109 Of The Best Cheap 5 Ingredient (Or Less) Recipes

Last Updated on 14th July 2020 by Emma

When money is tight and time is at a premium there is nothing better than having some fast easy recipes with few ingredients that you can rustle up without thinking.

Your food budget is the one area you can cut, cut and cut some more when times are hard.

But to do so successfully you need to be able to cook cheap meals.

And 5 ingredient or less recipes are your budget savior.

Because the less ingredients you need to buy, the cheaper you can potentially get your meals.

I am not a confident cook so 5 ingredient meals are my favorite meals.

They are invariably fast easy recipes with few ingredients – some of my favorite tasty ones only have 3 ingredients!

There’s much less chance of me making a mistake or getting confused when there are only 5 ingredients or so.

And they invariably are so simple to make that even I can make them.

I’ve collated this list of 5 ingredient or less meals for you because having a go to list makes your life just that bit easier doesn’t it?

Whether you want 5 ingredient chicken recipes or 5 ingredient vegetarian recipes or you hankering after that taste of home, 5 ingredient recipes have got you covered.

I’ve even got you some 3 ingredient recipes for dinner if that is your jam.

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Why You Need Fast Easy Recipes With Few Ingredients

5 ingredient or less dinner recipes are the perfect tool for you to use when you are trying to eat on a budget.

Many of them use ingredients from your store cupboard so you don’t need to be buying many of the ingredients.

And crucially, recipes with few ingredients are easy to make such that you can prepare them at the end of a long day and perhaps even with one eye shut.

Although best to keep both eyes open when you have a sharp knife in your hand.

I am a great believer is keeping things simple.

Simple recipes often invoke the taste of home, of a time when you couldn’t buy veggies out of season or the more exotic ingredients we can take for granted these days.

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What do you eat with limited ingredients?

Keep it simple. 5 ingredient or less recipes are what you need when you have limited ingredients. Use what you have and don’t buy more.

What can I make with ingredients in my fridge?

The ingredients in your fridge lend themselves to either a nice mixed stir fry or why not make a warming and delicious soup with them?

What can I make with no food?

You can’t magic meals out of no food whatsoever but if you’ve got noodles then you’ve got a meal.

If you’ve got tinned tomatoes then you’ve got a 2 ingredient meal.

With a can of tuna you’ve got a yummy 3 ingredient meal.

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27 Yummy 5 Ingredient Recipes Chicken

Chicken is one of the cheapest meats you can buy so these 5 ingredient recipes for chicken are going to really help your budget and give you some great ideas for tea tonight.

And I love that there are so many 3 ingredient recipes too - 9 in fact. Perfect for those of us who get nervous around ingredients.

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37 Gorgeous 5 Ingredient Recipes Vegetarian

Being vegetarian doesn't mean you cannot have a choice of easy main dish recipes with few ingredients. 5 ingredient recipes for vegetarians are perfect when you are on a budget. And you don't need to be vegetarian, just willing to have a meatless meal or two. Your bank balance will thank you.

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23 different 5 Ingredient Meat Recipes

Chicken might be your favorite go to budget meat but that doesn't mean you can't have a cheap and cheerful meaty meal made from 5 ingredients or less that isn't chicken.

There are even a few 3 ingredient recipes that could be perfect when you don't have much in or time to prepare dinner.

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22 Delicious 5 Ingredient or Less Dessert Recipes (and Snacks)

Sometimes you don't want a full dinner you just crave a simple yummy dessert or perhaps a quick savory snack instead. Just because you want a snack doesn't mean you can't make one with 5 ingredients or less.

These snack recipes have got you covered whenever you feel the urge for something light or sweet.

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Fast, Easy Meals On a Budget

You really cannot get much simpler than 5 or less ingredient recipes can you?

They are fast easy recipes with few ingredients, perfect for those days before your next paycheck arrives and you really can’t afford to buy any more groceries.

Don’t give in to the feeling that you need to go buy more groceries, these recipes have your back.

Top Tip – Subscribe to the 7 day Grocery Budget Bootcamp and learn how to take back control of your spending on groceries in just a week!

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About Emma

I'm here to help you become confident in making the best money decisions for you and your family. Frugal living has changed my life, let me help you change yours.

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