11 Healthy Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Fewer

Save time and money while enjoying some seriously tasty foods!

Skinny Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Sometimes, less is more. When life gets hectic and you feel like you barely have time to blink, simple and nutritious meals will feel like a blessing. These 11 healthy recipes with 5 ingredients or fewer will simplify your life and satisfy your cravings!

All too often, we fall under the impression that preparing healthy meals is complicated and time-consuming. This couldn’t be further from the truth! There are plenty of easy, clean-eating options to choose from! All of the recipes below require 5 ingredients or fewer, and you can prepare the majority of them in only 30 minutes.

11 Healthy Recipes with 5-Ingredients or Fewer

1. Slow Cooker Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken

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Perhaps the best part about cooking with a slow cooker is the fact that it is SO easy. Just dump the ingredients in and let it cook! This tender, juicy, flavorful dish will be cooked to perfection by the time you get home from work! Better yet, each serving is less than 300 calories and contains a whopping 38 grams of protein.

2. Spinach Pasta Alfredo

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This simple (and healthy) recipe presents you with one of your favorite comfort foods. Apart from the fact that it tastes downright delicious, you’ll also nourish your body with this vitamin- and mineral-rich dish. 

3. Parmesan Zucchini

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Ditch the high-calorie side dishes and snacks! These Parmesan zucchini slices have just over 50 calories per serving. You’re going to want to bring these to the next family gathering; just be prepared to share the recipe!

4. Butternut Squash Fritters

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Butternut squash and sage practically scream, “Fall is here!” This crunchy creation allows you to sneak a serving of veggies onto the plate; even the pickiest eaters will love them!

5. Baked Egg Mushrooms

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The combination of these two superfoods is pure genius. If you’re tired of the same old breakfast, try making these baked eggs in Portobello mushrooms. They will fill your belly with nutrients and provide you with the energy you need to get through the day.

6. Roasted Cauliflower

If you’re going to snack on something, let it be this! Roasting the cauliflower cranks up the flavor and leaves you with perfect, tasty, crunchy little morsels. At 41 calories per serving, don’t be afraid to ask for seconds!

7. Chicken Parmesan

Skinny Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Whether it’s cold outside, or you’ve simply had a rough day, your stomach is probably begging for some comfort food right about now! Don’t give in to the fast food cravings. Instead, make this lower-calorie chicken parmesan. Each serving is under 400 calories, meaning you can satisfy your cravings without sacrificing your goals!

8. Black Bean Flautas

What are flautas, you ask? They are like a taquito, just bigger. Flautas are typically made with white flour tortillas and fried, but we’re trying to keep it clean! We make ours with whole wheat flour tortillas and bake them to decrease the fat content. Next time you’re in need of some Mexican food, make these cheesy, spicy, and scrumptious flautas instead!

9. Healthy Stuffed Potato Skins

You may be wondering if it’s really possible to make potato skins healthy. The answer is yes! Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are actually relatively good for you (as long as you don’t deep fry them). They are full of potassium and fiber. For these potato skins, we stuff each halve with chicken, turkey bacon, low-fat cheese, and broccoli. Yum!

10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

You would never know that these cookies contain neither flour nor butter. And, you actually make these cookies with all-natural peanut butter to cut the carbs and the fat. When that sweet tooth beckons, answer the call with these clean-eating chocolate chip cookies!

11. Peanut Butter Cups

No, this isn’t a cruel joke: we actually have a healthy recipe for peanut butter cups! You probably already have all three ingredients you need in your pantry, too! All it takes is all-natural peanut butter, bananas, and coconut oil! You can enjoy this sweet treat guilt-free at an unbelievably-low 110 calories per serving. 

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Erin Miller

Erin is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She is also a Performance Nutrition Coach, certified through the Clean Health Fitness Institute. Some of Erin’s favorite hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and hanging out at the beach, although weight lifting is her greatest passion. She says, “Weight training is one of the most empowering things a person can do. Not just seeing, but feeling yourself transform… There’s just nothing else like it.”

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  1. Great recipes and a great reason to get on Keto. It can also do wonders for your vision and your eyes. Thanks for sharing these recipes!!!

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