Healthy Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Less

Apr 8 2016
In Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry, we give you the kinds of recipes you need: 100+ gluten-free, 50+ ready in 30 minutes or less... Plus, dozens of recipes you can make with just five ingredients (or less)! If you like those, bookmark this page now. These recipes make mealtime SO much easier...

Apple-Berry Yogurt Bowl

Entire recipe: 264 calories, 6.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 59mg sodium, 37.5g carbs, 8g fiber, 26g sugars, 16.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. Take delicious ingredients, toss 'em in a bowl, and devour. We've got Greek yogurt for protein, fruit for fiber, nuts for healthy fats, and chocolate for... well, chocolate! We love this combination, but experiment with your favorite flavors.

Cheesy Veggie-Boosted B-fast Sandwich

Entire recipe: 228 calories, 4g total fat (2g sat fat), 764mg sodium, 26.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 22g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

It's almost too easy to whip up this tasty morning meal. Just microwave some egg whites or egg substitute with veggies, place on a flat bun, and top with cheese. Excellent! This breakfast sandwich is a twist of a very popular HG recipe with only 2 ingredients: our Egg Mug Classic.

Tuna Quinoa Bowl

Entire recipe: 307 calories, 3.5g fat (0g sat fat), 542mg sodium, 44.5g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 25g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

Quinoa has finally shed its health-nuts-only reputation. It's tasty and full of nutrients, but it is pretty calorie dense, which is why we bulk ours up with lots of veggies. And who doesn't want to invite some delicious lean protein along for the ride? Get in the bowl, tuna...

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken

1/2 of recipe (1 stuffed chicken breast): 216 calories, 6.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 406mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0.5g fiber, <0.5g sugars, 35.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3*

This is one of those recipes that looks fancier than it is -- anytime you roll up goodies in a chicken breast, that meal just looks so schmancy! It packs some serious flavor (thanks, feta) and some major nutrition (way to go, spinach). Only four main ingredients; feel free to add a heaping side of your favorite veggie!

Sesame-Ginger Pork 'n Veggies

1/4th of recipe (about 4 oz. pork and 1 cup veggies): 258 calories, 5.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 523mg sodium, 19g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 34g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

Pork gets overlooked from time to time, especially when one is watching their diet. People forget that tenderloin is super lean! And when marinated, seared, and baked, it turns out incredibly moist and flavorful. No joke: This may very well be our best pork recipe ever, and it's shockingly easy to make.

Zucchini Marinara Pasta Swap

Entire recipe: 117 calories, 3.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 388mg sodium, 17g carbs, 4g fiber, 12g sugars, 7g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3*

For anyone looking to dip a toe into the world of veggie noodles, this is the ultimate training-wheels recipe. You don't even need a spiralizer; an ordinary veggie peeler will do. Shave off strips of zucchini, give it a quick toss in a skillet, and top with marinara and Parm. (Click to see a quick demo.) Consider your carby pasta cravings crushed. HG tip: Add your protein of choice as a fourth ingredient; shrimp and chicken breast are our top picks.

Balsamic Honey Salmon 'n Veggies

Entire recipe: 332 calories, 9.5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 379mg sodium, 35.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 30g sugars, 26g protein -- SmartPoints® value 10*

Yay for salmon! It delivers those good-for-you fats and loads of protein. A simple honey-balsamic glaze makes that flavor pop for almost no effort. And this one bakes up in a foil pack too? Yup! So set it up, sit back, and wait for dinner to be ready without hovering over the stove.

Naked Chicken & Eggplant Parm

1/4th of pan (one 4" X 4" piece): 350 calories, 12g total fat (5.5g sat fat), 814mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 45.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

This recipe is so delicious and satisfying, you'll wonder why anyone would fry up conventional versions! Just bake some chicken and eggplant, and layer 'em up with sauce and cheese. A no-nonsense recipe with major comfort-food appeal.
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