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20 Five-Ingredient Recipes

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A collection of twenty delicious, healthy recipes for any occasion, made with five ingredients or less.

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When it comes to healthy eating, one of the most common challenges facing friends, family, and readers like you is a lack of time. Trust me – I get it! Owning and running my own company, while also raising two boys, and maintaining a strong relationship with my husband: my days are packed! Add in staying within a budget for groceries, and cooking can seem like a real chore. Recipes that use five ingredients or less, while remaining healthy and delicious, tend to solve both the time and budget problem.

Strawberry pineapple smoothie with 5 ingredients or less.

To help you save time in the kitchen (and get healthy recipes on the table faster), I’ve collected a few of my all time favorite five ingredient recipes for you to add to your meal plan. These include main dishes, snacks, drinks, and sides, like my creamy and delicious Lebanese Garlic Sauce. Or the best Mexican Street Tacos you’ll ever have. And my go to Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie-it’s vegan! So for whatever occasion, you’ll have a delicious, quick recipe to grab.

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Five-Ingredient Recipes

5-Ingredient Pizza Skewers

5 stars
10 minutes
These quick and easy no-cook appetizer skewers taste just like pizza and require just five ingredients!
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Deconstructed Pizza Skewers - The Lemon Bowl

Authentic Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Restaurant Style)

4.61 stars average
10 minutes
With just 4 ingredients that are naturally vegan and gluten-free, this garlic sauce is thick, creamy, and packed with flavor.
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Thick Lebanese Garlic Sauce

Challah Bread French Toast

4.67 stars average
15 minutes
Transform leftover challah bread into the best French toast you’ll ever eat. Ideal for making ahead and freezing or serving for a lazy weekend breakfast.
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Challah Bread French Toast - The Lemon Bowl

Raspberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles

4.91 stars average
3 hours 15 minutes
Made with just three ingredients, your whole family will love these sweet and fruity Greek yogurt popsicles made with fresh raspberries and orange blossom water.
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Greek Yogurt Pops - The Lemon Bowl

Easy Mango Lassi Recipe (5 Ingredients)

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2 minutes
This cool, creamy and refreshing mango lassi uses only 5 ingredients, is naturally sweetened and perfect for enjoying with spicy foods.
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Vegan Mango Lassi Recipe

Maple Syrup Mashed Sweet Potatoes

3.95 stars average
20 minutes
A show-stopping side dish! Mashed Sweet potatoes are whipped with pure maple syrup, creamy whole milk yogurt and a hint of orange zest.
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Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Oven Fried Chicken Tenders with Panko

4.57 stars average
25 minutes
These light and airy chicken fingers provide a crunchy texture that isn't fried and pairs perfectly with spicy mustard and sweet BBQ sauce for dipping.
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make your own chicken fingers with panko

Roasted Curried Cauliflower

4.37 stars average
25 minutes
Cauliflower has never tasted so good! Your family will love this fragrant and addictive Curried Roasted Cauliflower with Coconut Oil.
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Curried Cauliflower with Coconut Oil

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

4.15 stars average
4 hours 5 minutes
Sweet, smoky, tangy, and slightly spicy – this Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken is made with chipotle peppers and juicy peaches.
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Slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken

Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar

4.56 stars average
22 minutes
Ideal for dipping in hummus or sprinkling over a salad. Easy to make and so much tastier than store-bought, your friends and family will love these healthy baked chips.
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Dipping baked pita chips with zaatar in hummus

Chipotle Grilled Chicken Breasts

4.77 stars average
21 minutes
Easy to prepare, chicken breasts are marinated in a sweet and smoky honey chipotle sauce and then grilled to juicy and tender perfection. 
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honey chipotle grilled chicken

Vegan Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

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5 minutes
This naturally vegan strawberry pineapple smoothie is made with juicy berries, sweet pineapple, creamy coconut milk and spicy ginger.
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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie 12 WEB

Mexican Layered Hummus Dip

4.34 stars average
25 minutes
Filled with creamy hummus, ground sirloin, and plenty of cheese, this warm Mexican Layered Hummus dip is a total crowd-pleaser and the ultimate party dip!
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Cheese Mexican Layered Hummus Dip

Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan

5 stars average
5 minutes
This bright and refreshing arugula salad recipe is made with just five simple ingredients including lemon juice, olive oil and shaved parmesan. 
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Arugula Salad Recipe

Sausage and Kale Gnocchi Pasta

4.63 stars average
20 minutes
This easy 15-minute dinner recipe is made with gnocchi sautéed with Italian sausage, kale and parmesan cheese. 
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Gnocchi Recipe with Sausage and Kale

Garlic Rosemary Lamb Chops

3.74 stars average
55 minutes
Lamb chops are marinated in a garlic, lemon and rosemary mixture before grilled until tender and juicy.
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Greek Grilled Rosemary Lamb Recipe

Lemon Basil White Wine Spritzer

5 stars average
10 minutes
This light and refreshing white wine spritzer is made with bright lemon juice and basil simple syrup. The ultimate cocktail for happy hour on the deck or backyard entertaining!
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One Pan Roasted Chicken and Broccoli

4.63 stars average
35 minutes
An easy one pan chicken dinner recipe, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are brushed with dijon mustard and roasted with broccoli. 
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Roasted Chicken and Broccoli Recipe

Mexican Street Tacos

4.84 stars average
30 minutes
These are the BEST Mexican street tacos you'll ever eat due to one simple reason: the cut of beef. Serve with warmed corn tortillas, cilantro and onion and thank me later.
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Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail

5 stars average
10 minutes
A fresh and fruity spin on the classic Moscow Mule recipe, these strawberry mules are made with fresh berries, lime juice and mint.
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Strawberry Jalapeno Moscow Mules Recipe
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

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