Secrets to 14 Fast-Fix Recipes
Zippy Cinnamon Rolls
A Midwest Living editor contributed the recipe for these gooey-good rolls. "Frozen bread dough and pudding mix can fool anyone into thinking you spent the morning baking cinnamon rolls," she says.
Co's Candy-Bar Brownies
Colleen Weeden, Midwest Living® Test Kitchen project supervisor, combines packaged sweets with homemade frosting for her easy dessert. "My family has no idea I'm using a box brownie mix when I cover the brownies with from-scratch chocolate frosting and sprinkle on candy or chopped candy bars," Colleen says.
15-Minute Raspberry Sauce
"This one always impresses people," says Lynn Blanchard, Test Kitchen director. "It's great over chocolate cake, cheesecake and ice cream."
Potato Chips Meet Fish
How do you get your family to eat fish? By serving them tilapia coated with potato chips, herbs and honey-mustard dressing.
"Paella is a snap when you use precooked turkey sausage, precooked shrimp and pouch rice," says Colleen Weeden, Test Kitchen project supervisor. Serve this delicious dish with warm, crusty bread to sop up the juices at the bottom of your bowl.
Fudgy Coffee Brownies
Sandra Granseth, food consultant for Midwest Living®, turned a brownie mix into a grown-up dessert by stirring in cinnamon and coffee liqueur. A chocolate drizzle decorates the top. Or, top with white and dark chocolates.
In our picture, Sandra's Fudgy Coffee Brownies are shown with a candy-topped variation of Co's Candy-Bar Brownies (slide 3).
Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
Leftover chicken and frozen noodles help recipe creator Sandra Granseth cut meal prep time for this ultimate comfort food.
Lemonade Ice Cream
Dessert doesn't get much easier than this. You'll need three ingredients and an ice cream freezer (ideally electric) for this puckery, creamy chiller from the Midwest Living® Test Kitchen. Serve with sliced fresh seasonal fruit, if you like.
Fresh Tomato Tart
Geri Boesen, creative director of Midwest Living®, combines Midwest-grown tomatoes (her favorites are from her home state of Iowa, of course) with fresh basil in a cheesy tart that uses refrigerated piecrust for easy prep.
Peppery Grilled Steak With Tomatoes
Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw
These little beef sandwiches make a great appetizer for a party. And you can put them together in just 20 minutes.
Ridiculously Easy Whole-Apple Crisp
No peeling, no slicing in this recipe from our Test Kitchen -- just assemble the "crisps" the night before and bake right before serving. Brushing apples with a citrus juice keeps them from going brown.