Whether you're planning weeknight dinners, weekend meals, or a special occasion dinner for friends, we have how-tos, menus, and tips. Check out our 15-minute entree recipes, quick pastas, and quick chicken recipes, plus our make-ahead dinners and freezable entrees.
Chicken Bolognese With TagliatelleOur light version of pasta Bolognese features ground chicken -- and plenty of flavorAdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Ed's Pickle MixServe Ed McFarland's pickle mix alongside his recipe for lobster rolls for the perfect summer meal.
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Sheet-Pan SuppersIt's time to lay it all out -- in the pan. Cooking an entire meal on a single baking sheet is a great alternative to classic one-pot recipes. Not only does it allow the individual flavors of your proteins and side dishes to shine, it also guarantees the easiest cleanup ever. Try out this streamlined approach to instantly create an impressive spread.
15 Chicken Recipes You Can Make Any Night of the WeekWe know how much you love chicken -- everyone loves chicken that’s why it’s now the most popular meat in the U.S. It’s versatile, pretty reasonable price-wise, (of course) delicious, and relatively easy to prepare. You can braise chicken legs, stir-fry boneless breast, make a curry with a whole chicken -- all that and much more once you have these weeknight doable recipes.
What's for Dinner? 10 Budget MealsYes, for less than the price of a large pie from the local pizza place, you can put a fresh, satisfying dinner for four on the table. Try these recipes.
Healthy One-Pot MealsWe're totally behind a healthy and sensible "everything in moderation" approach to eating with an emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods. An easy route to healthy meals is to make dinner in just one pot. Here are some of our favorite recipes.
All Grown-Up: Macaroni and Cheese ... for the Mature KidThings that are grown-up: tea in a porcelain cup, making to-do lists, effectively using sticky notes, and using matching pot holders. Things that are not grown-up: microwavable mac and cheese. See also: mac and cheese from a pouch and macaroni with cold peels of shredded American cheese. For when you're too sophisticated for mac and cheese but not quite over the cozy-comfort-delicious factor, these recipes should do the trick.
New Little Italy: Classic Italian-American Recipes with a Lighter Touch
Lucinda Scala Quinn's lighter and fresher versions of classic Italian-American recipes.
Kid-Friendly Pasta Recipes That Will Make Them Smile and Clean Their PlatesFamily dinner on a weeknight should be nutritious, delicious, and, most important, easy to make. That can be a tall order, so when it comes to Wednesday noshing, who are you gonna call? The answer is pasta: It cooks quickly and pleases the palates of persnickety youngsters. See our favorite pasta recipes to satisfy small-fry hunger.
One-Pot Chicken RecipesYou have your main ingredient -- chicken -- but how to cook it? All these recipes require is one pot, pan, or baking dish. And these recipes for all-in-one meals can be prepared with little effort and minimal cleanup.
Broiler Plates: Sweet and Savory Oven Broiler RecipesTo replicate the flavor of a grilled dinner without stepping outside, just turn on your broiler. This underused kitchen workhorse lets you prepare meals splatter-free, just like the oven, but it heats up quicker and cooks twice as fast. Its blast of direct heat seals in juices as it perfectly caramelizes the outside of meats, seafood, and vegetables for delicious dinners in a flash.
Make It in the Morning: Dinner Recipes for Early BirdsIf you’re the type who’s always up to greet the sunrise, early mornings are the perfect time to get dinner prep done. Here are some quick meals that are even quicker to reheat.
Real-Deal Turkey Chili in Less than an Hour!A quick-to-cook turkey chili that's as flavorful as the beefy original.
Freezer-Friendly MealsWant to make homemade meals even easier? Your freezer can help! Stock your freezer with meals, from meat to pasta and soups, that will be ready in a snap. Just prep, freeze, and then heat the meal on a busy weeknight.
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Roasted Kabocha Squash SoupThe toasted ancho chiles in this fall soup recipe give it a mole-like smoky flavor. You can substitute any type of winter squash for this recipe (calabaza, Hubbard, or sugar pumpkin are the best alternatives); choose a squash that feels heavy for its size and is free of soft spots.Recipe
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lighter PestoFresh pesto is always a better choice than pre-made; here the basil flavor is intensified.Recipe
Muenster, Turkey, and Apple QuesadillasThere's no trick to this speedy, kid-pleasing meal that plays well on the busiest fall nights.Recipe
Spiced Prune CakeThe recipe for this moist, dense, and not-too-sweet cake -- a slice is perfect for an afternoon snack -- comes from Jean Josephson of Portland, Oregon.Recipe
Pumpkin Layer Cake with Spiced FrostingYou can buy pumpkin-pie spice, or make your own from ground spices: Combine 1 teaspoon each cinnamon and ginger with 1/4 teaspoon each nutmeg and allspice.Recipe
Orange Chiffon Cake with Vanilla Whipped CreamA plain-Jane cake gets dolled up with aromatic orange juice and zest in the batter.Recipe
Light Vanilla-Bean PuddingUsing a vanilla bean (look for a moist and plump one) instead of extract bolsters the flavor of this pudding; fewer eggs and low-fat milk instead of traditional whole milk make this dessert a smarter choice.Recipe
Orange-Vermouth SpritzersMake these alcoholic sparklers with orange-juice ice cubes.Recipe
South Asian Fish with Green ChutneyWrapping the fish in banana leaves makes this dish more authentic. They are big, so you will only need one or two.Recipe
Green Beans with Golden RaisinsThis recipe combines golden raisins and Parmesan cheese from the West with sesame and tea from the East.Recipe
Asian Slaw and Somen Salad with Spice-Rubbed TunaWhole-wheat somen noodles are thin, light, delicate, and soft. Similar to vermicelli, these Japanese noodles are often served cold in summer months. They add substance to this crunchy, colorful slaw.Recipe
Salade a la Grecque with Grilled ChickenThis salad inspired by the flavors of Greece includes tomatoes, feta cheese, red onion, and Kalamata olives. The dressing combines olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano.Recipe
Grilled Salmon with Spicy Honey-Basil SauceCook this grilled salmon with spicy honey-basil sauce on the backyard grill or under the broiler for a quick and easy dinner. You can buy salmon as fillets or as steaks.Recipe
Quick Tomato SauceThis tomato sauce -- rich in beneficial lycopene -- tastes great over pasta, fish, or grilled chicken. It can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to five days.Recipe
Spicy Vegetable SauteThis spicy-hot saute goes well with Jerk Pork Tenderloin or grilled chicken and beef.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Orange-Walnut Olive Oil Cake with Sweet YogurtBe sure to use plain olive oil in this moist and tasty cake; virgin and extra-virgin don't hold up to high heat.Recipe
Thai Beef Salad With Fresh HerbsThis low-calorie salad gives you half your daily servings of fruits and vegetables.Recipe
Spinach Salad with WalnutsNutritious spinach gets a protein boost from walnuts and eggs.