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5+ Dinners with 5 Ingredients or Less

on January 24, 2024
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5+ 5 Ingredient or Less Dinners for lazy days when you want a meal that's low on effort but rich in flavor, including BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas.
BBQ jackfruit quesadilla to represent list of 5-ingredient or less dinners.

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

  1. Pesto Tortellini
  2. BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas
  3. Burrata Pesto Pasta
  4. Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread
  5. Salmon Pesto Pasta

1. Pesto Tortellini

2-Ingredient Pesto Tortellini served up on a pink plate
This Pesto Tortellini brings tons of savory, herbaceous, and zesty flavor with just 2 ingredients, 15 minutes, and one pot!
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2. BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas

BBQ Jackfruit Quesadilla sliced and served on a platter
These Jackfruit Quesadillas are made up of two crispy tortillas stuffed with melty cheese and succulent BBQ jackfruit, all with only 5 ingredients required!
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3. Burrata Pesto Pasta

Single serving of Burrata Pesto Pasta with fork
This Burrata Pesto Pasta is filled with flavor and delicious texture and only requires 5 ingredients, one pot, and less than 30 minutes to make.
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4. Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread

Overhead shot of Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread
This delicious Fig and Goat Cheese Flatbread comes together in just 30 minutes and with 5 flavorful ingredients that hit the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
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5. Salmon Pesto Pasta

Salmon Pesto Pasta on blue and white plates
With just four ingredients, one pot, and 30 minutes, you can whip up this easy and delicious Salmon Pesto Pasta to feed four.
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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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5+ Dinners with 5 Ingredients or Less Recipes, including BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas

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Marley Goldin
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Dinners with 5 Ingredients or Less for lazy days when you want a meal that's low on effort but rich in flavor, including BBQ Jackfruit Quesadillas.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 large quesadilla

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounces young green jackfruit (14 oz = 1 can)
  • ¼ large red or white onion (optional for crunch)
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce (use your favorite!)
  • 2 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
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Instructions
 

  • 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.
    A quarter of a red onion diced
  • 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.
    Using two forks to shred boiled jackfruit
  • To a medium mixing bowl, add the shredded jackfruit, diced red onion, and BBQ sauce and mix to combine.
    Shredded jackfruit mixed with BBQ sauce and red onion
  • 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.
    Add even layer of cheese to a flour tortilla
  • Next, layer on your BBQ jackfruit.
    BBQ jackfruit layered on top of cheddar cheese and tortilla
  • 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.
    Adding second tortilla to top off quesadilla
  • 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.
    Cooking BBQ Jackfruit Quesadilla on the second side

Pro Tips

  • 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
Course Appetizers, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword 5 Ingredients or Less, BBQ Jackfruit, Jackfruit, Jackfruit Quesadillas, Quesadilla
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