When the last thing you feel like doing is spending hours in the kitchen cooking, recipes with just a few ingredients are life-savers. If you ask us, dinner doesn’t have to be complicated to be satisfying. Some of the best meals are splendid in their simplicity. If you need some easy meal inspiration, here are some of our favorite dinners with five ingredients to make on any weeknight. Enjoy!
This pasta al Limone recipe from Bon Appetit is simple to make, quick and tasty. The combination of heavy cream and lemon gives it a fresh, zesty flavor. It’s one of those meals that somehow manages to feel rich and hearty without being overbearing. Pair it with a salad for a simple, any-season meal.
Burritos are always a good idea. They’re easy to whip up in a short amount of time, and they keep well for days. Plus, not many ingredients are needed to pack a whole lot of flavor. These smothered burritos from Taste of Home feature enchilada sauce, salsa, beef, tortillas and cheese. Yes, please.
If you’re a fan of Cacio e Pepe, you’re going to want to try this version made with gnocchi. It still has the traditional flavor of black pepper and parmesan you’ve come to love with the added bonus of soft, creamy gnocchi. The best part: It can be ready in just seven minutes.
This salmon teriyaki recipe is a speedy option for when you want a healthy dinner without the long wait time. Simply coat your salmon in teriyaki sauce and cook them on a hot skillet. Add some jasmine rice on the side, and you’ve got a dinner that’s done in 20 minutes. Easy peasy.
Here’s another healthy dinner option. These blackened cilantro lime burgers feature the delicious taste of blackened chicken in a compact burger form, making them easy to cook and enjoy in little time. They’re bunless, too, so the meal’s a great choice when you need to take a break from carb-heavy dinners.
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