Healthy 4-Ingredient Recipes: Tuna Quinoa, Buffalo Ranch Meatloaf

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Midweek cooking is the bane of hardworking humans everywhere. No sweat -- each of these lunch or dinner dishes requires only four ingredients (plus basic seasonings). Easy peasy!

Hungry Girl's Tuna Quinoa Bowl
Tuna Quinoa Bowl

Entire recipe: 307 calories, 3.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 542mg sodium, 44.5g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 25g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints
® value 6*
Blue Plan (Freestyle
) SmartPoints® value 6*
Purple Plan SmartPoints
® value 2*

The pre-seasoned tuna is a great shortcut and makes this recipe SO delicious!

5 minutes
15 minutes

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
1 cup asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
One 2.6-oz. pouch StarKist Tuna Creations Sweet & Spicy
Seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes (optional)

In a small pot, combine quinoa with 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.

Cover and cook for 12 minutes, or until water has been absorbed and quinoa is fully cooked.

Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add asparagus and 1 tbsp. water. Cover and cook for 2 minutes, or until partially softened. Uncover, and add bell pepper. Cook and stir until water has evaporated and veggies have softened and lightly browned, about 4 more minutes.

Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl, and season with a dash of each seasoning. Add veggies and tuna, and mix well. Serve warm or chilled.


Hungry Girl's Buffalo Ranch Meatloaf
Buffalo Ranch Meatloaf

1/5th of meatloaf: 162 calories, 5g total fat (2g sat fat), 570mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0.5g sugars, 25g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 3*
Blue Plan (Freestyle
) SmartPoints® value 3*
Purple Plan SmartPoints
® value 3*

A comfort-food classic with the flavor of a beloved party snack? We hear your family asking for seconds already...

10 minutes
50 minutes

1 1/4 lbs. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less), or HG Alternative
1/4 cup egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute 
(like Egg Beaters Original)
2 tbsp. ranch dressing/dip seasoning mix
2 tbsp. Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper sauce
Seasonings: garlic powder, black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray. 

In a large bowl, combine beef, egg whites/substitute, ranch mix, 1 tbsp. hot sauce, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Mix thoroughly.

Transfer mixture to the loaf pan, and smooth out the surface. Bake until cooked through, about 50 minutes.

Just before slicing, top with remaining 1 tbsp. hot sauce.


HG Alternative: If made with lean ground turkey (7% fat or less) instead of extra-lean beef, each serving will have 177 calories, 7.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 590mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0.5g sugars, and 24g protein (SmartPoints® values*: 4 on Green Plan, 4 on Blue Plan, 4 on Purple Plan).



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