12 Five-Ingredient Dinners

12 Easy Dinners

Do you have any go-to weeknight meals? It’s tempting to reach for a box of Cheerios when you’re low on groceries and time. But! To conclude our month of five-ingredient dinners, I’ve rounded up my favorite VERY easy recipes. From a no-hassle soup (that our office is obsessed with) to a speedy chicken tikka masala, here are the 12 trusty meals I turn to when I’m in a pinch (and please share yours!)…

12 Easy Dinners

If you have rotisserie chicken and a can of beans, you’re well on your way to a delicious pot of Italian soup. This quick recipe calls for a glass of red wine to celebrate.

12 Easy Dinners

Transform store-bought dough into a creamy mess of a white pizza, with scallions, Pecorino Romano cheese and eggs.

12 Easy Dinners

Take your pasta game to a new level with tomatoes, roasted garlic and basil.

12 Easy Dinners

It can be hard to find motivation to cook a fish dinner after a hectic day, but this quick lemon-honey Arctic char with citrus sauce is an exception. The meal also tastes delicious with trout (follow the same cooking instructions) or salmon (broil it without the sheet pan trick noted). Serve with steamed broccoli and whisper “ta-dah” as much as you like.

12 Easy Dinners

This chickpea salad makes a cheese plate seem complicated in comparison. Add diced pancetta, a dollop of Greek yogurt and an episode of The Bachelor, if you want to live your best life.

12 Easy Dinners

We’re always up for breakfast for dinner, especially when it involves bacon, egg and avocado on a soft brioche bun.

12 Easy Dinners

The makings of a good quesadilla? Monterey Jack cheese, leafy greens and a pinch of cumin. A flavorful and crunchy ode to your go-to high-school snack.

12 Easy Dinners

This 30-minute chicken tikka masala (*drops mic*) tastes like your favorite Indian restaurant came to your kitchen.

12 Easy Dinners

When running low on time and groceries, this skillet bruschetta with beans and greens is a dinner savior. (Joanna and Alex swear by it.)

12 Easy Dinners

Our office regularly takes time out to rave about this lemony greek soup. It takes 15 minutes to whip up, start to finish, and it’s so delicious, we’re sure you’ll be hooked, too.

12 Easy Dinners

A kale salad so satisfying you’ll forget it’s just a salad.

12 Easy Dinners

This steaming, cheesy bowl of polenta topped with eggs fried in olive oil beats cold cereal any night.

What easy dinners do you make? Where do you find your recipes? We usually turn to Real Simple and Dinner: A Love Story. We’d love to hear yours. Leave your favorite recipe links in the comments, if you’d like!

P.S. More quick dinners, and Trader Joe’s meal hacks.

  1. ciao, I’m Italian and Ican assure you that rotisserie chicken an canned beans are NOT Italian soup!!!! ?
    If you are interested I can give you some real Italian soup ??

  2. Bacon, avocado and eggs are my favourite combo, ever!

  3. It’s grocery list official: I am trying the chicken and bean soup tonight.

  4. I almost always have those things. Of course, I’ll add all kinds of other things based on what we’ve got in the house.

  5. Gen says...

    These look delicious, but recipes with minimal carbs would really help. I do like that they are quick recipes.

  6. I love this!

    I made the three ingredient (mac, evaporated milk, cheese) mac and cheese from one of your previous posts and it satisfied a whole crowd. I added a butter and saltine cracker topping and put it in the oven for a few minutes to take it up a notch and up two ingredients. So simple!

  7. Monika says...

    Thank you! I have made 6 of the 12 recipes in the last week and I’m loving them!!! Quick, easy delicious. Going for round 2 on the lemony greek chicken soup tonight. Have been craving it in this winter weather.

  8. I am so excited to try the quesadilla AND chicken tikka masala.

    My personal go-to with only about 5 ingredients is a mix of quick fried sliced chorizo sausage, canned beans (red kidney & butter) & blanched green beans. Toss all together with salt, pepper, olive oil. Add fresh lemon zest & juice to taste. Eat.

  9. This is such a useful post. I always used to laugh when people said that they were uninspired and end up cooking the same 7-10 meals on rotation BUT I have now turned into that person!

  10. Mahee Ferlini says...

    I love your recipes :)

  11. I made the lemon soup twice. The first time I made it exactly as is (with chicken). Delicious. The second time I made it without the dill (ran out) and added chickpeas. The lemon/egg/broth base is very yummy and versatile.

  12. I made the chicken Masala and added 2 tbs of honey to it and it tastes amazing.

    • p.s. My husband said it was the best food that either of us had ever made! So I guess it worked out well :)

  13. Amber J says...

    Well Fed Weeknights! Amazing. Every meal is complete in 45 minutes or less – and everything is Paleo. I live!!

  14. michaela says...

    Ina Garten’s roasted sausages and grapes is my husband’s favorite simple recipe. It turns out so impressively delicious for the amount of effort it takes. I like it because you get to buy a bottle of wine as an ingredient, and then enjoy the leftovers with dinner. :)

  15. So I have to butt in as my friend Phi has been doing 5 ingredient dinners before 5 ingredient dinners were a thing. She started 5 ingredient Fridays to get everyone on the small page back in 2013 (ish). That is how she got her book deal, and she has a great book as well as a site with all recipes that are 5 ingredients or less.

  16. Jennifer says...

    Chicken pot pie…
    1 package Pillsbury pie dough
    Rotisserie chicken (shredded)
    1 package frozen veggies (cook’s choice ;)
    2 cans cream of chicken soup
    I rinse the veggies in a colander until they’re defrosted. Drain veggies…mix veggies, chicken, soup. One of the pie dough goes in the bottom of the pie pan, add the filling, the other pie dough goes on the top. Poke the top with a fork to vent. Cook at 350 til crust is golden brown. Yum.

  17. Chicken Tikka all the way!

  18. Denise says...

    My absolute fave is tuna, carrot peels, chopped lettuce, canned corn, with (lots of) mayo & lime. 6 ingredients but ridiculously easy and ridiculously delicious. Serve with yummy chips & pickled jalapeños.

  19. zoe persina says...

    dinner a love story– pasta con ceci (jenny is the best) because I usually have all the items on hand without a trip to the store– another 5 ingredient winner

    • Linda says...

      I make that all the time for us. My teenage boys know it as “the orange chickpea stuff” and love it.

  20. My co-worker was just lamenting to me how he doesn’t have any time to cook or make food for himself because he’s “too busy”. Sending him this list now (and saving for myself). ;p

  21. Oh, and Cravings by Chrissy Teigen. Such a game changer and her stories and voice in the book are hilarious. Her Thai basil chicken also has around 5 ingredients and it’s so easy to make. I make it all of the time. I can’t recommend it enough!

  22. Natalie T. says...

    LOVE ALL OF THESE! I’ve been looking for Chickpea inspiration so this is perfect. Would love to see a “Chickpea” series.

    On your recommendation, I brought Keepers and it’s been, well, a keeper. Their skillet lasagna is to die for and a family favourite. Canadian Chef Michael Smith has a lot of practical recipes and I’m in love with his newest, Real Food, Real Good. Easy, simple, affordable.

    Dinner: A Love Story and Celebrate Everything have been fantastic. Love the chocolate cake, soup stock, and sour cream chocolate chip loaf. I’m also a big fan of her rice bowl and just tried her crispy chickpea recipe. Winning!

    Love your food posts and keep it up!

    • Rin says...

      I’ve been browsing for a hostess gift kind of recipe & am going to try the sour cream chocolate chip loaf you recommended. Thank you for posting!

      On a chickpea note, have you ever browsed She has a handful of recipes using them, ranging from smoothies to bowls to cookies. They might give you a little inspiration; there are a handful that have been on repeat for me recently.

  23. Food52’s “Not Recipes” app is such a great resource for weeknight dinner inspiration. I always pop in to see what people are making. You can also search by ingredient, which is useful when I have, say..5 sweet potatoes and no clue what to do with them. Highly recommend!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      such a good tip! thank you!!

  24. Maiken says...

    I adore that beans and greens bruschetta. I’ve made it several times. It always surprises me just how finger lickin good it is.

  25. Ouvo pomodoro. Tomatoes, diced or fresh, garlic, olive oil, plus whatever veggies or herbs you have lying around, all in a skillet, then throw in some eggs and cook them right in the broth, then get some bread to eat it with. Simple and so yummy!

    Also my “veggie skillet”: whatever vegetables are available sauteed in garlic and olive oil and topped with romano cheese.

    Also plain angel hair pasta with garlic and oil will always be a favorite (if slightly less healthy) go-to of mine.

    • Tara says...

      Pasta and oil can’t be beat!

  26. Katie says...

    My current go-to one pan dinner is one of the most flavorful and easy one pans I’ve ever made. (Does anyone else feel cheated when a recipe says one pan but you have to do a million steps with that one pan and “set aside” everything as you’re cooking? Just use another damn pan.) sorry; rabbit trail.
    I’ve just recently discovered store bought gnocchi. It feels so fancy and is soooo easy.

  27. I love it when you post about cooking. There are so many dedicated food sites out there but I like seeing them here, where the recipes and ideas are geared towards people with busy work and family lives not just a love of cooking. I love the food blogs Smitten Kitchen (I read so many but end up really cooking from this one),, and also food52. Some of our favorite family dinners are:

    braised chicken thighs

    simple roast chicken and breakfast for dinner

    and always, soup. Split pea soup here

    I would love to see a post on cooking/baking with Toby and Anton!!!

  28. Can’t wait to try some of these!

    My go-to meals are mostly grilled cheeses and french toast with different cheese and toppings for variety. I even combine them sometimes for a “french toast grilled cheese” that involves challah, brie, honey, and apples cooked in butter and rosemary.

  29. A delectable and savoury dinner and a real time saver at the same time!

  30. Sophie says...

    Easy and quick family favourites in our home include pasta with walnut sauce (simply bash up a few handfuls of walnuts in a pestle and mortar with some garlic, toast in a pan to release the oils and brown the garlic a bit, add cream and seasoning and when your pasta is cooked, add some cooking water to slacken the sauce), yummy and a bit indulgent! Also Romero peppers cut length ways and filled with spicy refried beans and cheddar cheese and roasted in the oven are so good with a crunchy salad.

  31. cut cherry tomatoes in half, and toss them around with salt pepper balsamic and olive oil, in the oven. after 10 minutes – add a cup of cooked white canneli beans. Boil spaghetti, toss it together and serve with large amounts of parmesan. Great to do when the tomatos are starting to look a bit sad.

  32. Carla says...

    My phone auto-corrected Boursin cheese pasta to Foreskin cheese pasta. This is what we call it now. I know, so gross!

  33. Haha in a perfect world no meal would be more than 5 ingredients to make. The quesadilla looks yummy!

  34. Karen says...

    Loving everybody’s ideas! We love sausages (usually chicken apple), potatoes, and greens (usually chard or kale) all in one pan. We have a great butcher around the corner and have done a lot of variations on the theme – andouille, kielbasa, breakfast sausage, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, spinach – all good.

  35. Nicky says...

    I love this!

    I made the three ingredient (mac, evaporated milk, cheese) mac and cheese from one of your previous posts and it satisfied a whole crowd. I added a butter and saltine cracker topping and put it in the oven for a few minutes to take it up a notch and up two ingredients. So simple!

    On lazy days I grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store along with tortilla, avocado, cilantro and red onion to make super easy tacos. Top with sour cream and/or hot sauce and it’s good to go.

  36. Mary says...

    Please keep this series going! I’m living for these recipes.

    • I’m obsessed too! Omg and her lemon pudding cake :D

  37. Maire says...

    I eat variations on shakshuka almost everyday for breakfast. Currently, I roast heirloom tomatoes in EVOO, salt, pepper and pipelchuma spices, then slice up and steam some turnip or collard greens, combine them with the roasted tomatoes and juices and then top the whole thing with two fried eggs. I make a big batch of the tomatoes + greens on Sunday and then portion them out in five containers for weekday breakfast. Get up in the morning, fry two eggs to put in the containers and you are ready to rock. If you are doing this for dinner, you could also fry or roast some potatoes to go with or get a nice loaf of bread.

  38. Cazmina says...

    It’s a couple more than 5 ingredients, but I like to roast a big batch of veges (I use pumpkin, sweet potato, eggplant, carrot and zucchini with olive oil, salt, pepper and some mixed herbs) at the beginning of the week then use that as the base for dinners during the week:
    + mixed with cous cous (which takes like 3 minutes to make)
    + with pasta and napolitana sauce
    + in a tart with feta (and store-bought puff or shortcrust pastry)
    + on the side of some grilled chicken or fish

    For *truly* less than 5 ingredients, I love button mushrooms cooked with (lots of) garlic, black pepper and olive oil served on toast. A pinch of parsley optional.

  39. Real Simple has a chickpea tomato curry- literally just a can of chickpeas, 2 pints grape tomatoes, some green onions and fresh ginger. SO. Good! And it takes 10-15 minutes to make!

  40. Alessandra says...

    And another even yummier, spaghetti with tuna sauce: heat some evo in pan with chopped garlic, add tomato puree, salt, pepper, origano or basil, paprika if you wish, let it simmer for a minute, add a can of tuna and let simmer on low heat for like 10 minutes. Meanwhile cook spaghetti in salted boiling water. When spaghetti is ready, drain it, toss in the pan with sauce and serve.

  41. Lisa says...

    I frequently make a variation if Spanish tortilla but made with butternut instead of onions. Cook the butternut (if you have time or you’re making lots, roast it, otherwise boil or dry), fry the onions and add the butternut. Beat 2 eggs per person and pour over. Cook til the eggs don’t wobble (you can put it under a grill to finish the top, or if you’re really skilled flip it over in the pan). Depending on what’s available I sometimes add feta cheese, mushrooms or spinach and serve with salad

  42. Alessandra says...

    I love easy meals, my favorite is some water, frozen spinach, a handful of rice per person, stock, cook until done on medium heat, sprinkle with parmesan, and serve. You can’t believe how yummy it is.

    • I think you’re right! I looked at sample pages of the book and it’s a bit like a picture book for adults to learn French. I’m going to order it and see how I do. :)

      Merci beaucoup!

    • There’s an English version too!
      I’m still going to order the French one. ;)

    • Claudia says...

      I hope you’re gonna love it, it always works wonders here! it’s a bestseller and they also have a “healthy” recipes version and aN “only dessert” version!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love this, claudia!!!

  43. Tonight, with my husband out of town and a crazy snow storm keeping the commute extra long I am making my favorite go-to easy dinner.

    Sauté broccoli and zucchini in some olive oil and boil water to make spaghetti. Once both are complete toss the veggies in with some sun dried tomato pesto and parmesan cheese. Voila!! It’s so delicious, everyone in the family loves it! We’re vegetarian, but its easy to skip the cheese and make it vegan too!


  44. Oh my gosh since I started working I absolutely live for easy work day dinners. Thanks so much for sharing these – i’m bookmarking them right now!! xx

  45. Excellent suggestions! Thank you! It’s so nice to have something different for a change.

  46. Kelly P says...

    That chicken tikka masala looks like it could be to the answer to all of my at home chicken tikka dreams. I cannot wait to try it!

  47. YES! (how did you know?!) <3

  48. Nancy says...

    The skillet bruschetta with kale and white beans is our house standard! We just call it “Beans and Greans on Toast” It’s so easy to keep all the ingredients on hand for emergency dinners

  49. Bets says...

    I just pinned almost all of these – can’t wait to try them!

  50. Roz says...

    What a great list. Thank you!

  51. Liz says...

    @thehappypear shared the yummiest vegetable korma yesterday in 5 minutes!! You have to look them up

  52. I would say Fondue: you only need Gruyère cheese, Vacherin fribourgeois cheese, white wine, garlic and cornstarch. In less than 10 minutes it’s ready and it’s very satisfying to eat this with friends or family when it’s cold outside ;-)

  53. Claire says...

    My mouth is watering! This post is exactly what I need right now to add to my dinner repertoire while recognizing that I am tired after a long day of work. Some of my family’s favorite recipes have come from Cup of Jo, so thank you!

  54. Lauri says...

    Do yourselves a favor and make the Greek Soup. It’s amazing. With or without chicken.

  55. Laura says...

    I recreated a simple salad from a brunch spot, and the ingredients for a big batch cost just as much as a single serving of the salad from the spot. All it is is carrots, pepperoncini, avocado, chickpeas, and romaine lettuce (but don’t let the romaine overpower the other ingredients). It’s surprisingly good. You could top it with a dressing of olive oil, white wine vinegar, and ginger. I think I got the dressing recipe from a blog (sorry, I can’t remember it so can’t give credit).

    I also love breakfast for dinner. Egg sandwiches aaaall day. That sandwich scene from Spanglish (sans beer) is ultimate dinner goals.

  56. yael steren says...

    The pasta dish looks delicious. I’m actually quite guilty of just eating cereal or a bagel for dinner, but a quick easy meal is always tuna fish salad! xx yael

  57. I forgot about Greek egg-lemon soup! There was a year where I made that every few weeks. It is really good and easy.

    My fast supper is pasta and pesto. I make batches of pesto in the summer and freeze it in ice cube trays to make cubes of pesto. I cook a pot of pasta, and pour it over the frozen (they never freeze hard because of the olive oil) pesto and mix. If I have time/inclination, we have a green veg, too.

  58. Kelly says...

    4 ingredients: 1 can chickpeas. 1 can tuna in oil (don’t drain). Juice from 1 lemon or to taste. Salt to taste. Mix up in a large bowl. My 6 year old will eat this entire batch by herself so i have to double/triple depending on who is around! Dump on top of lettuce if you’re feeling motivated.

    And a little longer but not a lot of work: Bone-in chicken breasts. Grate some parmigiano and pour a splash of sherry into it until you have enough for a thick paste to cover your chicken. Place chicken on pan bone side down and press cheese/sherry onto top. Bake at 375 until done – about 40 mins? in the meantime make a salad and/or throw a baked potato in the microwave.

    • Kate says...

      Yes! I do a can of chickpeas, a can of tuna, red onion or whatever I have on hand, fresh parsley if I have it, and a ton of lemon juice, salt and pepper. It’s my favorite cheap, easy meal.

  59. I make a foil packet fish that’s really easy. Put the individual filet on a sheet of foil, add some olive oil, seasoning and any combination of lemon/wine/capers/olives (whatever you have on hand) for flavor. Wrap up tightly and cook for about 10 min at 350, the timing is very forgiving. Open packet and serve over pasta or rice. The packet steams the fish and creates a nice sauce. You can add some cut up veggies (I like like zucchini) to the packet to steam or add some baby spinach to your carbs. 30 minutes from start to finish and easy clean up. You can also do the foil packets on the grill in warmer weather.

  60. I just made baked sweet potatoes with a corn/black beans/cheese topping from the new Skinny Taste cook book. It was very good and simple.

    I have to be honest though – the thought of eating runny egg yokes make me gag. I may have to try some of the above recipes without them!

  61. My kids don’t eat meat so these super fast, and yummy, and easy, and healthy quesadillas with hummus, feta and avocado have become a favourite recently:

    And, while this spaghetti has 5 ingredients. It is definitely our go-to quick and satisfying dinner when we eat without the children. My husband requests it at least once a week:

    Thanks for the great tips! I will definitely be trying the tikka masala sauce (but a vegetarian version). And I’m so excited for all the great tips in the comments!

  62. Nina says...

    It would be nice if you guys could add proper photo credits below each photo or at the end of the piece. It reads like Cup of Jo took the photos which is not the case. As for the recipes, they look delicious and I’m totally bookmarking! Thank you!

    • Oh that sounds good. How do you know when you’ve got only 2 tbs bacon grease left though?

    • Rebecca says...

      I usually ignore that part, as long as there isn’t too much oil in the pan. When I use turkey bacon, I sometimes add a little oil.

  63. Katie (@gfreeblondie) says...

    I’m with Joanna & Alex on the beans and greens! I’ve been LIVING on various versions of kale & white beans since coming across a Bon Appetite article about it. (Actually eating leftovers over quinoa for lunch right now…)

    Here’s my favorite way to do it: brown some ground sausage (minus the casing) in a pan. Add chopped tuscan kale, evoo, salt & pepper. Add a splash of water and cover, then cook till the kale is wilted. Stir in a drained, rinsed can of white beans (cannellini or garbanzo) and cook till everything is warm. Finish with the zest & juice of a lemon (and maybe some parm). Done!

    So far we’ve had this over basically every carb possible: pasta, polenta, mashed redskin potatoes, brown rice and quinoa. All are fantastic.

  64. This is exactly what’s been on my mind as of late… quick and easy meals for the weeknights! Can’t wait to have breakfast for dinner cooking that yummy egg, avocado and bacon sandwich!

  65. Jules D says...

    If I feel lazy I usually make a tofu stir fry, grilled cheeses with tomato soup or salmon “couscous” with riced cauliflower (I keep at least 12 bags in my freezer at all times it’s ridiculous!) and dump whatever veggies I have!

  66. Amelia says...

    Pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) is a great comfort food meal that has some protein from the beans. I like it with small pasta like ditalini and white beans like cannelloni, which makes it nice and creamy. Can also make with chickpeas or lentils. In a simple tomato sauce with garlic – so good.

    • Erica says...

      I make a giant pot of this regularly – mine includes onion and a bit of bacon, add can of tomatoes and some broth, whatever beans or small pasta I have around, and simmer. I toss in pepperoni or some sort of cured meat for good measure. So easy, so inexpensive, so good.

    • Shannon says...

      We eat pasta with pre-made sauce and cheese as our go-to quick meal…adding white beans for protein is a great idea! I’ll pick up a can or two to have on hand.

  67. Ana Tavares says...

    I am definitely a five-ingredient kind of cook, so thank you so much for this! One of my favorite winter soups is a fool-proof pea soup with leek and a bit of mint – simply soften the leek in a bit of butter and olive oil, add the peas and a few leafs of mint, cover with water, season to taste, purée it and you’re ready to go! A dollop of crème fraiche or Greek yogurt is optional ;)

  68. Heather says...

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll be tucking these links away for when my partner and I are both tired after a long day or a busy week and are fighting the urge to order curry or pizza.

    Healthyish has a great article on the comforts of having an easy go-to meal to make on busy nights. Just like your post it reminded me that dinner doesn’t always have to be an extravagant or showy event at our place. Sometimes all you need is to enjoy good company and simple food:

    Happy eating!

  69. Saving the Arctic Char recipe for sure!

    When we’re low on groceries and time my main go-to is carrot soup. All it REALLY requires is a bag of baby carrots, a box of stock and some spices. And I almost always have those things. Of course, I’ll add all kinds of other things (sweet potatoes, onions, cauliflower, yogurt) based on what we’ve got in the house.

  70. I vouch for that lemony Greek soup with all my heart. Ever since you posted that recipe a year ago, my family has made it at least 50 times. It is our favorite go-to for guests or small children or when you want an amazing meal that literally only takes 15 minutes to make. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

  71. Lauren E. says...

    Pasta is my go-to because I always have the ingredients. Sautee some grape tomatoes with thinly sliced onion and garlic in olive oil, and then I’ll throw in frozen peas, or spinach, or whatever else I have taking up space in my fridge. Toss it all with the cooked pasta and top with freshly grated parmesan.

  72. Karen says...

    Fantasy food post! Thank you! Forwarding it to the husband ’cause this gal doesn’t cook. Raised in the 80’s on TV dinners.

  73. These look amazing! I can’t wait to try the chicken bean soup!

    • Mae says...

      Thanks for those, Kate!

  74. I’ve been in a dinnertime rut lately. Thank you for this!

  75. thank you so much for sharing this! in a bit of a dinner rut!

  76. Alexandra Marie says...

    Avgo Lemono soup is pure comfort to me. <3

    • YES. The correct term ;-) I will forever be a snob- no recipe will hold up to my Dad’s batches on easter and Christmas. But I’m sure this is a very nice alternative!

  77. Just bookmarked every single one of these recipes…thanks for making this not-so-great cook a little less overwhelmed! And that SOUP…need to make it asap.

  78. I love this.

  79. Christy says...


  80. This paleo cashewnut chicken is a big hit with my family – all ingredients should be in your kitchen cupboard (i just use regular soya sauce and rice vinegar)

    We have also been eating vegetarian haggis once a week or so, it cooks in 4 minutes in the microwave and is packed with healthy pulses and seeds, I serve it up with some mashed tatties and carrots and it’s good to go- even gets a seal of approval from my meat loving teenage sons.

    • Kate says...

      A version of this is my ultimate comfort food–so quick, easy and satisfying! I grew up on it.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Ahhhh, this sounds wonderful. Making it tonight. Thank you, Kristen!

      Stella xoxox

  81. Chelsea says...

    “Post-College Ramen Noodles” is a go-to for me! I use one of the 67 cent Ramen packets (chicken is my fav) and add in just half of the packaged seasoning to cut down on all that sodium. Then I’ll top with a fried egg, a little bit of hot sauce, chopped scallions and ground pepper. It is so delicious, fast and cheap!

  82. Anne says...

    One of our go-to quick dinners is skillet hash. We’ll brown some sausage, onions, and garlic in a skillet–add sweet potatoes (par boil them first, to get that soft-crunchy texture), peppers, root veg, basically whatever vegetables are left over from our CSA. We might finish with a leafy green like kale, chard, or spinach. And then the ultimate topper–a poached egg. I’m a big believer in the “put an egg on it” concept.

    I’m also a big fan of these: (I skip the preserved lemon, and squeeze a fresh one at the end), serve with a salad and rice/potatoes. So crispy and delicious and chicken thighs are cheap! We eat this pretty much on a weekly basis.

  83. I tend to do quiche, simple steak/potato/vegetable or stir-fry when in a rush. I also make a Spanish tapas (in rationes size) similar to Katy’s recipe: sausage chopped up or out of the case, onions, can of stewed tomatoes (or diced–whatever is on hand), a big can of white beans. Brown sausage and onions, add tomatoes, some stock, and the beans and tomatoes and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
    Also a Kenyan dish, irio: mashed potatoes with onions, corn, red kidney beans, and chopped up spinach (or collard greens). The chlorophyl from the spinach turns the potatoes bright green, which is fun. Eat with your fingers.

  84. Katy says...

    cook a couple sausages out of the casing, with some onion (say 1/2), dump in a can of san marzano tomatoes. Through in any veggies that you have looking sad in the fridge – spinach, kale, mushroom, peppers. sauce is done by the time the water is boiled. Dump the pasta into the sauce and serve with parmesan.

    OR quesadillas with a can of refried beans that have the peppers in them, lots of hot sauce and salsa on the side

    or frittata – see above re: whatever veggies and cheese you need to use up.

    • Joanna Goddard says...


    • Joanna Goddard says...

      PS we had tuna melts last night and they were delicious — just wheat bread, tuna with mayo, topped with tomato and cheddar cheese.

    • Joanna: LOVE tuna melts! I do an adult twist with smoked gouda!!!