5 ingredient meals to make your days less hectic – plus a bonus recipe from food blogger Lindsay Tippens Cola.
Does the thought of getting dinner on the table most weeknights stress you out? Kids, work, sports, I totally feel ya! I’ve always focused on simple, healthy meals; however, as soon as I became a mom, 5 ingredient meals have been my GO-TO! Life is busy enough as it is! You would be shocked at how much flavor you can still achieve with just 5 simple ingredients.
When creating new five ingredient recipes, I like to focus on things that really pack a punch – like garlic, shallots, or a really flavorful sauce (think salsa, enchilada sauce, marinara, pesto, curry, etc.).
Then, I typically pick a protein, a veggie, and a starch to pair it with – pasta, roasted sweet potato, quinoa, rice, etc. You can always substitute cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash as well.
From there, feel free to add any and all toppings – avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, hummus, etc., depending on the meal. Get creative and have fun with it! You will be amazed at how simple dinner really can be.
One thing to note about my 5 ingredient recipes: I don’t include olive oil, salt, pepper, or butter as ingredients, as I assume those are staples in most people’s homes.
If you have a toddler(s) running around the house like I do, the easier the meal, the better! We make a lot of pastas at our house, because first of all, we love them! But secondly, they are quick, easy to sneak in some veggies, and always delicious.
If you’re ever in a rut and not sure what to make for dinner, simple pastas are always a win! Pick a pasta, add a protein and a veggie, throw in lots of fresh garlic, grated parmesan and call it a night! Easy peasy and hits the spot every time.
Leftover pasta is always delicious, too! One of my favorite combinations is penne pasta with chicken sausage, fresh garlic, rainbow chard, and parmesan. Sounds so simple, right? That’s because it is. But let me tell you, It’s SO yummy, and my 18 month old son devours it every single time!
Today, I wanted to share a new 5 Ingredient recipe with you that is an absolute keeper. Toddler approved, ready in under 30 minutes, healthy, and so delicious! I love it because it has lots of added protein from the Greek yogurt, it’s loaded with broccoli, and it keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days. I hope you love it!!
5 INGREDIENT GREEK YOGURT BROCCOLI SHELLS AND CHEESE
Serves 2-3 (will serve more if serving kids)
- 8 oz Pasta of choice (I like using shells, but any small pasta works great)
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-3 c steamed broccoli
- 1/4c Greek yogurt (full fat works best)
- 3/4 c shaved Italian cheese blend (you can sub cheddar or any cheese you prefer)
- 2 T butter, optional
- 1/2 c reserved pasta water
- Salt & cracked pepper, to taste
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook per instructions on package, reserving ½ c pasta water before draining.
- Toss cooked pasta with garlic, butter, greek yogurt, cheese, and pasta water as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss steamed broccoli in and serve!