5 Ingredient Dinners

June 23, 2016


Dinnertime is nuts in my house.  My husband and I are getting home from work, famished kids are demanding food, and a cute but feisty baby is making his presence (and hunger) known in the high chair.  Dinner must be simple.  99% of the time, there is no recipe in place – we do a little thing called “winging it”.  And it works out beautifully. 


The most important part of this “winging it” dinner strategy is to ensure that a fiber (carb), a fat, and a protein source are all in place.  The rest is cake.  Here are three 5-ingredient dinner ideas that are super simple and vary in cuisine:



  1. Ground Turkey (protein, fat)

  2. Kalamata Olives (fat)

  3. Marinated Artichoke Hearts (fiber)

  4. Sauteed Spinach (fiber)

  5. Feta Cheese (fat, protein)

Prep:  Cook ground turkey in a large saucepan, add spinach leaves to wilt. Remove from heat and stir in artichoke hearts, olives and feta.  Boom!



  1. Shrimp (protein)

  2. Cabbage (fiber)

  3. Black Beans (fiber, protein)

  4. Guacamole (fat)

  5. Salsa (fiber)

Prep:  Cook shrimp, then add beans to warm.  Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy!



  1. Explore Asian Edamame Pasta (fiber, protein)

  2. Pesto (fat)

  3. Walnuts (fat, protein)

  4. Grated Parmesan  (fat)

  5. Sautéed Kale (fiber)

Prep:  Cook pasta, drain, and return to pot.  Add kale to wilt (or sauté separately while pasta is cooking).  Remove from heat and stir in pesto, walnuts, and parmesan cheese. 


If you don’t have time to prepare every component of the meal from scratch, don’t fret.  There are a lot of great store-bought sauces/dressings available, just be sure to double-check all ingredient lists to make sure you are ok with everything in there.    Also take advantage of pre-washed, pre-chopped vegetables that save a good amount time.  It’s better to spend an extra buck and use those than no veggies at all!  

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