Don’t really feel like cooking, but definitely don’t want to go out for dinner? This list of 5 Ingredient or Less Dinners is for those times when you want to put in minimal effort but still get tons of flavor!
From pasta to flatbread to quesadillas, these lazy day dinners are low on ingredients but rich in taste. Plus, less ingredients means less steps and less clean up, so when I say “easy” I mean from start to finish!
Green tip: Speaking of cleanup, if you have a dishwasher-use it! Comparing dishwashing to handwashing, using an efficient dishwasher uses 1/6th the amount of water to get your dishes clean!
As an environmental scientist, I strongly believe that educating ourselves on how to make small changes in the kitchen can make a big impact over time, especially if we spread the word!
5 Ingredient or Less Dinners
- Pesto Tortellini
- BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas
- Burrata Pesto Pasta
- Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread
- Salmon Pesto Pasta
1. Pesto Tortellini
2. BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas
3. Burrata Pesto Pasta
4. Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread
5. Salmon Pesto Pasta
I hope this list of 5 Ingredient or Less Dinners is here for you for those times when you’re feeling a little uninspired and don’t really feel like cooking! If you’re still not sure where to start, I included this recipe for BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas that are made up of two crispy tortillas stuffed with melty cheese and succulent BBQ jackfruit.
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- Pizza Cutter (optional)
- Bring 10 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Drain your canned jackfruit and boil for 20-25 minutes until tender. Dice your red onion.
- Once your jackfruit is tender, transfer to a colander to strain the water and use a rubber spatula to push down on the jackfruit to push out any excess liquid. Then, transfer your jackfruit to a plate or cutting board and use two forks to shred it.
- To a medium mixing bowl, add the shredded jackfruit, diced red onion, and BBQ sauce and mix to combine.
- Add one large flour tortilla to a large cast iron skillet or frying pan (no need to grease the pan) and add a layer of cheese. Don't turn your stove on just yet.
- Next, layer on your BBQ jackfruit.
- Then, add the second tortilla to complete your quesadilla assembly. Turn your heat on low and allow to cook for about 7-10 minutes until the cheese starts to melt and the tortilla starts to turn golden brown.
- Finally, flip the quesadilla and cook it on the second side until both tortillas are golden brown and the cheese is nice and melted. Slice into 8 equal slices and serve on its own or with guacamole, sour cream, or salsa.
- There is no need to grease your pan while making quesadillas, as tortillas have enough fat content in them to be naturally nonstick. However, if you want to, you can add butter to your pan for flavor.
- I like to use up all the BBQ jackfruit to make one super hearty extra-large, share-able quesadilla, but this recipe does make enough to save some BBQ jackfruit or to split it up into multiple quesadillas depending on your preference.
- For more jackfruit recipes, check out these BBQ Jackfruit Nachos and Jackfruit Burgers.