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A 7-Day 15-Minute Prep Meal Plan

Being strapped for time doesn't mean the drive-thru is the only dinner option. Try these easy dinners prepped in 15 minutes or less.

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Sunday: Easy Seafood Salad

This super simple, deceptively delicious recipe was inspired by a seafood salad I had in the Bahamas that featured conch. I substituted crab and shrimp for the conch and like it even more! —Cindy Heyd, Edmond, Oklahoma
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Monday: Chicken Rice Bowl

This chicken rice bowl recipe is so easy to toss together on a busy weeknight, and I usually have the ingredients already on hand. I start sauteing the onion and pepper first, then I prepare the instant rice. If you like, top it with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese. —Tammy Daniels, Batavia, Ohio
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Tuesday: Slow-Cooked Steak Fajitas

“We enjoy the flavors of Mexican food, so I was glad when I spotted the recipe for the spicy entree,” relates Twila Burkholder of Middleburg, Pennsylvania. “I simmer the beef in my slow cooker…and it always comes out nice and tender.”
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Wednesday: Pressure-Cooker Simple Poached Salmon

I love this recipe because it’s healthy and almost effortless. The salmon always cooks to perfection and is ready in hardly any time! —Erin Chilcoat, Central Islip, New York
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Thursday: Southern Okra Bean Stew

When this spicy stew’s simmering on the stove, my family has a hard time waiting for dinner. It’s much like a thick tomato-based soup with a hearty mix of okra, brown rice and beans. Everyone leaves the table feeling satisfied—and eager to have it again soon. —Beverly McDowell, Athens, Georgia
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Friday: Classic Chicken & Waffles

A down-home diner special gets weeknight-easy with the help of rotisserie chicken. Want ’em even faster? Make the waffles ahead and freeze till dinnertime. —Lauren Reiff, East Earl, PA
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Saturday: Cheeseburger Crescent Ring

This is an easy entree that can be put together quickly after a long day at work. I guarantee that adults will enjoy it as much as kids do. —Stephanie Hurd, Oxford, Alabama

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Rashanda Cobbins
When Rashanda’s not tasting and perfecting Taste of Home’s recipes, you’ll find this food editor sifting through our recipe collection, curating digital content or tracking the latest culinary trends. While studying for her bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, Rashanda interned in Southern Living’s test kitchen and later spent nearly a decade developing recipes and food content at ConAgra Brands. In her spare time, she loves scoping out local farmers markets and having picnics in the park.