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Quick Dinner Recipes

Whether you're on the go or just want to spend less time in the kitchen, we've got you covered with these quick dinner recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less!

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Asian Beef & Noodles

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Judy Batson
I created this dish on a whim to feed my hungry teenagers. It's since become a dinnertime staple, and, now, two of my grandchildren make it in their own kitchens. —Judy Batson, Tampa, FL
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Grilled Pistachio-Lemon Pesto Shrimp

Grilled Pistachio-Lemon Pesto Shrimp

Grilled Pistachio-Lemon Pesto Shrimp

Besides tasting great with shrimp, this pesto can be used on pasta or spread on a portobello mushroom or garlic bread topped with melted mozzarella. —Amy Jo Dale, Long Beach, California

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Shrimp with Basil-Mango Sauce

Instead of serving cold shrimp with cocktail sauce, prepare this simple basil sauce and top it with tender cooked shrimp. It's a fun and fancy appetizer. —Ken Hulme, Prescott, Arizona

Greek Pork Cutlets

Greek Pork Cutlets

Greek Pork Cutlets

Treat your family to a meal filled with Mediterranean flair when you serve up these succulent slices of pork. Our home economists created a garden-fresh cucumber sauce to go with the herb-seasoned entree.
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Pretty Ham Primavera

Pretty Ham Primavera

Pretty Ham Primavera

Give leftover ham a face-lift in this tasty pasta dish that mixes up in a wink. The mild cream sauce gets fresh flavor from sauteed mushrooms and a boost of color from frozen peas. —Joan Laurenzo, Johnstown, Ohio

Honey-Mustard Chicken Pasta

Honey-Mustard Chicken Pasta

Honey-Mustard Chicken Pasta

“In the six years that we have been married, my husband and I have lived in five countries on three continents,” writes Rebecca Lentz of Chattanooga, Tennessee. “This dish has proved to be a winner wherever in the world we have been.”

Shrimp Penne with Garlic Sauce for Two

Shrimp Penne with Garlic Sauce for Two

Shrimp Penne with Garlic Sauce for Two

“My friends and family request this all the time. It’s quick and smells so good.” Best of all, it's a breeze to downsize for two! Christy Martell - Round Hill, Virginia

Scallops with Thai Sauce

Scallops with Thai Sauce

Scallops with Thai Sauce

Tender scallops and crunchy cashews star at dinnertime tonight! This recipe calls for sea scallops, which are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. You could also use their sweeter, smaller relative, the bay scallop. —Joe Hable of Madison, Wisconsin

Smoked Sausage Pasta

Smoked Sausage Pasta

Smoked Sausage Pasta

“One of the things I like most about this is that you can chill leftovers and have an equally delicious sausage pasta salad later in the week.” Jasen Guillermo - Tucson, Arizona

Grilled Goat Cheese & Arugula Sandwiches

Grilled Goat Cheese & Arugula Sandwiches

Grilled Goat Cheese & Arugula Sandwiches

To create a more “grown-up” grilled cheese sandwich, I threw in tangy goat cheese and peppery arugula. I enjoy a similar combination on pizza, and it worked here, too! —Jess Apfe, Berkeley, California

Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Rice

Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Rice

Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Rice

I like the challenge of inventing recipes with ingredients I have on hand. This easy-peasy meal fits the bill. —Colleen Doucette, Truro, Nova Scotia

Stir-Fry for One

Stir-Fry for One

Stir-Fry for One

Whenever I ask my husband what he'd like for dinner, this is what he requests. I double the recipe so that I can enjoy it with him. He thinks this rivals the stir-fries served in many restaurants.—Margery Bryan, Moses Lake, Washington

Beef Strip Vegetable Stir-Fry

Beef Strip Vegetable Stir-Fry

Beef Strip Vegetable Stir-Fry

This recipe is loaded with fresh veggies, and makes a frequent appearance at my table. You can replacement beef with chicken, fish or even tofu.—Betsy Larimer, Somerset, Pennsylvania

Best Rosemary Chicken

Best Rosemary Chicken

Best Rosemary Chicken

This is a terrific recipe for anyone who cooks for one or two people. Plus, it can easily be doubled to feed more. It is perfect for fast-paced weekdays and makes a complete meal when served with buttered beans and rolls. -Luke Armstead, Oregon City, Oregon

Pear & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni

Pear & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni

Pear & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni

The sweet pear, salty sausage and creamy blue cheese are a wonderful combination in this dish. It tastes just like something you'd get at a great restaurant. —Debby Harden, Williamston, Michigan

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Chicken & Goat Cheese Skillet

Chicken & Goat Cheese Skillet

Chicken & Goat Cheese Skillet

My husband was completely bowled over by this on-a-whim skillet meal. I can't wait to make it again very soon! —Ericka Barber, Eureka, California

Grecian Chicken

Grecian Chicken

Grecian Chicken

The caper, tomato and olive flavors whisk you away to the Greek isles in an easy skillet dish that's perfect for hectic weeknights. —Jan Marler, Murchison, Texas

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Rice Bowls

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Rice Bowls

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Rice Bowls

With three hungry boys in my house, dinners need to be quick and filling and it helps to get in some veggies, too. This one is a favorite because it's hearty and fun to tweak with different ingredients. —Kim Van Dunk, Caldwell, NJ
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