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Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

Speed your way toward dinner with our recipes for quick and flavorful main dishes, including chicken stir-fry, beef with mushrooms and tortilla casserole.

Season's Best Shrimp Parmesan

Spoon this creamy, rich shrimp sauce over rice or pasta. It's a specialty from Cafe Beignet in St. Charles, Missouri.

Season's Best Shrimp Parmesan

Italian Dinner Soup

Gail Gladding-Pullara of Oregon, Wisconsin, created this simple, crowd-pleasing soup. "My family loves this recipe," she says. "It’s easy and tastes like you’ve been cooking for hours."

Italian Dinner Soup

 

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

Garden-fresh veggies and juicy pineapple give classic stir-fry a seasonal refresh. For an easy substitute, switch the chicken for thinly sliced boneless pork or peeled, deveined medium shrimp.

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

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, says Diana McMillen, senior food editor at Midwest Living®.

Potato Chips Meet Fish

Fajitas

Let your family or guests build their own filled tortillas, tucking favorite condiments inside. The recipe comes from Manny's Restaurante Mexicano in Kansas City. Although Manny makes his pico de gallo, chili sauce, refried beans and Mexican rice, you can substitute purchased products.

Fajitas

Midwest Corn Chowder

Here's a reduced-fat, yet delicious version of classic Midwest Corn Chowder, made without butter or whole milk. Serve with a salad or fruit for a light dinner, or with a sandwich for heartier appetites.

Midwest Corn Chowder

Easy Tortilla Casserole

This cheese-and-vegetable casserole cooks right on your stove--no oven-baking required. The recipe is from renowned Chicago chef Rick Bayless.

Easy Tortilla Casserole

Rosemary-Garlic Stir-Fry

Fresh garlic and chopped rosemary flavor this easy chicken-and-vegetable stir-fry dinner from a Zumbro Falls, Minnesota, reader. Top with crunchy cashews.

Rosemary-Garlic Stir-Fry

The Walleye Whopper

This Heartland fried fish sandwich comes from a Garrison, Minnesota, restaurant. The town is home to Mille Lacs lake, known for its abundance of walleye.

The Walleye Whopper

Quick and easy chili

Ground Beef and Salsa Chili (left) uses a variety of canned ingredients for a fast-fixing chili. The recipe is from The Dakota Diner in Webster, South Dakota.

Another quick chili is Chunky Chili Supreme, a recipe from a reader in Phillips, Wisconsin. Purists might question the black-eyed peas, but our reader's family loves the combination of flavors.

Ground Beef and Salsa Chili

Chunky Chili Supreme

Peppery Beef with Mushrooms

Prepare this hearty main dish even faster by using prepared ingredients such as purchased steak seasoning and presliced mushrooms. A quick side dish: Easy Roasted Red Potatoes.

Peppery Beef with Mushrooms

Easy Roasted Red Potatoes

Raceway Blackened Chicken

Serve this Cajun-style chicken with sides of rice and vegetables, or embellish it with a refreshing avocado and papaya salsa. Why "Raceway" chicken? It's from the chefs who cook for Indianapolis' Pennzoil Panther Racing Team.

Raceway Blackened Chicken

Two-Fisted Pizza Sub

True to its name, this big sandwich takes two hands to eat! The sandwich recipe comes from Tony's I-75 near Birch Run, Michigan (80 miles north of Detroit), known for its big servings of everything.

Two-Fisted Pizza Sub

Chicken with Agillo

A sweet garlic-sherry sauce adds the finishing touch to this juicy chicken. The recipe is from Cafe Barcelona in Kansas City, Missouri.

Chicken with Agillo

Season's Best Shrimp Parmesan

Spoon this creamy, rich shrimp sauce over rice or pasta. It's a specialty from Cafe Beignet in St. Charles, Missouri.

Season's Best Shrimp Parmesan

Easy Potato Soup

This quick and easy recipe, from a Halstad, Minnesota, farming family, features just five ingredients and can be on the table in 15 minutes.

Easy Potato Soup

Mushroom and Gorgonzola Fettuccine

Tempt family or guests with this meatless main dish pasta from Herman's restaurant at Garland resort near Lewiston, Michigan. A creamy, colorful mushroom-and-sweet-pepper sauce coats the pasta.

Mushroom and Gorgonzola Fettuccine

Grilled Salmon with Pistachio-Basil Butter

A mixture of fresh basil, pistachios, lime juice, garlic and butter tops easy grilled salmon. Store leftover pistachio-basil butter in your refrigerator for up to a week; toss with hot pasta or spread on toasted French bread.

Grilled Salmon with Pistachio-Basil Butter

Traditional Chicken-Fried Steak

Classic chicken-fried steak actually is crispy, fried beef, usually topped with a creamy gravy. The recipe is from Devil's Pool Restaurant at Big Cedar Lodge near Branson, Missouri.

Traditional Chicken-Fried Steak

Spa Shiki Stir-Fry

At Spa Shiki at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri, guests are served the meatless side-dish version of this colorful and fresh-tasting recipe. Add 2 cups cooked chicken to make it a main dish.

Spa Shiki Stir-Fry

Creamy Sausage-Tomato Rotini

This pasta with a creamy sauce of tomatoes and Italian sausage comes from a Madison, Indiana, supper club.

Creamy Sausage-Tomato Rotini

Simple Salsa Skillet

Create a quick and easy dinner with Simple Salsa Skillet, a recipe from a Westchester, Illinois, reader. "My mom and I love this recipe because it's easy, doesn't cost much to make and is low in fat," she says.

Simple Salsa Skillet

Four-Vegetable Chicken Stir-Fry

Chinese chili oil gives this Asian chicken dish extra pizzazz. A mix of broccoli, snow peas, carrots and celery keeps the calories and fat low but the flavor high.

Four-Vegetable Chicken Stir-Fry

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