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15 Minute Dinners

Easy Recipes You Can Have on the Table Fast!


In less time than it takes to order a pizza or check your email, you can have a home-cooked meal on the table with these fast and easy 15 minute dinner recipes. And while many of these recipes take advantage of supermarket shortcuts, these are not recipes that are laden with processed foods. Who knew a homemade meal could be so easy?

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Meatball Subs

Meatball Sub
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With just four ingredients, this recipe couldn't be simpler. Choose a good-quality Italian meatball for these subs. Even though it takes an extra 3 to 5 minutes, toasting the bread is worth it. It makes all the difference in the texture and taste of this recipe.

Beef Quesadillas

Beef Quesadillas
Stephanie Gallagher
Deli roast beef is the secret ingredient that makes this recipe so quick to prepare. Helpful hint: Flour tortillas are a terrific shortcut for many quick recipes. When they go on sale, but an extra package and keep it tightly-wrapped in the freezer for later.

See Also: Chicken Quesadillas

Microwave Chili Dogs Recipe

Chili Dogs
Stephanie Gallagher
This recipe may seem like junk food, but beans are an excellent source of fiber, protein and calcium. Just be sure to pick a good-quality, all-natural hot dog for this recipe. Then you can feel good about making this recipe part of your regular weekly dinner repertoire.

Grilled Salmon Recipe

Grilled Salmon
Stephanie Gallagher
Salmon cooks quickly anyway, but in the George Foreman grill (compare prices) or any contact grill, it cooks even faster. With this recipe, the salmon is marinated briefly in a lemon and herb marinade, then grilled quickly. Be sure to check the salmon at the shortest cooking time - it can go from moist to overdone quickly.

Tortilla Pizzas with Spinach

Tortilla Pizza with Spinach
Stephanie Gallagher
Because tortillas are so thin, you don't need to cook these pizzas very long. And kids love the idea of making their own individual pizzas, so feel free to invite them to help. These pizzas are so quick to make, you may never order takeout again.

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Grilled Shrimp with Bacon

Grilled Shrimp and Bacon
Stephanie Gallagher
Shrimp is one of the fastest-cooking main dishes you can make. This recipe takes the popular bacon-wrapped shrimp appetizer and turns it into a lightning-fast main course by simply removing the wrapping step. You grill the shrimp quickly on the stove, then top with crumbled pre-cooked bacon. It has all the same flavors and takes less than half the time to prepare!

Pesto Pasta Recipe

Pesto Pasta Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher
Prepared pesto (found in the refrigerated section of most supermarkets) is the secret that makes this recipe so quick to prepare. But if you have your own homemade pesto, feel free to use that. And this recipe works just as well with spinach pesto or sun-dried tomato pesto as it does with regular basil pesto.

Spaghetti and Meatball Sandwich Recipe

Spaghetti and Meatball Sandwich
Stephanie Gallagher
Turn leftover spaghetti and meatballs into an entirely new meal the whole family will devour. If you have leftover garlic bread, you can use that instead of making your own with the butter and garlic salt. This recipe is ideal for an indoor contact grill, because it cooks quickly and presses the sandwich down to a manageable eating size.

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