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.