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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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I love to cook and especially enjoy trying new recipes. I took a cooking class and discovered this delightful salad. It's nice for a spring luncheon with the fresh taste of the asparagus, parsley and chives drizzled with a zesty dressing. -Marcy Fechtig, Burnt Prairie, Illinois
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Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

This is an old Southern recipe that I've adapted. It's a classic, hearty breakfast that takes you on a trip to the South every time it's served. —Sue Baker, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Fiesta Pinwheels

Whenever I serve this make-ahead pinwheel recipe, they disappear fast. When a friend at the office shared them with me, I knew in one bite I'd be taking her recipe home for the holidays. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin

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.”
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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

Sweet Ham Steak

Sweet Ham Steak

Sweet Ham Steak

In Markesan, Wisconsin, Nancy Smits needs just three ingredients to fix this sweetly seasoned ham slice. "It's a quick-and-easy main dish for brunch or any meal," she reports.

Pecan Brittle

Pecan Brittle

Pecan Brittle

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

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

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."

Garden Tomato Salad

Garden Tomato Salad

Garden Tomato Salad

For as long as I can remember, Mom made a salad of tomatoes and cucumbers. Now I make it whenever beautiful tomatoes are in reach. —Shannon Arthur, Upper Arlington, Ohio

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

Salmon Quesadillas

Salmon Quesadillas

Salmon Quesadillas

"I like simple recipes that get me out of the kitchen fast, so my husband and I can spend more time with our two boys," comments Heidi Main of Anchorage, Alaska. "These super-quick wedges are always a hit...and a tasty change of pace from salmon patties."

Creamy Cranberry Salad

Creamy Cranberry Salad

Creamy Cranberry Salad

One of my piano students taught me the perfect lesson in salad for the holidays. The keys are cranberries, pineapple, marshmallows and nuts. —Alexandra Lypecky, Dearborn, Michigan

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

Nectarine and Beet Salad

Nectarine and Beet Salad

Nectarine and Beet Salad

Beets and nectarines sprinkled with feta cheese make a scrumptious blend for a colorful mixed green salad. The combination of ingredients may seem unlikely, but I think it will become a favorite. —Nicole Werner, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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