3 fantastic meals with 5 ingredients or fewer! (no, salt and pepper don’t count)

Running low on groceries? Don’t feel like doing a ton of meal prep? We’ve got you covered with a breakfast, lunch, and dinner option you can make with 5 ingredients or fewer!

 

pancake-640874_1920BREAKFAST: Delicious Banana Pancakes

Did we say pancakes? Yes. Yes we did.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (very ripe)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients using a blender or mash with fork until blended.
  2. Coat a pan with a very thin layer of coconut oil, and place pan on medium heat
  3. Pour a small amount of batter. (Helpful hint: Bananas do NOT have the same consistency as a normal pancake, so keep your pancakes small. They’ll be easier to flip!)
  4. Cook on both sides until golden brown.

 

LUNCH: Quinoa Power Bowlquinoa-1243591_1920

This option is GREAT for those days when you’re short on time. If you don’t like something on this list then substitute it for something you love! Creativity can help you mix and match to create something amazing and nutritious.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ Avocado, Sliced
  • ½ cup cooked black beans, washed and drained
  • 2 cups spinach (raw or lightly steamed)
  • 1 tomato, diced

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into one awesome bowl. Season to taste.
  2. Grab a fork. Prepare your body for all that powerful nutrition it’s going to receive.
  3. Enjoy!


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DINNER: Crockpot Stew

Set this up in the morning before you head off to work – return home 8 hours later, and behold you have a stunning, delicious stew. Slow cooker recipes are great to freeze, since they generate multiple portions.

 

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. broth (beef, chicken or vegetable, depending on preference
  • 1 large sweet potato OR 1 large yellow potato, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
  • 1 can of any bean of choice (white, black, navy, kidney, etc.)

 

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in your slow cooker, stir to combine.
  2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours
  3. Season to taste.

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Veggie Tower of Power: Start Your Morning Off Well!

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Breakfast really is a meal of great importance! I like to start my way with a large glass of water to get things waking up and moving! But after that, a breakfast packed with protein and veggies! Yum! Here’s a great one from one of my favorite food blogs: My New Roots.

And why not personalize it with veggies that will help with your needs? Find out which ones can help you here!

Quinoa Hash

This is one of my favorite things to make for breakfast. I’m one of those recipes-are-just-guidelines kind of cooks, so you’ll see that I’ll often ask you to experiment to find what tastes best to you. I created this recipe when trying to find more interesting ways to work whole grains into my breakfast besides oatmeal. (I’ll add a picture of the actual recipe soon!)

Cook Time: 5-7 minutes!               Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Quinoa*
  • 1/2 cup of your Favorite Veggies (I often use broccoli, spinach, tomato, onion and/or shitake mushrooms)
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt, Pepper, & Spices
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Preparation:

  • Chop veggies
  • Cook on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the 2 Eggs and scramble
  • Add pre-cooked Quinoa from your Cooking Day! while egg is just starting to turn white, but is still liquid
  • Mix and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Add a pinch of salt, pepper and what ever spices make you happy! (I often use turmeric, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme, and/or Mrs.Dash)

The egg will cause everything to adhere a bit, and you can often shape it pretty well if you want to make it something interesting for a child (like a heart or a star) – and for most young children, you could use half of this recipe.

I love this recipe especially because you can switch it up so easily by changing the veggies and spices that you use.

After you try it, let me know what you think!

*You can now find Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) at most grocery stores in the grain section close to bags of rice. If not, it will be available at your health food store, Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, or you can buy it here
on Amazon. You can also use another grain with this recipe such as brown rice or buckwheat, I just prefer quinoa. The taste is much milder and the texture/consistency works well with the egg.

Enjoy!