30-Minute Dinner Recipes

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20-Minute Sausage and Pepper Ravioli Skillet

We took the favorite Italian flavor combo of sausage and peppers and put them in an easy weeknight dish that can be on the table in just 20 minutes. Cook the store-bought ravioli and colorful sauce at the same time, then finish by heating them in the same pan. Melted provolone is the crowning touch.

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Sweet and Sour Glazed Shrimp

You won’t believe how easy it is to get the perfect balance of flavors for this shrimp. Just mix Chinese plum sauce, ketchup and rice wine vinegar.

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Sesame Pork Milanese

Pounding the pork chops thin helps speed the cooking process, allowing you to pull this whole dish together in just 30 minutes. If you don’t have a meat mallet you can use a heavy skillet, instead.

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Chicken Scampi Pasta

Chicken takes the place of shrimp in this dish inspired by the Olive Garden classic — making it even more weeknight friendly. This recipe gets you in and out of the kitchen in less than 30 minutes.

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BLT Bean Salad

All the flavors of a classic BLT sandwich come together in this hearty bean salad. The homemade herb-mayo dressing adds freshness while the crisp bacon and croutons add a welcomed crunch. It’s a great way to use up those pantry beans.

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Indian-Spiced Pepper Steak

The secret to this quick dinner’s Indian-spiced flavor is a mixture of warm, earthy spices with bright vegetables and hot peppers.

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Hot Sausage Cast-Iron Skillet Pan Pizza

The key to a pan pizza is preheating the pan so the dough starts to cook right after it is placed inside. That’ll help you get a super crispy crust on the bottom.

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Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

Stuff corn tortillas with a cheesy Buffalo chicken filling for a mashup you’ll crave again and again. It’s an easy weeknight winner, thanks to rotisserie chicken.

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Classic Shrimp Scampi

We can’t get enough of shrimp scampi! Do we love it because it’s simple but seemingly fancy? Or because it’s done in 30 minutes? Or because we just can’t resist a buttery wine sauce? All of the above!

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Pork Chops Pizzaiola

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Escarole and Bean Soup

A hearty dinner doesn’t need to include meat — just ask Giada. This classic Italian soup is filled with tart escarole and hearty cannellini beans. A chunk of Parmesan is the secret ingredient that makes the soup silky and rich.

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Stuffed Cabbage Cups

This fresh and faster take on classic steamed cabbage rolls takes half the time but does not sacrifice on flavor. It’s also a cinch to prepare, with no fussy filling and rolling each cabbage leaf before cooking. Instead, the sauteed filling is simply scooped into boiled cabbage leaves and topped with a creamy tomato sauce before serving. It’s a meaty, hearty and completely satisfying meal for a busy weeknight.

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Ravioli with Lemon, Peas and Pancetta

We love a good quick-fix dinner — like this one, made from packaged ravioli. We elevate the pre-made pasta by creating a simple, homemade sauce with lemon, butter and cheese. Peas and pancetta make it a meal.

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Glazed Salmon with Spiced Carrots

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Convenience Caesar

The name says it all with this quick-and-simple recipe. Ree uses a handful of pantry staples (like canned chickpeas, dried spices and jarred pesto) to turn classic Caesar salad into a satisfying main dish. How convenient!

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Pretzel-Mustard-Crusted Pork Sliders

Playing off the classic pairing of pretzels and mustard, we’ve transformed the everyday pork tenderloin into something truly special. First, we slice it into thin cutlets. Then we coat the cutlets with an egg and mustard mixture and roll them in pretzel crumbs. Fried until crisp and tucked into adorable slider buns, they’re topped with a creamy, tangy mustard sauce for an irresistible weeknight meal.

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5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

We love multi-purpose kitchen gadgets that make life easier, so that’s why the Instant Pot (a slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in, all in one) is a go-to for quick meals. Especially this creamy kid-friendly mac and cheese, which cooks up in no time. And after it’s been gobbled up, you’ll only have one pot to clean!

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Chicken Stir-Fry

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Grilled Steak with Greek Corn Salad

Cube steaks are inexpensive, and they’re a great way to make midweek steak dinners doable. A cube steak needs little more than salt and pepper and a quick spin on the grill before it’s ready to be served alongside grilled corn and vinaigrette-coated veggies.

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30-Minute Cod with Lemony Braised Fennel

You’ll almost want to eat by candlelight: This quick cod dish takes only 30 minutes to make, yet it’s nothing if not elegant. Save time by juicing the lemon and slicing the olives while the cod and fennel cook.

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Tortellini in Brodo

It’s easier than you think to make a vegetable-filled bone broth. A smoked pork chop adds tons of flavor to this soup, and a Parmesan rind gives it extra richness.

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Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

For a quick meal that’s low in carbs but big on flavor, whip up Rachael’s chicken lettuce wraps. Garlic and ginger is a terrific one-two punch for the sauteed chicken and mushrooms. And just a few tablespoons of Chinese barbecue sauce go a long way, lightly coating and flavoring the meat-and-veggie filling.

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Tagliatelle with Smashed Peas, Sausage and Ricotta Cheese

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Instant Pot Salmon with Garlic Potatoes and Greens

Let your Instant Pot do all the work tonight. Get buttery smashed potatoes, lemony salmon and perfectly cooked greens on the table in only 30 minutes — and with minimal cleanup.

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Ravioli with Sage-Walnut Butter

See how easy it is to dress up refrigerated ravioli. A delicious brown butter sauce flavored with fresh sage leaves and toasted walnuts will make the cheesy pillows taste like you spent hours on dinner.

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Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Trade your usual chicken breasts for tenders in Ree’s easy recipe and you can have saucy and cheesy chicken Parmesan on the table in 16 minutes. Now that’s how you avoid the weeknight dinner rut!

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Bacon and Egg Spaghetti

Twenty minutes and five ingredients are all you need to make this bacon pasta from Food Network Magazine. Add a runny, sunny-side-up egg and a sprinkling of chives on top for the perfect (speedy) meal.

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Spinach Artichoke Chicken

This quick and easy dinner features everything you love about spinach and artichoke dip: salty Parmesan cheese, a hint of garlic and a rich, creamy sauce. Ree even serves it with bread for sopping up any sauce that’s left on your plate.

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Linguini with Clam Sauce

Raid the pantry and get Rachael’s 5-star meal on the table in only 20 minutes.

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Pantry Pizza Pronto

Why mix up a batch of pizza dough when you’ve got store-bought focaccia on hand? It’s the perfect time-saving trick on pizza night.

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Turkey Pad Thai

Prep, cook and serve this hearty Thai noodle stir-fry, filled with sweet and salty notes, in only 15 minutes.

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Herb-and-Mustard Sirloin with Baked Potatoes

This 30-minute steak and potato dinner is going to be a standby in your weeknight repertoire.

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Start this simple dish by sauteing salty pancetta with flavorful garlic, then watch it get only better from there. Mix together eggs and Parmesan, which act as a thickener, to create the sauce. Stir into the hot pasta so the eggs cook and the sauce perfectly clings to every strand of spaghetti.

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Shrimp Stir-Fry

Shrimp is a weeknight timesaver that belongs in everyone’s arsenal. Ree uses it in this veggie-filled stir-fry, perfect for those nights when you don’t have a minute to spare.

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Carbonara Fried Rice

The rich flavor of a carbonara combined with the crispy, crunchy texture of fried rice. Need we say more?

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Lemon-Garlic Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

This one-skillet dinner will look like it took you a whole lot longer than 30 minutes. Cook the potatoes alongside the crispy chicken thighs and enjoy the evening with minimal cleanup.

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Quick Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pies

Store-bought puff pastry dough and ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken ensure that this warming dinner can be ready in just 30 minutes.

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Ravioli a la Betsy

It’s hard not to love a 16-minute meal — especially when it’s packed with cheesy pasta and shrimp and topped with a creamy tomato sauce.

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No-Pain Lo Mein

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Cauliflower Fried Rice with Curried Shrimp

Try mixing white rice with riced vegetables, like we did for this dish. It’s an easy way to get extra nutrients!

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Penne alla Vodka

Creamy and comforting, penne alla vodka is an impressive dish to serve up when you’re entertaining, but it’s also perfectly appropriate for a weeknight. (Go ahead and treat yourself!)

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Sesame Noodle Salad

When you need a quick-and-easy, meatless meal, noodles and edemame are the answer. They’re paired with bright crunchy veggies and a savory tahini sauce for a delicious bowl in just 20 minutes.

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Lamb or Beef Shakshuka

A mixture of spices, jalapeno and chipotle spice up this lamb (or beef) shakshuka. This tomato and egg dish is so hearty and savory you will want breakfast for every meal.

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Chicken Flautas

Pick up a rotisserie chicken and get dinner on the table quicker than it’d take you to call in an order from your favorite Mexican restaurant. And don’t forget the avocado cream!

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Soba Noodles with Salmon

When you want an easy dinner that tastes like it came from your favorite Japanese restaurant, look no further than quick-cooking salmon. Sauteed in a mirin-based sauce with bell peppers, the fish is ready for its noodle bed in minutes.

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Linguine with Shrimp Scampi

Ina’s buttery shrimp linguine is just what you need when you want a fast but elegant dish. Cooking the pasta and the sauce together for the last few minutes is her trick to getting the pasta to really absorb the fresh flavor.

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Oklahoma-Style S’mack Burgers with Ranch-Flavored Tater Tots

Why go out when you can have a great burger at home in 30 minutes or less? Smashing slices of Vidalia onions into burger patties makes them juicy and delicious, while the simple sauce makes them the best version of your favorite fast-food burger.

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Taco Shells and Cheese

Chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and garlic: Ree packs all the flavor of Tex-Mex taco seasoning into these creamy, cheesy shells. Best of all, she tops it off with salsa and a dollop of sour cream!

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Fusilli with Spinach and Asiago Cheese

Giada De Laurentiis boils pasta until tender but still firm to the bite, as it will then be tossed with tomatoes and cooked spinach; the end result will be perfectly cooked noodles.

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Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Slaw

Fish is one of our go-to proteins when we need a time-saving dinner. It cooks up quick and can be used in so many different dishes. Here, we’re grilling it and wrapping it in corn tortillas (along with all the fixings) for delicious, 20-minute tacos.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

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Creamy, Garlicky Shrimp Skillet

This super-quick and indulgent weeknight dinner takes a slight left turn from the standard fettuccine Alfredo. Red peppers and paprika turn the expected into spectacular.

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Korean-Inspired Sloppy Joes and Quick Pickles

Ground pork and beef are mixed with new ingredients like pears, sesame oil and gochujang to create this quick, easy, Korean-inspired take on the old favorite sloppy joe.

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Egg-and-Bean Dinner Salad

A salad can certainly be satisfying dinner, especially when it comes filled with protein-packed hard-boiled eggs and hearty cannellini beans. The fresh mix of greens in this all-in-one meal will not disappoint.

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Beef Stew with Spinach Pitas

This Moroccan-spiced stew, filled with ground beef, fire-roasted tomatoes and chickpeas, will taste like it simmered for hours. Serve it with spinach-and-cheese-stuffed pitas for a hearty dinner in a flash.

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Penne with Butternut Squash

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Macaroni and Cheddar Cheese

Nutmeg and cayenne are the secret ingredients to Rachael Ray’s decadent macaroni and cheese. Top the casserole dish with more cheese, then bake until bubbling and slightly browned.

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Cold Peanut Soba Noodles with Chicken

You’re more than willing to give peanut butter a spot at your lunch table; now’s the time to invite it to dinner. Stir it together rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and chili sauce to create a creamy, sweet-salty sauce just right for coating soba noodles.

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Trendy Fried Chicken with Kimchi Slaw

Shake up your fried chicken game with this Korean-inspired batter and slaw. Vodka and cornstarch in the batter are the secret to light and crispy skin, and kimchi and gochujang add a new kick to a traditional cabbage slaw.

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Nacho Chicken Cutlets

Get all the tortilla chips and shredded cheese you love about nachos in dinner form. Seasoned chicken and chopped romaine lettuce help transform the starter into a complete meal.

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Butternut Squash Noodles with Prosciutto and Sage

With the help of a spiralizer, butternut squash becomes the noodles in this sweet-and-savory, satisfying dish that’s impressive enough for a dinner party, but easy enough for a weeknight meal.

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Pepperoni Fried Rice

Why order takeout when homemade is so simple to make? Ree’s fun take on fried rice is ready in a flash — and uses ingredients that you probably already have on hand like pepperoni, bell pepper and jarred pizza sauce.

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Pappardelle with Snap Peas

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Linguine with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Linguine simply flavored with olive oil and garlic is an easy and comforting meal on its own; tossed with a chunky tomato sauce and sauteed shrimp it becomes a 25-minute winner.

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Breakfast-for-dinner doesn’t have to mean pancakes and scrambled eggs. This hearty, savory dish will make you want breakfast for every meal. A rich red chile sauce with guajillo peppers gives the chilaquiles their kick.

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Chipotle Meatball Burritos

These yummy burritos are packed full of flavor to give you a weeknight dinner unlike any other. Each one has beefy meatballs, savory refried beans, fluffy brown rice, melty Colby Jack cheese, creamy avocado and spicy salsa. And if you’re really pressed for time, you can even make the meatballs the night before! Talk about a win!

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Italian Meatball Skewers

This dish (which will remind you of classic Italian sausage and peppers) comes together quickly, thanks to the use of frozen, premade meatballs.

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Pita Pizzas

Don’t worry about having to wait for the dough to rise. Pitas make pizza night come together in 30 quick minutes. Give the toppings a grown-up touch with a tomato-olive mixture, baby arugula, and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.

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Chicken-and-Cheese Enchiladas

Pick up a rotisserie chicken and you’ll be well on your way to 30-minute enchiladas the whole family will love. Seriously, who can resist this much cheesy goodness?

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Chicken Fajita Pasta

Creamy and packed with peppers and onions, the whole meal can be made in just 30 minutes. A tortilla chip topping adds some surprising (and welcome) crunch.

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Pasta with Vodka Sauce and Shrimp

It pays to perfect the classics. Pasta with vodka sauce is an easy dish that is both simple and sumptuous. Adding quick shrimp scampi elevates it to a hearty 30-minute meal.

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Tuna Bagel Nicoise

You know how easy it is to turn a can of tuna into a great lunch, so why not use the trusty standby to make dinner? Pile it onto a bagel and top with veggies, herbs and sliced hard-boiled eggs; you’ll wonder why you’ve never done this before.

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Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Fresh-squeezed orange juice brightens up the peanut butter-based dressing atop this salad. Shredded rotisserie chicken and edamame add to its filling power, and chow mein noodles provide a nice, crunchy texture.

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Deviled Chicken Francese

This savory dish gets its devilish flavor from a mixture of spicy Calabrian chili paste, tangy Dijon mustard and sharp Pecorino Romano cheese.

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Greek Frittata with Dill-Feta Salad

Frittatas are terrific for breakfast and brunch, yes, but they’re also fantastic for dinner. This one is filled with olives, tomatoes and feta cheese for a Greek take on the early morning favorite.

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Turkey Sausage Tacos

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Veggies

Rachael’s colorful meal is complete with protein, vegetables and a starch. While the potatoes and veggies roast in the oven, prepare a cheese-coated chicken breast and everything will be ready to plate at the same time.

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Penne with Eggplant Sauce

Make a chunky sauce of Japanese eggplants and crushed plum tomatoes for this pasta. A dollop of ricotta cheese on top is the perfect finishing touch.

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Everything Salmon Fillets and Cream Cheese Potatoes

Bring your love of everything bagels to the dinner table with this 30-minute meal. Salmon fillets get a flavor boost from everything bagel seasoning, and they’re perfect served alongside cheesy mashed potatoes.

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Mexican Tortilla Pizzas with Chorizo

You can serve up mouthwatering Mexican pizzas any night of the week, thanks to flour tortillas. Crisp them up in the oven, then top with fresh chorizo, refried beans and cheese. When the cheese is warm and melty, the pizzas are ready for their cool finishing touches: think lettuce, lime juice, avocado and Mexican crema.

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Spicy Tofu and Vegetable Lo Mein

Fresh ginger adds great flavor — and it’s a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. This is one meal you can get on the table quickly and feel good about serving to your family.

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Chicken Tostadas

Store-bought tostadas and a rotisserie chicken help this meal come together in 15 short minutes. Layering on the flavors is easy enough that you can even enlist the kids!

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Chicken Summer Rolls

These crunchy Vietnamese-style rolls are healthy and light, and the addition of rice makes them a filling dinner option. They’re gluten-free, but anyone — even kids — will love them.

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30-Minute Spicy Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

Spicy, smoky chipotle chiles and chili powder add long-cooked flavor to this quick pork stew. To save time, only the pork is browned in oil, while the onions get pureed with tomatoes, garlic and the chile to make the broth.

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Mushroom Quesadillas with Succotash

Bulk up your typical weeknight fallback — quesadillas — with buttery mushrooms and a thinly sliced red onion. Frozen corn and lima beans make for a quick side to round out this family-friendly meal.

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