Mango-Barbecue Fish Tacos
Fresh fruit and bottled barbecue sauce lend sassy sweetness to low-cal, vitamin-rich grilled fish tacos.
With only five ingredients, these hearty stuffed peppers assemble in a snap. Team them with corn bread or whole wheat rolls, and dinner's done.
Super Simple Peachy Barbecue Chicken
Just three ingredients produce a rich-flavored, sweet-tangy barbecue sauce for drumsticks.
Linguine in Fresh Tomato Sauce With Garlic-Basil Toast
Kalamata olives add flavor to the homemade tomato sauce in this vegetarian pasta meal. And it's ready in 20 minutes!
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
Bottled black bean and corn salsa spices up these quesadillas, ready in just 20 minutes.
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Hickory-Smoked Chicken
Top spinach, strawberries, blueberries, cheese, mushrooms and smoked chicken with Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette for a main-dish salad full of seasonal flavors.
Lemon-Herb Grilled Chicken and Sassy Baked Beans
Herbed lemon marinade cooks down with honey to a glossy, gorgeous glaze in our Lemon-Herb Grilled Chicken recipe.
Three beans mix in Sassy Baked Beans, a chunky version of the potluck standby. A touch of heat from spicy barbecue sauce and salsa adds to the bold taste of this slow-cooked side dish.
North Woods Fish Tacos
We trolled the lakes for this south-of-the-Canadian-border specialty. To give extra zip to the marinated whitefish, spoon on sweet-tart Midwest cherry salsa. Roll the chunks of fish in a tortilla along with the burgundy salsa, and finish it off with tangy sour cream.
Fresh Tomato Tart
Geri Boesen, creative director of Midwest Living®, combines Midwest-grown tomatoes with fresh basil in a cheesy tart that uses refrigerated piecrust for easy prep.
Bring a new flavor to salmon with our quick-cooking fish-and-potato cakes. Serve the cakes on a bed of lettuce with honey-Dijon salad dressing on the side.
Start to finish: 20 minutes
Short Ribs with Molasses-Beer Barbecue Sauce
Molasses and mustard perk up bottled barbecue sauce for this beef main dish.
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.
Beefy Chili Dogs
The all-American chili dog is a natural for summer suppers. Stewing the hot dogs in a seasoned meat mixture makes them extra juicy. Top with cheese.
BBQ Chicken Grilled Pizza
Barbecue-sauced pizza tops the favorites list at many pizzerias. Here's our quick and easy version, which uses boneless chicken breasts, purchased barbecue sauce, smoked cheese and bottled banana pepper rings.
Saucy Shrimp and Vegetables
Zesty chili-garlic sauce, honey and orange juice flavor the shrimp, broccoli, carrots and tomatoes in this easy weeknight dinner.
Start to finish: 20 minutes
Cook fresh snapper fillets or other firm-flesh white fish with an easy tomato-olive mixture and crumbled feta cheese. Serve with rice, pasta or couscous.
Start to finish: 15 minutes
Sara's Mom's Spinach Quiche
When we asked our staffers for their favorite easy dishes that taste like they took all day, Sara Reimer thought of her mom's Spinach Quiche recipe. "I mix frozen spinach and a few other ingredients, then put it in a puff pastry crust," says Sara, Midwest Living® assistant home & garden editor. Serve with a tossed salad for a quick, light dinner.
Juicy Lucy Burger
Southside Minneapolis is home to this three-napkin burger famous for its molten cheese center. Both Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club claim its creation. No matter the lineage, it's burgerlicious.
Surdyk's Greek Orzo Salad
Purple-black Kalamata olives and feta cheese blend with rice-shape orzo, fresh herbs and tomatoes for this Greek salad from Surdyk's Cheese Shop in Minneapolis. It's been a reader favorite since we first published it in June 2003.
Paella is a snap when you use precooked turkey sausage, precooked shrimp and pouch rice. Serve this delicious dish with warm, crusty bread to sop up the juices at the bottom of your bowl.
Shrimp Fusilli with Sweet-Pea Pesto
Frozen seafood is the rushed cook's friend--here, peeled and deveined shrimp let you skip the prep work. Peas, garlic, mint, butter and vinegar form the pesto.
Chef's Garden Salad
Prepare this layered salad a day ahead so the flavors blend. For a group, make the salad in a 3-quart clear bowl rather than individual glasses.
Pepper and a salt blend season the ready-to-cook salmon fillets. Use packaged broccoli slaw or cabbage slaw from the market produce section and fruit from the salad bar for an easy yet nutritious meal.
This recipe tosses fun curly pasta with spring ("primavera") vegetables. We added almonds and a hint of cheese for a colorful stir-fry dish with crunch. A splash of vermouth adds some tang to the sauce.
Pork Patties with Tangy-Sweet Barbecue Sauce
Brush sweet homemade barbecue sauce on meats while grilling, or serve it as a condiment. The sauce recipe comes from Paul Bernhard of Bancroft, Iowa, who served grilled pork chops for years to hungry bicyclists crossing Iowa during RAGBRAI.
Easy Tortilla Casserole
This cheese-and-vegetable casserole cooks on your stove top -- no oven required. The recipe is from renowned Chicago chef Rick Bayless.
Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce over Fettuccini
This versatile recipe is delicious over any type of pasta. A classic tomato sauce gets extra flavor from 2 tablespoons of vodka and smoothness from whipped cream. You can leave out the vodka, if you like, and experiment with different flavors of canned stewed tomatoes.
Fresh spinach, cooked chicken, cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese top a whole wheat Italian bread shell in this Mediterranean-influenced pizza.