Quick & Easy Spring Dinners

Forget the drive-thru. These delicious dinners, featuring the season's freshest ingredients, are ready in 30 minutes or less. Leftovers make a great lunch!


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Mustard-Glazed Pork Chops

    Apricot preserves and Dijon mustard combine to create a spicy-sweet sauce for pan-seared pork chops. Serve with roasted sweet potatoes.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Gingered Beef and Broccoli Salad Bowl

    Forget Chinese take-out! This beef and broccoli dish is just as quick -- and with fresh veggies, it's a whole lot healthier. Bottled ginger vinaigrette makes a simple and delicious sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Open-Face Veg Burgers with Sauteed Onions

    Sauteed onions, fresh spinach leaves, and tangy steak sauce jazz up this quick and easy veggie burger recipe.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Greek Dressing

    Chicken, juicy kalamata olives, and mixed vegetables are tossed with Greek salad dressing and croutons to make a satisfying salad supper.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Salmon Salad Sandwiches

    For a fresh change from tuna salad, mix canned salmon with creamy ranch dressing, juicy tomatoes, crunchy carrots, and jicama. Pile it high on a roll with your favorite veggies

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Herbed Frittata with Edamame

    Fresh veggies put a spring spin on this quick and easy frittata recipe. Ideal for a weeknight dinner or weekend brunch, this dish is ready and on the table in 20 minutes.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Pecan-Crusted Sliders

    These teeny sliders are anything but ordinary -- and they only take 20 minutes to make. Slices of pork tenderloin are dredged in chopped pecans and pan-seared to golden brown perfection. Spoonfuls of creamy broccoli slaw make a delicious topper.

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: 8 sliders
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Coconut-Lime Chicken Soup

    By starting with a deli-roasted chicken, you can whip up this Thai-inspired soup in minutes. Fresh cilantro and lime brighten it up.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Mediterranean-Style Snapper

    A topping of garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, green olives, and feta cheese dresses up pan-fried red snapper. Complete the meal with a side of couscous or pasta.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
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Spicy Beef & Noodle Salad

    To make this simple supper, toss flank steak, rice noodles, julienned carrots, and diced cucumber with a light and sweet Asian chili sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Black Bean Cakes with Salsa

    Mashed black beans are tossed with a corn muffin mix and salsa, then lightly fried -- creating a hearty meatless meal with a Tex-Mex twist. Chili powder adds a touch of heat to the sour cream topping.

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: 8 cakes
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Beef and Tapenade Open-Face Sandwiches

    This irresistible sandwich features roast beef, zesty olive tapenade, juicy tomatoes, and fresh baby spinach. Serve it with chips.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   10 mins 
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Ravioli-Vegetable Stacks

    Ravioli, fresh vegetables, and cheese are layered and baked together to create a quick and easy lasagna-inspired casserole.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Greek Chicken Salad

    Chicken adds filling protein to this quick and easy Greek salad. If you've got leftovers, fill whole wheat pitas with the salad for a delicious (and simple) lunch the next day.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
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Focaccia-Camembert Pizza

    With juicy tomatoes, creamy Camembert cheese, chopped walnuts, and fresh chives, these flatbread pizzas are hard to resist.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Spinach Tortellini with Beans and Feta

    For a dinner with pizzazz, toss cheese-filled spinach tortellini (purchased from the supermarket) with garlic-and-herb feta cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and white beans.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   18 mins 
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Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

    Balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil make a simple sauce for this toss-together dinner of spinach, salmon, sweet peppers, and fettuccine.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Herb-Garlic Beef Roast

    Savory beef roast is seasoned with flavorful Italian parsley and freshly ground pepper; fresh carrots and red potatoes complete the meal.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   19 mins 
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Chicken & Lemon-Broccoli Alfredo

    Light Alfredo pasta sauce dresses up simple stovetop chicken and mushrooms. Broccoli cooked with fresh slices of lemon makes an easy (and healthy) side dish.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Tilapia with Grape Chutney

    A blend of fresh grapes, dried fruit, onions, and preserves gives this tasty whitefish a spring touch. Serve it with brown rice.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Chicken-Pineapple Fajitas

    Juicy pineapple and colorful peppers add a touch of spring to classic chicken fajitas.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Heat  350°F tortilla shells
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Spinach Salad with Ancho Chili Pepper Chops

    Spicy pork and crisp bacon tops garden-fresh spinach. Fresh onion sauteed with vinegar and chili pepper makes a simple and flavorful dressing.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Ravioli with Spinach Pesto

    For a 20-minute dinner they'll love, toss store-bought four-cheese ravioli with fresh squash, spinach, and basil. Bottled Caesar vinaigrette makes a tangy topper.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Turkey Burger & Home Fries

    For a fresh twist on the classic burger, combine ground turkey with curry powder, mayonnaise, feta cheese, and a dash of salt. Broil and top with your favorite fresh veggies.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   18 mins 
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Parmesan-Crusted Fish

    Japanese-style bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese make a quick and easy coating for baked cod; julienne carrots and greens add pretty spring color to the plate.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
Bake   4 mins  to  6 mins  450°F per 1/2-inch thickness of fish
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Polenta-Sausage Bowl

    Crisp-tender zucchini, zesty Italian sausage, juicy grape tomatoes, and sliced mushrooms top creamy polenta. Italian seasoning and fresh Parmesan cheese make a pretty (and tasty) garnish.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Sesame & Ginger Chicken

    A blend of crushed red pepper and Asian-style sesame-ginger dressing adds a delicious kick to this simple chicken dinner. Honey-roasted peanuts add crunch.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Herbed Lamb Steak Salads

    Creamy yogurt and fresh mint make a delicious dressing for this 20-minute salad of hearty lamb, crisp greens, and crunchy radishes.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Creamy Shrimp & Tomato Chowder

    This filling herb-seasoned soup is ready and on the table in just 18 minutes. Serve it with toasted focaccia bread.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   18 mins 
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Triple-Mango Chicken

    Chunks of juicy tropical fruit and thinly sliced zucchini freshen up quick and easy grilled chicken.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Salmon with Matzo Crust

    A savory, crunchy coating of matzo, dill, salt, and pepper flavors healthy salmon -- and it's all ready in just 20 minutes. Serve spring-fresh green beans on the side.

Makes: 4 servings
Bake   10 mins  to  12 mins  450°F 
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Citrus Salsa Salmon

    Fresh citrus salsa, featuring oranges and grapefruit, as well as jalapeno jelly for a touch of heat, makes this quick and easy salmon recipe sizzle.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Chicken & Asparagus Skillet Supper

    Asparagus, squash, and green onion add a spring-fresh touch to this simple chicken and bacon combo.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Veggie Fish Chowder

    With tender white fish, fluffy mashed potatoes, and fresh spring veggies, this simple supper is sure to become a weeknight favorite in your house.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Cuban Fried Rice

    This simple supper requires just seven ingredients to whip up. Fresh pineapple tempers the spice of chopped jalapeno peppers, while chunks of ham make it nice and filling.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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