Secrets to 14 Fast-Fix Recipes | Midwest Living

Secrets to 14 Fast-Fix Recipes

We all have one: A dish that convinces everyone you cooked for hours, when—ssshhh!—you whipped it together in a few minutes. Ready to hear our secrets?

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.

Ridiculously Easy Whole-Apple Crisp

Zippy Cinnamon Rolls

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.

Zippy Cinnamon Rolls

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.

Co's Candy-Bar Brownies

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."

15-Minute Raspberry Sauce

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.

Potato Chips Meet Fish

Fast Paella

"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.

Fast Paella

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).

Fudgy Coffee Brownies

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Leftover chicken and frozen noodles help recipe creator Sandra Granseth cut meal prep time for this ultimate comfort food.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

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.

Lemonade Ice Cream

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.

Fresh Tomato Tart

Peppery Grilled Steak With Tomatoes

Our steak's peppery rub and a topping of juicy tomatoes make a colorful, flavorful and super-easy main dish from the Midwest Living® Test Kitchen. Serve with a baked sweet potato or our Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges.

Peppery Grilled Steak With Tomatoes

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges With Dipping Sauces

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Using prepackaged ingredients such as frozen vegetables, coleslaw mix and cooked beef will speed your way to creating appetizers that are fast, easy and delicious. Two creations from our Test Kitchen: Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw and Crispy Cheesy Potato Bites.

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Crispy Cheesy Potato Bites

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.

Ridiculously Easy Whole-Apple Crisp

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