New Cookbook “Five-Ingredient Dinners” is a Winner

Wednesday 29th, September 2021 / 11:14 Written by
New Cookbook “Five-Ingredient Dinners” is a Winner

New Cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen is a Cookbook for Your Real Life and Busy Days

This new cookbook, Five-Ingredient Dinners from America’s Test Kitchen, is one you will thank me for. When I saw the title of this book, I knew I needed to give it a try. Some days it seems like I don’t even have time to heat water. So making a good meal using only five ingredients sounds simple enough, right? There is most likely at least one recipe in this book that calls for ingredients I already have on hand. And there was!

The Beef, Tomatillo, and White Bean Stew was just what I was looking for. A Fall recipe which happened to have everything I needed. (See recipe below). We absolutely loved the meal and it was so easy to make. My next recipe to try will be the Almost-Instant Ginger Beef Ramen. I am betting most of you have what you need for this one and it is sure to please the whole family.

We’ve all had those busy days (and weeks) when putting together a meal feels nearly impossible. Takeout can seem tempting on those nights, but you shouldn’t have to resort to spending even more on food. Five-Ingredient Dinners, the newest cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen is here to save the day. With meals that taste like they took hours to make developed by our test cooks in their own homes, every recipe uses common ingredients in uncommon ways for cooking that’s as efficient as it is delicious.

When they say “five ingredients” they mean it. The only exceptions—what they call their “staples”—are salt, pepper, oil, and butter (these are separated from the other ingredients on recipe pages for at-a-glance reference). Each recipe is introduced by a test cook or editor for a peek into the recipe creation process with tales from their own home kitchens. Their surprising tricks and techniques add up to spectacular flavor (you’ll love how they use a store-bought ingredient in multiple ways within a recipe). Leftover ingredients won’t go to waste; you’ll incorporate all usable parts, even ones you might usually toss!

Whether you like, chicken, meat, seafood, noodles, meatless or even grilling, this cookbook will have a chapter for you. And to round out your meal, they have a chapter on easy recipes for grains, rice, salad and more.

This hard cover cookbook has 280 pages of great recipes all with beautiful full color photos to choose from. I love seeing how the actual dish should look when finished. The book also contains Nutritional information for the recipes, conversions and equivalents charts and an index to help you find things quickly.

With Five-Ingredient Dinners, you get 100+ fast, flavorful meals from America’s Test Kitchen so you can be the hero of the dinner table. The family will thank you!

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Beef, Tomatillo, and White Bean Stew

Recipe courtesy: Five ingredient Dinners 100+ Fast, Flavorful Meals, America’s Test Kitchen August 17, 2021

Serves 4 to 6 Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes


2 lbs blade steak, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

4 teaspoons ground cumin

2 cups jarred tomatillo salsa, divided

2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, undrained

1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided

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Pat steak dry with paper towels and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add steak and cook until beginning to brown, 6 to 10 minutes. Stir in cumin and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir in 1 1/2 cups salsa and 2 cups water, scraping up any browned bits, and bring to boil. Cover and simmer vigorously for 20 minutes, adjusting heat as needed and stirring occasionally. Stir in beans with their liquid and simmer uncovered until meat is tender and stew is thickened, 25 to 35 minutes. (If stew begins to stick to bottom of pot or looks too thick, stir in extra water.)

Off heat, stir in 1/2 cup cilantro and remaining 1/2 cup salsa. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle individual portions with remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro. Serve.

**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review, but not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.

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