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27 5-Ingredient Dinners That Are Actually Healthy

Five ingredients, zero excuses.

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1. Easy White Chicken Chili

Recipe here.

2. Mexican Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Bonus points for the cute presentation that doubles as built-in portion control. Recipe here.

3. Quinoa Pizza Crust

Four ingredients, plus whatever toppings you want! Recipe here.

4. Thai Baked Salmon

You really need to get over the misconception that cooking fish is hard. Recipe here.

5. Marinated Kale Salad

Almond butter is the secret to making this delicious and filling. Recipe here.

6. Roasted Red Pepper and Asparagus Quinoa

Assuming you have olive oil, salt, and pepper on hand already, you only need five ingredients to throw together this truly balanced, satisfying dinner. Recipe here.

7. Curried Chicken Thighs With Carrots, Rice, and Lime

A classic starch-veggie-meat plate, with an extra flavor kick. Recipe here.

8. Steamed Cod With Ginger and Scallions

Quick, simple, and fancy enough for company. Recipe here.

9. Stuffed White Sweet Potatoes

Chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and some low-fat mozzarella are all you need. Recipe here.

10. Chicken Caprese Salad

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Recipe here.

11. Sweet Potato Chili

Recipe here.

12. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

No fuss and, more importantly, NO WAITING. Recipe here.

13. Veggie-Filled Pesto Pasta Salad

Recipe here.

14. Cauliflower Soup

Elegance without hassle. Recipe here.

15. Shrimp With Scallions and Crispy Potatoes

Can’t go wrong with crispy potatoes, you know? Recipe here.

16. Eggs Baked in Kale and Root Vegetable Mash

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If you have any kind of leftover vegetable mash (even mashed potatoes would work), just heat it in a skillet with some kale, crack eggs on top, and bake. Breakfast for dinner never looked so good. Recipe here.

17. Easy Fajita Chicken Bake

Obviously go a little easier on the cheese. Recipe here.

18. Slow Cooker Pineapple Salsa Chicken

Recipe here.

19. Easy Green Lentil Curry

Make it in a dutch oven OR a slow cooker, depending on how much time you have (and how far ahead you plan). Recipe here.

20. Tomato and Artichoke Chicken

Recipe here.

21. Egg and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

This one’s billed as breakfast, but it’s plenty satisfying enough for a filling dinner. Recipe here.

22. Salmon in Parchment Paper

Fresh herbs, FRESH HERBS! Recipe here.

23. Make-Ahead Brown Rice Bowls

Here are 10 IDEAS (!!!) for dressing up a bowl of brown rice, which you can make in a big batch ahead of time.

24. Black Bean Soup

Meatless Monday, here you come. Recipe here.

25. Easy Sweet Potatoes and Eggs

Recipe here.

26. Tilapia With Roasted Corn

This quick and inexpensive fish bake is great for people who might not be crazy about fish, since tilapia is so mild. Recipe here.

27. Lemon Chicken and Asparagus

One skillet, five ingredients, and just over 300 calories per serving. Recipe here.

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