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What’s for Dinner?

Dear Readers, after many weeks of takeout, tacos and random stir fry’s, I (Wei)  finally found myself searching for easy dinner ideas. Lo and behold I found that the Down Home archives also contain many recipes under its “What’s for Dinner?” section. Today I have a couple of favorite recipes that I have found useful this week, and beneath that is a popular post from last year –  Dinners with minimal ingredients!

  • Creamy Tortellini Soup: Sausages, tortellini and kale
  • Ramen Noodle Soup: ramen, pork bones, broth (disclaimer: I own the Slow Cooker recipe book, sub whatever meat I have in the fridge and also get fresh ramen from a local Asian market)
  • Teriyaki Salmon: salmon, homemade teriyaki sauce and garnishes (you didn’t hear it from me but Soy Vey also works really well as a marinade)

Today we have compiled for you a handful of recipes that only require a handful of ingredients. Many of these are even easy enough for our perpetually hungry kids to make. So put them to work! You’ll find the title of the recipe, a list of the ingredients required, and a link to the full recipe. Bon Appetit!


BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Chicken, BBQ Sauce, & Sweet Potatoes.

Taco Lime Grilled Chicken: Chicken, Limes, & Taco Seasoning.

Easy Chili: Ground Meat, Chili Beans, & Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles.

Cajun Dijon Grilled Pork Tenderloin: Pork Tenderloin, an Orange, Cajon/Creole Seasoning, & Dijon Mustard.

Oven-Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Garlic: Beef Chuck Roast, Can of Whole Tomatoes, & Garlic.

Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach: Gnocchi, Cooked Sausage, & Spinach.

Fast Fish Tacos: Tilapia, Sour Cream, Salsa, Tortillas, & Cabbage.

Honey Garlic Salmon: Salmon, Butter, Garlic, Honey, Soy Sauce, Lemon, & Seasonings.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: Boston Butt Pork Roast, Root Beer, & Vinegar Based BBQ sauce.

Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups: Pizza Dough, Deli Ham, & Mozzarella Cheese.

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken: Chicken, Lemon, Garlic, & Herbs.

Vegan Black Bean Burgers: Black Beans, Ground Flaxseed, Zucchini or Carrots, Chili Powder, & Salt.

Mexican Quinoa: Quinoa, Black Beans, Frozen Corn, Cumin, & Salsa.

Coconut Curry: Coconut Milk, Red Curry Paste, Broccoli, Chickpeas, & Cornstarch.

Chickpea and Rosemary Baked Frittata: Eggs, Parmesan Cheese, Chickpeas, & Rosemary.

Vegetable Fried Brown Rice: Brown Rice, Eggs, Frozen Mixed Veggies, Soy Sauce, Cooking Oil.

Quinoa with Onion and Peas: Quinoa, Onion, Peas, Walnuts, Olive Oil.


Flourless Peanut Butter Mug Cake: Peanut Butter, Sugar, & Eggs.

Coconut Oil Chocolate Bars: Cocoa Powder, Coconut Oil, Honey or Maple Syrup, & Vanilla.

Mom’s Fried Apples: Apples, Butter, Sugar, & Cinnamon.

Lemon Bars: Lemons, Flour, Eggs, Powdered Sugar, & Butter.

3 Ingredient Brownies: Banana, Cocoa Powder, Peanut or Almond Butter.

Homemade Lara Bars: Dates, Nuts, & Other Ingredients Depending on Flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites: Oat Flour, Maple Syrup, Coconut Oil, Vanilla, & Chocolate Chips.

Berry Cobbler: Frozen Berries, Cake Mix, Oats, Walnuts, & Butter.

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If you have enjoyed these, and would like more, please comment in the comments section so we can include more easy, seasonal recipes in the future!

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