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Five-Ingredient Dinners Go From Everyday to Holiday


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Dress them up, or dress them down—these dishes do double duty for either a holiday or weeknight meal.

We all have our go-to recipes that are easy, foolproof crowd-pleasers. Now you’ll have even more. These recipes use only 5 ingredients—doesn’t get much simpler than that—for weeknight family dinners. But I’ll also show you how a simple presentation tweak, garnish, or an extra ingredient or two can dress ‘em up for Yom Tov.  (And no, salt, pepper, oil, water, and cooking spray don’t count as ingredients.)  I promise these will become part of your tried & true recipe inventory, and now they’ll do double duty as everyday or holiday dishes.

Honey-Sesame Glazed Chicken

Honey-Sesame Glazed Chicken

Did you ever think a dish this beautiful could be so super easy?

Honey Baked Salmon

Honey Baked Salmon on a Cedar Plank

The table presentation gets even prettier when you serve the whole side of salmon on a cedar plank, and garnish it with roasted lemons. Soak cedar plank in water for 1 hour before baking.

Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

From a hearty weekday meal to an elegant starter. This turkey can multi-task!

Instead of rolling the meat into balls, deconstruct your meatballs, and serve the filling in beautiful Boston lettuce cups.


Chicken and Veggie Skewers

Chicken and Veggie Skewers

Look for long, thick-branched rosemary sprigs to use as elegant skewers and to add a touch of extra flavor to your dish. Pull off most of the rosemary leaves to save for another use, leaving the herbs at the top of the skewer intact.

Thai Pesto Noodles

Thai Pesto Noodles

Add vibrant colors that will really pop off the fragrant green pesto pasta.


Don’t miss my Simanim Filled Menu for Rosh Hashanah.

Originally printed in the Rosh Hashanah 2011 issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller.

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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




3 Responses to Five-Ingredient Dinners Go From Everyday to Holiday

  1. I usually find that the best, tastiest recipes are the simplest ones that let you actually taste everything instead of confusing your tastebuds. I’ve made the chicken and (similar) salmon recipe and they are delicious as well as simple.

  2. avatar says: Ali

    The honey sesame glazed chicken looks out of this world!

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