Quick & Easy Main Dishes
Start the evening off right with a stellar (super-fast and easy) homemade supper.
Make coleslaw up to 24 hours in advance to jump-start this recipe.
Recipe: Tempura Shrimp Tacos
Tilapia gets a twist with lemon and dill. Aluminum foil can be substituted for parchment paper.
- Recipe: Lemon-Dill Tilapia
Everything's better with bacon, and this pork tenderloin recipe is no exception! Go ahead and season the other tenderloin in the package with your favorite spice blend. Wrap and freeze to jump-start another meal.
- Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
No buttermilk on hand? Make your own by combining 1 cup milk with 1 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice. The results are the same.
- Recipes: Basic Salmon Croquettes
Mix together spaghetti with sausage and peppers for a quick Italian meal that's sure to please the entire family.
- Recipe: Chicken-fried Steak
Pizza dough from your grocery store, local wholesaler, or favorite pizza restaurant speeds up prep time for summery pizza. Sauté shrimp with onions and red bell pepper for a flavorful complement to pesto. Cut kitchen time by substituting jarred pesto and peeled shrimp.
Recipe: Shrimp-Pesto Pizza
Cooked quickly in a skillet, Greek-seasoned turkey cutlets are the perfect accompaniment to fettuccine with sautéed red onion, tomatoes and olives. Feel free to substitute your favorite canned tomato blend.
This six-ingredient recipe is the perfect weeknight comfort food. For an easy side, melt a few tablespoons of butter with minced garlic and a dash of chili powder in a microwave-safe bowl; pour over boiled or grilled corn on the cob.
- Recipe: Barbecued Pork Quesadillas
Total Time: 19 minutes
Sprinkle pork chops with a few basic seasonings and toss them on the grill for a flavorful main dish. Prepare quick-cooking rice and sautéed vegetables while the meat is on the grill.
Instead of smothering your pork cutlets with heavy gravy, try this sweet and tangy blackberry reduction sauce. Bread pork tenderloin slices in a crunchy mixture of chopped pecans, breadcrumbs and sage then sear until golden brown. The contrast of the sweet berry sauce and earthy sage is a flavor combination you will want to taste again and again.
This beef recipe makes the most of your busy weeknights. You can make the patties ahead, then simply thaw in the fridge overnight before using.
If you don't have a skillet large enough to hold all the fillets without overlapping, we recommend cooking them in batches. You can substitute catfish, flounder, or orange roughy for tilapia.
- Recipe: Almond-Crusted Tilapia
Freshness counts with a recipe this elemental. We recommend meaty, just-caught triggerfish, but any firm-fleshed fillets will work—just adjust the cooking time depending on the thickness.
Dinner will be on the table in a flash with this delicious recipe. Pick up coleslaw, smoked chicken, and sauce from your favorite barbecue joint.
Your family will love these flavorful pork chops with a crunchy almond topping. For perfectly fluffy quinoa: Simmer, drain, and let it stand, covered, to steam; then fluff.
Hearty, not heavy, is key in this Italian dish. Serve immediately for the best flavor.
- Recipe: Country Ham Carbonara
A mix of sweet and heat on these chicken cutlets is sure to get your family's taste buds ready for dinner. Add a side of steamed vegetables for a complete meal.
Instead of getting takeout, make this easy at-home version complete with scrambled eggs.
- Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice
We tested with tri-tip and rib-eye steak, but use your favorite cut.