These Five-Ingredient Recipes Are Perfect For A Busy Household

Posted by Missy aka Tizzy in Food On 11th March 2018

Sometimes it is not easy to make a big family meal for dinner, whether you work full time or just keep strange hours. And, sometimes, money is just super tight, and you need to get creative with what you have already in your pantry. You know that if you have a family to feed, you gotta do what you gotta do. Instead of stressing yourself over a big meal, we have found some super simple recipes that are great for saving time and your budget.


Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is a personal recipe, so the photo does not match. It is super easy, and your family will love it.


3-5 large chicken breast (depending on family size)

Red Russian dressing

Apricot Preserves

2 packets of dry onion soup mix

white rice


Mix the Red Russian dressing, apricot preserves, and onion soup mix in a bowl. Spread some of the mixture in a baking dish large enough to fit all of your chicken. You can cut your chicken into smaller pieces, halves, or leave them whole. If you cut the chicken, your cooking time will vary. Lay your chicken out in the baking dish. Pour the rest of your mixture over the chicken evenly. Bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes depending on if and how you cut your chicken. Serve over white rice.

The recipe is super simple and quite tasty, passed down from my mother. I have also added different things like pineapple chunks and peppers to the mix, and it has come out really good that way as well. So, feel free to have fun with this recipe.


Crockpot Chili

This five-ingredient chili is great any time of year. You can make this on the stove or in a crockpot, either way, it is delicious and easy.


1 pound ground beef

2 can diced tomatoes (or one regular diced and one diced with green chilies)

2 cans kidney beans

1 can of tomato sauce

1 heaping tablespoon of chili powder


Brown your ground beef in a skillet and drain the grease. Dump the ground beef into your crock pot along with the rest of the ingredients and stir. Cook on low for 4 hours. Voila! You can serve this with cornbread and add toppings like cheese and sour cream.


Salsa Chicken

This recipe is delicious and could be customized to your tasting by choosing your favorite salsa.


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 tsp taco seasoning

1 cup of the salsa of your choice

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

2 Tbsp of sour cream (optional)


Lightly grease a large baking dish. Season your chicken on both sides with the taco seasoning and place it in the pan. Pour the salsa over the top of your chicken. Bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle the top with cheese. Then, place it back in the oven for 3-5 minutes to melt the cheese. You can top this with sour cream and serve over Spanish or white rice.

Mushroom Pork Chops


4 pork chops seasoned with garlic salt, salt, and pepper to taste

1 chopped onion

1/2 pound mushrooms sliced

1 can cream of mushroom soup


Brown your seasoned pork chops in a large skillet. Add your onions and mushrooms and saute for one minute. Pour the cream of mushroom soup over everything, then cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes until your pork chops are cooked all of the way through.

This meal is incredibly simple and can be paired with just about anything as a side. We like ours served over a bed of mashed potatoes.


Honey Garlic Crockpot Ribs

This recipe is a family favorite. They love it so much, at my house, that we make it at least twice a month.


1 rack of ribs seasoned on both sides with salt, pepper, paprika, and chili powder

1 cup honey

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 Tbsp minced garlic


Rub your seasonings into your ribs on all sides. Slice the rack in half. Mix the honey, soy sauce, and garlic in the bottom of your crockpot. Stand your seasoned ribs on their sides leaning against the wall of your slow cooker, and cover. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8.

The meat is so tender that it will fall right off of the bone, so be careful removing it from your crockpot. The taste is incredibly amazing and will last in your mouth after you are done making you crave more.

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