Many people today don’t want the fuss of preparing meals with numerous ingredients and processes. Working parents typically prioritize getting dinner on the table as quickly as possible and on a budget. Five-ingredient dinner recipes keep things simple, cut down on shopping and can often be prepared in half an hour or less. Many can also be prepared in advance and popped into the oven for the evening meal.
Whether you’re new to cooking or just need inspiration for quick, easy meals, this list of 12 recipes with five or fewer ingredients has something for you.
1. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The grilled cheese sandwich became wildly popular during the 1920s. This easy and versatile recipe from Tasty can be prepared in as little as five minutes. It works with all types of bread, cheese and butter. The secret ingredient in 21st-century grilled cheese sandwiches is mayonnaise lightly brushed on the outside of the bread just before you place it in the skillet.
Butter two pieces of bread, add your choice of cheese, use a pastry brush to apply the mayonnaise and place in a skillet over medium heat. Grill both sides to golden-brown perfection and enjoy.