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Five Ingredients or Less

Five Ingredients or Less

Healthy does not always have to be complicated or more expensive. Actually, if you take a look at one of your frozen or take out’s meals ingredients you would believe me when I say that you would not even be able to pronounce half of the things on that list. These five ingredients (or less) recipes will be a god send for you and your wallet too! Below I have an easy and delicious recipe for breakfast, snack/lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast

Avocado and Egg

This recipe came from giverecipe.com. It is really simple all you need is an avocado and an egg, you really don’t even need a plate with this one! You can add whatever you’d like on top, salt, pepper, hot sauce, just to name a few suggestions. All you need to do is separate the eggs whites from the yolk. Next you scoop out a little hole in the avocado and put the egg whites in its place, cook those for 5-10 minutes until they have set to your liking. Then place the yolk on top and cook for 2-3 more minutes. You can do this in the oven, but it is also easy to do in a pan with a lid on the stove. Just place a little olive oil in the pan before you begin to cook them. Beautifully simple breakfast that will wow whoever you prepare it for.

Snack/ Lunch
Caprese Salad

Super quick but a delicious snack or even a lunch for the summertime found on cookinglight.com. The main ingredients are olive oil, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, basil, and then salt and pepper for taste. All the prep that is needed to create this recipe is to cut the tomatoes (3 cups in halves) with ⅛ of a tablespoon of kosher salt into a bowl. Let this sit for about five or so minutes then just add ½ cups of fresh basil leaves, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, ½ a teaspoon of black pepper, ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt, and then 1 oz. of mozzarella to the bowl. Just toss and then it is ready to enjoy!

Dinner
Chicken Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This recipe is from eatingwell.com and is a lighter option for all of those pasta lovers out there. The ingredients needed for this dinner are a spaghetti squash halved, 2 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 ¼ cups red enchilada sauce, 1 medium zucchini diced, and 1 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese. To create this recipe first preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place chicken in a pan and cover it with water, bring to a boil then let it simmer until the chicken reads 165 degrees F, should take about 10-15 minutes. When that is done shred the chicken with a fork and knife. During this you should have your spaghetti squash halves places in the oven at 400 degrees for 40-50 minutes until it is tender. When that is ready use a fork to scrape the spaghetti squash out and place it in a bow with 1 cup of the enchilada sauce, ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper, and the zucchini. Mix all with the chicken and spaghetti squash and the rest of the sauce and the cheese, then divide it evenly between the halves. Bake this on the lower rack in the 450 degree oven for 10 minutes then move to the upper rack for about 2 minutes.

Cooking doesn’t always have to be complicated or a huge hassle. It can take just a few ingredients to make a delicious healthy meal. Enjoy these recipes and be on the lookout for more in the future as well!



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