Cooking is fun, but who really has time to hunt down 12 unique spices that you’ll only use once? If your kitchen is limited — or you’re just getting started with cooking — these 50 recipes with fewer than 5 ingredients will be a huge help.


  • Salt, pepper, and cooking oil are not counted towards the 5-ingredient limit.
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  1. Grits in a Rice Cooker from The Sassy Spoon
  2. Almond Banana Pancakes from Mark’s Daily Apple
  3. Farina with Apricots and Almonds from Real Simple
  4. Green Eggs from Elanas Pantry
  5. Eggs with Ham Cheddar and Chives from Real Simple
  6. Oatmeal with Peaches from Ryan Tinker
  7. Guacamole Omlette with Salsa from Closet Cooking
  8. Eggs with Tortilla Chips, Salsa, and Cheese from Real Simple
  9. Prosciutto and Egg Panini from Real Simple
  10. Straight Bacon from Cooking for Bros


Soups and Salads

  1. Roasted Cauliflower Soup from Elanas Pantry
  2. Corn and Black Bean Chili from My Recipes
  3. Vegetarian Split Pea Soup from 101 Cookbooks
  4. Corn and Bacon Chowder from My Recipes
  5. Salmon, Asparagus, and Orzo Salad from Cooking Light
  6. Avocado, Kiwi, and Strawberry Salad from Our Life in Food
  7. Kale Salad with Apple and Pear from Daily Garnish
  8. 5-ingredient Summer Salad from Happy Healthy Mama
  9. Butter Lettuce Salad With a Pesto Vinaigrette from
  10. 5-ingredient Avocado Salad from Organic Authority


Wraps and Sandwiches

  1. Roasted Garlic Grilled Cheese from Oh My Veggies
  2. Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Closet Cooking
  3. Black Bean Quesadillas from Eating Well
  4. Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwich from My Recipes
  5. Schoolhouse Wraps from Food Network
  6. All-wrapped-up Salad Wrap from Heart Healthy Living
  7. Peanut Butter, Apple, and Bacon Sandwich
  8. BBQ Pork for Sandwiches from All Recipes
  9. 5-ingredient Bacon Burgers from Food Network
  10. Fruit and Brie Quesadillas from Rachel Ray


Snacks and Sides

  1. Blueberry and Maple Pecan Granola Parfait from Closet Cooking
  2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Apples from Oh My Veggies
  3. Roasted Asparagus from
  4. Cucumber Salad from Elana’s Pantry
  5. Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Elana’s Pantry
  6. Sweet Potato Fries from Nutrition Babes
  7. Easy Guacamole from Nutrition Babes
  8. Carrot Pineapple Smoothie from Real Simple
  9. Simple Trail Mix from Smiles Go With Everything
  10. Garlic Green Beans from For the Love of Cooking


Main Entrees

  1. Chipotle Lime Salmon from Elana’s Pantry
  2. Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce from Eating Well
  3. Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Avocado from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
  4. Chipotle Honey Lime Pork Tenderloin from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
  5. Rosemary and Lemon Marinated Chicken Breasts from Grilling Companion
  6. Salmon in a Bag from The Devil’s Punchbowl
  7. Fish Tacos from Recipe Girl
  8. Cilantro Lime Shrimp from Skinnytaste
  9. 3-ingredient Pork Chops from Noshing with the Nolands
  10. Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa