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12 Wholesome Weeknight Dinner Contest Winners

Get a healthy and delicious meal on the table in 30 minutes flat with these contest-winning recipes from home cooks just like you!

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Popcorn Shrimp Tacos With Cabbage Slaw Exps Tohas20 245361 F04 07 1b Home 6

Grand Prize: Popcorn Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

These healthy popcorn shrimp tacos combine classic flavors in a new way! It’s one of my family’s favorites. To make them low-carb, use lettuce instead of tortillas. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
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One Pan Sweet Chili Shrimp And Veggies Exps Tohas20 245857 F04 09 1b 4

1st Place: 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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Fruity Chicken Salad Pitas Exps Tohas20 245804 F04 08 1b 1

2nd Place: Fruity Chicken Salad Pitas

I found this handwritten recipe tucked inside an old community cookbook I bought more than 40 years ago. I made a few changes over the years to suit my family’s tastes. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York
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One Pot Red Beans And Rice Exps Tohas20 245145 F04 10 2b Home

3rd Place: One-Pot Red Beans and Rice

This Dutch oven red beans and rice recipe is a great one-pot meal. It's one of my husband's favorites and it uses simple ingredients, so it's been a go-to recipe in our house for years. —Janice Conklin, Stevensville, Montana
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Butternut Burrito Bowl Exps Tohas20 244745 F04 07 2b Home 2

Runner-Up: Butternut Burrito Bowl

This butternut squash burrito bowl is an easy-to-prep dinner that combines fresh ingredients with wholesome convenience foods. It comes together in just minutes and can be customized with everyone's favorite toppings. —Patricia Kukuc, Clearwater, Florida
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Chili Topped Cornbread Waffles Exps Tohas20 245297 F04 09 1b

Runner-Up: Chili-Topped Cornbread Waffles

My daughter inspired this cornbread waffles recipe. Everyone in my family loves chili except her, so we had an idea—cornbread waffles topped with chili and all the fixings! It was a hit. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Easy Chicken Pesto Stuffed Peppers Exps Tohas20 245148 F04 08 2b 5

Runner-Up: Easy Chicken Pesto Stuffed Peppers

On busy weeknights, I don’t want to spend more than 30 minutes preparing dinner, nor do I want to wash a towering pile of dishes. This recipe delivers without having to sacrifice flavor! —Olivia Cruz, Greenville, South Carolina
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Gorgonzola Shrimp Pasta Exps Tohas20 245152 F04 10 1b Home 5

Runner-Up: Gorgonzola Shrimp Pasta

This creamy pasta dish is so quick and easy. It's perfect for weeknights, but feels special enough for company. —Robin Haas, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
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Runner-Up: Mediterranean Sole

Runner-Up: Mediterranean Sole

This Mediterranean sole recipe may be simple, but it's elegant and incredibly flavorful. Steaming in parchment is an easy and healthy way to cook fish and vegetables. Any white fish will work in place of the sole. —Andrea Potischman, Menlo Park, California
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Runner-Up: Quick and Healthy Turkey Veggie Soup

I freeze our leftover turkey at the holidays so we can enjoy meals like this year-round. This soup is especially delicious on a chilly fall or winter day. If you're looking for a dish that's more filling, add some cooked pasta. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Rosemary Salmon And Veggies Exps Tohas20 245937 F04 14 2b Home 2

Runner-Up: Rosemary Salmon and Veggie

My husband and I eat a lot of salmon. One night, while in a rush to get dinner on the table, I created this rosemary salmon meal. It's a keeper! You can also include sliced zucchini, small cauliflower florets or fresh green beans. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington
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Southwest Sweet Potato Skillet Exps Tohas 245484 F04 14 1b Home

Runner-Up: Southwest Sweet Potato Skillet

One of the first things my husband made for me was a variation of this chicken sweet potato skillet. Over the years, it has become a family favorite. Top with cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce or anything else your family likes. —MacKenzie Wright, San Antonio, Texas

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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