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2 dishes, 5 ingredients each

When utilizing fresh ingredients I find it is best to keep them simple.  This will allow the true flavors of the ingredients to shine in your meal.  I opened the refrigerator tonight to find it still full of fresh vegetables from our Monday pickup from Farmer Dave.  After a snack of whole wheat crackers and fresh guacamole, I decided that 2 small dishes would suffice for dinner tonight.  Enjoy these simple recipes, each has 5 ingredients or less.

Soup and salad dinner, 5 ingredients each

Caramelized leek and onion soup

This soup has the flavor of a French onion soup, and while the total cook time is about an hour, there is very little work involved.

  • 1 leek, cleaned and sliced into half moons (just the white and green, not the leaves)
  • 2 small onions
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock

Heat a stockpot over low heat and add the onions and leeks.  After 2 minutes of sautéing, add the butter and allow to melt.  Stir and cook the onions and leeks in the butter for 30 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to season.  Add the sugar and cook for 10 minutes.  Pour in the stock and cook for another 15 minutes.  Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Radish and snap pea salad

The acid from the lemon breaks down the radishes and peas slightly.

  • 1/2 a pound of snap peas, trim off the ends
  • 2 radishes, sliced thin on a box grated or mandolin
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Place the snap peas and radishes in a bowl.  Add the lemon zest, juice, olive oil and toss with the peas and radishes.  Season with salt and pepper.

Do you have any 5 ingredient meals to share?  I am not trying to step on Claire Robinson’s (I am a fan of 5 Ingredient Fix on Food Network) feet here, but who doesn’t like a meal that uses less than a handful of ingredients?


One comment on “2 dishes, 5 ingredients each

  1. Jenn
    November 10, 2011

    I made the soup tonight and it was simple and delicious. I added a splash of white wine and then broiled the finished product with a bit of french bread and slice of jarlsberg cheese – perfection 🙂

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