These Healthy 15-Minute Meals Only Need 5 Ingredients

When it comes to eating healthy, a few images always come to mind: salads, smoothie bowls, steamed vegetables… and more salads. You might think that eating healthy limits you into a repetitive menu, but that’s really not the case.

In fact, to prove that eating healthy can be fun, here are 5 recipes that you can make with only 5 ingredients. Yes, 5 ingredients! When you scroll down to the recipes you will see more than 5 ingredients, but here’s the fine print: most of these ingredients are pantry staples and aren’t the main ingredients of the dish. You can always adjust the ingredients according to what you have available. But essentially, these are 5-ingredient meals you can make in 15 minutes.

 

Chicken with Broccolini and Mustard Dressing

You’ll need: 

  • 1 handful Broccolini
  • 2 x Chicken Thighs
  • 1 x Eggs
  • 1 x Lemon
  • 1tsp Mustard

From the pantry:

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Over medium heat, place chicken thighs skin side down. Season with salt and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook each side for 10 minutes. Flip and cover with a lid. Continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate pan, cook broccolini over medium heat, 3 minutes. Toss in the pan and add 1/4 cup water. Continue to cook until water evaporates. Add butter and salt to taste.
  3. Boil cold eggs for 7 minutes, immediately place in an ice bath.
  4. For the sauce, combine red wine vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Drizzle over broccolini, chicken, and eggs.

 

Fish and Greens

You’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup Frozen Peas
  • 1 cup chopped Kale
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2x Basas filets
  • ½ cup Almond Milk

From the pantry:

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a pan over medium heat, add peas and cook for 2 minutes. Add kale and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add milk and season to taste. Simmer until milk thickens slightly.
  2. Over a pan on medium, add fish fillets. Cook for 3 minutes or until a crust forms. Flip and continue to cook for another 3 minutes. Season to taste.
  3. Serve and drizzle with lemon juice, season to taste.

 

Shrimp in Coconut Milk

You’ll need: 

  • 2 cups cubed pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 250g shrimp
  • 2 pcs garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger

From the pantry:

  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white rice to serve
  1. Over medium heat, fry garlic and ginger for 3 minutes or until it starts to brown. Toss in pumpkin and pour water and coconut milk. Simmer until the sauce reduces and thickens. Season with fish sauce.
  2. Add in shrimp and cook for 5 minutes. Optional: Serve over white rice.

Spicy Tuna Sweet Potato Pancake

You’ll need: 

  • 1 cup grated Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 cup Canned Tuna, flaked into fine pieces
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp minced chives

From the pantry: 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine grated sweet potato and tuna in a bowl. Mix with eggs until a batter forms.
  2. In a pan over low heat, pour batter and cook until the bottom sets, 8 minutes. Flip and continue to cook for another 5-8 minutes.
  3. Top with sour cream, chives, and salt and pepper to taste.

 

Chicken with White Beans in Tomato Sauce

You’ll need:

  • 2 pcs chicken thighs
  • 2 stalks scallion
  • 1 cup white beans
  • 2 pcs garlic
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce

From the pantry:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Over medium heat, place chicken thighs skin side down. Season with salt and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook each side for 10 minutes. Flip and cover with a lid. Continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate pan, saute garlic. Once aromatic, add in the white beans. Cook for 5 minutes and add the tomato sauce. Add water, reduce the heat to low. Season to taste. Continue to cook for 15 minutes. Plate along with the chicken and serve with chopped scallions.
Erwan Heussaff
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