Between leaving the office late, catching up with friends, and heading over to EF as often as you can, there’s little time left over to spend in the kitchen. So if you don’t want to spend any longer than you have to preparing dinner, try out these five-ingredient meals.
Not counting oil, salt and pepper, which you should absolutely already have in your pantry, you’ll just need to rustle up five ingredients to make the recipes in this list.
- Whole Fish with Tomatillo Sauce. Keep it simple and sauté a whole fish in a pan (cut slits in the fish to help it cook faster), and serve with a punchy tomatillo sauce. It’s made in a flash by blending tomatillos, jalapenos and cilantro together, no cooking required. Serve with the fifth ingredient, warm tortillas.
- Chipotle-Orange Broccoli & Tofu. As well as being a good source of protein, tofu is packed with iron, calcium and magnesium. Its neutral flavor also makes it ideal for a spicy stir-fry, such as this one with chipotle chili, orange and broccoli. Meateaters could happily use chicken breast instead but we say try out the tofu anyway, you might just be surprised!
- Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts, Sage, and Romano. If you’re cutting down on carbs or simply looking for an unusual vegetarian main course, this recipe is a great choice. Be careful not to overcook the squash to ensure it separates into spaghetti-like strands and not a puree – although with pine nuts, sage and Pecorino Romano cheese, it’ll still taste delicious!
- Lentil Purée with Cumin, Cilantro, and Lime. This bright, herby dip makes a delicious light lunch served with flatbreads, or, ramp things up for dinner and serve with grilled meats or fish. Known as fava in Greek cuisine it’s also perfectly at home with a selection of meze.
- Mustard-Crusted Salmon. Mustard-Crusted Salmon is a retro dish you may remember from those French bistros we all used to think were super fancy. We’ve come a long way since then but this unfussy dish is so tasty it still deserves a place on our dinner table. We even like to make extra and use the leftovers in a salad the next day.
Which of these five-ingredient recipes will you try? Tell us how you get on in the comments below!