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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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15-Minute Meat Loaf

15-Minute Meat Loaf

15-Minute Meat Loaf

I combined a few great-tasting meat loaf recipes to create this flavorful version, which my husband loves. And because it's made in the microwave, the entree is perfect for busy nights. —Deb Thompson, Lincoln, Nebraska

Pistachio Mallow Salad

Pistachio Mallow Salad

Pistachio Mallow Salad

This fluffy pistachio salad is a real treat since it's creamy but not overly sweet. It's easy to mix up, and the flavor gets better the longer it stands. It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day, served in a green bowl. -Pattie Ann Forssberg, Logan, Kansas

Tortilla Chicken Bean Soup

Tortilla Chicken Bean Soup

Tortilla Chicken Bean Soup

Tasty toppings jazz up this no-fuss soup that has Mexican flair. The recipe for this sure-to-please soup was given to me by a friend. I make it often for company, and everyone asks for the recipe. You can substitute pinto beans in red chili sauce for the regular pinto beans and cumin called for in the recipe. —Michelle Larson, Greentown, Indiana
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Nutty Broccoli Slaw

Nutty Broccoli Slaw

Nutty Broccoli Slaw

My daughter gave me the recipe for this delightful salad. The sweet dressing nicely coats a crisp blend of broccoli slaw mix, onions, almonds and sunflower kernels. Crushed ramen noodles provide even more crunch. It's a smash hit wherever I take it. —Dora Mae Clapsaddle, Kensington, Ohio

Crunchy Apple Side Salad

Crunchy Apple Side Salad

Crunchy Apple Side Salad

With fiber-rich fruit, light dressing and crunchy walnuts, this is a great snack. Try it with low-fat granola. —Kathy Armstrong, Post Falls, Idaho

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Trade in the usual veggie party platter for these fun kabobs. I often make it for my family to snack on, and it's a great recipe for the kids to help make. —Christine Mitchell, Glendora, California

Sandwich for a Crowd

Sandwich for a Crowd

Sandwich for a Crowd

My husband and I live on a 21-acre horse ranch and are pleased to invite friends to enjoy it with us. When entertaining, I rely on no-fuss make-ahead entrees like this satisfying sandwich. -Helen Hougland, Spring Hill, Kansas

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

This smooth, versatile cream cheese frosting has a delicate vanilla flavor. The woman who made the wedding cake for our daughter, Leanne, and her groom, Billy, used this recipe. It's also excellent on carrot cake. —Sharon Lugdon, Greenbush, Maine

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad

During last-minute menu planning, I often include this ambrosia recipe because I keep the ingredients on hand. —Judi Bringegar, Liberty, North Carolina

Fluffy Hot Chocolate

Fluffy Hot Chocolate

Fluffy Hot Chocolate

This is our daughter's favorite hot chocolate recipe. It may look like ordinary cocoa, but a touch of vanilla sets it apart from the rest. And the melted marshmallows give it a frothy body you won't get from a cocoa packet. —Jo Ann Schimcek, Weimar, Texas

Quick Taco Dip

Quick Taco Dip

Quick Taco Dip

This quick taco dip from Rhonda Biancardi of Blaine, Minnesota is a definite family favorite. In fact, she says, “This recipe has been made more times than I can count! It just looks very colorful to a table, and it never lasts long.

Zippy Egg Salad

Zippy Egg Salad

Zippy Egg Salad

Egg salad is a refreshing, tasty change from lunch meat or peanut butter sandwiches. The touch of mustard and lemon juice gives it extra zip. —Annemarie Pietila, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Iced Raspberry Tea

Iced Raspberry Tea

Iced Raspberry Tea

Frozen raspberries lend fruity flavor and lovely color to this pretty iced tea that's good all year round. The recipe calls for just a few common ingredients and offers make-ahead convenience. —Lois McGrady, Hillsville, Virginia

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Whipped cream recipes don't have to be hard. This one can even be made ahead. Slightly underwhip the cream, then cover and refrigerate for several hours. Beat briefly just before using.
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