Source: Erin Clarke of Well Plated

Cooking at home may not always be ideal for some (including me, at times) – especially when you need to buy loads of ingredients that you end up having to throw out. We can all admit we’ve brought home ingredients, used them for one specific recipe, and then forgot they existed.  Instead of buying ingredients to sit unused in my refrigerator until they go bad, I’m leaning on 5-ingredient recipes (or less!) to help eliminate waste.

Despite the ever-present urge to pick up my phone and order take-out, I’m committed to preparing delicious, home-cooked meals as often as I can. However, coming up with new meals to cook every day is a challenge (I can’t always just lean on my favorite air fryer recipes), but the options below make it so much easier to stick to my goal. Bonus: because they require so few ingredients they’re quick and painless to put together on days when I really just don’t feel like cooking. Check them out:


1. Chicken Feta Pasta

Source: By Erin Clarke of Well Plated


2. Coconut Curry

Source: Pinch of Yum


3. Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Source: By Erin Clarke of Well Plated


4. Vegan Vodka Pasta 

Source: Pinch of Yum


5. Roasted Garlic Butter Salmon 

Source: Gimme Delicious


6. One Pot Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Source: Kristine’s Kitchen


7. Garlic Parmesan Zoodles

Source: Gimme Delicious


8. Sourdough Havarti Grilled Cheese

Source: My Sequined Life


9. Tomato Soup 

Source: Feel Good Foodie


10. Mac and Cheese

Source: Show Me The Yummy


11. Crispy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

Source: She Likes Food


12. Garlic Butter Shrimp 

Source: 40 Aprons


13. Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings 

Source: A Sassy Spoon


14. Roasted Red Pepper Pasta 

Source: From My Bowl


15. Easy Chili 

Source: Gimme Some Oven


16. Flank Steak 

Source: Spices in My DNA


17. Baked Spinach and Mozzarella Ravioli 

Source: With Salt and Wit


18. Chipotle Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups

Source: The Defined Dish


19. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Source: Hello Spoonful


20. Creamy Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Source: Fox and Briar


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