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Quick Fix Dinners the Kids Will Love

10 Last-Minute Dinner Recipes You'll Want to Make Again and Again

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When the traffic is horrendous on the ride home from work, and the kids' activities are running late, the lure of takeout is almost too much to resist. I say go ahead and resist anyway. With these easy, quick fix dinner recipes, you can get a homemade meal on the table fast. And they don't require that you dirty 20 different pots and pans to do it.

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Pork Stir Fry Recipe

Pork Stir Fry
Stephanie Gallagher
The most time-consuming part about making stir-fry is chopping the vegetables. This recipe solves that problem by using frozen stir-fry vegetables (alternatively, you could use fresh chopped stir-fry vegetables found in the produce section of most supermarkets). Serve over hot cooked rice.

Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe

Grilled Chicken
Stephanie Gallagher
You don't even need to own a grill to make this juicy and tender chicken recipe. It can be made with a stovetop cast iron grill pan (compare prices) or indoor contact grill, such as the George Foreman grill. The trick that makes this simple recipe so tasty is the marinade. It doesn't take long, but it adds a lot of flavor.

Pizza Wrap Sandwiches

Pizza Wrap Sandwiches
Stephanie Gallagher
Is there a kid alive who doesn't love pizza? Didn't think so. These pizza wrap sandwiches are a simple way to make homemade pizza using flour tortillas. Try adding your favorite pizza toppings, like pepperoni, chopped red or green peppers and sliced mushrooms.

Barbecue Chicken Salad Recipe

Barbecue Chicken Salad
Stephanie Gallagher
This dinner salad has all of the flavors of a great salad you'd get at a good restaurant, yet at a fraction of the price. Barbecue chicken, red onions, corn, lettuce and tomatoes are the basis for this tasty, kid-pleasing salad. You can make this dish in advance. Just make the salad, refrigerate and add the dressing when you're ready to serve.

Mexican Quesadillas

Mexican Quesadillas
Stephanie Gallagher
This basic quesadilla recipe has a lovely crust, similar to the best grilled cheese sandwiches (the secret is butter). If the kids don't like spicy food, leave out the green chiles. Feel free to add some cooked chicken, black beans or leftover roast beef to make this dish heartier.

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Beef Fried Rice Recipe

Beef Fried Rice
Stephanie Gallagher
My favorite way to use leftover beef (or chicken) and rice is to make fried rice. Although this recipe calls for frozen peas and carrots (because they're easy), feel free to chop up any fresh vegetables you happened to have in your crisper.

Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Lemon Garlic Shrimp
Stephanie Gallagher
There is really no better way to get dinner on the table fast than with shrimp or fish. They cook quickly and it doesn't take much to add a lot of flavor. This garlic shrimp recipe is a favorite in our house of garlic-lovers. To make it easier, use pre-minced garlic (found in the produce section of most supermarkets).

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Potatoes Recipe

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Potatoes
Stephanie Gallagher
Fan of Philly cheesesteaks? Love stuffed baked potatoes? This recipe combines the two into one satisfying dish everyone in the family will love. Even better: This recipe is a perfect one-dish meal with protein, vegetables and starch in every bite!

Fish with Pico Garlic Rub

Fish with Pico Garlic Rub
Spice Islands
This simple fish recipe is full of great Mexican flavor, and it only takes minutes to prepare. Serve with Mexican rice

Baked Chicken and Potatoes

Baked Chicken and Potatoes
Stephanie Gallagher
Although this recipe does take about a half hour to cook, the prep work is fast, and the flavor is incredible. I like using boneless skinless chicken thighs for this dish (because they are juicier), but feel free to use boneless breasts if you prefer.

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