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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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Cola Floats

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Shannon Roum
These thick, frosty floats add fun to any casual meal. TIP: Try substituting other soda-ice cream blends for the floats, such as root beer and caramel-swirl vanilla. —Shannon Roum, Rockford, IL
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Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

This flavorful full-bodied dressing is better than any bottled dressing I've ever tasted...and it's easy to prepare, too! I found the recipe in a church cookbook. -Leona Luecking West Burlington, Iowa

Creamy Turkey Gravy

Creamy Turkey Gravy

Creamy Turkey Gravy

With my easy recipe, even someone who has never made homemade gravy before can be assured of success. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas.

BLT Caesar Salad

BLT Caesar Salad

BLT Caesar Salad

WITH the addition of cold, cooked chicken, this salad makes a great meal all by itself. As is, it’s a nice idea for a twist on Caesar salad, always delicious and fewer calories than your standard BLT.
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Black Bean Gazpacho

Black Bean Gazpacho

Black Bean Gazpacho

"I first tried this colorful chilled soup at my best friend's house during one of the hottest summers I can remember," recalls Shelley Graff of Philo, Illinois. "Its garden-fresh flavor really hit the spot!"

Dutch Spinach Salad

Dutch Spinach Salad

Dutch Spinach Salad

This dressing can also be served hot on wilted lettuce, or adapted for potato salad or coleslaw. My grandmother, mother and aunts made this Pennsylvania Dutch treat, and I'm happy to pass it on for others to enjoy!

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

Fire and Ice Tomatoes

You won't miss the salt in this refreshing tomato salad! It's well-seasoned with cayenne pepper, mustard seed and vinegar but not the least bit spicy. This dish is always a hit at potlucks. —Nan Rickey, Yuma, Arizona

Bacon-Tomato Spinach Salad

Bacon-Tomato Spinach Salad

Bacon-Tomato Spinach Salad

Mom knew how to get us kids to eat our vegetables! This lovely salad combines spinach, tomatoes, red onion and bacon, served with a creamy homemade dressing. It's a classic side dish we've enjoyed for years. —Jeanne Voss Anaheim Hills, California

Sparkling Party Punch

Sparkling Party Punch

Sparkling Party Punch

This has been my signature punch for years, and the much-requested favorite at our annual Christmas party. It’s sparkly, fruity, frothy (if you add the sherbet) and so simple! —JAN WITTEVEEN, NORBORNE, MISSOURI

Fried Garlic Toast

Fried Garlic Toast

Fried Garlic Toast

I serve this fast toast with many meals and as a snack. For a change, sprinkle on onion powder instead of the garlic powder or use a favorite herb seasoning.—Leah Carrell, Quitman, Texas

Berry Turkey Sandwich

Berry Turkey Sandwich

Berry Turkey Sandwich

Sliced fresh strawberries, Swiss cheese and a nutty cream cheese spread make this turkey sandwich different. Try it on whole wheat, oatmeal or sunflower seed bread. It's tasty and easy to put together. —Edward Meyer of Arnold, Missouri

Cherry Mousse

Cherry Mousse

Cherry Mousse

This fluffy dessert is a wonderful way to end a meal. I just know your family will find it as find it as tasty as mine does—Becky Lohmiller, Monticello, Indiana

Thymed Zucchini Saute

Thymed Zucchini Saute

Thymed Zucchini Saute

Simple and flavorful, this recipe is a tasty and healthy way to use up all those zucchini that are taking over your garden. It's ready in no time! —Bobby Taylor, Ulster Park, New York

On-The-Go Snack Mix

On-The-Go Snack Mix

On-The-Go Snack Mix

“Since there’s no baking required, this is really simple to make. Plus, it’s also healthy and tasty. If you want a snack that delivers protein and a few vitamins and minerals, this will do it.” —Leah M. Firestone, Scottdale, Pennsylvania

Cauldron Dip

Cauldron Dip

Cauldron Dip

This witch's cauldron doesn't hold a spooky brew--just a Halloween snack that's frightfully fun! Our Test Kitchen formed a pot by toasting a slice of rye bread, then filled it with a creamy dip that's perfect with the pretzel "logs" and sweet pepper "flames" that are placed underneath.
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