5 Ingredient Meals + $100 visa giftcard giveaway

July 23, 2012 by Ali

Today’s post is part of a series from BlogHer and Perdue Chicken called K.I.S.S. — “Keep It Simply Smart.”

A bunch of bloggers are going to be making their own lists about simplicity and time-saving inspiration in the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but this series is totally up my alley. Simplicity and time-saving ideas? Check and check.

So I’m super excited that my topic to share is…(did the cover graphic possibly give it away?)…5-Ingredient Meals!

Yep! No turning your kitchen into a tornado full of cutting boards, open cartons, spices and cans with these recipes. All you need are 5 simple ingredients to make some speedy meals that you, your friends and your family will love!

And even better, I’m really hoping that these simple guidelines will encourage some of you by-the-book recipe devotees to give improvising a try. Really, most dishes we all love boil down to similar ingredient patterns. Once you learn those, you can mix and match and start creating some of your own original recipes. I promise you can do it, and it’s really fun to get creative! So read on for my top ten list of ideas. AND enter to win a $100 Cooking.com gift card!!!

Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis — A fantastic 5-Ingredient Meal!

Again, these are just the basics, people. But trust me that if you follow these directions, the options are pretty much limitless for the deliciousness you can create. Also, for you vegetarians out there, just substitute your favorite hearty vegetables or tofu whenever the recipe calls for meat, seafood, etc. And now…drumroll please…Ali’s “Keep It Simply Smart” Top Ten List of 5-Ingredient Meals:

  1. Paninis — Bread + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies/Greens + Cheese + Sauce
  2. Quesadillas — Tortillas + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies/Greens + Cheese + Salsa
  3. Pizzas — Crust + Cheese + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies/Greens + Sauce
  4. Green salads — Greens + Cheese + Veggies/Fruit + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Dressing
  5. Quinoa salads — Quinoa + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies/Greens + Nuts/Cheese + Sauce
  6. Omelettes — Eggs + Cheese + Veggies/Greens + Bacon/Ham + Herbs
  7. Kabobs — Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies + Marinade
  8. Grilled meats or veggies — Main Meat/Chicken/Seafood/Veggies + Marinade + Side
  9. Pastas — Pasta + Sauce + Veggies/Greens + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Cheese
  10. Trifles — Crumbled Cake/Brownies + Whipped Cream/Pudding + Candy/Chocolate/Nuts + Fruit Sauce

$100 Cooking.com Gift Card Giveaway

How To Enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me how you like to “keep it simply smart” in the kitchen! Feel free to discuss meal preparation, pantry organization, time management, etc.
  • a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
    b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
    c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
    d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.


  • No duplicate comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. Winners will have 72 hours to claim the prize, or an alternative winner will be selected.
  • The Official Rules are available here.
  • This sweepstakes runs from 7/23/12 to 8/23/12.

Be sure to visit the Perdue Simply Smart Chicken brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggersí reviews and find more chances to win!

Like the PERDUE SIMPLY SMART Facebook page where you’ll find product info, recipes, and other tips from bloggers.

Chicken Caprese — Another Delicious 5-Ingredient (plus olive oil) Meal!

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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133 thoughts on “5 Ingredient Meals + $100 visa giftcard giveaway

  1. I’m all about keeping it Simply Smart in my kitchen, my rule is use as few ingredients as possible. I plan my meals by the grocery store sales ad’s and matching coupons. :)

    - Betsy Barnes

  2. I would like to say that I love the “keep it Simply Smart” concept in the kitchen an there are so many dishes that I cook an love “MELTS” catagory but, the Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis — A fantastic 5-Ingredient Meal! is what I love to do in the kitchen so I would like to say thank you for the site but, also to letting me enter the contest!

    Good Luck To All but, are health is already being looked after with now having “Gimme Some Oven”!!

    Tauna Watt

    - Tauna Watt

  3. Tweeted:
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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    - anash

  4. I do meal planning for every week so i get in and out of the kitchen! Thanks for a super giveaway!

    - anash

  5. I do the meal planning and the 30 minute meals.

    - maria cantu

  6. Meal planning saves time, money and storage space :)

    - Norma

  7. I make double batches of a few meals each month and freeze half so I can have a few nights where I just pull something out of the freezer and re-heat.

    - LAMusing

  8. One way I like to keep it simple is while I’m cooking dinner, I always clean up as I go. Once a food box/package is empty, throw it away. As soon as I’m done with a pot, pan, etc I wash it out and put it in the sink/dishwasher. By the time dinner is ready all I have left to do is clean up the counter top and stove

    - Stacey B

  9. blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2012/08/win-100-cookingcom-gc-from-blogher-823.html

    “I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for submitting this comment.”

    - Sarah L

  10. I redid the contents of my cupboards & drawers so that I have the things I use most closest to where I use them.
    Thanks for the contest.
    “I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for submitting this comment.”

    - Sarah L

  11. I’m obsessively organized so I make the most of my time in the kitchen by having everything organized, plan meals, do ahead/in bulk as much as possible and shop with a list at the grocery store.

    - ewhatley

  12. I plan dinners in the summer a week in advance so I’m not stressing out or rushing around at the last minute.

    - Amanda Sakovitz

  13. May be obvious but I keep my spices on two different lazy-Susans so that they are easy to find and quick to retrieve..no digging!

    - angie lilly

  14. I also try to do a ubnch of recipes based on the same ingredients.

    - cole

  15. I try to enlist everyone’s help in the kitchen. I also ask for input on what we’re having so I don’t get any grief about what I’m making. And if someone doesn’t want what I’m making, they can make their own meal. No sort order cooking here,
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

    - Carolsue

  16. i love that i use fresh veg in fruit

    - Erica Best

  17. I love this list! I keep things smart by actually having some basic pantry staples on hand to throw together a few different meals and by cooking a large batch of meat and freezing the rest for later.

    - Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  18. I like to keep it simply smart by pre-chopping basic ingredients like oinion, green pepper, jalapeno, and celery and keep them in the freezer in glad resealable containers. When making meals I can leave it out on the counter for about 10 minutes and then use a spoon to remove what I need. Then, I pop it back in the freezer until the next time. Saves on prep time and budget.

    I also tweeted the #sweepstakesentry. Find it at https://twitter.com/eknight74/status/237586640476971009

    I love your blog. Thanks.

    - Emily Knight

  19. Being organized in the kitchen is a great time saver for me. Menu planning then making a grocery list before shopping sets the foundation for organization. Planning on using left overs, especially meat also saves time and money.

    - Deb

  20. I keep it simple by using in season produce and adding other flavorful ingredients. This ups the flavor without a lot of extras.

    - Katie

  21. I like to plan a head the week before and have all the ingredients down

    - Rebecca Shockley

  22. I keep it simple by planning out meals for the week that are variations of each other. i.e. mostly chicken dishes, salads, ex. That way I only have to turn on the oven once a week to make a bunch of chicken at once. It’s a real lifesaver in the summer heat.

    - Devin

  23. I use my freezer all the time to keep ingredients for quick meals and leftovers or batch cooking.
    I need to investigate some of the ideas for 5 ingredient meals and more batch cooking recipes.

    - Betty C

  24. I make it simple by organizing like items together! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

    - Kelly Massman

  25. I like to make salads and fruit ahead of time and put them in plastic bags for easy to grab!

    - Stefanie Gladden

  26. I have always wanted to “keep it simply smart” in my kitchen by having a good, solid meal plan. For some reason I can never find the time to put together a list that makes sense, so when I go grocery shopping, I just buy whatever ingredients I can find that I think will make a few tasty, healthy meals. It would be so much easier on my pocketbook and our waistlines if I had a better plan.

    - Susan Foster O'Bryant

  27. I like to make recopies with simple ingredients, I put my most used tools and ingredients in the most accessible place. Thanks for the tips and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

    - sy

  28. The crock pot is my biggest time saver – love crock pot dinners!

    - Kerry

  29. i prep as much as i can beforehand

    - Karina Lee

  30. I always prep ahead and cook healthy vegan meals <3

    - Crystal

  31. That chicken caprese looks AMAZING. I keep my kitchen simple by menu planning and shopping on the weekends. Helps to mkae everything run smooth during the week!

    - Heather

  32. I try to make two meals at once, either doubling a recipe to freeze half or considering the leftovers the start of a new meal like making chicken salad after the meal is done, while doing the cleanup so you’ll have a meal for the next day all lined up.

    - April V.

  33. I cook ground meat and freeze it, then just defrost what I need for a quick spag or taco meal.

    - LinhC

  34. tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/230558996749250560

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    - Amy Tong

  35. I love your simple ingredients creation. I keep it simply smart in the kitchen by reusing food container for something else. Such as cleaning out the yogurt containers and taking them with us to the beach to build sand castle. The kids had so much fun. :) I also reuse my nuts container for homemade granola.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

    - Amy Tong

  36. Meal planning every week

    - Tina M

  37. I keep it simply smart by planning meals a week in advance — helps with grocery shopping and cooking! :)

    - Dee

  38. I keep it smart by having meals planned ahead of time and make sure I always have the ingredients!!!

    - Rebecca Shockley

  39. I keep it smart by meal planning for my whole week!

    - Lizzy

  40. i meal plan! i also try to plan meals that will use each other’s ingredients so i cut down on waste.

    - steph

  41. tweeted https://twitter.com/thismomwins/status/229297267499208705


    “I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for submitting this comment.”

    - Tiffany Winner

  42. i save time by buying pre-chopped onions since i use them all the time and hate cutting them anyway


    “I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for submitting this comment.”

    - Tiffany Winner

  43. I do weekly meal plan and pre-cook some ingredients during weekend.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

    - Jessie C.

  44. i tweeted about this giveaway!


    - Debbie B

  45. i keep it simply smart in the kitchen by using my crockpot a lot!

    - Debbie B

  46. I make sure I plan ahead so that I have all the ingredients on hand and prepared so dinner can happen in a jiffy!

    - Ashley K

  47. I cook large amounts and freeze meals to make it less stressful on me during the work week.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

    - Aubrey

  48. I menu-plan, and also prep ahead as much as I can.

    - Amy @ A Little Nosh

  49. I buy a large head of lettuce over the weekend and make a big salad every day before work! Hard-boiled eggs are a cheap and easy protein to keep on hand for salad.

    - Leah

  50. The best way for me to keep it simple in the kitchen, is to take it outside. I grill everything, and I do mean everything. Especially love grilled vegetables that I add to almost any meal. I happen to be a vegetarian, but my husband and children are full blown carnivores. Meat, veggies, starch, on the grill!

    - Laura

  51. love this topic! i am the queen of meal planning and leftovers–its the only way we eat well with such a busy schedule!

    - natalie@thesweetslife

  52. I make a menu plan at the beginning of the week so I have a game plan and don’t waste time trying to figure out what is for dinner everyday.

    - Ashley H

  53. I like to use seasonal ingredients and whatever we can grow in our garden.

    - Solducky

  54. I tweeted your giveaway

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  55. I always have basic ingredients for a salad on hand and add whatever is in the fridge or pantry
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  56. i cook 2 dinner meals each weekday good for the whole week except weekends. I microwave it and serve. I stress less.
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    - lala r

  57. This all sounds AMAZING! I definitely want to try some of the recipes. I keep it smart by using coupons, freezing as much as I can and using old family recipes to feed my family of 6 on one income while my boyfriend serves in the US military to proudly serve his Country.

    - Monica Young

  58. I try to keep it simple by keeping my meals simple.

    - Elisabeth

  59. It’s a struggle!

    - Mike T

  60. What an awesome giveaway! I like to have pesto around because you could make so many simple meals from one jar of homemade pesto!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  61. One of the easiest ways I keep it simple is to make an extra serving and freeze it for later. So that way I get two meals out of one time cooking.

    - ronda

  62. I’m big on having everything organized so that it’s place is established. No more hunting for where I put something! I also really love to meal plan and also freeze meals ahead when I have the space. Canning is another thing I make time for as it’s a big time and money saver in the long run

    - Meghan Finley

  63. i keep it simple on Fridays (our busiest day of the week) by keeping pizza dough in the freezer and then making some quick pizzas for dinner.

    - amy marantino

  64. I like to buy in bulk at Sam’s!

    - Casey

  65. It sounds silly but looking in the fridge at what I have helps me eat all the food in my fridge. There’s always something i’ve forgotten about

    - The Nomad

  66. I separate foods in my pantry by food type. IE dinners, dinner sides, can goods, breakfast foods, and snacks. I put the snacks on the highest shelf so that little hands cant get to them, lol

    - Stacey B

  67. make meals ahead of time and freeze!

    - Elaine

  68. I keep it simple by planning out meals a week ahead of time and sauteing fresh veggies with a little oil for dinner each night.

    - Amanda Sakovitz

  69. I like to make big batches of grains or veggies at once so that I can utilize them during the week for quick and easy meals!

    - Jamie

  70. During the warmer months especially lately We have fresh raw veggies and fruit for dinner with a sandwich. I go to the store and get things that work well together.

    - Maureen

  71. I cook a lot in big batches and freeze the food so I can easily heat up dinner each night

    - Jenny

  72. Every Sunday, I like to have a prep day (chopping veggies, marinating meats) so that homemade meals can make it in the table stress free during the week.

    - Carmen

  73. Awesome giveaway! My simple strategy for the kitchen is mise-en-place. I have a teeeeeeny tiny kitchen, and so if I’m trying to get all my ingredients out while also cooking, it gets totally crazy and frantic. I try to set out/prep as much as possible before I turn on the stove!

    - sara

  74. I keep it simple by cooking simple foods that do not take too much time, like pasta, hambugers etc.

    - Elena

  75. I like to BBQ chicken and steak on Sundays and then cut it into strips to top a salad, put in a wrap or quesadilla, etc. It gives me some easy meal options for the next few days!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  76. I keep it simply smart by using reusable containers and labels for items I keep in stock regularly.

    - Lauren Guilbeau

  77. Keeping it simple for me is making my own chicken/vegetable broth for use is so many dishes. I keep all of my scraps from veggies and chicken bones which with some seasoning makes a wonderful broth for cooking rice, potatoes or pasta.

    - Esther T.

  78. If we’re grilling some chicken, we just grill the whole bag. It freezes great and is ready later to slice or chop into soups, salads, quesadillas, burritos, whatever. And the grilling makes the chicken more flavorful. Gotta love those grill marks!

    - Ali's Mom

  79. I’m single, so I cook in large batches and freeze individual meals. Makes weeknight dinners a cinch!

    - Katie

  80. I freeze any leftover chopped onions or peppers in the freezer to save and use for another recipe later on. Saves time too!

    - Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

  81. I like to cook as much from scratch as I can-using as few of ingredients as I can. And I like to always have the necessities to quickly throw something together available in my pantry.

    - Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

  82. I keep it simple by prepping 1 large grain salad on Sunday, then scooping a portion out for lunch each day. I even keep the same container day-to-day! :)

    - JoAnn

  83. We are in the process of redoing our pantry….in order to try and make things simple in our kitchen. Since each shelf is too deep we’ve decided to cut them down in size so that items don’t get lost in the back. Hoping it helps.
    great give away.

    - The Food Hunter

  84. I keep it simple in two ways. I always plan out my meals for the week. I also like to cook meat ahead of time and freeze so it’s ready to go for those ten-minute lunches!

    - Laura Faust

  85. I tend to make huge batches of things and store in the fridge or freezer! Easy warm-up foods. :)

    - Angy

  86. I like to KISS it in the kitchen by planning meals that do not require copious amounts of chopping or cooking it time. I want to be able to come home from work, make dinner and eat within 30 minutes. If that means that I don’t have a lovely sauce on my chicken, so be it. I’d rather buy a fantastic piece of meat and let that flavor shine.

    - Kimberly @ Healthy Strides

  87. Having fewer ingredients saves me time in the grocery store and time in the kitchen! Keeping it simple helps me spend more time on things I love & with people I love!

    - Felicia

  88. I keep it simply smart by having sandwich ingredients and fresh fruits available. A sandwich with a side of fruit makes a quick and easy meal in the summer.

    - Kelly D

  89. I try to “keep it simply smart” by limiting my perishable grocery shopping in the summer to maybe three days worth. I pick a protein, a grain, and a fruit and veggie and try to combine it a few different ways for dinner, so there’s not much waste in the hot weather.

    - emily

  90. Almost all of my get-togethers are pot-luck. We agreed years ago that we don’t want any one person to have to do a ton of work – so everyone brings food so we can spend more time talking and the hostess isn’t too busy to join in.

    - susitravl

  91. I plan 4-5 meals at the beginning of each week, at least 2 of them are ‘pantry-only’, no special purchases needed. That allows us to have a homecooked meal every night but gives us flexibility if something fun comes up one evening, or we aren’t hungry and just whip up some smoothies for dinner.

    - kristin

  92. We keep it simple & smart by meal planning each week! This way, I can coordinate meals that might share similar ingredients and get the most out of my purchases! I can also make more intricate meals by planning it out and breaking up prep throughout the week/day!

    - Alecia @ Savings and Stewardship

  93. I keep it simple by using a lot of raw veggies, especially in the summer. A lot of salads with fresh tomatoes and spinach.

    - ladywild

  94. I recently reorganized our pantry using quart masons jars I have aquired through the years. Making finding a grain or bean much easier than my previous stainless steel canisters. My husband built me some great shelves to hold all my spices that makes finding them and brainstorming for a meal so much eaiser. Organization is my biggest key to success making smart simple meals.

    - Ashley

  95. I cook extra chicken or ground meat and freeze it to use on pizza, or omelettes or quesadillas to save time down the road!

    - Cindys Recipes

  96. I love that you included trifles as one of your meal options – I think we could be great friends ;) Great series!

    - Anna @ hiddenponies