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.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.