12 Fast and Fresh Dinner Recipes with 10 ingredients or Fewer

You'll love the complex flavors in these simple and delicious meals.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want to make a complicated dinner. Recipes with too many ingredients usually require an extra trip to the grocery store to pick up one thing or another. In my search for fast and fresh dinner recipes with 10 ingredients or fewer, I had a realization. Sometimes simple is best! These recipes really allow the flavors to shine since they don’t have a laundry list of ingredients to hide behind.

You’ll save yourself a ton of time by not chopping a dozen different vegetables, but you’ll still get all your nutrients with these fast and fresh dinner recipes. And, since most of these recipes use the slow cooker, the Instant Pot, or are ready in 30 minutes or fewer, you won’t have to spend all night cooking. Dinner will be ready to eat when you are! So skip the take-out or overly processed frozen meals and whip up one of these incredible dinner recipes

1. Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

The only thing better than fast and fresh dinner recipes that have 10 ingredients or fewer? A recipe that uses the slow cooker! This dinner is not only easy to throw together, but it’s hands-off since it cooks in your crock-pot. And, since this recipe clocks in at 9 ingredients, we have an extra one to spare so you can serve it over rice or quinoa.

2. Restaurant-Style Chicken Fried Rice

Once you realize it only takes 8 common ingredients to make chicken fried rice, you may never order take-out again! Our skinny version of fried rice uses healthy brown rice and frozen vegetables, so you’ll always have them on hand. The other great thing about this recipe? Once the rice is cooked, it only takes 15 minutes of cook time until this dish is ready to plate.

3. Clean Eating Chicken Salad

I love having chicken salad around because it makes a quick-and-easy topping for lunch or dinner. Whether you’re rolling it in a whole-wheat wrap or eating it on a bed of greens, it always makes a quick and satisfying meal. Our healthy version of a classic chicken salad uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo, so you’ll get all the creamy goodness without the excess fat.

4. Mediterranean Couscous Cakes

Mediterranean Couscous Cakes | A Healthy & Delicious Mediterranean Recipe

This recipe is a quick and easy way to use up leftover couscous (or, a good excuse to start cooking up this North African grain). These cakes are reminiscent of crab cakes, except they’re significantly less expensive and filled with nutrient-dense ingredients, like spinach. And, they only take 10 minutes to cook!

5. Southwest Chicken Casserole with Black Beans Recipe

Not including the optional green onion garnish, this flavorful casserole has exactly 10 ingredients. Casseroles are a perfect way to transform fresh ingredients into a filling meal. This meal takes little to no prep time and totally qualifies as a one-pan meal, so it will be as easy to clean up as it is to cook.

6. 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This is one of my favorite fast and fresh dinner recipes. It has only five required ingredients, and you can make it in the Instant Pot, so it’s ready after only 5 minutes of pressurized cook time. This is the perfect recipe to make when you’re looking for a skinny version of a comfort classic.

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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