7-Ingredient (or Less) Dinners

Seven ingredients (not counting salt, pepper, or oil) are all you need for a wholesome dinner that comes together in minutes. Take the hassle out of dinner tonight with saucy skillet recipes, quick-prep pastas, shortcut salads, and more easy meal ideas.


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    • Quick Skillet Lasagna

      Five common pantry ingredients are all you need for this simple lasagna skillet that comes together in just 30 minutes. Top the pasta with snipped fresh basil for a touch of freshness and a flavor boost.

    • Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini

      From stove top to table in just 20 minutes, this easy chicken skillet recipe gains simple but sophisticated flavor from dried basil. Orzo and zucchini cooked with red wine vinegar and dill round out the nutritious meal.

      Top Chicken Breast Recipes
    • Maple-Mustard-Sauced Turkey Thighs

      Season tender, slow-cooked turkey thighs with a zippy coating of brown mustard and maple syrup. Quick-cooking tapioca thickens the spread that pairs equally well with hearty new potatoes.

      Best-Ever Slow Cooker Meals
    • Upside-Down Pizza Casserole

      Pop open that extra tube of biscuits in your fridge for a fun twist on pizza. The versatile dough forms a golden crust to skillet-browned beef, mushrooms, olives, and cheese baked in Italian-style tomato sauce.

      Our Favorite Casseroles
    • Easy Beef Taco Pie

      This flavorful take on classic tacos utilizes flour tortillas for the crispy crust and a mix of ground beef, cheese, and tomatoes for the filling. Ground cinnamon and chile powder give the simple dinner a spicy-sweet kick.

    • Citrus Salad with Poached Cod

      Punch up frozen whitefish by poaching it in two varieties of citrus. A stack of oranges and arugula, along with our easy homemade vinaigrette, completes the fresh 7-ingredient dinner recipe.

    • Apple-Pecan Pork Chops

      Brown sugar and butter provide the sticky glaze for these quick pork chops. Cracked black pepper helps balance the sweetness of fresh apples and pecans.

    • Roasted Pepper-Mozzarella Melts

      Give your evening meal a Mediterranean twist by incorporating tomatoes, basil pesto, and peppers. Fresh mozzarella and crisp slices of French bread sandwich the ingredients before getting a toasty finish on the stove.

    • Gingered Beef and Broccoli Salad Bowl

      Dress up the tender steak strips and crisp vegetables in this no-fuss salad recipe with bottled ginger vinaigrette. Shredded carrot and sesame seeds make delicious additions to the nutritious 5-ingredient dinner. 

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      Baked Fried Chicken

      Chicken plus Greek yogurt plus crushed cornflakes equals a baked play on the classic fried chicken dinner. See how!

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      Quick Meatball Minestrone

      Using frozen foods like meatballs and mixed vegetables is a smart way to make a wholesome meal in minutes. Combine them with beef broth, beans, and pasta for a quick take on cozy minestrone soup.

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      Garlic-Lime Pork with Farro and Kale

      Skip the pasta and opt for nutty, fiber-packed farro instead. The perfectly al dente whole grain gets a coating of peanut butter, honey, and lime juice before joining wilted kale and garlicky pork medallions.

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      Lemon-Caper Tuna and Noodles

      Punch up traditional tuna and noodles with freshly squeezed lemon juice and capers. Refrigerated Alfredo sauce provides a quick shortcut to completing the easy pasta dinner.

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      Quick Skillet Steaks with Mushrooms

      Red wine, garlic, and mushrooms combine for an impressive yet easy sauce for skillet-cooked steak. The fancy feast is ready in 30 minutes and under 300 calories per serving.

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      Roasted Shrimp and Swiss Chard with Cranberries

      Lemon-infused olive oil provides the perfect kiss of citrus to this easy seafood recipe. Roasted Swiss chard and shrimp get an additional burst of flavor from dried cranberries. 

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      Ravioli with Summer Vegetables

      Perk up packaged pasta with a rainbow of colorful vegetables. Fresh thyme and minced garlic flavor the easy ravioli, which can be finished with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese or a drizzle of olive oil.

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      Chopped Salad Taco

      Ditch the meat and grab a can of fiber-rich pinto beans for your next taco night. The versatile low-fat protein provides a blank slate for fresh sweet corn, zucchini, and homemade guacamole.

      Healthy & Fast Recipes
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      Seared Shrimp with Peach Chutney

      This one-pan dinner pairs tangy fruit with versatile shrimp for a fresh take on the evening meal.

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      Peppered Salmon with Roasted Root Vegetables

      A simple sauce made from orange juice adds delicious flavor to this 30-minute salmon recipe. Complement the savory seafood with a colorful medley of beets and carrots.

      No-Fail Fish & Seafood
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      Chicken and Lemon-Broccoli Alfredo

      Light Alfredo pasta sauce dresses up simple stove-top chicken and mushrooms. Broccoli cooked with fresh slices of lemon makes an easy (and healthy) side dish.

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      Chicken and Asparagus Skillet Supper

      Asparagus, squash, and green onion add a spring-fresh touch to this simple chicken and bacon combo. A splash of broth helps the meat stay juicy and flavorful.

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      Grilled Shrimp and Romaine

      Seasoned with olive oil and kosher salt, this grilled shrimp is simple and delicious. Serve it with crisp, garden-fresh lettuce for an easy dinner.

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      Roast Pork Salad with Ginger-Pineapple Dressing

      Pork tenderloin tops antioxidant-rich spinach and juicy pineapple. The pork is a good source of B vitamins and riboflavin -- nutrients that promote healthy red blood cells -- and it's lower in fat and calories than skinless chicken breast.

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      Veggie Fish Chowder

      With tender whitefish and fresh spring veggies, this simple supper is sure to become a weeknight favorite. Fluffy butter-and-herb mashed potatoes make the easy soup thick and delicious.

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      Grilled Salmon with Garden Mayonnaise

      A zippy mixture of celery, green onion, tarragon, lemon juice, and mayonnaise tops this simple salmon recipe. Serve the fish with fresh grilled asparagus.

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      Chicken Breasts with Herbs

      A quick saute followed by a brief braising keeps these quick chicken breasts moist. A mixture of garlic, lemon, oregano, and parsley provides a fresh take on traditional gremolata.

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      Grilled Tuna Salad

      This artful tuna salad is good for you, too. The recipe calls for olives and an olive oil-based dressing -- both high in heart-healthy fats that fight inflammation and antioxidants that combat cancer.

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      Chicken with Summer Squash

      Prepared rotisserie chicken is a shortcut to home-style cooking. Simply quarter the chicken and serve it on a bed of sauteed squash, cherry tomatoes, and arugula or spinach leaves.

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      Mediterranean Salmon and Noodle Bowl

      Balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil make a simple sauce for this toss-together dinner of spinach, salmon, sweet peppers, and fettuccine.

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      Sesame and Ginger Chicken

      A blend of crushed red pepper and Asian-style sesame-ginger dressing adds a delicious kick to this simple chicken dinner. Honey-roasted peanuts add crunch.

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      Sausage and Orzo

      This simple supper of sausage, orzo, green onions, and sweet peppers tosses together in minutes. Bonus! The leftovers make a wholesome lunch option.

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      Beefy Bagel Sandwiches

      To reinvent steak leftovers from last night, simply layer the meat, mixed greens, and red onions on a toasted bagel. Add dried tomatoes for extra flavor.

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      Smoked Turkey Panini

      This mile-high turkey sandwich gets a fresh spin with thick-sliced country Italian bread and bruschetta topping. Heart-healthy walnuts add nutritious and delicious texture to the easy recipe.

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      Pork Chops Primavera

      A simple blend of apple butter and soy sauce jazzes up basic pork chops. Fresh green beans and cherry tomatoes make a colorful and healthy side.

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      Herbed Lamb Steak Salads

      Creamy yogurt and fresh mint make a delicious dressing for this 20-minute salad of hearty lamb, crisp greens, and crunchy radishes. Herbed feta cheese provides an additional pop of flavor.

    • Next Slideshow Quick and Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes

      Quick and Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes

      With 30 minutes, you have enough time to make a healthy dinner that's tasty, too. Our quick and healthy recipes are a snap to make, and each easy recipe features lean protein with creative ways to cook fruits and vegetables so the whole family will eat them. With delicious ideas for easy chicken recipes, healthy salads, and quick stir-fries, these simple recipes make meal planning a cinch.
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