5 Fantastically Fast Family Meals

Oh, the meals you could make if you had more time, right? Well, these family-friendly dinners are all delicious and surprisingly quick to make. You can have them on the table in 30 minutes -- or less.
08/15/2015 07:41 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Oh, the meals you could make if you had more time, right? Well, these family-friendly dinners are all delicious and surprisingly quick to make. You can have them on the table in 30 minutes -- or less.

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Sometimes it seems impossible to make a meal the whole family loves: what one child happily eats, the other one is "not in the mood for." But every once in a while, I come upon a winner, like this delicious pasta dish adapted from Lidia's Italian Table by Lidia Bastianich. Not only is it quick and easy to make -- 25 minutes tops -- the whole family eats it up, broccoli and all. GET THE RECIPE

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New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp as actually very little to do with barbecue: the dish refers to sautᅢᄅed shrimp in a Worcestershire-spike butter sauce. If you keep shrimp in your freezer, it's one of those dishes you can throw together at a moment's notice. GET THE RECIPE

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Inspired by one of the most popular Cooking Light chicken recipes, this dish is family-friendly, and incredibly easy to prepare. The chicken is seasoned with garlic, chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika and then quickly broiled with a sweet and tangy honey glaze. GET THE RECIPE

4. Mirin Glazed Salmon

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Adapted from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson -- one of my favorite cookbooks -- this is a remarkably easy and elegant dish. Most of the ingredients are right out of the pantry, and you can have it on the table in 20 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

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My kids love these chicken tacos. They're a healthier spin on traditional beef tacos -- and they're just as good, if not better. GET THE RECIPE