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Recipe for meals with 5 or less ingredients ???

ANY and all suggestions are appreicated.
I like cooking but the less ingredients usually means less mistake and less time.
Any suggestions are appreicated- I would really like to cook dinner for hubby tonight, since he is in the middle of some tough decesions regarding work and i want him to have a relaxing night......
Thanks everyone!

Wed. Jul 12, 2:31pm

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in a casserole dish, cut up some chicken, enough for the two of you, and add 1 can cream of mushroom-or cream of celery, cream of chicken, or any other cream soup-add a can of milk (fat-free, skim, whole, whatever), and a cup of rice (brown rice works well, too). also add i cup water. cover and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350-375. makes a nutritious meal with very little fuss! i would suggest using a brand other than campbell's for the soup, though, because their sodium levels are very high!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 2:50 PM

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Pad Thai -
buy the pad thai noodles at the grocery store. They need to soak in water for about 25 minutes, I think. It says on the package. So put them in a bowl of water on the counter.

Then cut up a chicken breast or two into cubes, and throw them in a pan (spray the pan with PAM first). After the chicken is mostly cooked, add some sliced mushrooms and some sprouts or water chestnuts if you want. Then, after they've cooked the desired amount, add the noodles to the pan, and add some peanut sauce or sweet and sour sauce, and mix until it's all hot.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 3:24 PM

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Marinate 2 chicken breasts in teriyaki sauce, and put them on the grill for 20 minutes at medium heat. Flip halfway through.

At the same time, steam some veggies, any kind.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 3:26 PM

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Stir fry is my fall back dish. I buy a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies and add a protein (tofu, chicken breast, fish, whatever). Sometimes I add in cooked pasta noodles too - they're great when they get a bit browned up and crispy! Add a nice stir fry sauce, like a lemon ginger or sesame orange, for example.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 4:43 PM

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what is the NI on the pad thai noddles??

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 5:24 PM

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sorry, what does "NI" mean?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 6:03 PM

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Nutritional Info

That's my guess

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 7:06 PM

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I just made this tonight and it was fabulous!

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts - put in baking dish
1 T lemon juice squeezed on each breast
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 c red pepper, small dice - spread on top
1/2 c feta cheese - crumble on top
Handful of parsley on top

Bake in 350 F oven for 35 minutes. The flavor is outrageous good and this can be prepared ahead of time and frozen until ready to use. Just thaw before cooking.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 7:57 PM

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Tha nks everyone!
I really appreicate all the YUMMY suggestions- weirdly enough, i made the stew the 2:50poter suggested w/oput knowing they posted it- i just made it up! LOLLOL
Thansk again - we're going to have yummy dinner for a few days now!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:15 PM

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I have a 4 ingredient cookbook, I lent it to a friend so I don't know specifics but I'm fairly sure the name is "4 ingredient cookbook" or something similar to that. Happy cooking!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:37 PM

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link to Five-Ingredient Recipes I included it below

And it has Nutrition facts included how about that!


Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 9:43 PM

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Chicken breast cut into strips (or buy tenders)
Bell peppers, all colors, cut into strips
Cook chicken halfway in pan treated with a brush of olive oil; add peppers and stir often until just tender. If you like hot pepper, add some flakes to this while it cooks.

Wrap some of the chicken-and-pepper fajitas in tortilla with a slice or two of avocado (good veggie fat, or skip it if you are against all fat), some fresh salsa (tomatoes, cilantro, onion, and maybe a bit of peach or nectarine processed until chunky), and if you want, some fat-free plain yogurt or sour cream.

Or how about:

Coursely chop an onion, three or four carrots, and a couple stalks celery. Put in pot with black beans (about two cups cooked), some water or low-fat chicken stock, and one smoked sausage (I know it's fatty but you're gonna serve six people with this). Simmer until the veggies are very tender. Top with a bit of cheese or some fresh chopped tomatoes.


Slice a couple of carrots and a couple of parsnips. Chop an onion. Brown together with garlic in a little olive oil. Add two diced sweet potatoes, a handful of barley, and chicken stock to cover. Simmer until the barley and veggies are soft.

These may be more than 5 ingredients (I forgot to count) but they're very easy.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 11:18 PM

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Here's a really simple meal I had tonight that's about 33% carbs, 33% fat & 33% Protein.

1) Pork roast - if you have a george foreman roaster, just put rub with a little olive oil and then sprinke some garlic, and italian herbs and salt and pepper on it, let it sit over night if you can (if not, just stick it on the roaster and cook it until it's cooked all the way through.)

If you don't want to cook a roast (which makes for great leftovers), then just cook up some pork-chops with the same spices as above...

2) Brown Rice - You can cook from dry grains (Don't use Uncle Ben's but get REAL rice--it will taste better!) OR if there's a trader Joe's you can get them pre-cooked in 2-cup portions in the frozen section-- nuke for 3 minutes and it's on your plate!

3) 1 pkg frozen brussel sprouts. Add 1 can of Campbells Cream of Broccoli soup (don't add cream or milk--but maybe about 1/4 can of water). Nuke in the microwave for about 8-10 minutes (or until the Brussel sprouts are cooked, but not mushy)

Voila a Simple Meal. If you don't like Brussel sprouts, you can use any kind of frozen veggies in its place. :-)

Very delicious. Not too terribly bad for you... :-)

Thursday, July 13, 2006, 12:32 AM

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One of my all-time favorites here!

This is a really flavorful, rich-tasting dish that is quite healthy. Leftovers are great (and you can always shred the pork later and doctor it up to make pulled pork sandwiches). Note: I do find that Cooking Light recipes tend to be a bit underseasoned.

Lombo di Maiale Coi Porri (Pan-Roasted Pork Loin with Leeks)
From Cooking Light

4 large leeks (about 2 1/4 pounds)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 (2-pound) boneless pork loin, trimmed
1/2 cup dry white wine
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Remove roots and tough upper leaves from leeks. Cut each leek in half lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices (you should have about 6 cups). Soak in cold water to loosen dirt; rinse and drain.
Heat the sliced leek, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large Dutch oven or deep saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook for 10 minutes or until the leek has wilted. Pour into a bowl.

Heat 2 teaspoons butter in pan over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and wine; cook 15 seconds, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return leek mixture to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours or until pork is tender. Remove pork from pan; increase heat to reduce leek sauce if it's too watery. Cut pork into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Serve with leek mixture; garnish with parsley, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces pork and about 2 1/2 tablespoons leek mixture)

CALORIES 246(39% from fat); FAT 10.7g (sat 4.2g,mono 4.4g,poly 1.1g); PROTEIN 24.8g; CHOLESTEROL 73mg; CALCIUM 60mg; SODIUM 306mg; FIBER 1g; IRON 2.8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 12.1g

Cooking Light, MARCH 2002

Thursday, July 13, 2006, 9:30 AM

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Okra & chicken

I've been making this a lot lately. The recipe came from a vegetable cookbook.

Cook a couple of chopped/sliced chicken breasts. Or, I prefer to use part ground chicken or ground turkey and part turkey chourico (much more flavor and the smokiness goes well with this dish.) Remove from pan and set aside.

Saute onion, pepper, garlic. Add some canned chopped tomatoes and some oregano.

Return chicken/sausage/chourizo mixture to pan.

Slice the fresh okra and pan-fry it in batches (I use a non-stick skillet and a spray oil like Pam). Add the fried okra to the dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Top with fresh chopped cilantro and serve.

I serve this with a bit of brown rice. The flavors are great together and it's especially good the next day.

Thursday, July 13, 2006, 9:38 AM

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There are some fast healthy recipes here:

Thursday, July 13, 2006, 9:42 AM

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I posted the pad thai. I'm not sure what the nutritional info is on the noodles, but I know it's printed on the package, so if you go grocery shopping, you can just check it out.

Thursday, July 13, 2006, 10:17 AM

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i highly recommend rachel ray's cookbooks-pretty healthy, quick and easy-to-find ingredients. you can also exchange many suggested ingredients for what you may have on hand. she gives many tips, too.

Thursday, July 13, 2006, 10:31 AM

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OP: I love that you posted this. I often watch cooking shows or google recipes for new ideas but they always have 900 ingredients. Some of those ingredients will go bad soon (I dont use them often enough) and then it just seems like a waste! Love this thread, keep the ideas a-comin' :)

Friday, July 14, 2006, 10:54 AM

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for those who are outgoing-you may want to initiate a "cookbook club" or something like that. your group can pick out recipes from a selected cookbook (or download recipes) for each "member" to prepare at their own house for their family and/or friends. by joing the club, you could all share in the cost of ingredients that you each need only a liitle can share the trials and tribulations of preparing a new ethnic cuisine, info on substituting ingredients, the overall consensus of each household's experience...just an idea to help bring new foods into your community with a bit of fun.

Friday, July 14, 2006, 1:52 PM

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how about something simple for the grill? mince some onion, bell peper, garlic, whatever spices you like (A-1, worcestershire sauce, tabasco, chipotle pepper, cumin, fresh herbs) with your choice of ground meat (or meat substitute). let chill for about an hour, shape into patties and grill. finishing the cooking process in the oven can save time if you need to grill first, refrigerate, then bake before serving. you can serve with or without a bun, maybe over brown rice or cous cous? all you really need is some veggies w/ dip or a salad to complete the meal. leftovers can be crumbled into chili or on top of french bread pizza or stirred into an omelete...enjoy!

Friday, July 14, 2006, 7:56 PM

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what about simple taco's? nutritious and delicious and not time consuming...

Monday, July 17, 2006, 1:25 PM

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I love making veggie curry. You take vegetables (carrots, onions, spinach, peppers, okra, peas...), buy a jar of curry sauce, and put it in a big pot or stirfry pan over low heat for about 30 minutes (more specific instructions are on the jar). It's really tasty, and you'd be surprised how easily you feel full.

I buy really spicy sauce and use less of it than the jar recommends. That way, you get lots of flavor for fewer calories.
My favorite combination is new potatoes, broccoli, and tomatoes.
Add 2 tbl spoons of yoghurt if you're not a huge spice fan
Serve with whole wheat pita bread, or naan if you're lucky enough to find it

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 2:12 PM

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5 ingredients or less

Trader Joes has ahi tuna frozen and marinated. Thaw, take out of package, chop up some of your favoite nuts - I use pistachios or sesame seeds- and dip each side of the tuna in them. Pan sear it with little or no oil in a nonstick pan. I like the fish to still be a bit raw(red) in the middle. Its OK because all the parasites are killed in the deep freeze. Serve with veg of your choice and short grain brown rice. Yummm.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 1:55 PM

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THANK YOU SO MUCH... whoever started this thread. I was just thinking about how I was going to research recipes like this today. AWESOME! Thank you!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 2:55 PM

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