When you think of five ingredients or less meals, sodium laden processed foods probably come to mind. But with a little creativity, you can make ultra simple meals in minutes using fresh, whole foods. My rule of thumb is to always include greens, combined with another veggie or fruit, along with a lean protein source and a good-for-you fat. Sprinkle in some herbs or spices and you have a go-to meal in a jiffy.
For example, simply sauté some canned (drained and rinsed) chickpeas in extra virgin olive oil with Italian seasoning and black pepper, along with kale, and lunch or dinner is done. Or for a minimal step soup, sauté minced onions in EVOO in a saucepan over medium heat. Add low sodium vegetable broth, Italian seasoning and your favorite greens, bring to a quick boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Add a scoop of lentils and you have a complete meal.
For a simple dish with southwest flare, toss massaged kale with guacamole, top with pico de gallo, and add a half cup of black beans. For Asian-inspired dish, sauté frozen, pre-cooked ready to eat shrimp in low sodium vegetable broth with greens, fresh grated ginger, and wedges of seedless citrus. Love Italian? Sauté onions in EVOO with greens and fresh sliced cherry tomatoes, and toss with cooked spaghetti squash. Assemble a speedy Mediterranean salad by dressing greens with hummus, topped with a scoop of cooked quinoa and a protein of your choice (such as chicken breast, salmon, hard boiled eggs, or giant white beans), garnished with sliced almonds or chopped walnuts. Healthy and deliciously simple can go hand in hand!
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