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Fast-Fix Weeknight Recipes

Our 25 no-fuss recipes will have hearty meals on your table in about 30 minutes or less.

Beef and Blue Pizza

Red onion, blue cheese, thinly sliced roast beef and chopped sweet pepper top a premade pizza crust for a quick and easy dinner.

Beef and Blue Pizza

Citrus Salmon with Broccoli

Cook tender salmon fillets in your skillet with a simple lemon juice-sugar combination and a sprinkling of fresh dill. Broccoli or green beans round out this quick and easy dinner.

Citrus Salmon with Broccoli

Pork Cutlets with Brussels Sprouts

An easy sauce of sour cream, brown sugar and milk (or cream) tops skillet-cooked pork chops. Brussels sprouts cook in the same skillet, simplifying cleanup.

Pork Cutlets with Brussels Sprouts

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole

Play with this four-ingredient recipe just as you would improvise with pizza toppings. You can substitute Italian sausage for the ground beef or add ingredients such as sliced mushrooms, pepperoni or sweet peppers into the meat mixture.

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole

Mexican Sweet Potato-Veggie Medley

Create a meatless main dish in minutes by sauteeing sweet potatoes, then adding canned corn and black beans. Top with a chipotle-flavor sour cream, avocado slices and fresh cilantro.

Mexican Sweet Potato-Veggie Medley

Fast Paella

Paella is a snap when you use precooked turkey sausage, precooked shrimp and pouch rice. Serve this dish with warm, crusty bread to sop up the juices.

Fast Paella

Beef and Blue Pizza

Red onion, blue cheese, thinly sliced roast beef and chopped sweet pepper top a premade pizza crust for a quick and easy dinner.

Beef and Blue Pizza

Gingered Chicken and Fried Rice

Carrots, sugar snap peas and fresh ginger give crunch and flavor to this easy Asian-inspired recipe.

Gingered Chicken and Fried Rice

Savory Focaccia Pie

Top flavored focaccia with oil-packed dried tomatoes, Italian sausage, baby spinach, and goat cheese or feta cheese for meal that's ready in just over 20 minutes.

Savory Focaccia Pie

Peppery Beef with Mushrooms

Prepare this hearty main dish even faster by using prepared ingredients such as purchased steak seasoning and presliced mushrooms. Roasted red potatoes make a quick and flavorful side dish.

Peppery Beef with Mushrooms

Potato Chips Meet Fish

How do you get your family to eat fish? By serving tilapia coated with potato chips, herbs and honey-mustard dressing.

Potato Chips Meet Fish

Quick Green Chili and Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken tenders, Mexican-style four-cheese blend, green chile peppers and bottled green salsa fill these easy enchiladas. Buy hot or mild chiles to suit your family's taste for heat.

Quick Green Chili and Chicken Enchiladas

Rice and Sweet Pepper Bowl

This seven-ingredient meatless meal combines sweet peppers, Spanish-style rice and stewed tomatoes. Two kinds of cheese-shaved Parmesan and Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers-punch up the flavor.

Rice and Sweet Pepper Bowl

Turkey-Mango Quesadillas

Tuck mango salsa, Gouda cheese, and chopped turkey or chicken into flour tortillas for this fresh twist on quesadillas.

Turkey-Mango Quesadillas

Tortellini with Chicken and Cheese

Prepare this chicken dish in just 20 minutes using packaged ingredients. Substitute leftover chicken (or any leftover cooked meat) for the frozen chopped cooked chicken breast, if you like.

Tortellini with Chicken and Cheese

Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Either fresh or frozen tilapia works well for these tacos. Just rub the fish with seasonings, and it's ready for the skillet. Serve with a creamy chipotle sauce and a zesty combination of chopped onions, tomatoes and cilantro.

Tilapia Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Herbed Chicken, Orzo and Zucchini

Team basil-seasoned chicken breasts with fresh zucchini and seasoned orzo for a fast and flavorful dinner.

Herbed Chicken, Orzo and Zucchini

Pork Chops with Pear-Maple Sauce

Maple syrup and pears blend for a tasty accompaniment to skillet-cooked chops. This cut of meat cooks quickly. Try serving with Cranberry Couscous and Brownie Parfaits for a complete menu.

Pork Chops with Pear-Maple Sauce

Cranberry Couscous

Brownie Parfaits

Mediterranean Chicken and Polenta

Cook chicken breasts with tomatoes, olives and wine, then serve with creamy polenta for a Mediterranean-inspired dinner.

Mediterranean Chicken and Polenta

Zesty Black Bean Chili

This fast-fix chili uses a variety of canned or ready-to-eat ingredients, including salsa, black beans, vegetable juice and turkey kielbasa.

Zesty Black-Bean Chili

Pesto Penne with Deli-Roasted Chicken

Purchased pesto and roast chicken help get this quick and easy main dish on the table in just 20 minutes. Fresh broccoli cooks with the pasta and lends straight-from-the-garden flavor.

Pesto Penne with Deli-Roasted Chicken

Spicy Orange Chicken

Cook chicken in a mix of fresh orange juice, soy sauce, honey and ginger, then serve over wilted spinach. Crushed red pepper adds heat; adjust to suit your taste.

Spicy Orange Chicken

Easy Italian-Style Enchiladas

Go cross-cultural by combining chicken, Italian pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese in Mexican tortillas.

Easy Italian-Style Enchiladas

Chicken-Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Jazz up classic macaroni and cheese with parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken and broccoli for dinner in 20 minutes.

Chicken-Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Fast Chicken and Rice

This skillet meal is ready in just 10 minutes! Combine chicken, cooked brown or white rice, peas, almonds, and bottled stir-fry sauce.

Fast Chicken and Rice

Buffalo Chicken Pizzas

Top pita bread rounds with Southwest-flavor chicken strips, blue cheese dressing, celery and bottled hot pepper sauce for a dinner that's ready in 20 minutes. The flavor will remind you of your favorite wings!

Buffalo Chicken Pizzas

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