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20 delectable dinner recipes that use five ingredients or less

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At the end of a long day at work, the last thing we want to do is think about dinner and spend hours following a complex recipe in the kitchen.

We'll often search the fridge for leftovers and if that fails, we settle for beans on toast. But cooking a delicious meal doesn't have to be a lengthy process.

With just five ingredients, these recipes are exciting, colourful and full of flavour. From Malaysian coconut noodles to chicken stuffed jacket potatoes, many of these recipes allow room to throw in vegetables you're trying to use up or meat leftover from a Sunday roast.

And the best part is there's very little measuring and buying of ingredients you'll never use again involved. Here's to more free hours in the evening!

Please note: cooking oil, salt, pepper and some other optional items are not included in the list of five ingredients

  • Honey mustard chicken

    Ingredients:
    Smooth Dijon mustard
    Honey
    Olive oil
    Chicken thighs or legs
    Rosemary sprigs (optional)

    Serve with rice.

    Find the recipe here

    Image: simplyrecipes.com/Pinterest

  • Tilapia with Roasted Corn

    Ingredients
    Mayonnaise
    Chili powder
    Tilapia loins or filets 
    Fresh, tinned or frozen corn (thawed if using frozen)
    Lime wedges

    Find the recipe here

    Image: tasteandtellblog.com/Pinterest

  • Veggie sliders

    Ingredients
    Red onion
    Button or baby bella mushrooms
    Kidney beans
    Quinoa
    Small buns

    Find the recipe here

    Image: minimalistbaker.com/Pinterest

  • Spaghetti Carbonara

    Ingredients
    Spaghetti
    Eggs
    Grated Parmesan
    Bacon, diced
    Garlic

    Find the recipe here

    Image: damndelicious.net/Pinterest

  • Balsamic Salmon and rice

    Ingredients
    Salmon fillet
    Honey
    Balsamic vinegar
    Red pepper flakes
    Rice

    Find the recipe here

    Image: eatingbirdfood.com/Pinterest

  • Chicken stuffed Jacket Potatoes

    Ingredients
    Baking potato
    Chicken breast
    Spinach
    Cheddar cheese
    Double cream
    Pancetta cubes (optional)

    Find the recipe here

    Image: theenglishkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/
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  • Mac and Cheese

    Ingredients
    Macaroni
    Red Leicester cheese (in place of American Velveeta)
    Butter
    Cheddar cheese
    Parmesan 

    Find the recipe here

    Image: pipandebby.com/Pinterest

  • Malaysian coconut curry noodles

    Ingredients
    Singapore noodles
    Thai curry paste
    Coconut cream
    Chopped vegetables

    Find the recipe here

    Image: zenfamilyhabits.net/Pinterest

  • Zucchini Pizza with Heirloom Tomatoes and Prosciutto

    Ingredients
    Courgette
    Fresh mozzarella
    Prosciutto
    Tomato
    Pizza dough or base

    Find the recipe here

    Image: apartment34.com/Pinterest

  • Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Lemon Cream Sauce

    Ingredients
    Fettuccine
    Salmon
    Spinach
    Lemon zest
    Double cream

    Find the recipe here

    Image: apartment34.com/Pinterest

  • Caramelized Onion tart

    Ingredients
    Shortcrust pastry
    Butter
    Onions
    Grano Padano cheese
    Gruyere cheese

    Find the recipe here

    Image: college.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/Pinterest

  • Mushroom and cheese turnovers

    Ingredients
    Onion
    Mushrooms
    White wine
    Havarti cheese
    Puff pastry
    Sesame seeds (optional)

    Find the recipe here

    Image: halfbakedharvest.com/Pinterest

  • Pan-Roasted Chicken with Shallots and courgette

    Ingredients
    Shallots or large onion
    Chicken breast
    Courgette
    Fresh Parsley

    Find the recipe here

    Image: bhg.com/Pinterest

  • Tomato and bean chilli

    Ingredients
    Diced tomatoes
    Black beans
    Creamed corn
    Tomato soup
    Minced beef

    Find the recipe here

    Image: lifewithmylittles.com/Pinterest

  • Quinoa Chicken Pesto Stuffed Peppers

    Ingredients
    Yellow bell peppers
    Chicken breast
    Mozzarella cheese
    Quinoa
    Pesto

    Find the recipe here

    Image: layersofhappiness.com/Pinterest

  • Crispy Peanut Tofu & Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

    Ingredients
    Tofu
    Cauliflower
    Soy sauce
    Brown sugar or honey
    Chili garlic sauce

    Find the recipe here

    Image: minimalistbaker.com/Pinterest

  • Cranberry-Chipotle Country-Style Ribs

    Ingredients
    Boneless pork ribs
    Cranberry sauce
    Onion
    Jarred chipotle peppers

    Find the recipe here

    Image: bhg.com/Pinterest

  • Green Pasta Salad

    Ingredients
    Tubular pasta
    Green beans
    Spinach
    Pesto
    Parmesan cheese

    Find the recipe here

    Image: pinchofyum.com/Pinterest

  • Italian chicken pastry bake

    Ingredients
    Puff pastry
    Chicken breast
    Spaghetti sauce
    Mozzarella 

    Find the recipe here

    Image: busy-mommy.com/Pinterest

  • Sweet Potatoes and Eggs bake

    Ingredients
    Coconut oil or ghee
    Sweet potato
    Eggs
    Cheddar cheese

    Find the recipe here

    Image: edibleperspective.com/Pinterest

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