs from Michael Compean of Valencia, California features the flavors of ginger, Dijon and plum sauce. You might want to pick up extras; these will go fast!

Nutty Salmon

Nutty Salmon

Nutty Salmon

“I’ve been making this super-fast microwave dish for 20 years,“ shares Vicki Ruiz from Twin Falls, Idaho. “It couldn’t be easier or more delicious, and I always get compliments…even from people who don’t normally like fish!“ VICKI’S TIP. “Any leftovers make great salmon patties the next day. Simply add an egg and cracker crumbs to hold the salmon together, then fry in butter until both sides are golden brown.”

Cheese-Topped Meat Loaves

Cheese-Topped Meat Loaves

Cheese-Topped Meat Loaves

This is one of my favorite entrees for two. I found this tender meat loaf recipe in a supermarket’s cookbook almost 20 years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. Sometimes I substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef or make extra loaves to freeze for later meals. –Lois Kinneberg, Phoenix, Arizona

Garlic Butter Topping

Garlic Butter Topping

Garlic Butter Topping

“My mother gave me this microwave recipe several years ago,” writes Marla Pinson from Granbury, Texas. “It’s easy and so tasty even my kids eat their veggies with this on them!” Also try the garlic-flavored topping over bread as a yummy change of pace or substitute garlic salt for garlic powder for a bit more flavor.
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