Nutrition,  Recipes

Cook Dinner in 20 Minutes With Only 5 Ingredients

Cooking dinner during the week is TOUGH!

You get home late from work, and you’re tired. The last thing you want to do is spend forever in the kitchen making dinner. You see all the recipes on Pinterest with 40 different ingredients, and think to yourself, “What the crap is tarragon?”

Yes, some recipes can be over the top. You can get so creative with food, it’s not even funny.

However, I am a busy woman, as I’m sure you are too. I work all week, and at the end of the day, the only thing that sounds good to me is relaxing and unwinding before I have to do everything all over again tomorrow! I don’t have the time or the desire to experiment with various herbs and ingredients. At the same time, I do like to be intentional about the food I put into my body.

Heck to the yes do I enjoy pizza or a burger and fries, but I also know the repercussions that occur when I eat foods that don’t bring my body value. I feel bloated and lethargic, and I know my body is upset with me for not feeding it nutritious foods.

Today, I want to encourage you that YES you can eat fast food and still live a healthy lifestyle. I truly believe life is about balance. Take care of your body, and it will take care of you!

Give it healthy foods the majority of the time, and then allow yourself to eat foods that may not contain the most nutrients (pizza, donuts, burgers, fries, ice cream). This way your body won’t feel deprived, and you will actually start to want to eat less of the processed stuff, and more of the real stuff!

When your body starts craving healthier foods, you see changes not only in your physique, but also your mentality. You will feel better, sleep better, and think more clearly!

So how can you begin creating a new habit of cooking more food at home? Make cooking SIMPLE!

Today I want to share with you three healthy recipes that have 5 OR LESS INGREDIENTS! Each takes only 20 minutes to make! That is literally the length of a Netflix episode! When you make food simple, change seems doable.

Chicken Sausage and Veggies

So much flavor, so many different textures, and so much room for creativity: Throw in your favorite veggies to make this dish your own signature dinner!
Course Dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Katerinafaith


  • 16 oz Cooked Chicken Sausage
  • 1 carton Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1-2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Heat up avocado oil in a pan on medium heat
  • Cut chicken sausage into bite-sized rounds
  • Cook chicken sausage in pan until brown (5-10 minutes on each side)
  • Remove sausage from pan and add whole tomatoes and sliced mushrooms
  • Season vegetables with salt and pepper
  • Cook vegetables until soft (5-10 minutes) and combine with chicken sausage on a plate
  • Enjoy

Pita Pizzas

A healthy version of your favorite weeknight dinner. Your kids, and you husband, won't notice the difference between these homemade pizzas and the "real thing".
Course Dinner
Keyword Healthy, Pizza, Simple Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author katerinafaith


  • 4 Whole Wheat Pitas
  • 1 cup Pizza Sauce
  • 6 ounces Turkey Pepperoni
  • 16 ounces Shredded Mozzarella Cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Place pitas on a foil lined baking sheet or pizza pan
  • Spread 2-3 tablespoons of pizza sauce over the top of each pita
  • Sprinkle 4 ounces of cheese over each pita
  • Top each pita with 6-10 pepperonis
  • Place the baking sheet (or pizza pan) in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted
  • Let pizzas cool for 2 minutes and then serve
Get creative with your toppings. I like ham, pineapple, and green olives!

Shrimp Tacos

These shrimp tacos have a small kick from the cayenne pepper, and a great crunch from the cabbage. If you are looking for a flavor-packed dinner that is simple and sure to please, make these easy shrimp tacos!
Course Dinner
Keyword Healthy, Simple Recipe, Weightloss
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author katerinafaith


  • 12 Corn Tortillas
  • 1 lb Bag Cooked and Deveined Shrimp
  • 2 cups Shredded Green or Purple Cabbage
  • 2-3 tbsp Cayenne Powder
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 16 oz Guacamole (optional)


  • Pour hot water into the bag of shrimp and let it defrost for 5-10 minutes
  • Drain the water from the bag, and pour the shrimp into a strainer
  • Heat a pan with avocado oil
  • Add defrosted and drained shrimp to the pan
  • Season shrimp with salt, pepper, and cayenne powder
  • Cook shrimp for 5-7 minutes and remove from heat
  • Warm up tortillas in a pan until slightly brown
  • Set tortillas on a plate, top with 5-10 shrimp, shredded cabbage, and guacamole

I hope you found this post helpful. Let me know which recipe(s) you are excited to try at home this week! Remember, you don’t need to cook every day or change up your entire eating routine.

Make one meal from home this week, and then congratulate yourself for taking a step towards a healthier you!

Healthy living can be simple, if you make it simple.

Happy Sunday friends!

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