45-Minute Meal Recipes

With these delicious 5-star recipes, you’re sitting down to dinner in less than an hour.

Staff Picks

Easy White Chicken Enchiladas

Rating: Unrated
This is a great 'guy' recipe, because you simply mix, assemble, top and bake; and it's a big hit on the table. It doesn't require lots of prep work, just a minimum of measuring of ingredients found in any grocery store. She will think you slaved all afternoon!

Jimmy's Mexican Pizza

Rating: Unrated
Jimmy's specially seasoned ground beef, refried beans, salsa and cheese layered in a deep dish style. A tasty and easy Mexican-style pizza with a flour tortilla crust I whipped up because I had the stuff to make it!!

Easy Mediterranean Fish

Rating: Unrated
This fish is so easy and really flavorful. If you like spicy, try sprinkling a little bit of cayenne pepper as well as the seasoning on the fish before pour the mixture over it. One of the household favorites!

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad

Rating: Unrated
Juicy, warm chicken breasts baked in a crunchy pecan and garlic flavored coating sit on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce. Dried cranberries and mandarin oranges add a sweetness that is balanced by the tanginess of crumbled blue cheese. Ranch dressing ties the dish together to make a wonderfully light, filling salad.

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

Rating: Unrated
This sloppy joe recipe is quick and inexpensive. In addition to putting it on rolls, try this slightly sweet beef mixture over rice, biscuits, or baked potatoes.

Quick and Easy Fish Tacos

Rating: Unrated
You can serve these delightful tacos with a tossed salad and french fries, or just throw it all together for a quick and tasty snack. If you use salsa and tartar sauce, you can make it ahead or use store-bought.

Beef Noodle Shepherd's Pie

Rating: Unrated
I don't know where I got this recipe, but my family really likes it! When I'm in a hurry, I use Idaho instant potatoes.

Easy Tuna Casserole

Rating: Unrated
Tuna, macaroni, creamy soup, cheese and fried onions are all you need to make this super easy tuna casserole that I learned from my roommate. It's great as leftovers, too.

Pizza Pasta

Rating: Unrated
Very easy to make, and kids will love it!

Chicken Julienne

Rating: Unrated
This is an easy-to-prepare dish that's great for a weeknight main supper. Serve it with prepared rice or over egg noodles to make a complete main dish.

The Best Chicken Fried Steak

Rating: Unrated
I received this recipe from a co-worker about 5 years ago. This is by far the best chicken fried steak I've ever had. I've made this numerous times for my picky eater son and my southern-raised better half, as well as other family and friends. I get nothing but rave reviews each time.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Rating: Unrated
Cajun cooking is a combination of French and Southern cuisine. It is robust, country style cookery - and so is this dish! Laissez le bon temp roulez and bon appetit!

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Chicken Marsala

Rating: Unrated
"Excellent midweek dinner. Fast and delicious." – Darlene P.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells

Rating: Unrated
All the flavor of lasagna stuffed into a pasta shell! These are much quicker to make than a traditional lasagna.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Rating: Unrated

A real kid-pleaser! Adults will enjoy this recipe for a tasty appetizer, too! Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauces if desired.