20 Delicious 5-Ingredient (or Less!) Recipes That Will Make Your Life Easier

Cooking at home may not always be ideal for some (including me, at times) – especially when you need to buy loads of ingredients that you end up having to throw out. We can all admit we’ve brought home ingredients, used them for one specific recipe, and then forgot they existed.  Instead of buying ingredients to sit unused in my refrigerator until they go bad, I’m leaning on 5-ingredient recipes (or less!) to help eliminate waste.

Despite the ever-present urge to pick up my phone and order take-out, I’m committed to preparing delicious, home-cooked meals as often as I can. However, coming up with new meals to cook every day is a challenge (I can’t always just lean on my favorite air fryer recipes), but the options below make it so much easier to stick to my goal. Bonus: because they require so few ingredients they’re quick and painless to put together on days when I really just don’t feel like cooking. Check them out:


1. Chicken Feta Pasta


2. Coconut Curry

Source: Pinch of Yum


3. Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


4. Vegan Vodka Pasta 

Source: Pinch of Yum


5. Roasted Garlic Butter Salmon 


6. One Pot Pasta with Chicken Sausage


7. Garlic Parmesan Zoodles


8. Sourdough Havarti Grilled Cheese


9. Tomato Soup 


10. Mac and Cheese


11. Crispy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos


12. Garlic Butter Shrimp 

Source: 40 Aprons


13. Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings 


14. Roasted Red Pepper Pasta 

Source: From My Bowl


15. Easy Chili 


16. Flank Steak 


17. Baked Spinach and Mozzarella Ravioli 


18. Chipotle Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups


19. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken


20. Creamy Sausage and Tortellini Soup