5 Ingredient Meals + $100 visa giftcard giveaway

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

  1. i cook 2 dinner meals each weekday good for the whole week except weekends. I microwave it and serve. I stress less.
    amramazon280 at yahoo dot com

  2. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/228111574861246464

  3. 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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  4. I tweeted your giveaway

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/228597245895901184

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

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

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

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

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

  15. i tweeted about this giveaway!


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

  17. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/229078551880687616

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

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

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

  21. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/229304266806919168

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

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

  24. tweet

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

  26. tweeted https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/229709153919176704

  27. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/230059946199367680

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  29. Meal planning every week

  30. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/230459399360094208

  31. 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

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

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

  34. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/231458676802736130

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

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

  38. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/232911240366796800

  39. i prep as much as i can beforehand

  40. https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/233324813547089920

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

  42. 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

  43. tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/234467858300665858
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  44. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/234782310271160320

  45. 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.

  46. Tweeted ~ https://twitter.com/susanaudrey/status/234807665421864961

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

  48. tweeted – https://twitter.com/luvx14/status/234811796400254978

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

  50. 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.