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12 Healthy 5 Ingredient Recipes

Below you’ll find 12 of my favorite healthy 5 ingredient recipes along with their ingredient list so you can easily take stock of what you need.

As a disclaimer, you may find a few recipes call for ingredients like salt, pepper, or spices that technically take a recipe over the 5 ingredient threshold. I’ve included notes on which ones will need a spice or two extra, so don’t be too hard on me!

And as one last note before you get to the 5 ingredient recipes, I’ll say that the term healthy will likely mean something different for every recipe. Some will be higher protein, some low carb, and others might be generally lower calorie or lightened up recipes. I’ve linked to the full recipe for each one that includes full nutritional breakdowns, if you’re interested.

If you're looking for healthier meals and snacks that require minimal ingredients or time in the kitchen, you'll love this recipe compilation. Recipes range from loaded chicken and potatoes or naked chicken tenders to white chocolate pistachio protein bites and 99-calorie cupcakes.

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Garlic Parmesan Carrot Fries

air fryer carrot fries recipe

  • carrots
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • grated parmesan
  • red pepper flakes and parsley (optional)

Get the full recipe: Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer Carrot Fries

Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas

  • center cut bacon
  • ground chicken
  • ranch seasoning
  • cheese
  • tortillas

Get the full recipe: Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas

Instant Pot Cheesesteak  

instant pot cheesesteak recipe

With an Instant Pot or crockpot and a handful of ingredients, you’ll have a great protein source for dishes like cheesesteak fries, sandwiches, or all kinds of things. Here’s a quick look at what you’ll need:

  • beef round roast
  • sliced mushrooms
  • frozen onion and pepper blend
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lipton onion mushroom soup mix

Get the full recipe: Instant Pot Cheesesteak

Sticky Sweet Ground Beef & Broccoli

sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli recipe

For something so simple, this dish is loaded with flavor and is a great way to get your veggies in with a smile. Here’s a look at what you’ll need:

  • lean ground beef
  • barbecue sauce
  • worcestershire sauce
  • precooked bacon
  • frozen broccoli florets

Get the full recipe: Sticky Sweet Ground Beef and Broccoli

Pan Fried Naked Chicken Tenders

chipotle ranch pan fried naked chicken tenders

This recipe will completely change your protein prep game. Long gone are the days of dry, rubbery chicken. I’ve included five different flavors, but the base recipe is super simple and calls for basically chicken, oil, and spices.

  • chicken tenderloins
  • olive oil (or any oil)
  • spices/seasoning varies from flavor to flavor

Get the full recipe: Pan Fried Naked Chicken Tenders

5 Ingredient Protein Cupcakes

99-calorie simple protein cupcakes

If you’d like a higher protein cupcake recipe without a longer ingredient list like my birthday cake protein cupcakes recipe, this has your name written all over it. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • protein powder
  • sugar free yellow cake mix
  • eggs
  • almond milk (or any milk)
  • sugar free frosting (or if you have the time, I’ve included a few homemade protein frosting recipes)

Get the full recipe: Simple Protein Cupcakes

Low Carb Cheddar Cauliflower Grits Breakfast Bowls

low carb cauliflower grits breakfast bowls

If you’re unfamiliar with the magic of cheddar powder, this recipe is a perfect introduction. Here’s a look at everything you’ll need:

  • frozen cauliflower rice
  • light butter
  • cheddar powder
  • eggs
  • precooked bacon

Get the full recipe: Low Carb Cauliflower Grits Breakfast Bowls

Everything Bagel Protein Pop Tarts

everything bagel protein pop tarts 2

A creamy egg white mixture wrapped in a high protein pastry and topped with everything bagel seasoning. If you’re a savory breakfast fan, you’ll love this one.

What you’ll need:

  • protein pancakes mix like Kodiak Cakes, Birch Benders, etc.
  • Greek yogurt
  • egg whites
  • fat free cream cheese
  • everything bagel seasoning

Get the full recipe: Everything Bagel Protein Pop Tarts

Healthy Oreo Cookie Butter

oreo healthy cookie butter

This higher protein cookie butter is amazing with rice cakes, toast, waffles and pancakes, fruit, or by the spoonful. You’ll only need four ingredients:

  • Oreo O’s cereal
  • peanut butter
  • protein powder
  • fat free evaporated milk (or any milk)

Get the full recipe: Healthy Oreo Cookie Butter

Air Fried Potato Chips

bbq air fried potato chips

Five flavors of crispy potato chips: bbq, cheddar and sour cream, cheese free cheesy chips, chipotle ranch, and spicy sweet chili

Each flavor has a different blend of spices, but the core recipe calls for nothing more than russet potatoes and nonstick cooking spray.

Get the full recipe: Air Fried Potato Chips

Loaded Air Fried Chicken and Potatoes

loaded air fried chicken and potatoes

I’ve cheated a bit on this one since you’ll need a few ingredients beyond five if you count the spices, but the core ingredient list is a short one:

  • canned potatoes
  • chicken breast
  • precooked bacon
  • reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

Get the full recipe: Air Fried Chicken and Potatoes

4 Ingredient Healthy Hand Pies

healthy apple hand pie recipe

If you’re picking up some protein pancake mix for something like the Everything Bagel Protein Pop Tarts, you can spin it into something sweet like these hand pies. Here’s the list:

  • protein pancakes mix like Kodiak Cakes, Birch Benders, etc.
  • light butter
  • vanilla Greek yogurt
  • sugar free apple or cherry pie filling (or any filling you’d like)

Get the full recipe: Healthy Hand Pies

Bonus: Smoked Bacon Brussels Sprouts

If you’re digging these recipes, I share a ton of easy recipes, especially veggies like these brussels sprouts, directly on my Instagram.


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👾Bacon. Brussels. Battlestar Galactica. ⠀ 🥓In today’s edition of #veggiesthatdontsuck, j give you Smoked Bacon Brussels Sprouts. ⠀ 👨‍🍳Microwave a 12 oz bag of frozen Brussels Sprouts for 3 minutes. Slice them in half and air fry for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. (You could use the oven and a wire rack for similar times.) While the sprouts cook, cut 2 slices of precooked bacon into thin pieces. Add the bacon pieces to a bowl with a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and a 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika and ground mustard. When the sprouts are done cooking, toss them in the bacon/seasoning mixture before frying them another 3-4 minutes (until the bacon is crisp). ⠀ 🙌In case you’re wondering, I used @simplelivingproducts 5.8qt XL digital air fryer.

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Thursday 3rd of January 2019

That beef broccoli looks like perfection.