Healthy 5-Ingredient Dinner Recipes

Who wants to spend hours in the grocery store? With these supersimple recipes, you can prep a tasty dish quickly. All have five ingredients or fewer (salt, pepper, cooking spray, and oil are freebies).


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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Shallots
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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Shallots

    Ingredients: shallots, chicken breast, zucchini, parsley

    So simple but so delicious, this bistro-style dish is great for a special dinner. Great protein without a high-fat payoff? Yes, please!

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Peppered Steaks with Asiago Cheese

    Ingredients: tenderloin steaks, beef broth, mushrooms, Asiago cheese

    On-hand ingredients: pepper, olive oil

    Pepper provides the main seasoning for steak; the add-ins include mushrooms simmered in shaved Asiago cheese.

3/25
Roasted Pork with Apples

    Ingredients: sage, pork tenderloin, red onion, cooking apples, apple juice

    On-hand ingredients: salt, pepper, canola oil

    Savory pork and so-sweet apples combine for a traditional taste that never wears out its welcome. Even discriminating diners will enjoy this luscious dish.

4/25
Asian Grilled Tuna

    Ingredients: rice vinegar, minced shallot, fresh ginger, tuna steaks, sugar

    On-hand ingredients: canola oil, salt

    A zippy marinade made from sugar and vinegar-laden spices adds loads of flavor to heart-healthy tuna steaks. Finish it off for less than 300 calories per steak.

5/25
Chipotle Baby Back Ribs

    Ingredients: pork loin back ribs, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, cornstarch

    On-hand ingredient: water

    Great-tasting ribs with just five ingredients? Chipotle chiles make it happen -- they lend a nice balance of sweet and hot flavors to this meaty favorite.

6/25
Mushroom Plum Chicken Skewers

    Ingredients: chicken breast, mushrooms, green onions, plums, balsamic vinegar

    On-hand ingredients: canola oil, pepper

    Thread the fresh ingredients on a skewer, brush on vinegar and oil, and lay on the grill for 12 to 15 minutes. Sound easy? It is, and it's only 122 calories per lip-smacking kabob.

7/25
Spinach-Apricot Salad

    Ingredients: spinach, dried apricots, garlic, balsamic vinegar, slivered almonds

    On-hand ingredients: olive oil, salt, pepper

    The surprise of dried apricots will tickle your tongue in this not-so-traditional take on fruit-and-spinach salad. Bonus: You can enjoy it for just 91 calories.

8/25
Pasta with Garden Veggies

    Ingredients: penne pasta, crumbled cheese, tomatoes, yellow pepper, chopped leafy greens

    On-hand ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper

    Opt for whole grain pasta for an extra nutritional boost in this quick-fix vegetarian dinner with just five fresh ingredients.

9/25
Grilled Pork and Pineapple

    Ingredients: top loin pork chops, pineapple, orange marmalade, plain yogurt, roasted cashews

    On-hand ingredients: salt, pepper

    These couldn't-be-cheaper pork chops (about $2.41 per serving) get their tang from fruit and fruit-flavored marmalade.

10/25
Apple-Glazed Turkey

    Ingredients: turkey breast tenderloin, lemon juice, dried sage leaves, apple jelly, lemon

    On-hand ingredients: Olive oil, seasoned salt

    In this under-20-minute dinner, you'll love the boost the turkey gets from lemon and sage, while the apple jelly provides a subtly sweet finish.

11/25
Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Raspberry Salsa

    Ingredients: salmon fillets, barbecue sauce, nectarines, raspberries, toasted pecans

    On-hand ingredients: salt, pepper

    Grilled salmon topped with our special-recipe raspberry salsa (it only requires four ingredients) makes for a delightfully light and easy dinner.

12/25
Chicken with Orzo

    Ingredients: whole wheat orzo pasta, lemon, shredded spinach leaves, roasted chicken

    Deli-roasted chicken makes this recipe extra easy; whole wheat orzo and spinach make it extra good for you.

13/25
Salmon Potato Scramble

    Ingredients: salmon fillets, Old Bay seasoning, new potatoes, eggs, green pepper

    On-hand ingredients: olive oil, water, salt, pepper

    This quick-fix recipe combines heart-healthy salmon with a breakfast favorite -- scrambled eggs -- for a quirky, tasty dinner.

    Tip: Instead of prepping the fresh new potatoes, buy a 20-ounce refrigerated package of red potato wedges.

14/25
Eggs and Canadian Bacon in Pita Pockets

    Ingredients: refrigerated egg product, Canadian-style bacon, green onion, whole wheat pita bread

    On-hand ingredients: water, salt, nonstick cooking spray

    A delightful mixture of eggs, green onion, and savory bacon tucked in pita breads makes for a heart-healthy sandwich that's surprisingly light on fat and calories.

15/25
Garlic-Basil Halibut

    Ingredients: halibut steaks, basil, butter, garlic

    On-hand ingredients: salt, pepper

    A tasty glaze made from basil, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper tops these lean halibut steaks for a 241-calorie delightful dinner.

16/25
Salmon and Asparagus

    Ingredients: asparagus, salmon fillets, lemon peel, parsley

    On-hand ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper

    Sizzling salmon at a high temperature results in an incredibly moist taste highlighted by the burst of lemon. With asparagus on the side, you have a true dynamic duo.

17/25
Gingered Chutney Chicken

    Ingredients: mango chutney, chili sauce, tapioca, ground ginger, chicken thighs

    Chutney, a spicy condiment that originated in the East Indies, provides the major flavor in these saucy chicken thighs. The surprise ingredient? Tapioca, which gives the dish some sweetness.

18/25
Asparagus Basil Soup

    Ingredients: asparagus, vegetable broth, frozen hash browns, soymilk, fresh basil

    On-hand ingredients: water, salt, pepper

    Here's a treat: a creamy soup that's actually good for you! Set aside 30 minutes and shop for five ingredients to make this 119-calorie comfort food.

19/25
Grilled Fish Tacos

    Ingredients: cod fillets, lemon juice, chili powder, ground cumin, flour tortillas

    On-hand ingredients: olive oil, salt, pepper

    Grilled fish packs lots of flavor into these tacos while keeping down the fat and calories. Grill 'em in 4 minutes flat.

20/25
Spinach and Feta Omelet

    Ingredients: refrigerated egg product, mushrooms, onion, spinach, feta cheese

    On-hand ingredients: salt, pepper, nonstick cooking spray, olive oil

    This Mediterranean-style omelet is ideal for a leisurely weekday breakfast or dinner. You can enjoy it for less than 200 calories and very little cholesterol.

21/25
All-Wrapped-Up Salad

    Ingredients: Whole grain tortillas, shredded romaine, avocado, cucumber, Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers

    Toss together a salad featuring Mexican favorites such as spicy cheese and avocado, then wrap it up to-go style in a whole grain tortilla to get your veggie servings on the run.

22/25
Northwest Roasted Halibut

    Ingredients: halibut fillets, margarine, chopped hazelnuts, frozen mixed berries

    On-hand ingredient: nonstick cooking spray, sugar

    This sweet and delicious sauce may be heated or not -- either way, you'll love the addition of blended frozen mixed berries on top of your roasted halibut fillet.

23/25
Garlic Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

    Ingredients: garlic, rosemary, roasting chicken, sweet potatoes, onion

    On-hand ingredients: olive oil, salt, pepper

    Whole garlic gloves become mellow and buttery-soft when they're roasted with a whole chicken. Reserve just 25 minutes for prep work and 1-1/2 hours for roasting for this dinner for five.

24/25
Salmon in Parchment

    Ingredients: salmon fillets, fresh mint, dill, lemon, capers

    On-hand ingredients: olive oil, pepper

    Tear off some parchment paper, place fish in the middle, then top with the other ingredients in this simple dinner that's light on calories and cleanup!

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