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5-Ingredient meals you can’t live without

Super cheap, super easy meals

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is take a rushed trip to the grocery store and spend hours in the kitchen. Five-ingredient recipes keep it simple, so each flavor comes through in your easy peasy after-work meal.

Maple orange
pork shoulder

Maple orange pork shoulder | Sheknows.com

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Toss these ingredients in your slow cooker and move on with your day! For this recipe by rubiesandradishes.com, add 2.5 to 3 pounds of sliced pork shoulder into the pot and add sage, orange juice, maple syrup and an apple for unique flavor and home-cooked taste. It falls apart and is ready for chompin’ six hours later.

White
chicken chili

White chicken chili | Sheknows.com

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Regular chili is far from low-cal, but this white chicken chili recipe by gimmiesomeoven.com actually might help you slim down. Cooked chicken breast is combined with broth, beans, salsa verde and cumin for a spicy, satisfying warm treat. Add in avocados or cilantro if you’re feeling fancy.

Shredded beef enchiladas

Shredded Beef Enchiladas | Sheknows.com

These enchiladas keep it seriously simple. Cooked beef chuck roast combines with Mexican classics for one tasty weekday treat. Add red and green enchilada sauce, tortillas and cheddar cheese for a decadent-yet-healthy meal, courtesy of happywifehealthylife.com.

Crock-Pot chicken tacos

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos | Sheknows.com

Photo credit: Thetastyfork.com

These tacos by thetastyfork.com are as simple as they come. After all, a crock pot is involved. Cook three to four large chicken breasts in the slow cooker for four to eight hours with one jar of salsa, then top with avocado and pineapple for a sweet, savory meal any day of the week.

Chicken potpie

Chicken Pot Pie | Sheknows.com

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How can something so delicious be so simple? These outstanding potpies by sweetphi.com combine simple store-bought pie crusts, cheddar cheese, chicken, frozen vegetables and one can of cream of chicken for a seriously decadent and heartwarming meal.

Creamy tortellini

Creamy Tortellini | Sheknows.com

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There’s just nothing more craveworthy than fresh pasta. Mommyindemand.com does it right with frozen tortellini, fresh baby spinach, Italian-style diced tomatoes in the can, vegetable broth and cream cheese. So simple and so, so good.

Thai pumpkin soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup | Sheknows.com

Photo credit: Foodiecrush.com

Take a walk on the exotic side! This Thai pumpkin soup recipe by foodiecrush.com combines the best of the fall harvest with Asian flavors for an unforgettable (and spicy!) dish. Simple pumpkin puree, available year-round, mixed with red curry paste, vegetable broth, coconut milk and red chili pepper makes a delicious vegan treat.

Chicken curry

Chicken Curry | Sheknows.com

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Start steaming the rice because it doesn’t get any easier than this. Mommyknows.com crock pots chicken curry with cans of spicy diced tomatoes, onion, chili curry paste and sour cream for a simple, creamy, spicy dish that takes five minutes to make and four hours to cook. Head out for a day on the town and come home to a fresh, home-cooked meal.

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