Weeknights can be hectic at our house, leaving little time and energy to prepare meals. But that doesn't mean we can just settle for takeout. With these quick and easy 5-ingredient recipes for busy weeknights, you can enjoy delicious homemade meals without spending hours in the kitchen. These recipes are perfect for busy individuals and families who want to save time without sacrificing flavor.
Step 1: Main Course Recipes
It's time for some easy and simple meals you can make as main course recipes for busy weeknights. They are simple, flavorful meals guaranteed to satisfy your hunger after a long day at work or school.
One-Pan Garlic Butter Salmon
This mouthwatering recipe requires just five ingredients: salmon fillets, garlic, butter, lemon juice, and fresh dill. Simply melt the butter in a pan, add the minced garlic and lemon juice, and sauté until fragrant. Then, add the salmon fillets and cook until they are flaky and tender. Finish off with a sprinkle of fresh dill. Serve with a side of steamed vegetables or roasted potatoes for a complete meal.
This easy and delicious recipe combines the flavors of juicy chicken breasts, ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, and basil. Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Then, grill or pan-sear them until cooked through. Top each chicken breast with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with fresh basil. Serve with a side of mixed greens for a light and flavorful dinner. For a summer change up you can make this grilled caprese salad.
This meal sounds like a fancy Italian meal but it really comes down to simple ingredients like pasta, cheese butter and pepper. Cook the pasta then toss with the butter and cheese and a sprinkle of pepper. For a complete meal you can serve it with some grilled chicken.
Step 2: Side Dish Recipes
Complete your weeknight meals with these simple and delicious side dishes. They pair perfectly with the main course recipes and add an extra burst of flavor to your plate with the other recipes for busy weeknights.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Growing up, I had boiled brussel sprouts and I did not like them at all! A friend encouraged me to try roasted brussel sprouts and I have never gone back! They are delicious! Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out their natural sweetness and creates a crispy texture. Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then spread them out on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven at 425°F for about 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and tender. Serve as a nutritious side dish alongside any main course. For a change up you can also try some roasted okra fries.
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
These roasted potatoes are packed with flavor and require minimal effort. Cut baby potatoes into halves or quarters and toss them with olive oil, minced garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Spread them out on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 400°F for about 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through. The result is crispy, golden brown potatoes with a savory garlic and Parmesan crust.
Grilled asparagus is a quick and tasty side dish that pairs well with any main course. Simply toss asparagus spears with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then grill them over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, or until they are tender and charred in spots. Serve hot as a refreshing and healthy addition to your meal. If you're looking for an easy meal, try our under an hour Christmas dinner with roast, potatoes and asparagus.
Step 3: Dessert Recipes for Busy Weeknights
I don't think there is a night I don't have some sort of dessert. Dessert makes me happy. Indulge your sweet tooth with these easy and delightful 5-ingredient dessert recipes. They are perfect for satisfying your cravings without spending hours in the kitchen.
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
These are classic but loved by our kids! Simply mix together crushed graham crackers, melted butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and melted chocolate. Press the mixture into a pan and chill in the refrigerator until firm. Cut into squares and enjoy the rich and creamy combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
It's 100 degrees outside so we cool down on warm nights with refreshing and healthy popsicles. All I do is puree fresh strawberries and add in some mini chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. These fruity popsicles are a guilt-free treat that both kids and adults will love.
So creamy and delicious this ice cream only requires three ingredients! All you will need is heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk and a splash of vanilla. Churn it in an ice cream maker or just whip it in a mixer until still peaks form then add in an mixins and freeze! You can even make it dairy free easily too!
Time to Get Cooking!
These quick and easy 5-ingredient recipes are a game-changer for busy weeknights. They prove that you don't need a long list of ingredients or hours of cooking time to create delicious and satisfying meals. Whether you're in the mood for a flavorful main course, a tasty side dish, or a sweet treat, these recipes have got you covered. So, say goodbye to the stress of elaborate weeknight meals and embrace the simplicity and convenience of 5-ingredient cooking. With just a handful of ingredients, you can enjoy delicious homemade meals without sacrificing your precious time and energy.
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