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14 Simple & Healthy Recipes For Busy People (with Just 6 Ingredients + Salt!)

Yes, we all can appreciate the convenience of a quick recipe, assembled from the things we already have in our pantry. Things like pasta tossed with pesto and edamame, or pizza made from a lump of storebought dough, spread with BBQ sauce and leftover chicken. Or quick grain salads with quinoa and lemon, or couscous and pecans. When we talk about quick cooking, we mean recipes like these, recipes that are so simple they show us how we can improvise and use what we have in fresh ways.


Here are 14 recipes from our Six Ingredients (and Salt) series. Each of these recipes has just six ingredients, plus salt, of course, and they span breakfast, dinner, side dishes, and dessert. Come find something quick and fresh to cook tonight.
  1. Pesto Pasta with Lemon, Spinach, Edamame and Toasted Almonds – A simple pasta that relies on good pesto and toothsome little bites of edamame.
  2. Sautéed Salmon with Cilantro Vinaigrette over Couscous – Simple salmon with vibrant flavors over fluffy couscous. 
  3. Sausage Pizza, Topped with Crispy Kale - A simple pizza with handfuls of greens on top. 
  4. BBQ Chicken Pizza with Caramelized Onions – Another pizza, and a great one for using up leftover chicken. 
  5. Oregon Summer Panino – A beautiful little sandwich, a fresh weeknight option.
  1. Shirred Eggs with Toast Soldiers – A simple, classic breakfast. 
  2. Artichoke, Kale & Ricotta Pie – A quick baked egg dish that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  1. Sherry-Garlic Soup with Smoked Paprika – A quick, smoky soup, deeply flavorful. 
  2. Summer Corn Salad – A wonderful salad for summer. 
  3. Red Potato Salad with Scallions and Radishes – A fresher, lighter sort of potato salad. 
  4. Black Bean and Heirloom Tomato Quinoa with Lemon Dressing – A fresh, tangy grain salad. 
  5. Pearl Couscous with Mint and Pecans – Pearl couscous, pecans, herb — a lovely vegetarian side dish.
  1. Poached Rhubarb Royale – Got rhubarb? Here’s how to use it up! 
  2. Duck-Egg Sponge Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries – An incredibly simple sponge cake, made with just duck eggs, flour, and sugar.
What’s your favorite short, quick recipe?
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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn, and a cookbook author. Her latest is a celebration of all things pudding: Bakeless Sweets: Pudding, Panna Cotta, Fluff, Icebox Cake & More No-Bake Desserts. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike. 

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