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5-Ingredient (or Less) Dinner Recipes

Put together dinner in a hurry with these recipes for both main dishes—quesadillas, beef tenderloin, ravioli, salmon, ham and more—and sides.

Barbecue Beef Wrap

These wraps, made with leftover shredded roast beef and packaged broccoli slaw, can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Wrap tightly and chill.

Barbecue Beef Wrap

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Bottled black bean and corn salsa spices up these quesadillas, ready in just 20 minutes. 

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Tomatoes

Balsamic vinegar and fresh chopped tomatoes add just the right amount of flavor to this dinner for two.

Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Tomatoes

Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of asparagus and garlic.

Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder

This five-ingredient slow-cooker chowder goes together in minutes and then cooks two hours on high or four to five hours on low. Serve with breadsticks for dipping.

Nacho Cheese Chicken Chowder

Shrimp with Warm Coleslaw

Add coleslaw, bacon and chives to shrimp for this quick and easy meal. 

Shrimp with Warm Coleslaw

Quick Chicken Tortilla Bake

Buy a deli chicken or use leftover chicken to combine with cheese, tortillas, condensed soup and diced tomatoes for this easy casserole.

Quick Chicken Tortilla Bake

Ravioli with Peas and Lemon Pesto

Peas, pesto, lemon zest and toasted hazelnuts add fresh flavor to ravioli.

Ravioli with Peas and Lemon Pesto

Peppered Salmon with Roasted Root Vegetables

Carrots, beets and orange juice concentrate top the fish in this dinner, ready in just 30 minutes.

Peppered Salmon with Roasted Root Vegetables

Cheddar-Maple Squash

A little cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and turkey bacon dress up butternut squash for this side dish. 

Cheddar-Maple Squash

Sausage Jambalaya

Combine sausage, sweet peppers, celery, canned kidney beans and fire-roasted canned tomatoes in your slow-cooker for a spicy main dish. Our recipe also gives an alternative using meatballs, cannellini beans, onions and diced tomatoes.

Sausage Jambalaya

Super Simple Peachy Barbecue Chicken

Just three ingredients produce a rich-flavored, sweet-tangy barbecue sauce for drumsticks.

Super Simple Peachy Barbecue Chicken

Broccoli with Orange-Cream Sauce

Combine orange juice concentrate and sliced almonds with whipping cream for a rich side-dish sauce. If you're trying to cut calories and fat, use half-and-half or milk instead, but the sauce won't be as thick.

Broccoli with Orange-Cream Sauce

Barbecue Beef Wrap

These wraps, made with leftover shredded roast beef and packaged broccoli slaw, can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Wrap tightly and chill.

Barbecue Beef Wrap

Potato Chips Meet Fish

How do you get your family to eat fish? By serving them tilapia coated with potato chips, herbs and honey-mustard dressing.

Potato Chips Meet Fish

Cherry-Greens Salad

Cherries, blue cheese and fresh chives or green onions make a simple, zesty salad you can serve as a main dish or side.

Cherry-Greens Salad

Cherry-Stuffed Ham

Place plumped dried cherries into slits in the ham and add them to the fruit sauce for a double sweet-tart touch.

Cherry-Stuffed Ham

Asian Coleslaw

Jazz up packaged coleslaw with a sliced sweet pepper, green onion, cilantro and sesame-ginger salad dressing.

Asian Coleslaw

Chicken Focaccia Bread Sandwiches

Make these hearty sandwiches for a quick lunch or dinner. Add fresh fruit and a beverage for a picnic!

Chicken Focaccia Bread Sandwiches 

Bean-and-Rice-Stuffed Peppers

With only five ingredients, these hearty stuffed peppers assemble in a snap. Team them with corn bread or whole wheat rolls, and dinner's done.

Bean-and-Rice-Stuffed Peppers

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Use a wok or skillet to stir-fry sirloin steak strips and broccoli. Combine with salad greens, chopped sweet pepper and bottled ginger vinaigrette salad dressing for a meal that's on the table in 20 minutes.

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Fish Fillets with Cucumber-Orange Salsa

Make a quick salsa from cucumber, red onion, a chopped orange and seasoning blend to serve with fish filets.

Fish Fillets with Cucumber-Orange Salsa

Skillet-Roasted Cauliflower and Squash

Skillet-roasting boosts the flavor of the veggies in this side dish. Serve with your favorite meat.

Skillet-Roasted Cauliflower and Squash

Thyme and Garlic Chicken

Thyme, garlic, a little orange juice, and a splash of balsamic vinegar flavor these moist, fork-tender chicken breasts. 

Thyme and Garlic Chicken

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