10 Balanced Dinners That Only Need Five Ingredients

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Cooking wholesome weeknight dinners shouldn’t feel like a chore. And these recipes — full of vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein — ensure it won’t. They’re satisfying meals that don’t ask a whole lot from you. In fact, they ask for just five ingredients or fewer (not counting olive oil, salt, and pepper). Learn them, love them, and lean on them often.

While broccoli-cheddar soup is usually rich and decadent, this is a lightened-up version you can feel good about. Roasting the broccoli and opting for extra-sharp cheddar deepens the flavor so there’s no need for cream.

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Many veggie burger recipes can call for a dozen or so ingredients, but these satisfying ones require just five — most of which you probably already have on hand.

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This streamlined Caesar salad opts for just a mix of lemon juice, Dijon, olive oil, and cheese in the dressing, but still tastes just as good. Plus, using kale instead of romaine boosts the amount of fiber and nutrients.

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This simple skillet tastes extra comforting but won’t weigh you down. It’s great on its own or can be served with some whole-grain bread to round things out.

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If you think boneless, skinless chicken breast is always dry and boring, give this recipe a try. A mix of honey, Dijon mustard, and curry powder ensures the meat will be extra moist and flavorful.

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Broccoli and kale ensure this soup has a deep-green hue, while ginger packs a spicy punch and makes it especially warming.

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Opt for whole-wheat wraps to make these easy Caesar salad-inspired wraps extra hearty.

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These Indian-spiced cauliflower steaks make a nice light dinner on their own, but if you’re willing to add another ingredient, they can be served over quinoa or rice, or topped with a fried egg.

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Make a double batch of this extra-wholesome salad for dinner tonight and know you’ll have lunch squared away for the rest of the week since leftovers keep well for days.

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This is more of a formula than a recipe: Reach for a few different vegetables like cauliflower, mushrooms, or sweet potatoes, simmer with vegetable broth, season with salt and pepper, and enjoy as a simple soup.

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