5 Recipes, 5 Ingredients: Easy Dinner Ideas

Beef ‘n’ Rice Enchiladas This colorful Mexican treat tickles the taste buds with only five ingredients. Total prep time: 45

Beef ‘n’ Rice Enchiladas

This colorful Mexican treat tickles the taste buds with only five ingredients.

Total prep time: 45 minutes or less.

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  • 1 package (6.8 oz. ) Spanish rice and vermicelli mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans (10 oz. each) enchilada sauce, divided

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  • [ingredients-right]10 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 4 cups (16 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Prepare rice mix according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in Spanish rice and 1 1/4 cups enchilada sauce. Spoon about 2/3 cup beef mixture down the center of each tortilla. Top each with 1/3 cup cheese; roll up.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Place in an ungreased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Makes 10 enchiladas.[/step-item]

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Flavorful Fish Fillets

This irresistibly fun and nutritious meal can be enjoyed by both young and old.

Total Prep Time: 25 minutes.

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  • 1 package (10 oz.) frozen pastry shells
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 package (9 oz.) frozen diced cooked chicken, thawed

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  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 3/4 cup milk

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Bake pastry shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, combine the soup, chicken, vegetables, and milk. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until bubbly. Cut the top off each pastry shell; fill with chicken mixture. Replace tops. Serves 3.[/step-item]

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Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Flavorful Fish Fillets

An impressive dish that is both delicious and easy to prepare.

Prep/Total Time: 15 minutes.

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  • 1 package (18.7 oz.) frozen breaded fish fillets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce

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  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a large skillet, cook fish in oil for 4 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden brown. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the spaghetti sauce and horseradish; cook until heated through. Spoon over fish; sprinkle with cheese. Cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serves 4 to 5.[/step-item]

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Grilled Salmon Steaks

These flame-broiled steaks are rich in both nutrients and taste. Sprinkle the grill coals with rosemary for additional flavor.

Total Prep Time: 30 minutes or less

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  • 1 tablespoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

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  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 6 salmon steaks (6 oz.each)

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a bowl, combine sage, pepper, lemon juice, and oil. Brush over both sides of salmon steaks. Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Place salmon on grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn; grill 7-9 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Makes 6 steaks.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

Cheesy Potato Casserole

This ultimate comfort food will quickly become a household favorite.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

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  • 6 medium potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) French onion dip
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) small-curd cottage cheese

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  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash potatoes. Stir in the onion dip, cottage cheese, salt, and pepper.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Transfer to a greased shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serves 4 to 6.[/step-item]

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