This post may contain affiliate links
Holidays are full of fun and festivities! Food is everywhere along with friends and family. Keep it easy this season by utilizing these quick and simply party favorites!
Most of these recipes are under 5 ingredients and can easily be whipped together on any busy work night. Remember if a recipe calls for cooked chicken, guacamole, pesto, other dressings or salsa you can snag those at the grocery store too. It might cost you a bit more, but time is money and all these should come together quite quickly even if it takes an oven or crock pot, set it and forget it.
None of these recipes involve having to boil water for noodles, or frying. If an ingredient calls for bacon you can easily crisp that up in the microwave with minimal mess. These are quick to come together, with items that are readily available in all grocery stores. The key is to impress, without topping out your wallet…. or your frustration levels.
Salads with Quick Grab Ingredients
Marinated Tomatoes from Five Heart Home – Fresh herbs can be found next to the fresh dressing in most grocers. People go gaga over tomatoes.
Quick and Easy Slaw from Manila Spoon – This salad comes together quickly, especially if you use a bag of cole slaw. Great crunch and made with a dressing that surely everyone has in their cupboard. If you find you are ever missing ingredients try to improvise with a store bought dressing.
Cucumber Feta Salad by Mom Foodie – Big juicy feta chunks with fresh cucumber, this will certainly impress. I love all Mediterranean styled foods, this one is quick and carb free!
Apple Walnut Spinach Salad from Real Simple Good – I love fruit and nuts in a salad. This one is perfectly balanced to achieve maximum crunch, and chew.
Healthy Mexican Chickpea Salad from Isabel Eats – This fresh salad is creamy from the chickpeas and avocado. Crunchy onions give this one texture. An easy vegetarian treat.
Stuck on Sweet’s Caprese bites. 4 Ingredients a tooth picks is all you will need. Still elegant and take 2 minutes!
Apps like Ibotta will help you save big on groceries. With Ibotta you just snap a picture of your shopping receipt and match it with current deals available online. Get $10 just for signing up through The Rising Damsel, and redeem your first purchase by verifying an item from ANY of their stores. I’m obsessed with savings, but someone on my team has earned over $65 in the last week…. you can save real money with this one guys.
Easy to Transport Pinwheels
Let’s Dish Recipes Italian Pinwheels – Big flavor in a small package. These little italian subs are a healthier way to enjoy a classic.
Chicken Avocado Salad Roll ups From OMG Chocolate Desserts – These will be incredibly simple with some store made guac and pre-cooked chicken. Chop and spread and this will come together in a snap.
Easy Turkey Pinwheels Dalya’s Taste of Home – Turkey, Tomato and lettuce that’s about as easy as it gets and they definitely have a holiday appeal to them don’t they?
Reuben Roll up From Spend with Pennies – I loooooove reubens. If you don’t want to turn on your oven, feel free to wrap this up in a tortilla.
Colorful Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels from Dinner at the Zoo – These pretty pinwheels will get everyone’s attention. A veggie option is all the more cherished in this day and age.
Ready to change your life and take your financial future into your own hands? Starting a blog is the best way to grab that freedom. Run your own advertisements, sign up for affiliate networks and start pulling in money doing what you love. Use my guide to take the mystery out of WordPress and Bluehost. Start Your Own Blog with Bluehost. The only thing to regret is not starting sooner.
Slow Cooker Meatballs from The Cincy Shopper – These come together easily and you can easily find most of the ingredients in your cupboards. *Caution* you might want to make extra. I have seen a person try to hoard these meatballs in party cups to bring them home for later. They are that good.
The best honey garlic little smoky recipe from Family Fresh Meals – These things are so ridiculously poppable. Set up some toothpicks and watch them fly.
Noshtastic’s Pineapple Sausage – A pineapple sausage combo will please almost everyone. This is easy to toss together and delicious! If you wanted to be extra fancy you could grill the pineapple for a caramely kick.
Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa Bites from The Life Jolie – 3 ingredients… chop and drop at it’s finest. These bites are perfectly poppable.
Crockpot Cranberry Orange Meatballs from Coorec – Sweet and savoury! These beauties cook easily and with 4 main ingredients it’s a breeze.
Beer Cheese from Fox and Briar – Everyone needs a boozy kick at a holiday party ;). Bonus it comes with a soft pretzel recipe if you find more time I definitely recommend it.
5 Ingredient Cheesy Pesto Dip from Crazy for Crust – PESTO. I adore pesto. I want to eat the whole jar, this allows me to share the yumminess with everyone.
5 Ingredient White Queso Dip from The Baking Fairy – Zippy ingredients and a silky creamy queso dip?
Smoky Bacon Cheeseball from The Recipe Critic – Skip the processed monstrosity that you can snag at the grocery store. This recipe comes together in minutes. Microwave that bacon in the microwave and this take no time at all.
3 Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip from Mom Endeavors – Throw this together in a matter of minutes. All the ingredients are cheap and the recipe is no fail!
4 Ingredient Pinecone Holiday Cheeseball from BellaLimento – This classic recipe is crunchy from the almonds and savoury thanks to the rosemary.
Interested in some lifestyle tips? You’ll love these!
Lemon Dump Cake 3 Ingredients from DIY Thrill – I only recently discovered lemon curd in a can. If you haven’t experienced it yet, don’t delay. It will turn any lemon dessert into something extra!
Cherry Dump Cake From the Country Cook – Only 4 ingredients for this cherry dump cake.
Peach Cobbler from 6 Sister’s Stuff – Another snappy 4 ingredients to create something everyone will enjoy.
Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Dump Cake From Dinners Dishes and Desserts – Only 4 ingredients for this chocolate dream.
Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cake from Oh Bite It – I love the drippiness decadence of this picture. I can’t believe it only needs 4 ingredients!
Store bought 2 bite brownie bite Christmas Tree Ornament from Heart and Thrift – These are so cute and you can decorate however you want!
Funfetti Cake Batter Dip from The Chunky Chef – This crowd pleasing dip is so cute, I love that she paired it with animal crackers. It’s perfect for a baby shower too.
Fluffy Smore’s Dip from Homemade Hooplah – I love Smore’s! Marshmallows are a love hate thing. As a result expect to be loved by some and shunned by others. That’s totally ok more for you!
6 Ingredient Pineapple Fluff from The Country Cook – If you haven’t had pineapple and whip cream you are absolutely missing out. This ambrosia style salad rounds the tart pineapple perfectly with the marshmallows and cream. YUM!
Mom On Timeout has gorgeous and easy Ambrosia Salad if you’re looking for more of a classic recipe.
Eggless Dippable Cookie Dough Recipe from Betty Crocker – This hits the heart strings of most party goers. You might want to save some for yourself.
These grapes are so easy! I’m positive any topping would be delicious but the nuts used in Fantastic Family Favorites’ Caramel grape recipe adds salt to a sweet treat. Yum!
I hope to have inspired you to take a look around the grocery store when you are possibly obligated to a party. You can really whip up something quite special and unique with less than 5 ingredients as we just proved.
Be the person that shows up with the best every time!
What’s your go to recipe when you don’t want to cook?
These recipes are a breeze to slap together, no excuse to be shunned from parties for your lack of contribution!
Want to live happier? Check out these other posts to get you there!
- 100 Money Saving Ways to Keep that Jingle in Your Pocket
- Live a Happier Life- Tips Inspired from Abroad
- Make Money and Improve Your Life While You Commute
Find me on Pinterest. You can also subscribe for future free printables, and exclusive content using the ‘Subscribe’ button in the right column. Be sure and pin this article if you found it inspirational you never know who you could be helping. Much love till next time! Thanks for reading.