Beat-the-Clock Dinners

Have a satisfying meal on the table in a snap with these quick and easy recipes from Food Network Kitchen.

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Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Quick and Easy Meals

Get weeknight dinners on the table fast with these simple, satisfying recipes that come together in 30 minutes or less (10 minutes!), with little to no cook time.

10-Minute Green Gazpacho and Smoky Quesadilla

This cool summer meal comes together very quickly, thanks to clever shortcuts. Add ice water to the soup just before blending, eliminating chilling time, and broil the quesadillas on a baking sheet so they can be cooked simultaneously. They crisp up in just a couple of minutes.

Get the Recipe: 10-Minute Green Gazpacho and Smoky Quesadilla

10-Minute Ham, White Bean and Kale Salad

Make this super-easy and satisfying salad when you're in a pinch for a weeknight dinner. Time-saving shortcuts like toasting almonds in a skillet and shaving cheese with a vegetable peeler all help get dinner to the table faster.

Get the Recipe: 10-Minute Ham, White Bean and Kale Salad

10-Minute Chicken, Corn and Kimchi Ramen

Time is on your side when using a large skillet to cook everything at once for this speedy noodle dish. All but the garnishes go right into the skillet, and in the short time it takes for the broth to come to a boil, it's done!

Get the Recipe: 10-Minute Chicken, Corn and Kimchi Ramen

10-Minute Beef-and-Beet Salad with Horseradish Dressing

Have dinner on the table in a flash by preparing this hearty, deli-inspired salad. Everyone will love the mixture of crunchy cabbage with tender spinach; if you have them on hand, add a few chopped hard-boiled eggs for extra flavor and protein.

Get the Recipe: 10-Minute Beef-and-Beet Salad with Horseradish Dressing

15-Minute Stir-Fried Steak Tacos

Slice skirt steak and cook it quickly at a high temperature to save time and keep the meat tender. Make sure you save the super flavorful collected juices from the steak and onions to drizzle on your tacos.

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Stir-fried Steak Tacos

15-Minute Meatloaf Melts

Satisfy your meatloaf craving in just 15 minutes by making thin patties and broiling them. These quick and comforting sandwiches have all the elements of a blue plate special-meatloaf, potatoes (in the form of a potato bun) and green beans. They're terrific just the way they are, but adding a couple strips of leftover bacon to each sandwich would be great too!

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Meatloaf Melts

15-Minute Bean, Egg and Avocado Tostadas

Use a greased muffin tin to cook 8 eggs all at once — it's a major timesaver! Inspired by huevos rancheros, these tostadas are especially good when served with salsa verde, but you can try them with your favorite red salsa too.

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Bean, Egg and Avocado Tostadas

15-Minute Asian Rice Salad

This comforting salad is ready in just 15 minutes. To keep the prep time to a minimum, grate fresh ginger instead of finely chopping it, use kitchen shears instead of a knife to snip off the stems of the shiitake mushrooms, and purchase precooked brown rice, grated carrots and shelled edamame.

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute Asian Rice Salad

20-Minute Grilled Pizza with Smoked Salmon and Mixed Greens

Grilling pizza gives the crust a wonderful char in just a few minutes, without heating up the kitchen. Try adding no-cook toppings from Sunday bagels: A schmear of lemony cream cheese is a natural for the smoked salmon, while cucumbers and radishes add color and crunch.

Get the Recipe: 20-Minute Grilled Pizza with Smoked Salmon and Mixed Greens

20-Minute Shrimp and Grits with Peas and Butter Sauce

This super-easy twist on a Southern classic can be made in no time. Frozen corn instead of peas works nicely too!

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20-Minute Crispy Pierogies with Broccoli and Sausage

This is a kid-friendly twist on the classic Italian combination of broccoli rabe and sausage combo. Cooking mini pierogies pot-sticker style in a hot skillet saves time (no waiting for water to boil) and leaves them both crispy and tender.

Get the Recipe: 20-Minute Crispy Pierogies with Broccoli and Sausage

20-Minute Chicken Cutlets with Charred Escarole Salad

This whole meal can be cooked under your broiler in no time! And, best of all, the broiled escarole takes on different textures — tender, wilted and delightfully crispy in the charred spots. This method also works great with thin fillets of flaky white fish.

Get the Recipe: 20-Minute Chicken Cutlets with Charred Escarole Salad

25-Minute Grilled Pork Chops with Succotash

Use the summery flavors of succotash as inspiration to build a whole meal-on-the-grill. Simply-seasoned pork chops cook alongside corn and onions, which then get tossed with canned black-eyed peas and juicy summer tomatoes-no extra pan. You won't miss the butter and cream traditionally used in succotash; a dollop of cumin-spiced sour cream is even better.

Get the Recipe: 25-Minute Grilled Pork Chops with Succotash

25-Minute Flank Steak with Charred Vidalia Onion Salad

Steak may be the main ingredient in this easy weeknight dinner, but the onions are the stars. Their sweet-charred flavors work perfectly with the bite from the watercress and radishes and the rich earthiness of the sesame oil.

Get the Recipe: 25-Minute Flank Steak with Charred Vidalia Onion Salad

25-Minute Cheesy Sausage and Butternut Squash Casserole

This weeknight casserole is cheesy and satisfying like lasagna--your family will be so impressed!--but takes a quarter of the time. Frozen butternut squash and ready-made polenta are great time-savers.

Get the Recipe: 25-Minute Cheesy Sausage and Butternut Squash Casserole

25-Minute Unstuffed Pork Chops

When you are tight on time, try this crowd-pleasing variation on classic stuffed chops. You get all the flavor but with half the work when you use croutons as a breading stand-in and pile them on top of the meat once it's been seared.

Get the Recipe: 25-Minute Unstuffed Pork Chops

30-Minute Grilled Chicken Thighs with Watermelon and Feta Salad

Make a complete grilled chicken dinner in under half an hour with few timesaving techniques: grate the garlic instead of chopping it with a knife — it's faster and adds more garlicky flavor to the dish; massage the marinade into the chicken to cut down on soaking time; and make the sweet-and-savory watermelon salad while the chicken marinates.

Get the Recipe: 30-Minute Grilled Chicken Thighs with Watermelon and Feta Salad

30-Minute Roasted Pork with Grapes and Couscous

This simple weeknight dinner is a wonderful way to enjoy grapes in a different way. When roasted, they become especially juicy, sweet and tart.

Get the Recipe: 30-Minute Roasted Pork with Grapes and Couscous

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, it's nothing if not elegant. Save time by juicing the lemon and slicing the olives while the cod and fennel cook.

Get the Recipe: 30-Minute Cod with Lemony Braised Fennel

30-Minute Pan-Seared Salmon with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms

To cut down on the veggie prep, keep the bok choy in big pieces and stack the mushroom caps before slicing. Use leftover rice if you have it on hand, but a fresh batch cooks in well under 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: 30-Minute Pan-Seared Salmon with Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Mushrooms

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