On busy school nights, forget the drive-through. With these fast, dinner recipes, you can have a family-pleasing meal on the table in 30 minutes or less.
Cost per serving: $3.32
Weather not cooperating? You can make this steak inside, too. Set an oven rack 4 inches from the heat source and preheat boiler to high. Line a broiling pan with foil. Broil the steak for 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare.
See recipe: Flank Steak with Salsa Verde
Cost per serving: $2.05
Make a double batch of the spicy ketchup; cover and chill. Try it on burgers and hot dogs.
See recipe: Cajun Chicken Fingers with Spicy Ketchup
Cost per serving: $2.65
This recipe works just as well with fresh peas (instead of frozen). Be sure to look for small ones, which tend to be sweeter.
See recipe: Angel Hair with Shrimp and Peas
Cost per serving: $1.74
Try this recipe on the grill this summer! Use the orange-marmalade glaze as a marinade, and, if you want, make a separate batch to serve as a sauce on the side.
See recipe: Orange-Marmalade Glazed Chicken Thighs
Cost per serving: $2.48
To save the rest of a can of chipotles, portion individual ones into plastic bags with a little adobo sauce and store in the freezer.
See recipe: Ham Steak with Chipotle-Mustard Sauce
Cost per serving: $2.63
In a hurry? Use pre-sliced mushrooms. The ragout won't be as chunky, but it will still be delicious.
See recipe: Mushroom Ragout with Polenta
Cost per serving: $1.48
Swap in chickpeas or black beans for the cannellini if you have them in your pantry.
See recipe: Penne with Tuna, Capers and Beans
Cost per serving: $2.49
Is a different fish on sale? You can easily make this recipe with cod or halibut instead of tilapia.
See recipe: Ginger-Soy Tilapia
Cost per serving: $2.89
Change the flavor, but keep the color: try pineapple, papaya, nectarines or peaches instead of mango.
See recipe: Pork and Mango Kebabs
Cost per serving: $1.30
You could also use shredded Swiss cheese, Cheddar or Jack for the Parmesan, if you like.
See recipe: Baked Eggs with Tomato and Parmesan
Cost per serving: $1.23
Instead of getting greasy nuggets, make this simple honey chicken recipe. Five ingredients are all you need to whip up this gourmet-tasting, healthy dish costing less than $1.25 per serving.
See recipe: Honey-and-Lemon Baked Chicken
Cost per serving: 89¢
Fire up the grill (or broiler) for these tangy beef and vegetable kebabs. Serve with leftover rice for a quick yet complete meal.
See recipe: Beef Kebabs with Orange Glaze
Cost per serving: 79¢
With this hearty pasta meal, you won’t even miss the meat. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make it truly vegetarian.
See recipe: Pasta with Chickpeas and Broccoli
Cost per serving: $3.12
Tell your kids they’re eating potato chips for dinner when you serve this fun fish recipe. It’s perfect for busy weeknights, because it’s on the table in just 15 minutes.
See recipe: Salmon Fillets with Potato Chip Crust
Cost per serving: $1.76
Even the pickiest eaters won’t be able to resist these crunchy, tasty tacos—and you’ll be sneaking some veggies in, too. Try a fruity salsa for an exotic, new flavor.
See recipe: Fish Stick Tacos
Cost per serving: $2.93
Prosciutto gives this chicken recipe its gourmet flair—but you can use in regular ham or bacon if you prefer. Either way this meal is ready in a flash!
See recipe: Chicken Saltimbocca
Cost per serving: $2.39
Who needs takeout when you can have a delicious Asian-inspired meal at home in less time, for less money? Swap broccoli florets for the snow peas if you prefer.
See recipe: Chicken, Snow Pea and Cashew Fried Rice
Cost per serving: $3.31
Any kind of canned beans will work in this delicious recipe. It’s a one-pot meal, so cleanup is a snap. If you have leftovers, enjoy them cold for lunch the next day.
See recipe: Veggie Couscous with White Beans
Cost per serving: $2.15
Ready in just 20 minutes, this satisfying entrée is both hearty and still heart-healthy. While the meat is grilling, prepare a green vegetable and some rice or couscous to round out the meal.
See recipe: Spicy Asian Pork Tenderloin
Cost per Serving: $2.67
Loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts and mushrooms, this veggie-packed pizza is simple to make. Add in your favorite toppings to customize this for your family.
See recipe: Four Seasons Veggie Pizza
Cost per serving: $3.11
Mint and garlic give the mineral-rich yogurt sauce a Mediterranean flair in this delicious, gourmet-tasting dish.
See recipe: Grilled Salmon with Yogurt-Mint Sauce
Cost per serving: $3.62
Your family will love this delicious Sauteed Chicken with Fresh Blueberry Sauce recipe—it looks impressive, but is easy to make!
See Recipe: Sauteed Chicken with Fresh Blueberry Sauce