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15 Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes For Busy Weeks

Are you overwhelmed by a long list of ingredients? Try these 5-ingredient recipes! They’re easy to make and still delicious!

As a busy mom with ADHD, I crave easy meal ideas.

I work from home, managing 4 different jobs, and still have to take care of my family in the evenings. That includes making dinner.

A lot of healthy recipes I’ve found have a mile-long list of ingredients, and that’s a no-go for my brain! I need meals that are simple, have fewer ingredients, that are healthy and give my family what we need.

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I’ve rounded up some of my FAVORITE 5-ingredient recipes for you. Some are dinner, some are breakfast. But these delicious meal ideas will hopefully make it onto your weekly rotation! Click on the recipe name to get to the printable version!

Breakfast fried rice in a bowl

5-Ingredient Breakfast Fried Rice

Even though this says “breakfast”, you could easily make it for dinner! It has eggs, breakfast sausage, and a frozen green beans and veggie blend to give you easy nutrition.

Black bean soup in a bowl

5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup

This is one of those easy weeknight meals that can also be made from pantry ingredients! Even though there are only a handful of ingredients, this has a TON of flavor.

You can make this on the stovetop or slow cooker and top with your favorite cheese and sour cream.

Chickpea curry in meal prep containers

5-Ingredient Chickpea Curry

Curry is comfort food to me. I’ll eat it in any way possible. This version is vegan and another great way to use pantry staples!

Tip: Use instant rice instead of dried rice to save a little time!

Salsa verde chicken and rice in a bowl

5-Ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken

Already-cooked chicken will make this dinner a breeze! Combine chicken, salsa verde, taco seasoning, and jalapenos. Then add some Greek yogurt for a creamy consistency!

Greek chicken pitas on a plate

5-Ingredient Greek Chicken Pitas

This is such a simple recipe, it may not even be considered a recipe. Again, I use pre-cooked chicken and mix a few ingredients together to stuff into pitas.

5-Ingredient Beef Enchiladas

When I find ground meat on sale, I stock up and put it in the freezer. I used some of it for these enchiladas! I also love doubling recipes like these and freezing the other half for later.

5-Ingredient Sweet Potato Chili

This vegetarian meal is SO simple to put together! Sweet potatoes and black beans are the perfect combination- and you can freeze this for later, too!

5-Ingredient Baked Chicken Parmesan

What I love about this recipe is that the cooking time is shortened due to cutting the chicken into smaller pieces. They’re almost like chicken nuggets! I served this with pasta and steamed broccoli and made for a DELICIOUS complete meal.

5-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

The pancake batter is made right in a blender for easy mixing! And this makes a TON, so you can easily freeze some for later. It’s a great meal prep recipe!

3-Ingredient Mexican Rice

This recipe can easily be made in a rice cooker! It’s the perfect side item for any Mexican-inspired dish and only takes a couple minutes to put together.

5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup

These simple ingredients come together beautifully to make an easy soup idea! This soup is perfect for a cold evening.

4-Ingredient Crockpot Ravioli

Talk about comfort food! This ravioli is cheesy, saucy, and SO easy to make.

5-Ingredient Crockpot Orange Chicken

This recipe uses a marinade of BBQ sauce, orange marmalade, and soy sauce! It’s cooked in the slow cooker with stir fry veggies and served over your favorite rice.

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

This makes for a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack! These bars are no-bake and your kids are sure to love them.

5-Ingredient Chicken and Rice Casserole

I did a little playing around with this recipe until it finally fit my standards! This casserole uses pre-cooked chicken and instant rice to help reduce cooking time.

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