The Best Healthy 5 Ingredient Dinners

I’m all about no-fuss recipes that help me get healthy meals on the table super fast. My clients are into this, too. They don’t like messing around with a million ingredients when trying to feed their family quickly. I imagine you’re in the same boat?  If so, get ready to feel like super mom (or dad) (or just super in general) with this round up of 8 of the BEST healthy 5-ingredient dinners on Pinterest!

That’s right, just five ingredients stand between you and a healthy, delicious dinner! Check out these meals easy enough for your busiest weekdays, yet crowd-pleasing enough to keep your whole family happy:

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili by Gimme Some Oven

This unbelievably easy chili can be made in just 15 minutes on the stove, or it can bubble away all day in the slow cooker and be ready for you at dinnertime. Either way, it’s cozy, hearty, and so simple!

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili -- make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop in minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

My Tex-Mex Spaghetti Squash

Okay, this one’s got just over 5 ingredients, but it’s still super simple and quick to throw together. If you’re a fan of cheesy nachos, tacos, or burrito bowls, this recipe is your new best friend. It’s the low-carb, veggie-filled answer to all your Tex-Mex cravings, and it couldn’t be easier!

spaghetti squash with black beans and cheese

Saucy Tomato & Artichoke Chicken by Fannetastic Food

This four-ingredient dinner goes from stove to table in just 15 minutes, giving you a flavorful, saucy Mediterranean meal any night of the week. Serve instant brown rice or quinoa on the side and you’ve got a satisfying dinner in mere minutes.

Saucy Tomato & Artichoke Chicken - healthy, easy 15 minute dinner recipe from @fannetasticfood

5-Ingredient Chicken Tikka Masala by Pinch of Yum

This Chicken Tikka Masala is comfort food at its easiest! With a little advance prep, you’ll have masala paste ready to go so you can make this quick & easy cozy meal over and over again! It’s even delicious with tofu subbed in for the chicken.

Chicken Tikka Masala - creamy, perfectly spicy, and ready in 30 minutes! you won't believe how easy it is to make this at home! | pinchofyum.com

5-Ingredient Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili by Minimalist Baker

This super easy vegan chili is hearty and filling with a delicious sweet-savory flavor combination. Perfect for weeknight dinners or making ahead of time to heat up throughout the week!

5-Ingredient Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili! So healthy #vegan #glutenfree #minimalistbaker

Almond Crusted Tilapia by Fannetastic Food

This quick and easy tilapia gets a boost of healthy fat from almonds and flax seeds – which also give it plenty of nutty flavor and a crunchy crust! It’s impressive enough to serve for date night, yet easy and crowd-pleasing enough to serve on a weeknight (it’s even great for people who are picky about fish, since tilapia is so mild!).

almond crusted tilapia

Back to School 5-Ingredient Green Curry by Pinch of Yum

This one-pot meal packs protein, veggies, and tons of flavor into one dish. It’s comforting, cozy, spicy curry is just what you need for fall – and it can be on your table in under 30 minutes! What’s not to love?!

5-Ingredient Green Curry! packed with tons of veggies, an easy green curry sauce, and finished with golden raisins and cilantro. Easy! | pinchofyum.com

5-Ingredient Sheet Pan Salmon by Platings and Pairings

I’m in love with sheet pan dinners – it’s so easy to throw a pan in the oven and end up with a complete meal! And cleanup is a breeze, which is always a plus in my book. This sheet pan salmon combines salmon, green beans, and potatoes for a balanced meal that’s totally hands-off.

This 5 Ingredient Sheet Pan Salmon is the perfect dinner for busy weeknights! This complete seafood dinner cooks in just 30 minutes and the cleanup is easy too! | platingsandpairings.com

What’s your favorite 5-ingredient dinner? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! 

 

6 Sources of Omega-3s That Aren’t Fish

If you’ve been keeping an eye on nutrition trends, you likely know that getting enough Omega-3s is important. Omega-3 help lower inflammation, making them useful for everything from heart health to brain health to arthritis relief. Since your body doesn’t make Omega-3 fatty acids on it’s own, in order to reap all these health benefits, you’ll have to eat Omega-3 rich foods.  

6 sources of Omega-3's that aren't fish

When most people think of foods that are rich in Omega-3s, they immediately turn to fish. Yes, fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel are all great sources of Omega-3s. But you don’t need to load up on seafood to get your daily dose of these heart-healthy fats!

There are plenty of plant-based sources of Omega-3s, but it’s important to note that most plant-based sources only provide ALA Omega-3s. There are 3 types of Omega-3s: EPA, DHA, and ALA. EPA and DHA are primarily found in marine foods like fish and algae, and they’re the types that research tells us are the most beneficial to your brain and heart health. ALA, on the other hand, is found in plant foods and gets converted to EPA and DHA in the body. That conversion process isn’t super efficient, so you’ll need to up your Omega-3 intake if you’re relying solely on plant-based foods.

If you’re not a fan of eating fish (or taking fish oil supplements) to meet your Omega-3 needs, here are 6 great sources of Omega-3s that aren’t fish!

Algae Oil

Algae oil is a fantastic plant-based Omega-3s because it’s chock full of EPA and DHA, unlike most other plant sources. Algae is naturally rich in Omega-3s, especially DHA. When fish eat algae, they deposit those Omega-3s into their tissues, allowing you the to snag Omega-3s right from the source! You can buy algae oil at most health food stores, or here on Amazon. 

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are a great source of ALA Omega-3s. They’ve got a nutty flavor that’s perfect for adding a boost to oatmeal and baked goods, and they’re also rich in protein and fiber. Just make sure you buy flaxseed meal or grind them up before you use them – your body can’t digest the seeds when they’re whole, so you won’t get any of the omega 3 benefits unless they’re ground! Flax gives a boost of healthy fat to my Sweet Apricot Almond Granola and Chocolate Lemon Energy Balls.

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are another seed rich in fiber, protein, and ALA Omega-3s. They’ve got a more mild, almost grassy taste and buttery texture that I love in smoothies or just sprinkled on top of yogurt! I also love that they’re a complete source of vegan protein; they contain all 9 essential amino acids. That, along with their Omega-3 content, makes hemp protein powder one of my favorite plant-based protein powder options for blending into smoothies. My other favorite way to use hemp seeds? These Gingerbread Hemp Bites!

Chia Seeds

You guessed it, chia seeds are another seed that’s rich in protein, fiber, and Omega-3s! What I love about chia seeds is how versatile they are – you can use them in so many ways. Beyond a topping for yogurt, chia seeds make their way into my menu almost daily in the form of chia pudding (like my mango-kiwi or banana varieties) or as a refreshing chia fresca. Try one with wild blueberries or pineapple and turmeric!

Walnuts

Walnuts add a nutty, buttery crunch – and plenty of omega-3s to just about any dish. They’re great for adding crunch and texture to banana bread, a bowl of oatmeal, or yogurt parfait, and they’re perfect for adding texture and flavor to savory dishes like my Roasted Butternut Squash with Lentils and Walnuts.

Soybeans

Whether in the form of edamame, tofu, or tempeh, soybeans are a great source of vegetarian protein and Omega-3s. I love edamame for a satisfying snack that has enough protein and fiber to keep me full between meals, but my favorite way to eat soybeans is tempeh. Tempeh not only gives you a serving of plant-based protein and omega-3s, it’s also a fermented food, providing probiotics that are great for gut health. Some of my all-time favorite recipes are made with tempeh, including my Skillet Tempeh Enchiladas and Tempeh Taco Salad.

What foods do you eat to make sure you’re getting enough Omega-3’s? Let me know in the comments below!

The 21 Best Cookbooks for Clean Eating

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I love reading cookbooks. Even if I don’t follow all the recipes exactly, flipping through cookbooks is fantastic for gathering ideas, inspiring new flavor combinations, learning new techniques, and helping me stay healthy. In fact, reading cookbooks is one of my healthy habits that create food confidence!

Making food and lifestyle changes that help you become your healthiest self is what I’m all about, and cookbooks are a great place to turn for recipes that help you get there. My Nourish program gives you all the support and guidance you need to make healthy lifestyle changes, so when you couple that with some clean cookbooks from this list, you’re set up for long-term success without getting bored when it comes to food.

The next Nourish session starts on September 4th, so grab your spot and get a head start on preparing for incredible lifestyle changes with some of the best cookbooks for clean eating:

1. My book, Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss

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My cookbook gives you the run-down on how to make nutrient-rich juices that help you detox, fuel up, and feel amazing!

2. The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook by Toby Amidor, RD, CDN

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Mastering meal prep is key to staying on track throughout the week, and Toby’s new cookbook gives you all the tools you need to make healthy meals without having to prep every single night. She also includes meal plans for clean eating, weight loss and muscle building.

3. Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero

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One of my favorite cookbooks of all time! If you’re tired of boring salads that don’t keep you full, this one’s for you – gather plenty of inspiration for filling and hearty meal-worthy salads.

4. Natural Baby Food by Dr. Sonali Ruder

Natural Baby Food: Over 150 Wholesome, Nutritious Recipes For Your Baby and Toddler

This cookbook is a staple for new parents who want to ensure that their baby gets the nutrition they need, so that kids can develop healthy eating habits, too!

5. The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals by Laurel Randolph

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I’m in LOVE with my instant pot – I can cook hearty, flavorful meals in minutes instead of hours! This cookbook gives you great tips on how to use your instant pot for shortcut clean eating meals and offers many vegetarian options, something I find lacking in the Instant Pot world!

6. Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality by Rebecca Katz

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Soups are one of my favorite comfort foods. They’re hearty, versatile, and so easy to make healthy. This cookbook has tons of great ideas for mixing up flavors while keeping things clean.

7. Naturally Nourished by Sarah Britton

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Eating healthy doesn’t mean you need to buy obscure ingredients or cook complicated meals – and this cookbook is proof! All the recipes are made from easy-to-find ingredients with simple cooking techniques.

8. The Clean Eating Slow Cooker: A Healthy Cookbook of Wholesome Meals that Prep Fast & Cook Slow by Linda Larsen

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Slow cooked meals are fantastic for busy days – just toss ingredients into the slow cooker and come home to a delicious meal. This cookbook gives you tons of ideas for slow cooker recipes that are super easy AND super healthy!

9. Clean Eating for Busy Families by Michelle Dudash, RD

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This cookbook is great if you’re feeding picky kids while juggling a busy schedule. Most recipes come together in 30 minutes or less and come with practical tips for cooking clean without going insane by the end of the week.

10. Rise and Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings by Katie Sullivan Morford, MS, RD

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Even if you can easily navigate clean eating when it comes to lunch and dinner, eating a healthy breakfast – and serving a healthy breakfast to your kids – on busy mornings can be a struggle. This cookbook is loaded with healthy kid-friendly recipes that take no more than 5 minutes to prep, so you can eat a clean breakfast and get on with your day.

11. Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson

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This cookbook is one of my favorites for inspiring new flavor combinations – the recipes use natural ingredients in creative combinations for some pretty exciting meal ideas.

12. Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source by Terry Walters

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I love that this cookbook is divided by season, giving you an idea of what produce items are in season throughout the year, and how to combine them into clean, delicious recipes. It’s perfect for flipping through before heading to the farmer’s market!

13. Sheet Pan: Delicious Recipes for Hands-Off Meals by Kate McMillan

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Sheet pan dinners frequently come to the rescue in my house – and this cookbook has so many creative, delicious ideas for hands-off dinners you can load onto one pan and stick in the oven.

14. Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please by Drew Ramsey M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh

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This cheeky cookbook features 50 creative ways to use the ultimate clean-eating ingredient – kale! It’s great for when you have a bunch of kale or other green you need to use up, but can only manage so many kale salads before you need some fresh ideas.

15. Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen: Epic Anytime Recipes with a World of Flavor by Richa Hingle

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Love flavors from around the world, but intimidated by how to incorporate them into your kitchen – especially in a healthy way? This cookbook has you covered, with global inspiration for healthy plant-based meals.

16. Green Kitchen Smoothies: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies for Every Day by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl

Green Kitchen Smoothies: Healthy and Colorful Smoothies for Every Day

This gorgeous cookbook has a rainbow of smoothie recipes – perfect for breathing new life into your daily green smoothie routine!

17. Bowls!: Recipes and Inspirations for Healthful One-Dish Meals by Molly Watson

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Bowls are the perfect balanced meal. They’ve got all your whole grains, veggies, protein, and flavor piled into one dish – and this cookbook gives you tons versatile flavor ideas.

18. Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes by Angela Liddon

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If you like the idea of eating more veggies and plant-based foods, but get overwhelmed by all the steps that go into making vegan versions of your favorite meals – you’ll love this cookbook. It gives you ideas for plant-based meals that you can actually make every day without spending all day in the kitchen!

19. Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals by Ali Maffucci

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My spiralizer is seriously one of my favorite kitchen tools for healthy eating. Zoodles are a staple in our weekly dinner rotation – and this cookbook is my go-to resource for spiralized veggie ideas!

20. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka

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If you want to enjoy your favorite decadent and normally not-so-healthy dishes while eating clean, this one’s for you! It’s got tons of creative and simple recipe ideas and tips for making your favorite comfort foods super healthy.

21. The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking by Jeanine Donofrio

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Whether you made it home from the farmer’s market with an overwhelming amount of produce or just have random veggies left in your fridge at the end of the week, this cookbook is a great resource for last-minute healthy meals.

What are your favorite healthy eating cookbooks? Let me know in the comments below!


If you want even MORE clean eating inspiration, join me starting September 4th for Nourish: 21 Days of Clean Eating where you’ll discover how to cook clean, eat clean and change your relationship with food!

Nourish: 21 Days of Clean Eating starts in September, 2017!