The tricks to these meals are using the best quality ingredients you can find because each ingredient is so important; dual-use ingredients like a rich salad dressing that can also be used as a marinade; and of course, my favorite: ingredients like frozen vegetable medleys that count as one ingredient but actually add 5-6 ingredients to the recipe.
Make sure that you keep track of meals that are a hit with your family. Then just keep these ingredients on hand in the pantry, fridge, and freezer, and you will almost never have to rely on take-out or drive-through dinners again.
Five Ingredient Meals
- Italian Meatball Soup and Salad
This soup is hearty and rich with meatballs, tortellini, and fabulous Italian seasoning. Paired with a spicy salad, I love this meal!
- BBQ Chicken Drumsticks and Pasta
This hearty meal is perfect for kids. Choose a bottled sauce they like, or substitute tomato sauce, perhaps with some herbs you add.
- Fish and Chips Dinner
This spectacular meal is so quick and easy.
- French Dip Sandwiches
Crockpot Recipe! It's hard to beat the classic French dip sandwich. Add some fresh fruit, and you've got a meal.
- Chicken Fingers with Smashed Potatoes
Kids will love this meal, with easy-to-eat chicken fingers, soothing potatoes and tiny baby peas.
- Steak and Potatoes Dinner
This menu is fancy enough for company! Spicy olive tapenade adds concentrated flavor to crisp asparagus; the steak doesn't need any help!
- Shrimp Kabob and Salad
Kabobs can be cooked on the grill or broiled in the oven for this super easy dinner. Use whatever fresh vegetables your family likes.
- Chicken Drumsticks and Rice Pilaf
I like to browse through the supermarket occasionally and look for new flavors of rice and pasta mixes. You'll be surprised at the variety on the shelves.
- Creamy Pasta and Ham Dinner
Prepared four cheese pasta sauce, cooked ham, and crusty bread combine for a great pasta dinner.
- Spaghetti and Meatballs with Fruit Salad
A simple cool, fresh, sweet fruit salad perfectly complements classic spaghetti and meatballs.
- Spinach Ravioli Meal
Creamed spinach adds to the sauce that covers tender cheese ravioli in this easy and elegant meal.