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Five-Ingredient Recipes From Top California Food Bloggers

Create new family favorites by following these easy five-ingredient recipes from food bloggers across the Golden State.

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December 01, 2020

Looking to make a delicious meal but don't want to put in too much effort? You're in luck. Five ingredients are all it takes to produce a delectable, fuss-free masterpiece. From lemon-infused roast chicken and tomato hatch chile to simple scones and frosted cookies, you can make it all quickly and easily thanks to the creatives in the California food community. Whether you can already chop onions like a pro or need to take online cooking classes to hone your skills, you can create new family-favorite meals by following these simple five-ingredient recipes.

Easy Soup Recipes With Few Ingredients

As the temperatures drop, soothing soups become a staple on every dinner table. If you're looking for a savory and easy soup recipe, look no further than the tomato hatch chile soup from A Cozy Kitchen, a fun food and lifestyle blog founded in Los Angeles. This dish will warm you up in no time.

Savor a bowl of this tomato hatch chile soup on a chilly day—the comforting soup will warm you up in no time.

Tomato Hatch Chile Soup

Servings: 4

Ingredients

3 ½ pounds Roma tomatoes, halved 

2 hatch chiles, halved and ends trimmed with seeds removed

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 

¼ yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped 

3 garlic cloves

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Five-INGREDIENT (VEGAN) CHILI

The five-ingredient chili recipe by Sweet Simple Vegan is the perfect hearty weeknight dinner. Only requiring one pot, five ingredients, and 30 minutes of your time—this quick and easy recipe is excuse-proof. Oh, and did we mention it’s vegan? Doesn’t get better than this.

Servings: 8

Ingredients

1 yellow onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

4 cans fire-roasted tomatoes

3 cans tri-blend beans (drained and rinsed)

2 tablespoons chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Easy Chicken Breast Recipe With Few Ingredients

California Olive Ranch is one of the best olive oil producers in the Golden State and knows how to make its liquid gold shine in recipes. For a delectable lemon-zest chicken—an amazing five-ingredient meal—with high-quality extra virgin olive oil (of course), California Olive Ranch has you covered. Pair this delicious chicken dish with a festive holiday drink and impress everyone around the table.

For an easy yet delectable dinner, make this lemon-infused roasted chicken using California produce and olive oil.

Lemony Roast Chicken

Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 (3 ½-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces

½ cup California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil 

½ cup fresh rosemary leaves 

10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

¼ cup fresh lemon juice 

1 lemon, peel removed and pulp chopped

Easy Cookie Recipe With Few Ingredients

From easy fall desserts to festive Christmas cookies, no celebration is complete without something sweet. Since we're all about easy cookie recipes with few ingredients right now, we love this recipe by Meggan Hill, the mastermind behind Culinary Hill. While her frosted cookies have slightly more than five ingredients, you likely already have most (if not all) of them on hand already. Happy baking!

Get the kids in on the action in the kitchen by making frosted cookies together.

Easy Frosted Cookie Recipe

Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 

1 cup granulated sugar 

2 large egg yolks 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

⅓ cup milk

Frosting of your choice

Light and creamy, this cheesecake is what dreams are made of. Photo courtesy of I Heart Naptime.

Five-INGREDIENT NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE

This five-ingredient no-bake cheesecake recipe from I Heart Naptime is as easy as cheesecake gets. Smooth, creamy, and extremely decadent—whipping up this easy recipe requires no previous baking experience whatsoever. This cheesecake not only tastes impeccable but will also be the prettiest addition to your after-dinner dessert table.

Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

⅓ cup sugar

¾ cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 9-inch prepared graham cracker crust

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, optional

LESS THAN FIVE-INGREDIENT EASY DESSERT RECIPES

These delicious coconut macaroons are yummy, tempting, and effortless.

THREE-INGREDIENT COCONUT MACAROONS

This easy-peasy recipe by Just a Taste requires even less than five ingredients but tastes like it’s packing a hundred more. You’ll whip up this fast easy recipe with few ingredients in less than 30 minutes and make another batch after you devour it all in another 30. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Servings: 40 macaroons

Ingredients

1 14-ounce bag of sweetened coconut flakes

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Satisfy your sweet tooth first thing in the morning with only three ingredients.

THREE-INGREDIENT EASY CHIA PUDDING RECIPE

Healthy, easy, and delicious? Where can we sign up? Make this simple recipe from Say Yes the night before and enjoy it as a perfectly healthy to-go snack before work. After letting it chill overnight, add your desired toppings to the pudding and enjoy.

Servings: 2 mason jars

Ingredients

1 can coconut milk

¼ cup chia seeds

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla, optional

COMFORTING Five-INGREDIENT MEALS TO COOK NEXT

There's nothing like coming home to freshly baked potatoes au gratin.

POTATOES AU GRATIN 

Easy, warm, and unbelievably tasty—this creamy five-ingredient recipe by White on Rice Couple is what a comforting weeknight dinner is all about. The perfect balance of crispy and velvety textures in the dish makes going for a second round seem inevitable.

Servings: 12

Ingredients

4 pounds potatoes

2½ cups heavy cream

2 cloves garlic

Seasoning

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

11½ tablespoons salt

2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper

Who wouldn't want to make finger-lickin' good sweet and sour chicken wings?

SWEET AND SPICY FOUR INGREDIENT CHICKEN WINGS

The Little Kitchen is the mastermind behind this extra yummy five-ingredient meal. Sweet, spicy, and extremely filling—we love everything about this easy chicken recipe. Whether you’re making it for a party or a cozy night in, you’ll definitely impress even the pickiest eater around the table.

Servings: 12–15 wings

Ingredients

1½–2 chicken wings and drums (or boneless wings)

½ stick (¼ cup) salted butter

2 tablespoons sriracha hot sauce

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons marmalade

Who would have thought that hummus is the key to making the best vegan pasta? Photo courtesy of Detoxinista.

EASY VEGAN PASTA

When we think of comforting meals, pasta automatically comes to mind. This five-ingredient recipe from Detoxinista is unbelievably easy and makes for a perfect quick dinner. It also has an unexpected addition—hummus. You probably already have all the ingredients you need in your pantry. Spend 30 minutes whipping this recipe up and you'll have a perfectly healthy comforting meal.

Servings: 6

Ingredients

1 pound pasta

1 25-ounce jar of marinara sauce

1 pound assorted vegetables of your choice

¼ cup hummus

Salt and pepper to taste

Hungry for more? Read on to incorporate these healthy holiday recipes into this season’s festivities.

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