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When it comes to cooking, sometimes simple is the best way to go. Overly complicated recipes are unnecessary and expensive, especially when there are so many awesome recipes featuring just a few star ingredients. If you're looking to save some money -- not to mention some time in the kitchen -- check out the recipes with 5 ingredients or less that we've rounded up for you in the collection below.  We've found recipes ranging from main course meaty dishes to sweets, salads and snacks, so no matter what you're looking to make, you're sure to find something you like in this roundup of simple yet delicious recipes. 

Slow Cooked Creamy Chicken and Wild RiceShortcut Coconut Cream Cake

Quick Skillet ZitiCheesy Chicken Enchiladas Verde

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14 Fun Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Less

7 Bonus Simple Recipes

14 Fun Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Less

If you're looking for quick and easy weeknight meals for your family, the best place to find them is in collections of fast, few-ingredient recipes like this one.  The dishes in our list below are all recipes with 5 ingredients or less, meaning they're quick to make and easy on the wallet too.  Find something new for dinner tonight and wow your family with one of these easy-to-make meals.

  1. Amazing Baby Back Ribs — Never been easier
  2. Baking Powder —  You can make it yourself
  3. 5-Cup Salad — A tropical paradise
  4. Baked Ham — A great taste combination 
  5. Barney Greengrass — So simple to make
  6. Rice Krispies Treats — No baking required
  7. Beef and Bean Sloppy Joes — A shortcut recipe
  8. Taco Cheese Dip — Super simple
  9. Grilled Pork Tenderloin — So easy to make
  10. Simple Gooey Butter Cake — A lot less work
  11. Garlic Almonds — The tastiest snack
  12. Blueberry Compote — Super quick and easy
  13. Campbell's Slow Cooker Beef Stew — Tastes just incredible
  14. Butter Pecan Macaroons — Takes practically no time


7 Bonus Simple Recipes

We've added onto our collection of awesome 5 ingredient or less recipes with these new reader favorite dishes. From chicken recipes to cake and everything in between, we've rounded up our favorite recipes that you can make without having to buy a bunch of different ingredients.  Enjoy!

Shortcut Beef StewBerry Pound Cake

  1. Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Verde (shown at top of page) - Perfect for a Mexican fiesta
  2. Shortcut Beef Stew (shown above) - Cooks in the skillet in minutes
  3. Slow Cooked Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice (shown at top of page) - Let it simmer all day and come home to a warm meal!
  4. Quick Bean and Rice Casserole - A fast-prep weeknight meal
  5. Quick Skillet Ziti (shown at top of page) - An Italian sensation with just four simple ingredients
  6. Berry Pound Cake (shown above) - A moist and delicious dessert... made using cake mix!
  7. Shortcut Coconut Cream Cake (shown at top of page) - A little slice of heaven




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I love some of these recipes, I would like to share an idea I have been using... sometimes I know I will be away all day and leaving the pot on all day can turn a great recipe into mush so what I do is use a light timer to turn on the pot and just in case I am not home when expected it will also tirn it off after it has cooked the required time ... I will set it on high and to begin cooking 4 hours before expected dinner time, I then set it to turn off 1/2 hour after expected dinner time...even if I am an hour late it is still hot and never overcooked...just read the recipe times and adjust for your personal comings and goings!

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