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Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Pop one in a lunch box, share a batch at work or wait until dessert—these are sweet anytime, anywhere. Sometimes, I refrigerate prepared tarts overnight and bake them while making dinner the next day. Foolproof. —Carole Fraser, North York, Ontario

Cucumber Chicken Croissants

Cucumber Chicken Croissants

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

Spinach-Pesto White Pizza

Spinach-Pesto White Pizza

Spinach-Pesto White Pizza

When my kids were really small, they were reluctant to eat their veggies and I had to get creative. I figured that because pesto is already green, it would be the perfect place for some spinach. The pizza was a big hit. —Janet Burbach, North Platte, Nebraska

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Shrimp & Avocado Salads

Shrimp & Avocado Salads

Shrimp & Avocado Salads

This gorgeous salad has such authentic flavor, you’ll think you’re sitting at a beachside cantina in Acapulco. Heidi Hall — North St. Paul, Minnesota

Italian Steak Sandwiches

Italian Steak Sandwiches

Italian Steak Sandwiches

My sister came up with these quick sandwiches that use minced garlic and other seasonings to bring pizzazz to deli roast beef. Add some carrot sticks or a tomato salad for a fantastic lunch in no time. -Maria Regakis, Somerville, Massachusetts

Pizza in a Skillet

Pizza in a Skillet

Pizza in a Skillet

Faced with a nearly empty fridge, Cara Cobb combined the ingredients she had on hand and created a quick pizza, using a tortilla for the crust. "It tasted great served with a green salad and a glass of iced tea," she notes from Abbeville, Georgia.

Fresh Fruit Parfaits

Fresh Fruit Parfaits

Fresh Fruit Parfaits

“I fix this simple recipe when I want to prepare something impressive for company,” notes Karin Christian of Plano, Texas. “It makes a low-calorie breakfast that feels indulgent.”

Orange Fruit Slaw

Orange Fruit Slaw

Orange Fruit Slaw

This fantastic winter fruit slaw comes from Cynthia France of Murray, Utah. She writes, “I love this fruity coleslaw. My neighbor shared this with our women's church group a few years ago.”

Jazzed-Up French Toast Sticks

Jazzed-Up French Toast Sticks

Jazzed-Up French Toast Sticks

Store-bought French toast sticks are spread with strawberry cream cheese to make this fast breakfast fare. Anna Free of Bradner, Ohio serves the “stuffed” French toast with a citrusy fruit puree instead of regular syrup.

Mushroom Pepper Omelet

Mushroom Pepper Omelet

Mushroom Pepper Omelet

Here’s a hearty, home-style omelet for two that’s ready in a jiffy and will keep you satisfied all morning long. —Diana Howard, Ava, Illinois

Crispy Chicken Salad

Crispy Chicken Salad

Crispy Chicken Salad

Sugared almonds and chow mein noodles add fun crunch to this salad that makes the most of leftover chicken. Says Irene Dickhausen from St. Paul, Minnesota, “This salad is speedy, simple and always popular at ladies’ luncheons.”

Basil-Garlic Cheese Bread

Basil-Garlic Cheese Bread

Basil-Garlic Cheese Bread

Here's a crusty, crunchy bread that goes together in minutes and is great with all kinds of pasta dishes! Deni Adkins - Scottsboro, Alabama

Hominy Beef Chili

Hominy Beef Chili

Hominy Beef Chili

Hunker down for the night and get cozy with this filling chili. Loaded with beef chuck roast and convenient staples, such as diced tomatoes, green chilies and seasonings, it’s a satisfying supper that would be yummy served with a side of warm tortillas or tortilla chips for dipping. —Steve Westphal, Wind Lake, Wisconsin

Peachy Rolls

Peachy Rolls

Peachy Rolls

“I adapted a peach sauce recipe, using it on top of frozen cinnamon rolls, for this quick breakfast,” Renae Jacobson explains from Elm Creek, Nebraska. “Fix them the night before and you can pop them into the oven as soon as you get up.”

Asparagus and Mushroom Rice Medley

Asparagus and Mushroom Rice Medley

Asparagus and Mushroom Rice Medley

With tons of veggies and flavorful rice, this simple dish has all your sides covered. Hearty and filling, this, paired with chicken or the pork chops here, is the only side you'll need. Vary the basil depending on how sweet you like your meals. Pat Habiger - Spearville, Kansas

Quick Corned Beef Hash

Quick Corned Beef Hash

Quick Corned Beef Hash

Chock-full of eggs, potatoes and meat, this hearty breakfast scramble would be tasty any time of day. Serve with Texas toast and wait for the compliments. Susanna Bellamy - Cremona, Alberta

Dup-Tamale Pie

Dup-Tamale Pie

Dup-Tamale Pie

"My whole family really enjoys Mexican food," remarks Nancy Roberts of Cave City, Arkansas. "When I'm in a hurry, I make this zippy deep-dish pie. It always satisfies their appetites."
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