A Week of 5-Ingredient Fall Dinner Recipes

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
20 PHOTOS
A Week of 5-Ingredient Fall Dinner Recipes
See Gallery
A Week of 5-Ingredient Fall Dinner Recipes

Try all of these quick fall dinner recipes!

Image Credit: EatingWell

Chipotle-Orange Broccoli & Tofu

Chipotle peppers add kick to this tofu and broccoli stir-fry recipe. If you're shy about spice, cut back on the amount or leave them out completely. Serve over brown basmati rice.

Get the recipe: Chipotle-Orange Broccoli & Tofu

Spaghetti Genovese

In our recipe for Spaghetti Genovese we give pesto a nutritional boost by adding spinach and toss it all together with fiber-rich whole-wheat pasta for a warm, comforting weeknight meal. Serve with escarole and radicchio salad.

Get the recipe: Spaghetti Genovese

Roast Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Caramelized sweet potatoes and red onion are the bed for chicken thighs that cook up fast in a very hot oven—perfect for a quick healthy chicken dinner. Serve with a fall salad of mixed greens, sliced apples and blue cheese.

Get the recipe: Roast Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce

A simple sauce of piquant green peppercorns, lemon juice and butter top this seared salmon recipe. Serve with smashed red potatoes and sautéed kale.

Get the recipe: Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Interested in finding more delicious fall recipes? Check out these inspiring recommendations.

Pumpkin Apple Mash

The comforting flavors of the fall harvest are prominently featured in this sweet and savory side dish that's easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Apple Mash

Hungarian Apple Soup

This savory apple soup for two gets body from Yukon Gold potatoes and a touch of heat from paprika. Float some cocktail shrimp or a mound of lump crab meat in each bowl to make it a main course.

Get the recipe: Hungarian Apple Soup

Oven Roasted Squash with Garlic and Parsley

Winter squash becomes tender and sweeter when roasted—a delicious side for a holiday dinner. Look for interesting squash like kabocha or hubbard at your farmers’ market and try them in this recipe. (Recipe adapted from Alice Waters.)

Get the recipe: Oven-Roasted Squash with Garlic and Parsley

Slow-Cooked Provencal Beef Stew

The flavors in a slow-cooked beef stew improve as it sits for a day or two, so it is a perfect make-ahead for a dinner party. Buy nicely marbled meat, such as chuck, for this recipe.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooked Provencal Beef Stew

Roasted Acorn Squash with Cider Drizzle

Roasting squash in the oven caramelizes its natural sugars. Here we serve acorn squash with a cider reduction that’s spiced with cinnamon and cloves. A touch of butter gives it a luxurious finish.

Get the recipe: Roasted Acorn Squash with Cider Drizzle

Curried Spaghetti Squash and Chickpea Toasts

Spaghetti squash gets its name because once it's cooked, you can use a fork to pull the flesh into long, thin strands. This simplified recipe calls for store-bought curry paste and canned chickpeas.

Get the Recipe: Curried Spaghetti Squash and Chickpea Toasts

Kale & Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans

Kale is a marvelous green for salads because it's hearty enough to handle hefty ingredients like nuts and meat, plus it doesn't wilt as it sits on the table. When chef Ryan Hardy makes this kale salad for Thanksgiving dinner at Montagna at the Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, he deep-fries the pecans, but it's quicker (and less messy) to toast them in the oven.

Get the Recipe: Kale & Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans

Squash, Black Bean & Goat Cheese Tamales

Tamales are a sign of celebration at holiday gatherings in Mexican households on both sides of the border, especially for occasions like Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve dinner. Here we stuff them with creamy winter squash, black beans and tangy goat cheese.

Get the Recipe: Squash, Black Bean & Goat Cheese Tamales

Cider-Glazed Roots with Cinnamon Walnuts

Here we roast a variety of roots with a brown sugar-cider glaze. Make them instead of candied sweet potatoes at your Thanksgiving celebration. If you include red beets, the whole dish will take on a gorgeous ruby hue.

Get the Recipe: Cider-Glazed Roots with Cinnamon Walnuts

Warm Beet & Spinach Salad

This warm spinach-and-beet salad is inspired by a dish from Penny Cluse Café in Burlington, Vermont. If you have cooked beets on hand, you can have it ready in just a few minutes.

Get the Recipe: Warm Beet & Spinach Salad

Root Vegetable Stew with Herbed Dumplings

This root vegetable stew is flecked with sausage and topped with whole-wheat herbed dumplings. Turn up the heat by using hot Italian sausage or make it crowd-pleasing with sweet sausage. If you find beets or turnips with their greens still attached, the greens of one bunch should yield just enough for this dish.

Get the Recipe: Root Vegetable Stew with Herbed Dumplings

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows

In this clever version of candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows (one of Gary Vaynerchuk's favorite Thanksgiving dishes), Grace Parisi mashes sweet potatoes with deeply flavorful grade B maple syrup and butter before stuffing them back into their skins and baking them a second time.

Get the Recipe: Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows

Maple Root-Vegetable Stir-Fry with Sesame

In Korea, cooks typically create stir-fries with just one kind of vegetable, like lotus root or potatoes. David Chang decided to break with tradition and stir-fry an assortment of vegetables, including Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips. David Chang: Buying Knives

Get the Recipe: Maple Root-Vegetable Stir-Fry with Sesame

of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

By: Wendy Ruopp

My sister has been known to call me lazy, but I think that's too pejorative. Just because my motto is "There must be an easier way to do this," that doesn't mean I'm lazy: I just appreciate a good shortcut. This month's shortcut: dinner recipes with an ingredient list I can count on one hand.

Each of the dinners here has just five ingredients (not counting oil, water, salt and pepper, which I don't—those are just things you never seem to run out of). That kind of simplicity means a lot less work. I only have to remember five things to buy per recipe—and just about all of the ingredients are in the title. That means my shopping list is short and it's just not going to cost me that much to make dinner tonight. I'm in and out of the store (yes, express checkout!) and home cooking in a flash.

And none of these recipes are short on flavor. Far from it. Fancy-sounding Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce actually has only four ingredients to shop for and takes just 15 minutes to make. Roast Chicken & Sweet Potatoes also takes just 15 minutes of kitchen time, then gives me half an hour while it's in the oven to do other things. Like calling my sister to brag about what I'm making for dinner.

Check out the slideshow above for perfect recipes for fall.

How to Bake with Whole-Wheat Flour
Why Grass Fed Meats are Better for You

More from Kitchen Daily:
Top Six Fall Fruits
M&M's Debuts a New Fall Flavor
Top 10 Fall Vegetables

Read Full Story

Sign up for Best Bites by AOL and receive delicious recipes delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

Search Recipes