Fake It, Don't Make It

These supereasy Real Simple recipes are perfect for those times when you need a delicious, family-friendly meal–fast.

  • Corn Chowder
    Antonis Achilleos

    Corn Chowder

    It's hard to beat creamy corn chowder when it comes to comfort food! This version tastes like it's been simmering all day on the stove, but takes less than 10 minutes to make.

    Recipe: Corn Chowder


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  • Chili Pie
    Mark Weiss

    Chili Pie

    Top a hearty chili made from crumbled Italian sausage, chili powder, kidney beans, and salsa with a cheesy homemade cornbread for one-dish meal that your family is sure to love.

    Recipe: Chili Pie

  • Jambalaya
    Mark Lund


    This favorite Cajun dish tastes amazing, yet calls for just six ingredients. For a low-fat version, substitute turkey kielbasa for the regular variety.

    Recipe: Jambalaya

  • Mediterranean Chicken
    Andrew McCaul

    Mediterranean Chicken

    Bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to your dinner table with this easy chicken meal featuring Feta cheese, black-olive tapenade, olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

    Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken

  • Fish Tacos
    Mark Lund

    Fish Tacos

    Love the tacos at your local Mexican joint? It's easy to make your own at home with a box of frozen fish tenders, flour tortillas, red onion, tartar sauce, and Romaine lettuce.

    Recipe: Fish Tacos

  • Last-Minute Lasagna
    Rick Lew

    Last-Minute Lasagna

    This shortcut lasagna recipe is ready to bake in just minutes, unlike traditional lasagnas. The secret ingredient? Storebought cheese ravioli.

    Recipe: Last-Minute Lasagna

  • Mexican-Style Eggs
    Thayer Allyson Gowdy

    Mexican-Style Eggs

    For a special Saturday morning treat, take a break from the traditional pancakes and waffles. Top corn tortillas with canned beans and eggs cooked with your choice of enchilada sauce or salsa.

    Recipe: Mexican-Style Eggs

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