15+ 20 minute 6 ingredient dinner recipes

15+ 20 minute 6 ingredient dinner recipes

From chicken skillets to mac and cheese dishes, all you need are 6 ingredients — along with pantry staples like salt, pepper, and oil — to whip up one of these simple dinner recipes. Plus, these evening meals take only 20 minutes or less to prepare, making them especially easy. Recipes like Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken and Seared Salmon with Green Pepper Sauce are quick, healthy options for any night of the week.


One bowl of shrimp and broccoli


Photography/Kelsey Hansen, Design/Greg Luna

Shrimp and broccoli cook quickly in this easy one-pot recipe, perfect for busy weekends. Serve this healthy shrimp recipe over whole grains or rice.



Fried salmon with green pepper sauce


A simple sauce of pungent green peppers, lemon juice, and butter tops this seared salmon recipe. Green peppercorns come from the same plant as black pepper, but are harvested before they are ripe. It is usually packed in vinegar, and has a sharp, tangy flavour. Look for them near capers in most supermarkets. Served with mashed red potatoes and sauteed turnips.



Chicken cutlets with sun-dried tomato cream sauce


Although a chicken cutlet may be a chicken breast cut in half, this recipe shows how to make a chicken cutlet with double the flavor. A jar of sun-dried tomatoes does double duty for this healthy dinner idea. Delicious oil packed into the chicken is used to fry the chicken, and the tomatoes are stirred into the cream sauce.



Goat cheese and fresh herb omelette


The secret to this easy omelet recipe is to choose a really great goat cheese. Fortunately, most supermarkets have great chefs—Vermont Creamery and Laura Chenel are two of the simpler varieties you’re likely to find. If you have access to non-traditional local options, order from them this quick breakfast recipe. Aside from goat cheese, eggs, and herbs, you only need a few pantry ingredients and 20 minutes for one of the best omelettes you can make.



Breaded chicken with lemon and pepper


Looking for a quick and easy dinner to add to your favorite chicken recipe collection? This is a lemon pepper baked chicken recipe. The chicken breasts are cooked in a skillet, then placed in the oven with lemon slices that soften and become part of the sauce, with a touch of maple syrup and butter to carry the flavour. It’s so simple and delicious, you’ll be making this healthy dinner again and again.



3- Ingredients for goat cheese pasta with broccoli


Carolyn A. Hodges, R.D

Swap regular pasta for pasta made with chickpeas and you’ll get more than three times the fiber and double the protein in this simple and satisfying dish. Be sure to reserve some of the pasta water to make the sauce. Feel free to use frozen broccoli in a pinch (you can boil broccoli in the same water you use to cook pasta).



Shrimp Scampi is super quick and low carb


Antonis Achilleus

This low-calorie, low-carb shrimp looks like a restaurant dish, but it’s actually very easy to make. There is enough butter sauce to cover the shrimp. The trick is not to overdo it and reduce the sauce when you cook it. Better make it raunchier then dry. If you want to bulk up this dish, you can add thinly sliced ​​peas or carrots, or serve it over your favorite low-carb pasta alternative like spaghetti squash.



Grilled cheese sandwiches in the air fryer


Photographer: Bree Bassano, Food Stylist: Greg Luna

Make these sandwiches with your favorite type of apple. Try Granny Smith, Gala, or Pink Lady. If you don’t like arugula, try romaine or spinach.



3- Ingredients for Caesar bread with chicken


Photography: Caroline A. Hodges, R.D

A frozen cauliflower-based pizza crust becomes the crunchy base for this no-fuss flatbread. Get a Caesar-style salad kit to save yourself the hassle of having to buy a lot of other ingredients (it’s all included in the kit!), and use a grilled chicken breast to simplify the prep process even more.



Egg soup with instant noodles, spinach and green onions


Whisking beaten eggs into simmering broth is a quick and easy way to add creaminess and protein to your noodle soup mixture. Add freshness with a handful of baby spinach at the end. This recipe can easily be doubled to serve two people and uses the entire package of pasta. To reduce sodium, look for pasta varieties with less than 600 mg of sodium per serving or use a smaller amount from a seasoning packet.



Caprese sandwich


Photographer / Jennifer Causey, Food Designer / Karen Rankin, Props Designer / Christine Kelly

The caprese sandwich is fresh from the basil and delicious from the thick, crunchy ciabatta. Sun-dried tomatoes deepen the flavor. Covering the bread with a layer of basil leaves and using toast helps keep the sandwich from getting soggy if you need to make it a few hours in advance.



Teriyaki – Glazed Cod with Cauliflower Rice


This healthy fish recipe comes together quickly with just three ingredients that you can always have in the fridge and freezer. Store-bought teriyaki glaze is a great marinade for cod that doubles as a sauce for cauliflower rice.



3-Ingredients tortellini with sausage and kale


Photography: Caroline Hodges, MS, RDN

Precooked chicken sausage is a handy shortcut ingredient because it heats up quickly and adds a lot of flavor without a lot of fuss. A variety of roasted garlic goes perfectly with cheese tortellini and sautéed leafy greens.



Sweet potatoes stuffed with chickpea sauce


Delicious and easy to prepare, these Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans, Kale, and Chickpea Sauce are a great 5-ingredient lunch for one!



Tabbouleh falafel platters with tzatziki


Preparing a week’s worth of lunches doesn’t need to spend hours in the kitchen. These Greek-inspired meal prep bowls can be prepared in just 10 minutes and require just 4 ingredients – greens, falafel, tabbouleh, and tzatziki. We love going to our local grocery store for quick ingredients like these. Fiber-rich falafel and tabbouleh will help you feel satisfied all afternoon long.



Delicious tomato soup with beans and vegetables


Garlic cabbage and creamy white beans elevate a simple canned tomato soup into a 10-minute lunch or dinner that is truly satisfying. Use soup with diced tomatoes for a heartier texture. Look for a low- or low-sodium brand, with no more than 450 mg of sodium per serving.



Mixed vegetables with lentils and apple slices


This salad with lentils, feta, and apples is a satisfying vegetarian dish that can be eaten together for lunch. To save time, substitute drained canned lentils, just be sure to look for low sodium and rinse them before adding them to a salad.



Skillet Black Bean Fajitas


You can often find fresh vegetables that are pre-cut and ready to cook in the produce section of your grocery store. Use these things to your advantage to cut down on your dinner prep time. Here, pre-cut fajita vegetables are sautéed with canned black beans and Southwest seasoning for a quick and easy Tex-Mex-inspired meal. Additionally, this recipe only requires three ingredients, and doesn’t include basics like salt, pepper, and oil. You can easily elevate your dish by adding some cheese, sour cream, or any other delicious toppings.



Lemon garlic steak and green beans


Jason Donnelly

For a tender, juicy, flavorful steak that’s not too greasy, we turn to steak (also known as New York strip steak or shell steak). It has less than half the saturated fat of a rib eye but is more tender than the leaner sirloin. Here, we cook green beans in the same pan used to brown marinated steaks. All of these delicious drippings add richness to the beans, plus there’s one less pot to wash!



Curried butternut squash soup with crispy halloumi


Take advantage of ready-to-eat healthy foods, such as pureed vegetable soup, to prepare a healthy meal in minutes. We boost the flavor of our packed butternut squash soup with curry powder, then top it with irresistible halloumi cheese. Serve warm with whole grain pita bread.


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