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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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This isn’t your ordinary dinner salad—the lettuce wedges truly come to life when you drizzle on the romesco sauce. Freshly minced garlic and cayenne pepper shoot bursts of flavor through the dressing, and walnuts add a pleasing crunch.
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Fluffy Chocolate Mousse Frosting

Fluffy Chocolate Mousse Frosting

Fluffy Chocolate Mousse Frosting

This smooth, fluffy frosting is a real treat for cake lovers. You can also use it as a dip for fresh fruit.—Kim Marie Van Rheenen, Mendota, Illinois

This 'n' That Salad

This 'n' That Salad

This 'n' That Salad

"While entertaining one night, I threw together this crunchy vegetable salad with items I had on hand," notes Annette Marie Young of West Lafayette, Indiana. "My dinner guests loved it, and my mother even asked me to write down the recipe for her."

Submarine Sandwich Salad

Submarine Sandwich Salad

Submarine Sandwich Salad

If your family's like mine, they won't be able to resist this salad loaded with meat, produce...even bread! The recipe can be easily doubled, so I often prepare it for potlucks.
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Cool as a Cucumber Soup

Cool as a Cucumber Soup

Cool as a Cucumber Soup

This chilled soup makes a wonderful appetizer or side on a hot summer day. Bright bursts of dill provide a pleasant contrast to the milder flavor of cucumber.—Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

Onion Vinaigrette Salad

Onion Vinaigrette Salad

Onion Vinaigrette Salad

"The recipe for this pretty salad dressing was given to me a long time ago by my sister-in-law," comments Harriet Stichter of Milford, Indiana. "We like the mixture's onion flavor so much we keep some in our refrigerator year-round."

Celery Seed Bread

Celery Seed Bread

Celery Seed Bread

This quick, easy bread is a family favorite with just about any Italian meal.—Norma Erne, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Buttery Mint Carrots

Buttery Mint Carrots

Buttery Mint Carrots

I reworked an old recipe to blend mint (traditionally a complement to lamb) with buttery-sweet carrots. This quick way of dressing up carrots makes a colorful accompaniment for other meats as well.

Poppy Seed Mandarin Salad

Poppy Seed Mandarin Salad

Poppy Seed Mandarin Salad

Dried cranberries add color and cashews bring fun crunch to this pretty salad. “It’s great for a covered-dish dinner, but can also be served at luncheons with the girls,” writes Darlene Hoffman of Augusta, Georgia. “I like to serve it with crusty rolls.”

Spicy Mustard Spread

Spicy Mustard Spread

Spicy Mustard Spread

"This zippy spread makes taste buds sit up and take notice," assure Audrey Thibodeau of Mesa, Arizona. "It's super on vegetables, hot dogs and hamburger, in potato salad and more."

Cranberry Pecan Spinach Salad

Cranberry Pecan Spinach Salad

Cranberry Pecan Spinach Salad

I came across this recipe one year when I was looking for a special salad for the holidays. —Deb Murata, Carmichael, California

Lemon Vinaigrette on Greens

Lemon Vinaigrette on Greens

Lemon Vinaigrette on Greens

The vinaigrette also tastes good on spinach salad. It keeps well in the regrigerator in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Just shake and serve.—Susan Garoutte, Georgetown, Texas

Calico Pepper Salad

Calico Pepper Salad

Calico Pepper Salad

You can pep up all sorts of events with the pretty salad Jennifer Mottashed of Simcoe, Ontario shares. "It's easy on the cook, too," she notes. Not only is it ideal for mixing up ahead of time, it can be size right for any gathering.

Cracked Pepper Salad Dressing

Cracked Pepper Salad Dressing

Cracked Pepper Salad Dressing

The pepper is bold but not too sharp in this creamy dressing that will complement your favorite salad ingredients. It's easy to mix up and great to have on hand.

Garlic White Bean Dip

Garlic White Bean Dip

Garlic White Bean Dip

Great with fresh veggies or as a sandwich spread, this dip brings a touch of sophistication and loads of flavor to any meal. —Sarah Klier, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Lemon Meringue Floats

Lemon Meringue Floats

Lemon Meringue Floats

I actually dreamed of this float idea one night, and woke up knowing I needed to make it. Thank you, Mr. Sandman! —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Honey-Lemon Asparagus

Honey-Lemon Asparagus

Honey-Lemon Asparagus

Everyone who tastes my glazed asparagus takes more, so I double the recipe. For another option, try root veggies like turnip and parsnip in this honeyed side. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

Apple Maple Pecan Salad

Apple Maple Pecan Salad

Apple Maple Pecan Salad

A well-made salad has good taste and pleasing crunch. This one with cabbage, apples and pecans gets high marks in both, with extra points for color. —Emily Tyra, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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