What’s for dinner? These easy 5-ingredient dinner recipes will help answer that question with less stress (and less prep time!).
Coming soon: Busy nights.
If the life of a parent with school-aged kids was a movie marquis, that’s what it would say. And it’s true. For us, it’s already starting, even though school doesn’t begin for another eight days.
Yes, I am counting.
You don’t even have to be a busy parent to have busy nights though. They happen to so many people. Teachers going back to school. Folks who work in politics at election time. Accountants at tax time. Retail workers at back to school and during the holiday season. I could go on and on.
But if there’s one thing I know with great certainty, it’s that a little planning ahead and a lot of easy, simple recipes help make those busy nights a little easier.
Do you meal plan? It’s a good way to take some of the stress out of the week. When you know what you will be making for dinner ahead of time, you can make sure you have all the ingredients ready to cook when the time comes.
That’s where these easy 5-ingredient dinner recipes from Sarah’s Cucina Bella and other reliable food bloggers come in.
With just five ingredients or less, these don’t take a lot of prep work to get cooking. Plus, many are ready in 30 minutes or less (easy peasy!). There’s something for everyone — vegetarian, chicken, pork, beef, fish …
So check them out, try a few that appeal to your family and have an easier evening. And if you are looking for more easy, 5-ingredient dinner recipes, check out my cookbook, The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published last year by Rockridge Press.
One of my most popular recipes, these sticky drumsticks are a crowd-pleaser with a mouthwatering glaze. By combining the marmalade with soy sauce and rice vinegar, the sharp tartness is toned down and a richness is added without losing the orange flavor. This recipe was inspired by one in Every Day Food, April 2009.
This version of chicken cordon bleu is a little healthier (no breading and grilled!) and a lot faster. Better yet, with the salty ham and creamy Swiss cheese on the seasoned breasts, it’s satisfying and flavorful.
It’s the contrasts in this salad that make it delightful: the sugary sweetness of the sweet potatoes, the tang of the lime juice, the earthy cilantro. Though it can be enjoyed hot or cold, we like it best hot.
Chicken, ham and cheese ... this is one of those combinations that just gets me excited. And the addition of honey mustard? It makes this quick and easy recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps just perfect.
I literally did a double take on air fryer pizza. I'm aaaaalllll in!
About The Author
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, writer, editor and recipe developer who loves fresh tomatoes from the garden, juicy burgers and tacos every day of the week. She is an expert on quick and easy cooking from scratch who loves to help others discover their own cooking prowess. She lives in Maine with her two kids.