There are always times that we just have the essentials on hand and that's when our cookbook, 5 Ingredients or Less, comes in handy! It's a collection of our simplest and most delicious recipes and they're easy on your wallet too, since they have half the ingredients!
This week, we're sharing 6 recipes from this bestselling cookbook for our latest Menu of the Week and we hope you'll enjoy mixing & matching all week long.
Cheese Bread Bites
Thanks to Nola Laflin of Coral Springs, Florida, who shared this family-favorite recipe with us. She writes, "I like simple and easy make-ahead recipes. This is a favorite of my grandchildren and family. When they tell me when they’re flying into Florida, I start making and storing these right away!"
1 loaf French bread, crusts trimmed
1 c. butter
1/2 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed
2 3-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Cube bread; set aside. Melt butter and cheeses in a double boiler over low heat, stirring often. Remove from heat; fold in egg whites. Dip bread cubes into cheese mixture; set on greased baking sheets. Place in freezer until frozen; remove from baking sheets and store in plastic zipping bags in the freezer. To serve, bake frozen bites at 400 degrees for 12 minutes on greased baking sheets. Serves 8 to 10.
Easy Gumbo Meatballs
Shared with us by Brenda Flowers of Olney, Illinois, this recipe is a potluck favorite...keep these warm in the slow cooker after baking!
2 lbs. ground beef
4 slices bread, crumbled
3/4 c. evaporated milk
10-3/4 oz. can chicken gumbo soup
10-1/2 oz. can French onion soup
Combine first 3 ingredients together; form into one-inch balls. Arrange in an ungreased 13"x9" baking pan; pour soups on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours. Serves 6.
This dish is great in the summertime or anytime and you can enjoy it either hot or cold! Denise Guarni of Medford, New Jersey shared this recipe with us and says that she likes to take it along to picnics and potlucks...everyone loves it!
1-1/2 c. sourdough cheese croutons, crushed
1-1/2 c. honey mustard salad dressing, divided
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
2 T. orange juice
Spread crushed croutons on wax paper; set aside. Spoon half the dressing into a shallow bowl; set aside. Dip chicken in dressing; coat in croutons. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet; bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until juices are clear when chicken is pierced with a fork. Combine remaining dressing and orange juice in a microwave-safe bowl; heat for 30 seconds on high. Stir and serve as a dipping sauce for the chicken strips. Serves 4.
Ham & Potato Pie
This hearty recipes was shared by Rachel Keller of Provo, Utah. She writes, "This is a favorite recipe my husband shared with me from his time living in Argentina."
2 9-inch pie crusts
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced
1/2 c. cooked ham, cubed
1/2 c. cheese, cubed
4 to 5 eggs, beaten
Arrange one pie crust in an ungreased 9" pie pan; set aside. Boil potatoes in water until tender; drain. Spread into pie crust; add ham and cheese. Pour eggs on top; cover with remaining crust. Pinch crusts together; vent top crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Serves 8.
Spring Spinach Sauté
This delicious vegetarian dish was shared with us by Beth Childers of Urbana, Ohio...her family enjoys it alongside pork chops!
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. olive oil
1 bunch spinach leaves
1/2 c. feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 c. slivered almonds
Sauté garlic in olive oil until golden; add spinach leaves, stirring until crisp-tender. Add feta cheese and almonds; heat through. Serves 4.
Caramel Fudge Cake
Victoria Alzza of South Amboy, New Jersey shared this recipe with us...try it with a buttery yellow cake mix too!
18-1/4 oz. pkg. chocolate cake mix
1/2 c. margarine
14-oz. pkg. caramels, unwrapped
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 c. chopped pecans
Prepare cake according to package directions; pour 2 cups of batter into a greased 13"x9" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes; set aside. In a saucepan, melt margarine and caramels; remove from heat. Add milk; stir well. Pour over cake; spread remaining cake batter over caramel mixture. Sprinkle with pecans; bake for an additional 30 minutes. Cool before serving. Makes 15 servings.
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