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15-Minute Dinner Recipes Every Hot-Mess Mom Needs to Know

Forgot to plan dinner, again? No worries. These quick dinner recipes will help you get supper on the table for your crew in just 15 minutes.

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Black Bean BurritosTaste of Home

Black Bean Burritos

My neighbor and I discovered these delicious low-fat burritos a few years ago. On nights my husband or I have a meeting, we can have a satisfying supper on the table in minutes. —Angela Studebaker, Goshen, Indiana

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Tasty Turkey and MushroomsTaste of Home

Tasty Turkey and Mushrooms


Fresh mushrooms star in this tender turkey entree that comes together in 15 minutes. Served with a side of brown rice, it makes a light but satisfying dinner. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Makeover Deluxe Grilled CheeseTaste of Home

Makeover Deluxe Grilled Cheese


You might not have known healthy grilled cheese was possible. But with a few simple tricks, we actually boosted the fantastic toasty taste of these mouthwatering sandwiches, but slashed fat, calories and cholesterol to less than half! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Sesame Cilantro ShrimpTaste of Home

Sesame Cilantro Shrimp


On days when I don't feel like spending much time in the kitchen, I reach for shrimp. I can have a hot meal in the table in 10 minutes. —Tami Penunuri, League City, Texas
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Maple-Thyme Chicken ThighsTaste of Home

Maple-Thyme Chicken Thighs


We eat a lot of chicken at our house, and figuring out different ways to serve it gets challenging. My family went nuts for the cozy maple flavors in this recipe, so now I share it at potlucks, too. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
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Herbed Tuna and White Bean SaladTaste of Home

Herbed Tuna and White Bean Salad


This is a quick and delicious salad that can be made special for guests—or yourself—by grilling fresh tuna steaks instead of using canned. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
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Pulled Pork ParfaitTaste of Home

Pulled Pork Parfait


I tried a version of this meaty parfait at Miller Park, home of my favorite baseball team, the Brewers. I take it up a notch by layering in corn and creamy mac and cheese, so it truly is a full barbecue meal you can take on the go. —Rachel Seis, Senior Editor, Taste of Home Magazine
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Greek Brown and Wild Rice BowlsTaste of Home

Greek Brown and Wild Rice Bowls


This fresh rice dish tastes like the Mediterranean in a bowl! It's short on ingredients, but packs in so much flavor. For a hand-held version, leave out the rice and tuck the rest of the ingredients in a pita pocket. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas
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Thai Salmon Brown Rice BowlsTaste of Home

Thai Salmon Brown Rice Bowls


This speedy salmon recipe couldn't be any easier. The store-bought sesame ginger dressing saves time and adds extra flavor to this healthy dish. — Naylet LaRochelle, Miami, Florida
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Loaded Avocado BLTTaste of Home

Loaded Avocado BLT


My husband invented this twist on a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. I like to make it with extra slices of bacon; if you want, you can leave the Gorgonzola cheese out of the avocado spread. —Lori Grant, Kingsport, Tennessee
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Stir-Fried ScallopsTaste of Home

Stir-Fried Scallops


Scallops meet mild tomato in this sublime stovetop supper. Try serving the saucy mixture over rice or angel hair pasta, and garnish with cilantro if you like. —Stephany Gocobacki, San Rafael, California
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Orange Spiced Ham SteakTaste of Home

Orange Spiced Ham Steak


I turn orange marmalade, mustard and just a hint of ginger into a glaze for ham that comes together super quick but feels exceptional. And that makes it perfect for when I’m entertaining brunch guests! —Connie Moore, Medway, Ohio
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Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Buttered PecansTaste of Home

Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Buttered Pecans


Having lived in several states in the South, I love tossing pecans into recipes for a little added flavor and crunch. Fresh berries and other nuts round out this hearty salad. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
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Ham SaladTaste of Home

Ham Salad


I first made this for a shower...everyone raved about it. Now when I go to a potluck, I take it, and copies of the recipe. —Patricia Reed, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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Ginger-Glazed Grilled SalmonTaste of Home

Ginger-Glazed Grilled Salmon


Our family loves salmon prepared this way, and it's a real treat to make on a warm summer evening. These fillets may be baked in the oven at 450 degrees for 18 minutes, basting occasionally. —Wanda Toews, Cromer, Manitoba
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Microwaved Parmesan ChickenTaste of Home

Microwaved Parmesan Chicken


This quick way to prepare chicken has been a family staple ever since a friend gave me the recipe. It's too good not to share. — Michael Herman, Carney, Michigan
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Lemon-Butter Tilapia with AlmondsTaste of Home

Lemon-Butter Tilapia with Almonds


Sometimes I want a nice meal without a ton of effort or wait time. Thankfully, I've got this lemony, buttery fish that's super fast and totally tasty. —Ramona Parris, Canton, Georgia
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Cheesy QuesadillasTaste of Home

Cheesy Quesadillas


We serve these quesadillas as chili dippers or load them up with salsa and sour cream for a super starter. —Terri Keeney, Greeley, Colorado
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Broiled Chicken & ArtichokesTaste of Home

Broiled Chicken & Artichokes


My wife and I first made this chicken entree as newlyweds and have been hooked on it ever since, and make it almost weekly. It's so simple and affordable, yet delicious and healthy. Can't beat that. —Chris Koon, Midlothian, Virginia
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Stir-Fried Shrimp and MushroomsTaste of Home

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Mushrooms


After a tiring but beautiful day of fishing, this is a fast and delicious way to serve our famous Key West pink shrimp. It's always a big hit with guests.
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Korean Beef and RiceTaste of Home

Korean Beef and Rice


A friend raved about Korean recipes for bulgogi—beef cooked in soy sauce and ginger—so I tried it. It's delicious! Dazzle the table with this tasty version of Korean beef and rice. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota
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Smoked Turkey Salad with RaspberriesTaste of Home

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
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Quick Crab MeltsTaste of Home

Quick Crab Melts


Two types of cheese on top of a savory crab mixture make these open-faced sandwiches ooey-gooey good! I usually serve them for dinner, but they also make a great app when cut in half. —Donna Bennett, Bramalea, Ontario
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Gouda Turkey ClubTaste of Home

Gouda Turkey Club


With this recipe, two can enjoy the taste of something new and elegant in minutes. All you need to add is the ambiance for a bistro meal at home. —Karen Harris, Littleton, Colorado
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Salmon with Spinach & White BeansTaste of Home

Salmon with Spinach & White Beans


My husband, Oscar, is a Southerner at heart. This salmon with garlicky beans and spinach won him over at first bite. —Mary Ellen Hofstetter, Brentwood, Tennessee
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15-Minute Meat LoafTaste of Home

15-Minute Meat Loaf


I combined a few great-tasting meatloaf recipes to create this flavorful 15-minute version, which my husband loves. And because it's made in the microwave, the entree is perfect for busy nights. For an extra boost, I flavor the meatloaf with onion soup mix.—Deb Thompson, Lincoln, Nebraska
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Parmesan-Broiled TilapiaTaste of Home

Parmesan-Broiled Tilapia


I love that simple Parmesan cheese brings such richness to an otherwise mild-tasting fish. It's one dish where leftovers are never a problem! —Tracy Locken, Gillette, Wyoming
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Caesar Chicken with FetaTaste of Home

Caesar Chicken with Feta


My tomatoey chicken is the perfect answer on those crazy days when supper has to be on the table in 30 minutes, tops (doesn't hurt that it's delicious, too). —Denise Chelpka, Phoenix, Arizona
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Zesty Grilled HamTaste of Home

Zesty Grilled Ham


If it's ham, my kids will eat it, but they like this kicked-up recipe best of all. Even the small ones eat adult-sized portions, so be sure to make plenty. —Mary Ann Lien, Tyler, Texas
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Garlic Toast PizzasTaste of Home

Garlic Toast Pizzas


Between working full-time, going to school and raising three children, finding time-saving recipes that my family likes is one of my biggest challenges. These quick pizzas pack a huge amount of flavor. —Amy Grim, Chillicothe, Ohio
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Tilapia with Corn SalsaTaste of Home

Tilapia with Corn Salsa


My family loves fish, and this super fast and delicious dish is very popular at my house. Though it tastes like it takes a long time, it cooks in minutes under the broiler. We like it garnished with lemon wedges with couscous on the side. —Brenda Coffey, Singer Island, Florida
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Breaded Sea ScallopsTaste of Home

Breaded Sea Scallops


I never liked seafood until my husband urged me to try scallops, and now I love them. He says my breaded version is the best he's ever had. A tip I learned was to put them on a paper-towel-topped plate to soak up excess oil. —Martina Preston, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
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Reuben Pudgy PieTaste of Home

Reuben Pudgy Pie


Our favorite pudgy pie is the Reuben: corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese! We always use buttered bread. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Lemony Garbanzo SaladTaste of Home

Lemony Garbanzo Salad


Everybody goes for this super fresh salad with the cumin-coriander dressing, especially on warm days. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
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Curry ShrimpTaste of Home

Curry Shrimp


I created this Indian-style shrimp when we were entertaining some friends, one of our favorite things to do. It works on the stovetop or the grill. —Shana Conradt, Appleton, Wisconsin
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Beef TostadasTaste of Home

Beef Tostadas


Chipotle sauce gives this meaty tostada recipe just the right amount of heat to fire up a fiesta at the dinner table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Tangy Parmesan TilapiaTaste of Home

Tangy Parmesan Tilapia


If you want a gluten-free fish coating, this works beautifully! Some reduced-fat mayos may contain gluten, though, so check the label on yours to be sure. —Deborah Purdue, Westland, Michigan
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Sourdough Turkey MeltsTaste of Home

Sourdough Turkey Melts


When days feel rushed, these sandwiches with turkey and green chiles are one of my favorite standbys. They stack up in about 10 minutes, honestly. —Leah Carter, San Pedro, California
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Citrus ScallopsTaste of Home

Citrus Scallops


My husband and I like to eat seafood at least once a week. Oranges and lemon juice give scallops a refreshing burst of flavor. —Cheri Hawthorne, North Canton, Ohio
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Yellow Squash Turkey Salad


With a wonderful mix of flavors, colors and textures, this impressive salad can be made in minutes for lunch with a friend or for a light dinner with your sweetie. It’s my favorite fast recipe! —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
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Grilled Salmon with NectarinesTaste of Home

Grilled Salmon with Nectarines


My family liked this recipe so much one evening that I made it for a potluck the very next day. Everyone raved about it there, too—even people who aren't particularly fond of fish. —Kerin Benjamin, Citrus Heights, California
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Chicken, Pecan & Cherry SaladTaste of Home

Chicken, Pecan & Cherry Salad


Already cooked chicken strips make this a super easy meal when I'm trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Grabbing a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is another road to take when time is short and hungry family members surround the table! —Kellie Mulleavy, Lambertville, Michigan
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Italian Steak SandwichesTaste of Home

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
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Avocado Turkey SaladTaste of Home

Avocado Turkey Salad


Grape tomatoes and avocado chunks add pretty color and fresh flavor to this main-dish salad. 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
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Haddock with Lime-Cilantro ButterTaste of Home

Haddock with Lime-Cilantro Butter


Here in Louisiana, the good times roll when we broil fish and serve it with lots of lime juice, cilantro and butter. —Darlene Morris, Franklinton, Louisiana
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Feta Garbanzo Bean SaladTaste of Home

Feta Garbanzo Bean Salad


This super quick garbanzo bean salad is a hit with my crowd. If there are any leftovers, which rarely happens, I pile them into pitas for lunches the next day! You can also add grilled chicken or steak to turn it into a hearty main-dish salad.—Judy Doepel, Ballston Lake, New York
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Lime Broiled CatfishTaste of Home

Lime Broiled Catfish


To serve a reduced-calorie dish that is ready in about 15 minutes, I came up with this fast, simple recipe. I think the lime juice adds a different fresh flavor to the mild taste of the fish. —Nick Nicholson, Clarksdale, Mississippi
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Mexicali Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Mexicali Pork Chops


Grab just a couple pantry staples—taco seasoning and your favorite salsa—to cook up a super-quick dinner of tender pork chops smothered in fun flavors. —Laura Cohen, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Shrimp & Tomato Linguine TossTaste of Home

Shrimp & Tomato Linguine Toss


Looking for lighter fare tonight? Pair this fast and flavorful pasta toss with salad and garlic bread for a stress-free supper. —Louise Gilbert, Quesnel, British Columbia
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Chipotle Turkey Club SandwichTaste of Home

Chipotle Turkey Club Sandwich


We’re crazy for BLTs. A nearby roadside stand carries gorgeous tomatoes every summer. We load up, then stuff our sandwiches with the usual suspects, plus smoked turkey and cheese. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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