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5-ingredient spring recipes to get dinner on the table fast

By Michelle Edelbaum, March 30, 2012 - 9:44am

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5-ingredient spring recipes to get dinner on the table fast

I love spring food but I love spring weather even more, which means I want to eat a fresh, healthy meal fast so I can get out for a walk after dinner before the sun sets.

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To streamline my dinnertime routine, I combed EatingWell’s recipe database to find these healthy 5-ingredient dinners using fresh, spring ingredients to help me eat well but cook simply. (I didn’t count kitchen staples like salt, pepper and oil as part of my 5-ingredient limit.) And they’re all ready in 40 minutes or less of cooking time—plenty of time to steam a vegetable on the side and make instant brown rice or quinoa and then get back outside after dinner.

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The other bonus of these 5-ingredient dinner recipes? They’ll minimize my grocery shopping too!

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Spring Pizza
Spring Pizza
Asparagus, chives and fontina cheese top this easy pizza recipe. Serve with baby greens tossed with vinaigrette and pecans.


Plank-Grilled Salmon with Creamy Tarragon Sauce
Plank-Grilled Salmon with Creamy Tarragon Sauce
Grilling salmon on a cedar plank imparts a deliciously smoky flavor to the fish. The tarragon cream sauce uses low-in-saturated-fat Greek-style yogurt. Look for cedar planks with other grilling supplies in supermarkets or hardware stores.


Chili-Rubbed Tilapia with Asparagus & Lemon
Chili-Rubbed Tilapia with Asparagus & Lemon
Tilapia, a relatively plentiful fish, has the unfortunate reputation of being dull. All it needs is a spice rub, a familiar barbecuing technique that works just as well indoors. You could also use this rub on chicken breasts or toss it with lightly oiled shrimp before cooking.


Sweet & Savory Grilled Chicken
Sweet & Savory Grilled Chicken

This sweet and savory rub for grilled chicken relies on ingredients you most likely have on hand already—brown sugar, dry mustard and onion powder—making it a quick recipe for a night when you’re not sure what you’re making for dinner.


Flank Steak Pinwheels
Flank Steak Pinwheels
These festive wheels of steak, Boursin cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes look fancy, but they’re quite easy to make. For a party, arrange them on a platter atop a bed of spinach.


Oven-Barbecued Pork Chops
Oven-Barbecued Pork Chops
If you’re not ready to fire up your grill just yet, or spring showers are keeping you indoors, try this swift recipe and enjoy a “barbecue” indoors. Serve with Savoy Cabbage Slaw and cornbread.


What are your best 5-ingredient dinner recipes? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Michelle Edelbaum, Food Blog, Dinner, Family meals, Quick meals, What's in season

Michelle Edelbaum
Michelle is the digital editor for EatingWell Media Group. She puts her background in journalism to work online at EatingWell.com and in EatingWell Magazine, authoring the Good Questions interview with interesting people in the world of food and health.

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