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Two-Step Dinners To Make All Summer Long

Dinner is going to be a breeze, thanks to these seasonal recipes that come together in just two steps.

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Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Exps Diydap21 41539 B06 23 2b

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken

Plan ahead to marinate chicken overnight for wonderful flavor. Leftovers of this teriyaki grilled chicken breast are fabulous the next day in a salad. —Jennifer Nichols, Tuscon, Arizona
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Herbed Tuna Salad Exps Cots21 28020 G05 04 5b

Herbed Tuna Salad

"Cooking for two is such a challenge for us, since my husband and I do not care for leftovers," says Rebecca Schweizer of Chesapeake, Virginia. "This well-seasoned salad, with its distinctive dill flavor, is my favorite lunch recipe.
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German Bratwurst With Sauerkraut And Apples Exps Tohescodr20 114652 E02 19 3b 1

Slow-Cooker German Bratwurst

I created this old-world favorite based on a dish I had during my travels. The flavorful entree is perfect for weeknights or special occasions. I like to serve this slow-cooker bratwurst with pasta. —Gerald Hetrick, Erie, Pennsylvania
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Herbed Chicken Caesar Salad Exps Diydap21 10496 B06 30 1b 2

Herbed Chicken Caesar Salad

This chicken Caesar salad looks and tastes fancy but couldn't be easier to make. It's my husband's favorite dinner.—Kay Andersen, Bear, Delaware
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Salmon Grilled In Foil Exps Tohas21 43844 E04 14 5b

Salmon Grilled in Foil

Steamed in its own juices, this grilled salmon in foil is incredibly tender. Curry adds a punch of flavor that's perfectly balanced by onion and tomato. —Merideth Berkovich, The Dalles, Oregon
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Grilled Caesar Chicken Breasts Exps Ft21 48831 F 0324 1 12

Grilled Caesar Chicken Breasts

Marinated overnight in creamy Caesar dressing, this grilled Caesar chicken recipe is juicy, tender and full of flavor. It couldn't be easier. —Marcia Wallenfeldt, Kent, Ohio
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Sausage Potato Skillet Exps Tohas21 8169 E04 14 9b

Sausage Potato Skillet

Growing up, I would eat this sausage and potato skillet recipe almost every day. I could never get enough of my favorite meal! —Amelia Bordas, Springfield, Virginia
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Easy Jambalaya Exps Tohfm20 241013 B09 20 2b 2

Easy Jambalaya

I brought this easy jambalaya to a Sunday potluck and it was quickly gobbled up. When friends asked me for the recipe, they couldn't believe how easy it was! —Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska
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Chicken Crouton Hot Dish Exps Ft21 18097 F 0629 1

Chicken Crouton Casserole

This Chicken Crouton Casserole recipe has practically made my mom famous. When she takes it to get-togethers, it's loved by all who taste it. Whenever she serves it to family, the dish is empty by the end of the meal. —Beth Gramling, Warren, Pennsylvania
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Speedy Shrimp Flatbreads Exps Tohescodr21 68538 B05 14 5b

Speedy Shrimp Flatbreads

My husband and I are hooked on flatbread pizzas, especially this shrimp flatbread pizza recipe. I make at least one a week just to have something tasty around as a snack. This one came together easily because I had all the ingredients on hand. —Cheryl Woodson, Liberty, Missouri
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Waffle Iron Pizzas Exps Tohfm21 187180 E09 22 13b

Waffle-Iron Pizzas

These little pizza pockets are a fun mashup using a waffle iron. Try adding your favorite toppings or even a few breakfast fillings, such as ham and eggs. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Meat Loaf In A Mug Exps Ft21 37020 F 0413 1

Meat Loaf in a Mug

This meat loaf in a mug is a smart take on the classic with hardly any cleanup (or leftovers)! —Mrs. Ruby Matt, Garnavillo, Iowa
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Crunchy Chili Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp  Exps Cwdj21 251263 B07 14 2b 3

Crunchy Chili Lime Shrimp

Easy, quick and family friendly, this chili lime shrimp recipe is dairy free and comes together in about 30 minutes. The secret is the bright, flavor-packed sauce. Serve over greens, store-bought slaw or cauliflower rice. —Julie Peterson Crofton, Maryland
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Slow Cooker Al Pastor Bowls Exps Tohescodr21 244413 E05 014 4b

Slow-Cooker Al Pastor Bowls

You'll love this easy version of a traditional Mexican favorite. Serve this al pastor bowl over rice or in tortillas with your favorite toppings. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Pizza Potato Toppers

Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make, but it's an economical treat as well. I don't know of a more satisfying way to stretch a half pound of meat! —Sheila Friedrich, Antelope, Montana
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Lemon Shrimp Orzo

What I love about this lemon shrimp orzo is that it's so tasty and it can be eaten hot or cold. It tastes great with chicken, too. —Aleni Salcedo, East Elmhurst, New York
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Applesauce Barbecue Chicken Exps Ft20 41953 F 0128 1 8

Applesauce Barbecue Chicken

You only need a few ingredients to create this sweet and peppery chicken. The subtle flavor of apple makes this tender barbecue dish stand out from the rest. —Darla Andrews, Farmers Branch, Texas
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Pineapple Shrimp Tacos

Taste the tropics with our cool, crispy take on shrimp tacos. Wrapping the shells in lettuce adds even more crunch while keeping the tacos tidy after you take a bite. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Easy Chicken Casserole Exps Ft21 8141 F 0616 1 3

Easy Chicken Casserole

I never bring home leftovers whenever I take this creamy, stick-to-your-ribs casserole to a potluck. Its mild flavor has broad appeal. I especially like the way that the crumb topping adds a bit of crunch to each meaty serving. -Faye Hintz, Springfield, Missouri
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Barbecue Turkey Wings Exps Ft21 22790 F 0518 1

Barbecue Turkey Wings

This smoky turkey wings recipe includes a barbecue sauce with garlic, paprika, green onions and soy sauce. I wanted to recreate a recipe I had at a restaurant, so I came up with this zesty combination. Dare I say, it'll be your favorite turkey wing recipe? —Francis Mitchell, Brooklyn, New York
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Chicken Cutlet Exps Ft21 20349 F 0406 1 2

Chicken Cutlet

I love the combination of chicken and cheese in this chicken cutlet recipe. Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and onion powder flavor the golden chicken cutlet, which is coated with seasoned bread crumbs. —Marie Hoyer, Lewistown, Montana
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Garlic Lime Shrimp Exps Ft21 23028 F 0714 1

Garlic Lime Shrimp

Our son, a restaurant owner, showed me how to make this Garlic Lime Shrimp dish. I take advantage of this area's ample shrimp supply and make this special entree often. It's also tasty served over rice. —Gertraud Casbarro, Summerville, South Carolina
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15 Minute Marinated Chicken Exps Ft21 5038 F 0218 1 6

15-Minute Marinated Chicken

Whenever I serve this grilled chicken to family and friends, which is quite often, I'm bound to be asked for the 15-minute marinade recipe. It's a fast and tasty meal that I'm happy to share with others. —Pam Shinogle, Arlington, Texas
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Coconut Citrus Sauced Cod Exps Rc20 251607 B07 14 5b 1

Citrus Coconut Steamed Cod

I love to make this fusion meal on weeknights when I am short on time but want something big in flavor. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
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Chicken Rice Bowl Exps Dydap21 25774 B04 06 1b

Chicken Rice Bowl

This chicken rice bowl recipe is so easy to toss together on a busy weeknight, and I usually have the ingredients already on hand. I start sauteing the onion and pepper first, then I prepare the instant rice. If you like, top it with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese. —Tammy Daniels, Batavia, Ohio
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Cashew Chicken With Bok Choy Exps Ft20 29896 F 0714 1 7

Cashew Chicken with Bok Choy

With bok choy and red pepper, this light and lively entree is not only colorful but delicious as well. Your family will ask you to prepare it all year long! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Pressure-Cooker Lemon Chicken with Basil

No matter when I eat it, this tangy chicken dish always reminds me of summer meals with friends and family. The recipe produces a lot of lovely sauce; serve it as is or spoon it over some lightly herbed couscous. —Deborah Posey, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Honey Dijon Salmon And Asparagus Exps Hca21 24082 B06 09 5b V2

Honey-Dijon Salmon and Asparagus

This is our favorite salmon recipe. It's easy, nutritious and delicious. The best part is that cleanup is a snap! —Betty Stewart, Leola, Pennsylvania
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Chicken Breasts with Melon Relish

This tropical-tasting melon relish is sweet and very flavorful. It tastes so good with the tender chicken breasts and is perfect for summer. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
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Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice Exps Tohescodr20 246006 E03 17 2b 14

Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice

This healthier take on kimchi fried rice is one of my favorite recipes because it's customizable. If there's a vegetarian in the family, leave out the bacon and add your favorite veggies. —Stefanie Schaldenbrand, Los Angeles, California
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Simple Salsa Chicken Exps Tohas21 35477 E04 13 4b

Baked Salsa Chicken

My husband and I prefer our food a little spicier than our children do, so I created this baked salsa chicken recipe just for the two of us. It's now a regular menu item at our house. —Jan Cooper, Troy, Alabama
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Chicken Salad Exps Tohpp19 3087 B08 27 2b 3

Chicken Salad

This is a recipe that always seems to be used at our family gatherings. Everyone loves it. It's also great to make ahead for busy days. —Cathy Rauen, Ridgeway, Colorado
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Grilled Salmon Fillet Exps Diyd21 14056 E05 12 10b 1

Grilled Salmon Fillet

Growing up on a family-owned resort, I was expected to help around the kitchen. This grilled salmon fillet recipe became my specialty. —Paul Noetzel, Grafton, Wisconsin
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One Pan Sweet Chili Shrimp And Veggies Exps Tohas20 245857 F04 09 1b 4

One-Pan Sweet Chili Shrimp and Veggies

This one-pan shrimp and veggies recipe has everything I'm looking for in a weeknight family dinner: quick, flavorful, nutritious and all three of my kids will eat it! My oldest son loves shrimp and I thought it would work well as a sheet-pan supper. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Indonesian Peanut Chicken Exps Tohescodr21 45680 B03 24 4b 4

Indonesian Peanut Chicken

Here’s a marvelous make-ahead recipe! I cut up fresh chicken, put it in a bag with the remaining slow-cooker ingredients and freeze it. To cook, just remove the bag a day ahead to thaw in the fridge, then pour all the contents into the slow cooker. —Sarah Newman, Mahtomedi, Minnesota
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Mexican Steak Fajitas Exps Thjj21 14546 B02 10 6b 6

Mexican Steak Fajitas

In my Mexican steak fajitas recipe, tender strips of sirloin pick up plenty of spicy flavor from a marinade seasoned with cayenne pepper and cumin. This colorful dish is speedy and satisfying. —Shirley Hilger, Lincoln, Nebraska
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Quick Chicken Caesar Salad Exps Fttmz21 12217 E03 05 4b 3

Quick Chicken Caesar Salad

After tasting this easy chicken Caesar salad recipe at a friend's going-away party, I made sure to request the recipe. Now I fix it for my husband just about every week. It's great with a potato or pasta side dish and chunks of crusty bread. —Kim Blanda, Neptune, New Jersey
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Mediterranean Kofta Meatballs Exps Ft20 260489 F 1218 1 3

Mediterranean Kofta Meatballs

For a new take on meatballs, try this quick kofta recipe to make flavorful Mediterranean meatballs full of spices and herbs. Shape meat mixture around soaked wooden skewers and grill them for a more authentic twist. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Quick Garlic Lime Chicken Exps Ft21 5159 F 0126 1 5

Quick Garlic-Lime Chicken

After tending the farm and growing our own produce, I don't have much time left for cooking. I've found this simple chicken dish ideal for hectic days. —Doris Carnahan, Lincoln, Arkansas
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Caribbean Shrimp Bowl Exps Tohfm21 225530 Eb09 24 2b 34

Caribbean Shrimp Bowl

After switching to a paleo diet a few years ago, we have started eating tons of veggies for almost every meal—yes, even breakfast. We’ve gotten used to swapping in cauliflower, broccoli and kale in place of carbs like rice or potatoes. This bowl is literally chock-full of veggies and has tons of Caribbean-inspired flavor! Plus, it is so simple to make and uses one skillet! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Pinto Bean Zucchini Boats Exps Dodbz20 25604 E07 21 11b

Pinto Bean Zucchini Boats

Zucchini shells take center stage when filled with vegetables, beans and sauce.
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Grilled Lime Chicken Exps Ft21 343 F 0512 1 1 5

Grilled Lime Chicken

A wonderful citrusy marinade makes this grilled lime chicken tangy and tasty. A few hours before dinner, simply marinate the chicken for a fuss-free meal later on. —Lisa Dougherty, Vacaville, California
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Creamy Tomato Shrimp With Penne Exps Ft21 41839 F 0713 1 5

Creamy Tomato Shrimp Pasta

This Creamy Tomato Shrimp Pasta dish looks and tastes like it’s meant for special occasions, but it only takes 20 minutes to make. People love this entree's flavor and think it’s complicated, but jarred sauces makes it so fast. —Cassandra Gourley, Williams, Arizona
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Campfire Casserole Exps Ft21 35350 F 0609 1

Campfire Casserole

With three different types of meat and four kinds of beans, this Campfire Casserole really satisfies. Serve it with cheese-topped corn bread for a complete meal. —Flo Rahn, Hillsboro, Kansas
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Greek Feta Chicken

Feta cheese takes this chicken and potatoes dinner over the top with a bit of tangy saltiness. Serve with a side salad tossed with pepperoncinis, black olives and reduced-fat balsamic vinaigrette. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Shrimp Pasta Primavera

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So when I invite that special guy to dinner, I like to prepare something equally wonderful. This well-seasoned pasta dish has lots of flavor, and it won't hurt your budget! —Shari Neff, Takoma Park, Maryland
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Chicken Paella Exps Cf2bz20 29684 E12 04 5b 2

Chicken Paella

Turmeric lends flavor and a pretty golden color to this Spanish-style entree. Haven’t tried arborio rice? You’ll love its creamy texture.

Caroline Stanko
As 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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