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30 Minute Dinners

30 Minute Dinners

2015

With busy weeknight schedules in mind, our fast-fix recipes make healthy and delicious dinners easy. These dishes are fresh, quick, inexpensive, use only a few ingredients, and taste great. You'll even find desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth, and delicious foods even the pickiest eaters can't resist.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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1 min.
1-2-3 snacks

SAVORY CELERY STICKS HUMMUS FETA CHEESE & SUN-DRIED TOMATOES CHEESY HUMMUS CELERY STICKS TORTILLA CHIPS BEAN DIP MEXICAN CHEESE BLEND EASY NACHOS APPLE SLICES DELI TURKEY CHEDDAR CHEESE SLICE APPLE SANDWICH PRETZELS SUMMER SAUSAGE DIJON-STYLE MUSTARD SAUSAGE SANDWICHES CHERRY TOMATOES MOZZARELLA CHEESE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE STUFFED TOMATOES TORTILLA VEGETABLE CREAM CHEESE DELI HAM Simple Swap Use any type of flour tortilla or savory cream cheese you have on hand. DELI ROLL-UP SWEET CRACKERS CHOCOLATE-HAZELNUT SPREAD STRAWBERRIES CHOCOLATE-HAZELNUT SNACKS 3-OUNCE CAN CHOW MEIN NOODLES & 1 CUP CORNFLAKES 1∕2 CUP RAISINS 12 OUNCES PEANUT BUTTER-FLAVOR BAKING PIECES, MELTED HAYSTACKS (Makes 15 haystacks) SMALL SUGAR OR WAFFLE CONE LOW-FAT STRAWBERRY YOGURT MIXED BERRIES FRUITY-FILLED CONE FRUIT LEATHER RICE KRISPIES TREAT GUMMY WORMS SWEET SUSHI WHOLE WHEAT BREAD NUT BUTTER (such as almond) DRIZZLE OF HONEY Tip: If desired, use a large cookie cutter to cut out creative shapes in the toast before spreading. NUT BUTTER TOAST 3∕4 CUP MILK 2 SMALL RIPE BANANAS & 1 CUP STRAWBERRIES 8-OUNCE CARTON VANILLA LOW-FAT YOGURT STRAWBERY-BANANA SMOOTHIES (Makes 2 smoothies)…

11 min.
healthy five-ingredient recipes

QUICK SKILLET LASAGNA, page 12 THE 5: mini lasagna noodles + ground beef + pasta sauce + mozzarella cheese + Parmesan cheese SIMPLE SUBSTITUTIONS It’s easy to personalize recipes—five ingredients or not— or change them to accommodate the foods you have on hand. Here are a few easy swaps to keep in mind. HEALTHY Quick Skillet Lasagna START TO FINISH 30 minutes 3 cups dried mafalda pasta (mini lasagna noodles) (about 8 oz.) 12 oz. lean ground beef or bulk pork sausage 1 26-oz. jar tomato-base pasta sauce 1 1∕2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (6 oz.) 1∕4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a 10-inch nonstick skillet cook ground beef over medium-high heat until meat is browned, breaking up meat as it cooks. Drain in a colander. Using paper towels, pat meat to…

2 min.
french omelet

START TO FINISH 10 minutes 2 eggs 2 Tbsp. water 1∕8 tsp. salt Dash ground black pepper 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine 1. In a small bowl combine eggs, the water, salt, and pepper. Using a fork, beat until combined, but not frothy. Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet with flared sides over medium-high heat until skillet is hot. 2. Melt butter in skillet. Add egg mixture to skillet; reduce heat to medium. Immediately begin stirring the eggs gently but continuously with a plastic spatula until mixture resembles small pieces of cooked egg surrounded by liquid egg. Stop stirring. Cook for 30 to 60 seconds more or until egg is set and shiny. 3. Top with desired filling. With a spatula, lift and fold an edge of the omelet about a third of the way toward the center. Fold…

11 min.
bargain bites

KIELBASA AND ORZO Kielbasa and Orzo START TO FINISH 25 minutes 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 12 oz. cooked kielbasa, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup dried orzo (rosamarina) 1 14.5-oz. can 50%-less-sodium beef broth 1∕2 cup water 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, crushed 2 1∕2 cups coarsely chopped zucchini (2 medium) 1∕3 cup sliced green onions and/or chopped red sweet pepper (optional) Salt and ground black pepper $1.79 per serving 1. In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add kielbasa; cook about 2 minutes or until browned. Stir in orzo. Cook and stir for 1 minute. 2. Stir in broth, the water, and Italian seasoning. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes or until orzo is tender, adding the zucchini for the last 5 minutes of cooking and stirring occasionally. If desired, top with green onions…

2 min.
speedy sides

BROCCOL 1 Tomato-Basil Broccoli Steam broccoli according to directions in Toasted Sesame Broccoli. Transfer broccoli to a bowl. Add 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered; 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped; and 1 to 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil. If desired, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Makes 4 (1∕2-cup) servings. 2 Toasted Sesame Broccoli Place 2 cups broccoli florets in a steamer basket in a saucepan. Add water to saucepan to just below basket. Bring to boiling. Steam, covered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Transfer broccoli to a bowl. Add 1∕2 cup sliced roasted red sweet pepper, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce, and 4 teaspoons sesame seeds; toss to combine. Makes 4 (1∕2-cup) servings. 3 Braised Broccoli with Orange Cream…

2 min.
sweet potatoes

1Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Preheat broiler. Scrub 2 sweet potatoes; prick several times with a fork. Cut in half lengthwise. Place halves, cut sides down, in a shallow microwave-safe dish. Add 2 tablespoons water; cover with vented plastic wrap. Microwave on 100 percent power for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender, rearranging once. Cool. Scoop pulp out of potato halves, leaving 1∕4-inch shells. Place pulp in a bowl; mash with a potato masher. Add 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, 1∕4 cup chopped roasted red sweet pepper, 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1∕4 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1∕8 teaspoon ground black pepper. Stir until smooth, adding a little milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Spoon mashed mixture into potato shells; place on a baking sheet. Broil 4…