Although this is the first year I’ve followed a theme for Vegan MoFo, last year I did test the theme waters a bit with a series of “Flashback Fridays” where, each Friday, I highlighted an older recipe on this site. As this is the last Friday of the Vegan Month of Food — hard to believe! — I thought I would do a quick flashback of a few [non-Vegan MoFo 2013] recipes on this site that just happen to be made with five (or fewer!) ingredients.
Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Cups. When the fourth season of Arrested Development was released this past May, I whipped up a big batch of Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Cups, inspired by the Bluth Family Banana Stand. The fourth season was sorely disappointing, but these cups were the silver lining. They’re one of my favorite treats on this site!
Cinnamon-Sprinkled Roasted Butternut Squash. Butternut squash is great roasted with just a little oil, salt and pepper — it comes out tender, sweet and slightly nutty. Mix in a little cinnamon and cumin (just a small tweak, I know) to add some extra “fall” flavor to your meal.
Lemon Icebox Pie. As you know, I adore any and all things lemon. This icebox pie is a veganized version of one of my favorite desserts from my childhood.
Hot Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas. Spice up your snack life! How can you go wrong with chickpeas…or Sriracha? Roasted chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks, and I love ‘em with a healthy dose of heat.
Ultimate Kale Salad. We love this salad! Skip the almonds and go straight to the super quick version for a five-ingredient salad that comes together in about three minutes. Experiment with the ingredients — lately we’ve been enjoying it with the addition of lime juice, a tiny bit of agave or maple syrup and sunflower seeds.
Pear Honey Jam. About this time a year ago, we were picking pears at an organic farm. When I returned home I accidentally overcooked the bee-free pear honey I was attempting to make; but like the first ever batch of ganache, it was far from a loss! I ended up with pear honey jam and I think I get way more use out of the jam than I would the honey.
And a few others…
Chipotle Mayo. Two ingredients are all it takes to spice up any sandwich and take it to another level.
Cinnamon & Orange Infused Apple Cider. Apple cider simmered with cinnamon, oranges and a sweet secret ingredient. It makes for wonderfully cozy treat on a cool fall evening!
Mom & Dad’s Spaghetti Sauce. Its hard to beat the recipes you grew up eating. This is my parents’ super saucy spaghetti sauce, sans the meatballs (feel free to add in some bean balls or crumbles if you’d like).
Cranberry & Walnut Sauce. Thanksgiving will be here in a flash. Skip the weird, canned cranberry sauce and make your own. Cranberry sauces can be hit or miss for me, but this rich one strikes the perfect balance of tangy and sweet.
What are some of your favorite five-ingredient recipes?