Dinner doesn’t have to take for ever to cook–if you keep it simple. Recipes with only 5 Ingredients can get dinner done in a flash.
Feeding your family after a crazy work day can seem like an Olympic event. But, it doesn’t have to be. Delicious dinners don’t have to involve a ton of ingredients. In fact, some of my all time favorites are less than 5 ingredients. Truthfully, my whole family prefers 5 ingredient meals over most of the fussy fancy meals that take all day to make.
Remember: it’s dinner. Your goal isn’t culinary perfection. Your goal is to avoid the drive-thru or ordering pizza for the bajillionth time. These 5 Ingredient Meals for Families will have you in and out of the kitchen without all the drama!
What Can I Make for Dinner With Little Ingredients?
Five ingredient meals don’t have to be blah or totally mediocre. As you’ll see with the following recipes, dinner can be on the table with less than 5 ingredients and be totally drool-worthy. I dare you to make it through this post without your taste buds tingling…
When it comes to time saving kitchen hacks the sheet pan dinner is a game changer. For real, sheet pan meals are a godsend! I love throwing a bunch of ingredients on a pan and popping it in the oven. You just can’t beat it on a busy week night. Plus, the clean up is quick & easy, too!
This mouth watering dish will have you (and your kids!) drooling. I’m serious. It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s totally adictive. All you need to do is grab a baguette & get to dippin!
5 Ingredient Meatball Gyros
It doesn’t get easier than this little concoction. If you’re a lover of all things Greek, then this short cut meal will have you feeling completely satisfied. The only thing you have to do is cook the meatballs. The rest is simple assembly, thanks to the premade tzatziki sauce!
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This is a super easy meal that looks like it will take you all day. That’s what’s so brilliant about it. If you haven’t spatchcocked a chicken, then you HAVE to try this out! It’s like the best shortcut ever if you are a lover of crispy chicken skin.
Spatchcocking is just cutting out the backbone of the chicken and flattening it down so that the chicken cooks super quick. Added bonus: the skin of the entire chicken gets crispy! Love it.
If you want to see how Spatchcocking is done, check out this video for a full how-to on getting down and dirty with your bird. Lake Geneva Country Meats.
5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
No list of 5 ingredient meals is complete without a nod to the mother of all time savers: the crockpot. Gotta love a slow cooker, amiright? Well, no….I guess many of you have had some pretty sad crockpot dishes where everything is bland or mushy. Ick. Forget that—this 5 ingredient meal will totally vindicate the crockpot!
Chicken thighs, white wine, tomatoes & a few other veggies. Heaven. I’m telling you, your kids will love this one, too!
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Puff Pastry Veggie Pot Pies (Only 5 Ingredients!)
Okay, we’ve gotta add a little Meatless Monday shout out to this lineup. I mean, puff pastry? Yes, please! It’s just like a regular chicken pot pie, but it’s got our favorite meat substitute: garbanzo beans. Also, you make them in muffin tins.
I mean, its adorable, creamy, easy, and super tasty!
This 5 ingredient meal for families will satisfy all those comfort food cravings any busy night of the week.
5 Ingredient Meals for Busy Week Nights
If you’re looking for super simple recipes for busy weeknights, then 5 ingredient meals for families need to become part of your weekly routine. Dinner doesn’t have to be stressful, a gut buster, or a budget breaker. With just a little planning, you can tackle dinner effortlessly. Yes, even if both parents work!
I promise, I know how crazy these days can be when you’re trying to juggle ALL. THE. THINGS. But, tricks like 5 ingredient meals can help keep your sanity. They can also make you feel good about putting something delicious on the table for your family.
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