Here’s the thing. You and me… We’re busy ladies. But we like to make delicious meals for our family. We need recipes that are delicious, quick, budget-friendly, and easy! What can seriously help with those requirements? Minimal ingredients! 5 ingredients or less, to be exact. All of the recipes I’m sharing with you require 5 or less.
Recipes that only require a few ingredients are going to help with your budget, take less time to prepare and will overall simplify your cooking life. I love getting crazy in the kitchen and trying a new, challenging recipe but that’s not what I’m looking for on a regular basis. When I’m making my meal plan for the week it is inspired by quick-and-easy and delicious. 5 ingredients or less recipes are right up my alley!
I guarantee that every one of these recipes will be:
- require 5 ingredients or less
- and will taste like they took more effort than they did
Hint: you can still be Superwoman and take shortcuts!
Easy Oven Braised French Onion Pork Chops
The name of this recipe sounds fancy to me. But guess what… It’s not! It’s easy and delicious. Minimal effort required! Recipe and photo from Yellow Bliss Road.
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Broccoli Cheese Soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. I have an awesome recipe for the best broccoli soup out there (in my humble opinion, of course) but I don’t make it very often because it takes awhile and many ingredients. I’m so excited to have a simpler alternative! Recipe and photo from Budget Savy Diva.
Cheesy Macaroni Chicken Bake
OMG this looks so good. I would like a steamy hot plate of this ASAP, please. Oh, looks like I can have this deliciousness on the table in about 30 minutes flat! Recipe and photo from Lil Luna.
Sticky Stove Top Balsamic Drumsticks
Drumsticks are cheap. Balsamic is one of the best flavors out there. This recipe takes about 5 mins of work. This is DEFINITELY getting on next week’s meal plan! Recipe and photo from Recipe Tin Eats.
Chicken Tikka Masala
I always have the idea in my head that replicating my favorite take-out dishes is a huge feat. This recipe proves me wrong. Recipe and photo from Pinch of Yum.
One-Pot Spicy Asian Noodles
Wait. You’re telling me that with only a few ingredients, 20 minutes and only ONE POT TO CLEAN I can enjoy yummy Asian flavors and carby goodness? Recipe and photo from Babble.
Kale Caesar Pasta Salad
This recipe makes me dream of sunset dinners on the patio… With our dog begging at our feet because we’re terrible trainers (read: can’t train our Frenchie worth crap). Recipe and photo from Foodie Crush.
Spicy Shrimp with Chilies and Garlic
Shrimp is one of my favorite proteins to cook with because they take no time to cook, are low cal and you can do so much with them. Oh, and they’re so tasty. Whip these bad boys up with some rice and your family will thank you. Recipe and photo from Skinny Taste.
Stuffed Zucchini With Goat Cheese and Marinara
This recipe is so simple that I’m not sure if the above line is the title or ingredients list! This recipe is perfect for when you want something lighter but need it on the table ASAP. And for it to still be a very tasty meal, of course. Recipe and photo from The Wicked Noodle.
Bacon Asparagus Pasta
This isn’t a flavor combo I would come up with on my own but I know is going to be amazingly delicious. This is why I love my fellow bloggers so much! Recipe and photo from Gimme Some Oven.
Honey Mustard Chicken
This recipe has “Sunday Night” written all over it. I’m basically here about to salivate over these photos. I LOVE honey mustard chicken. Recipe and photo from Simply Recipes.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls
Yummmmmm! Chicken Cordon Bleu is already a good decision in my opinion. Make this traditional dish more unique and fun by incorporating crescent rolls (I have NEVER met a crescent roll recipe I didn’t like) and pin wheel-ing it… Amazing! Recipe and photo from Mom On Time Out.
Grilled Pizza with Pesto and Tomatoes
Simple. Minimal ingredients. Quick. Pizza. Need I say more? This is pure 5 ingredients or less BLISS! Recipe and photo from Rachel Cooks.
Breaded Lemon Chicken
Ooooo I love me a good crispy coating! And lemon is one of my favorite flavors. Needless to say, I’m adding this dish to this week’s menu plan! Recipe and photo from Host the Toast.
Sticky Sesame Chicken
If you haven’t noticed yet, Asian-inspired flavors are way up there on my taste bud’s favorites list. However, a lot of the time these recipes require many ingredients to achieve the amazing flavor. That is not the case with this recipe! Recipe and photo are from Six Sisters’ Stuff.
The idea for this post was originally to be all dinner recipes but really.. I just couldn’t help myself. What is dinner without dessert?
Boring. The answer is that dinner without dessert is BORING! Here are some 5 ingredients or less desserts.
Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler
I freaking love peach cobbler. And apple. And berry. I just love all the cobblers, okay?! This recipe consists of 3 ingredients and your slow cooker. It doesn’t get any simpler than that! Recipe and photo from Growing Up Gabel.
Oreo Poke Cake
This is a bit of a cheat because I believe there are about 6-7 ingredients but I promise you a) it’s worth it (I’ve made and LOVE this recipe) b) they’re all very basic ingredients that you’ll likely have on hand and c) again, it’s totally worth it! Recipe and photo from The Country Cook.
Southern Banana Pudding Parfaits
I can barely handle the cuteness of this dessert. Combine that with my love for banana pudding and I’m in love. It’s my birthday this weekend and I might just make myself these yummers! Recipe and photo from Flavor Mosaic.
I hope this post makes your life a little bit easier. You don’t need to cook complex meals to enjoy complex and delicious flavors. Less time cooking means more time for snuggling and I’m all about that Snug Life!