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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.
Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza

Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza

Frozen spinach-artichoke dip is the secret ingredient in this fabulous pizza that delivers an authentically salty punch of kalamata olives and feta cheese.

Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza

Mexican Chicken Meatball Subs

Although this recipe looks long, the sandwiches are actually quite efficient to make, even on a weeknight, because you saute the veggies while the meatballs bake.

Mexican Chicken Meatball Subs

Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza

Frozen spinach-artichoke dip is the secret ingredient in this fabulous pizza that delivers an authentically salty punch of kalamata olives and feta cheese.

Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza

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

Blue Cheese and Balsamic Chicken Pizza

Topped with blue cheese, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and a balsmic-spiked tomato sauce, this potent pizza has definite adult flavor. 

Blue Cheese and Balsamic Chicken Pizza

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

Waldorf Chicken Salad

All the traditional Waldorf ingredients are here: apple, grapes, walnuts, celery and mayo. This is a great choice to pack for weekday lunches.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

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

Simple Salsa Skillet

For a change in routine, substitute green salsa for red in this easy Mexican-inspired meal.

Simple Salsa Skillet

Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Pizza

We updated the modern-classic barbecue chicken pizza by adding sweet, juicy pineapple.

Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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

Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowl

Ready in 25 minutes, this restaurant-style noodle bowl is a breeze to throw together. It uses Vietnamese bahn pho noodles, which you can find at large supermarkets or Asian groceries. It's fine to substitute another rice noodle or vermicelli.

Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowl

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

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

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

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

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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