Forget fancy fridges and overflowing pantries! This list is bursting with 11 fun and unexpected recipes, each using just 5 ingredients. From tropical twists on classic favorites to air-fried delights, we’ve got sweet treats, savory snacks, and easy weeknight dinners.

Zucchini chips without breading made in the air fryer in a bowl on a wooden plate.
Air Fryer Zucchini Chips. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Bucatini Cacio e Pepe

Bucatini cacio e pepe in a bowl with a gold fork and a pepper mill off to the side.
Bucatini Cacio e Pepe. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This classic Italian dish is surprisingly simple and budget-friendly. Using just 5 ingredients, you can create a creamy and decadent pasta experience with the help of Pecorino Romano cheese and starchy pasta water.
Get the Recipe: Bucatini Cacio e Pepe

Roasted Squash Seeds

Roasted squash seeds in a white bowl with a spoon.
Roasted Squash Seeds. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Ditch the store-bought snacks and roast your own delicious squash seeds. This easy recipe uses simple seasonings to create a crispy and addictive fall treat.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Squash Seeds

Creamy Peach Pops

Creamy peach popsicles on a plate.
Creamy Peach Pops. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These creamy peach popsicles are a delightful summertime treat. Made with only 5 ingredients, including ripe peaches and coconut milk, they’re a delicious and refreshing way to beat the heat.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Peach Pops

Buffalo Turkey Cauliflower Skillet

White skillet with buffalo ground turkey and cauliflower rice with a wooden spoon.
Buffalo Turkey Cauliflower Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This skillet dinner is a lifesaver! With just 4 ingredients, you can have a healthy and flavorful meal on the table in a flash. Plus, it’s perfect for meal prepping for busy weeks.
Get the Recipe: Buffalo Turkey Cauliflower Skillet

Chocolate Covered Oranges

Chocolate covered orange slices on a plate.
Chocolate Covered Oranges. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these easy chocolate covered oranges. This classic combination takes just minutes to prepare, making it a delightful dessert or winter snack.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Covered Oranges

Air Fryer Maple Cinnamon Apple Chips

Air fryer apple chips on a plate.
Air Fryer Maple Cinnamon Apple Chips. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Skip greasy potato chips and whip up these healthy apple chips in minutes using your air fryer. Toasted with maple syrup and cinnamon, they’re a satisfying sweet treat.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Maple Cinnamon Apple Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Zucchini chips without breading made in the air fryer in a bowl on a wooden plate.
Air Fryer Zucchini Chips. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Craving a crispy, guilt-free snack? Look no further than these air fryer zucchini chips. Flavored with garlic and ready in no time, they’re a delicious addition to any meal or perfect for on-the-go munching.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

A mango pineapple smoothie on a table next to a slice of pineapple.
Mango Pineapple Smoothie. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Transport yourself to the tropics with this refreshing mango pineapple smoothie. Made with only 3 ingredients and ready in minutes, it’s a quick and healthy pick-me-up.
Get the Recipe: Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Pesto Couscous

A bowl of pesto couscous with tomatoes and basil.
Pesto Couscous. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Elevate your couscous game with this simple 5-ingredient side dish. Packed with flavor from pesto, it pairs perfectly with meat, seafood, or even enjoyed on its own.
Get the Recipe: Pesto Couscous

Pesto Salmon

Pesto Salmon. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Skip the takeout and whip up this easy pesto salmon in under 25 minutes. Packed with flavor and healthy ingredients, it’s the perfect weeknight dinner solution.
Get the Recipe: Pesto Salmon

Pineapple Guacamole

Pineapple guacamole in a metal bowl topped with crushed pineapple.
Pineapple Guacamole. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Give your guac a fruity twist with this 5-ingredient recipe. Pineapple adds a touch of sweetness and sunshine, making it the perfect dip for parties or a quick snack.
Get the Recipe: Pineapple Guacamole

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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