Main dish meals that are easy to prepare, these 5 ingredient dinner recipes are a lifesaver when you’re busy. You won’t need to fill up your grocery cart to make these recipes.

Main dish meals that are easy to prepare, these 5 ingredient dinner recipes are a lifesaver when you're busy. You won't need to fill up your grocery cart to make these recipes.

Sometimes when I’m paging through a magazine or cookbook, or scrolling through recipes online, my eye is drawn to a fabulous looking entree that I’m sure I’ll want to try. My mouth already watering in anticipation, I jump to the recipe card and discover that the ingredient list is about 1000 items long.

Forget it! is my initial thought. Then I begin to look for ways to simplify the recipe. 

Sometimes a more complicated recipe is fine. Maybe you’re in the mood to cook, you have lots of time, or helpers, and you’re ready for a challenge. But face it, most of the time we’re under pressure to get dinner (or lunch, or breakfast) on the table as quickly as possible.

Many of you have expressed a frustration with having to cook after getting home from a long day at work. It’s 5:30, every one is hungry, maybe even “hangry,” and there’s an urgent need to have dinner on the table, pronto. You don’t really want to face a recipe with a laundry list of ingredients that even a well-stocked pantry can’t supply.

About these 5 Ingredient Dinner Recipes

Hopefully these five-ingredient dinner recipes will help you out. Take a look at all fifteen recipes, see which ones appeal to you most, add any ingredients you don’t have already to your shopping list, and enjoy cooking these easy recipes.

You’ll see a good variety, everything from sloppy Joe sandwiches to squash soup. Healthy, good for you recipes, like stuffed portobello mushrooms, or pizza chicken. You’ll love the green chile mac and cheese. Oh, and the slow cooker green enchilada soup which you can make in the morning. Dump five ingredients into the slow cooker, and it’s ready when you get home. So easy!

Check out the recipes where eggs play the starring role. Eggs are so convenient–they have a long shelf life in the fridge, don’t need to be thawed out, are super versatile, and they are a good source of protein. I love the sheet pan breakfast tostadas. Don’t let the word “breakfast’ influence you – these tostadas would be welcome at lunch and dinner, too. The egg white muffins with sausage and broccoli can be made ahead and are perfect for meals on the go.

And I promise you, these recipes don’t include lots of ultra-processed ingredients.

So, check out this collection of 5 ingredient (or less!) recipes and hopefully, make your life a little simpler. Happy cooking!

5 Ingredient Dinner Recipes

Main dish meals that are easy to prepare, these 5 ingredient recipes can be a lifesaver when you're busy. You won't need to fill up your grocery cart to make these recipes.