Next Week's Meal Plan

A Week of Easy 5-Ingredient Dinners

published Dec 26, 2020
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It’s been a year. And that’s precisely why it’s a great idea to give 2020 a send-off with a week that includes some of the absolute easiest dinners you can put on the table. Each one requires just a handful of ingredients (not counting salt and pepper, because I know you already have those in the kitchen), which also means they don’t require too much effort and won’t leave you with a sink full of dirty dishes. Here are five comforting and warming dinners to help finish out the year.

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Monday: 5-Ingredient Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup

I can hardly think of a cozier way to start the week than a pot of soup. And because there are no noodles or dairy in the ingredient list, this soup is ideal for freezing if you have leftovers.

Get the recipe: 5-Ingredient Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup

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Tuesday: Honey-Glazed Salmon

Consider this dinner your reminder that it’s actually quite easy to prepare fish for dinner. The salmon cooks in about 10 minutes and finishes with a simple pantry glaze that gives the fillets an eye-catching sheen and a sweet, tangy flavor. Round out dinner with a salad or roasted vegetables, and maybe some rice or potatoes.

Get the recipe: Honey-Glazed Salmon

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Amelia Rampe

Wednesday: Cacio e Pepe

This is our favorite solution for a fast and fancy midweek pasta night. Pasta, cheese, black pepper, and ice water are all you need for tonight’s dinner. Although if you really want to pack in the comfort, garlic bread is never a bad idea.

Get the recipe: Cacio e Pepe

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Thursday: Creamy Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops

A pack of boneless chops is the key to bringing this quick and easy skillet to the table. Definitely include a side like cauliflower rice, regular rice, egg noodles, or a chunk of bread to mop up all that wonderful sauce.

Get the recipe: Creamy Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops

Credit: Joe Lingeman

Friday: Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken

You made it to the end of the week! Now pull out your slow cooker for dinner. I like to grab a pack of tortillas and all the fixing for tacos, then let everyone around the table assemble shredded chicken tacos just the way they like them.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken

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