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12 Wholesome Weeknight Dinner Contest Winners

Get a healthy and delicious meal on the table in 30 minutes flat with these contest-winning recipes from home cooks just like you!

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Grand Prize: Popcorn Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage SlawTaste of Home

Grand Prize: Popcorn Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

These healthy popcorn shrimp tacos combine classic flavors in a new way! Its one of my familys favorites. To make them low-carb, use lettuce instead of tortillas. Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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1st Place: One-Pan Sweet Chili Shrimp and VeggiesTaste of Home

1st Place: One-Pan Sweet Chili Shrimp and Veggies

This one-pan shrimp and veggies recipe has everything I'm looking for in a weeknight family dinner: quick, flavorful, nutritious and all three of my kids will eat it! My oldest son loves shrimp and I thought it would work well as a sheet-pan supper. Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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2nd Place: Fruity Chicken Salad PitasTaste of Home

2nd Place: Fruity Chicken Salad Pitas

I found this handwritten recipe tucked inside an old community cookbook I bought more than 40 years ago. I made a few changes over the years to suit my familys tastes. Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

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3rd Place: One-Pot Red Beans and RiceTaste of Home

3rd Place: One-Pot Red Beans and Rice

This Dutch oven red beans and rice recipe is a great one-pot meal. It's one of my husband's favorites and it uses simple ingredients, so it's been a go-to recipe in our house for years. Janice Conklin, Stevensville, Montana

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Runner-Up: Butternut Burrito BowlTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Butternut Burrito Bowl

This butternut squash burrito bowl is an easy-to-prep dinner that combines fresh ingredients with wholesome convenience foods. It comes together in just minutes and can be customized with everyone's favorite toppings. —Patricia Kukuc, Clearwater, Florida

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Runner-Up: Chili-Topped Cornbread WafflesTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Chili-Topped Cornbread Waffles

My daughter inspired this cornbread waffles recipe. Everyone in my family loves chili except her, so we had an ideacornbread waffles topped with chili and all the fixings! It was a hit. Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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Runner-Up: Easy Chicken Pesto Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Easy Chicken Pesto Stuffed Peppers

On busy weeknights, I dont want to spend more than 30 minutes preparing dinner, nor do I want to wash a towering pile of dishes. This recipe delivers without having to sacrifice flavor! Olivia Cruz, Greenville, South Carolina

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Runner-Up: Gorgonzola Shrimp PastaTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Gorgonzola Shrimp Pasta

This creamy gorgonzola shrimp pasta recipe is so quick and easy. It's the perfect dish for weeknights, but feels special enough for company. Robin Haas, West Roxbury, Massachusetts

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Runner-Up: Mediterranean SoleTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Mediterranean Sole

This Mediterranean sole recipe may be simple, but it's elegant and incredibly flavorful. Steaming in parchment is an easy and healthy way to cook fish and vegetables. Any white fish will work in place of the sole. —Andrea Potischman, Menlo Park, California

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Runner-Up: Quick and Healthy Turkey Veggie SoupTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Quick and Healthy Turkey Veggie Soup

I freeze our leftover turkey at the holidays so we can enjoy meals like this year-round. This soup is especially delicious on a chilly fall or winter day. If you're looking for a dish that's more filling, add some cooked pasta. Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Runner-Up: Rosemary Salmon and VeggieTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Rosemary Salmon and Veggie

My husband and I eat a lot of salmon. One night, while in a rush to get dinner on the table, I created this rosemary salmon meal. It's a keeper! You can also include sliced zucchini, small cauliflower florets or fresh green beans. Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

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Runner-Up: Southwest Sweet Potato Skillet Taste of Home

Runner-Up: Southwest Sweet Potato Skillet

One of the first things my husband made for me was a variation of this chicken sweet potato skillet. Over the years, it has become a family favorite. Top with cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce or anything else your family likes. MacKenzie Wright, San Antonio, Texas

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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