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Quick Recipes

Spend less time in the kitchen, without sacrificing taste, by making these family-favorite quick recipes. You'll find great appetizers, desserts and main dish recipes made in 30 minutes or less!

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The almonds in the recipe give it extra flair. It's a refreshing salad I serve year-round.—Jean Ann Perkins, Newburyport, Maryland
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Bart's Black Bean Soup

Bart's Black Bean Soup

Bart's Black Bean Soup

This soup is made in minutes. We enjoy it with Herbed Dinner Rolls. Add a salad for a complete meal that's really tasty! —Sharon Ullyot, London, Ontario

Creamy Coffee Mix

Creamy Coffee Mix

Creamy Coffee Mix

A hint of cinnamon and a little sugar dress up instant coffee granules in this easy blend shared by Jane Fraser. Simply mix with boiling water for a change-of pace morning beverage. "My mother loved it," she writes from her home in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Pancake and Waffle Mix

Pancake and Waffle Mix

Pancake and Waffle Mix

"This terrific blend provides the ease of a boxed pancake mix with the homemade goodness of light, fluffy pancakes and waffles made from scratch," says Deb Poitz of Fort Morgan, Colorado. It uses a terrific buttermilk powder (see box below right).
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No-Bake Candy Bar Pie

No-Bake Candy Bar Pie

No-Bake Candy Bar Pie

"I've made this no-bake dessert for many occasions because the recipe is so simple and easy to remember," says Sharlie Hanson of Tulsa, Oklahoma. "I freeze the candy bars and use a rolling pin to make crushing them easy."

Effortless Eggnog

Effortless Eggnog

Effortless Eggnog

This easy eggnog offers delicious traditional flavor without any eggs! There’s no food safely worry about raw eggs, and anyone with egg allergies can enjoy this mixture. It’s also good “spiked,” if you are so inclined. —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah

Ranch Snack Mix

Ranch Snack Mix

Ranch Snack Mix

This is a wonderful fast-to-fix munchie. The recipe makes tons and doesn't involve any cooking. It's a cinch to package in individual snack bags, keeps its crunch and is a savory alternative to the cakes and pies usually offered at bake sales. —Linda Murphy, Pulaski, Wisconsin

California Pasta Salad

California Pasta Salad

California Pasta Salad

Not only does this salad travel well to get-togethers such as picnics or tailgate parties, but people absolutely love it when it gets there. —Jeanette Krembas, Laguna Niguel, California

Pecan Brittle

Pecan Brittle

Pecan Brittle

This is a favorite of my family. I love making this candy for Christmas.—Fern Newsom, Dubach, Louisiana

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Meet the Cook: Needing a quick appetizer one night when dinner was running late, I combined a few leftovers into this easy cheese ball. For variety, you can shape it into a log, or substitute favorite herbs for the pepper. My husband and I are the proud parents of two children, Kenton, 6, and Katie, 4. -Tamara Rickard, Bartlett, Tennessee

Peach Smoothie

Peach Smoothie

Peach Smoothie

Whip up this creamy concoction as a refreshing and nutritious snack or a quick chilled breakfast. Because you can use frozen fruit, you don't have to wait until peaches are in season to enjoy this delicious smoothie. —Martha Polasek, Markham, Texas

Glazed Ham Slices

Glazed Ham Slices

Glazed Ham Slices

BESIDES being a great cook, my mom could put a meal together in no time at all. A creative cook, she didn't always measure everything, which made it look so easy. This recipe of hers is quick to put together. The sauce is simple but delicious. We have ham quite often and this is our favorite "leftover" dish. -Leona Luecking, West Burlington, Iowa

Creamy Tropical Fruit Salad

Creamy Tropical Fruit Salad

Creamy Tropical Fruit Salad

Teri Lindquist of Gurnee, Illinois says: “I needed a speedy salad for a luncheon recently, used what I had available and everyone loved it! Light, fluffy and full of fruit, this salad could double as a healthy dessert. You can also tuck it into the kids’ lunchboxes for a fun school-day treat.”

Pineapple Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Pineapple Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Pineapple Chicken Salad Sandwiches

These sandwiches are always welcome at lunchtime around our house. Sweet pineapple and crunchy pecans are nice additions to ordinary chicken salad. —Carol Alexander, Midland, Michigan

Honey-Fried Walleye

Honey-Fried Walleye

Honey-Fried Walleye

We fish on most summer weekends, so we have lots of fresh fillets. Everyone who tries this crisp, golden fish loves it. It's one of my husband's favorite walleye recipes, and I never have leftovers. Honey gives the coating a deliciously different twist. —Sharon Collis, Colona, Illinois
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