July 31, 2014

Five 5-ingredient recipes

I've been in a cooking rut for a little while and then a friend introduced me to an amazing five-ingredient recipe.  It has been surprising to me HOW MANY recipes there are out there for this!  Cooking slump?  Solved!  If the recipe turns out tasting awful, I don't feel as bad because it wasn't as much of an investment in my time.

Reasons why you should love five-ingredient recipes too:
  1. Easier to duplicate the recipe
  2. Cut our grocery bill by quite a bit
  3. Helped us use things we already had in the house
  4. Easy way to build your food storage up
  5. Makes less of kitchen mess
  6. It's easy
I ended up deleting all of my old "haven't tried it" Pinterest boards and made one...solely based on 5 ingredients.  I think that is my way of saying I'm in love.
We've tried all of these since we've been back from vacation:
  • Cook-off winning chili  Strong tomato soup taste, but it could have been because I halved the meat.  We ate a lot of cheese and sour cream with it, but technically that makes it a seven ingredient recipe. 
  • Kielbasa with peppers and potatoes We ate something pretty similar to this a lot growing up.  This recipe makes a lot of food!
  • Mexican casserole Simple and yummy, can't beat that! 
  • Beef stroganoff  We doubled the recipe, and I have the meat to make it cheaper, and we ended up packing this in Devin's lunch for days. 
  • Brownie in mug This was AWESOME, but we usually split it with two mugs.  I also wanted to compare it to a brownie/cake microwave recipe I tried a few years ago here.  I thought it was just as yummy!  We've tried it with nutella and chocolate chips.
Do you have any five ingredient recipes you'd like to share?


Jessica said...

Ooh, I love this idea! I'm ALL about simplicity. I may just have to make a 5 ingredient recipe board also. :) Thanks for sharing the recipes!

Stephanie said...

Well, technically this is 6-ingredient soup. It's something a friend shared with me in college and I still make it. In fact, my daughter Abby (10 yrs) made it the other day practically by herself!

The six ingredients are 1 can chicken broth, 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained), 1 can corn (undrained), 1 large can chicken (undrained), 1 can rotel, and last chopped cilantro. You just throw the canned ingredients in a pot, simmer for 10-15 minutes, add the cilantro at the end and enjoy.

We eat it with tortilla chips and shredded cheese (which I don't include in the ingredient list because we always have those on hand). Plus it's an easy recipe to double or make fancier with the addition of fresher ingredients.