5-Ingredient Dinners for Busy Weeknights

Let’s be honest: Nobody wants to pull out a long recipe in the middle of a crazy week. Whether you’re coming home stressed from work or sweaty from the gym, the key to healthy eating success is keeping it super simple. So don’t overthink it! Just grab a handful of fresh ingredients, and round them out with a few pantry staples. You can put on a pot of brown rice or quinoa while you’re hopping in the shower and slipping into sweatpants. Slap a lean protein, like salmon, chicken breasts, or flank steak, straight into a skillet. And of course, don’t hold back on the colorful veggies, whether it’s easier to slide a sheet pan into the oven or drop dark greens directly into your pasta.   

These healthy dinner ideas call for five ingredients or fewer so you can get something delicious on the table, stat. Please note: olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs and spices don’t count, because you should always have those items on hand.  

Healthy recipe for 5-ingredient quinoa bowls
Quinoa Bowls with Eggs & Avocado

Healthy recipe for 5-ingredient seared salmon
Seared Salmon with Wild Rice & Baby Broccoli

Healthy recipe for 5-ingredient crispy chicken
Crispy Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans

Healthy recipe for 5-ingredient steak fajitas
Skillet Steak Fajitas with Sweet Peppers & Onions

Healthy recipe for 5-ingredient pork chops
Pork Chops with Root Veggies & Garlicky Kale

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  • I have read Hummus and blended Edamame are substitutes. However, I have not used them in recipes to replace the avocados.

  • I’m disappointed that there’s not one vegan suggestion – just one vegetarian option? Fitbit should suggest healthy options – right? So swap out the egg for fried tofu in the quinoa bowl (note: quinoa already contains complete protein profile – so no need for a ‘protein’ there)

    Ditch the red meat in the fajitas and substitute refried black beans or soy curls (by Butler). Same for the veggies and kale: tofu-steaks fried with nutritional yeast (nootch!) or just edamame would be delicious, healthier.

    You can do healthier folks – and simultaneously reduce your carbon and cruelty footprints! 🙂

  • Becky- my wife & l were stationed in San Francisco at the Presidio from 1985 thru 1987 & we loved it- we hated leaving there & made a lot of friends

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  • Great ideas! I use most of these items. Hadn’t considered fajita meat. I can purchase pre cooked from the grocer and that would fit right in.
    Shirley

  • It is unfortunate that these meals all include animal protein. Although I openly admit that I am not vegan, I do practice the healthiest diet possible which is based on plant based whole foods. As a former chef and current nutrition and lifestyle consultant, I would be happy to offer healthy recipes that meet any fitness enthusiast’s nutritional needs.

  • I am a vegetarian and was quite dismayed to read that ALL of your recipes were not suitable for vegetarians or vegans. This is quite disappointing as I got really excited when I realised that I could access this! My excitement was soon deflated! Please would you be able to remember those of us who cannot face eating meat at all! Thank you!

  • None of these recipes work for me as I’m vegan. I can make vegan versions of the protein sources mentioned but that doesn’t work for a quick weeknight meal. There is no health need for animal protein, BTW.

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