5 Ingredient Dinner in a Snap
I ate this meal for lunch yesterday. So it doesn’t actually have to be dinner. You could eat it for breakfast. It would be awesome for breakfast. Anywho, my favorite kind of meals are easy ones that include a protein, carbohydrate and fat. I try to always have some kind of vegetable at my meals, it just makes me feel like I’m taking care of my body. So when I’m looking for quick dinners with a lot of flavor, I tend to use already ground seasoned meat, such as italian sausage and bacon. Then I add whatever I have in the fridge. So this time I added asparagus, sweet potato and avocado to my meal. AND BOOM. Food is a flash. Can it be considered a recipe? I don’t know. But I also don’t really care.
I LOVE the container store. It’s seriously one of the coolest places ever. You could absolutely organize any space with that store. I went there to get a spice rack yesterday and organized my spices, my pots and pans, and all my baking dishes. Oh, and my shoes. Organizing makes me feel like I could conquer anything.
Except for getting a butt burn while doing abmat sit-ups. What’s that about? I swear, if I’m doing 100 sit-ups or more, skin will be removed from my butt. And it will burn when I shower. Is there a way to not lose skin while trying to tighten abs? Pretty sure it’s impossible.
So with this move to my new home, I’m really into cooking more often. Which means, even though I’m cooking for my own blog during the day, I want to cook from other people’s blogs at night. So I’ve been looking at all my cookbooks and checking out my favorite websites, and this is what I’ve come up with so far.
Buffalo Chicken Alfredo with Sweet Potato Pasta by Brittany Angell
Asian Pork Meatballs with Dipping Sauce by Health-Bent
Paleo Meatball Subs by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Ok, so that’s all I really have so far. Do you have any favorite dishes you’ve made so far that you think I should definitely make?? Tell me, tell me!!Print
5 Ingredient Dinner in a Snap
- Yield: 2 1x
- 1 sweet potato or yam, poked with a fork
- 2 pieces of bacon
- 10 pieces of asparagus, ends removed, chopped
- 3/4 pound italian sausage (or any ground meat: beef, chicken turkey, etc.)
- 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
- salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Poke holes in the sweet potato with a fork then wrap with foil. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until soft.
- Once the sweet potato is baked, keep it wrapped in foil to keep warm.
- Place a large pan over medium heat. Add 2 pieces of bacon. Cook on both sides, until crispy. Place on a paper towel to soak up excess fat.
- Using the bacon fat that has rendered in the pan, add asparagus and sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Add italian sausage and use a wooden spoon to break up the meat. Saute until meat is cooked through.
- Cut baked sweet potato is half, place in 2 bowls, then top with bacon, meat and asparagus, and avocado.
- Eat up buttercup.
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55 thoughts on “5 Ingredient Dinner in a Snap”
So simple, yet so delicious!
You need to make zoodles!!! I like this recipe a lot:
And then you also should to incorporate that fancy blendtec into some new recipes 🙂 I have a vitamix that doesn’t see enough action.
The parsnip chips from Primal Cravings! They don’t look that exciting on the page, but they are these crispy, salty, addictive little chips. Ugh. I want a batch right now.
Also, their coffee hazelnut pancakes are pretty amazing.
ooo that’s totally my favorite cookbook!
the pancakes are indeed amazing — almost as amazing as their little cheese crackers — they last about 7 minutes tops, and i think i make their biscuits at least once a week. My husband gets a little annoyed that the recipe doesn’t make that much, but its because i eat 3-4 before i put them out while i finish cooking and don’t tell him.
ooo maybe i’ll try their biscuits soon!! and their pizza is amazing!
My go-to meal when I don’t have anything planned is some seasoned ground beef and whatever vegetables I have on hand. Throw it all in a skillet and I have dinner. Easy. 🙂
HAHA i wish you could have felt the genuine confusion in my brain of “why TWO bowls?”
Me too! 🙂
this is the type of food i eat every day. just a mish mash of things i have in the fridge. have u ever thought of adding a raw egg yolk to your mixture?? i heard it makes the food richer and creamier but i’m kind of terrified to try it haha i’d hate for it to taste bad because i NEVER waste food.
PLEASE make the buffalo chicken alfredo. I made it last week and it was amazing! It was hard to determine when the sweet potato noodles were done, but the flavors go really well together.
Also, I’m SO going to make this….but with the entire recipe for one lol.
My favorite is shaved brussel sprouts, mushrooms, onions, sliced carrots and ground turkey with garlic and whatever else is on hand sauteed in a skillet and placed over cauliflower rice (to which I am addicted and always have in the fridge or freezer.)
My go-to meal is usually some poached eggs over sweet potatoes and bacon. Always bacon.
Totally feel you on the butt burn! Or as I call it, Abmat Rash.
I’ve found that doing abmat sit-ups with my legs butterflied rather than the traditional knees-bent way avoids butt burn. It took me a couple horrible butt burn encounters before I figured that out!
Nom Nom Paleo super porktastic meatloaf. Tons of veggies and so damn delicious!
I’m gonna try this with ground meat, since its the only meat my weird kids will eat.
I just made this with lean ground sirloin, and its delicious!
I seriously could eat this meat 24/7. Its soooo good.
The Pad Thai from Well-Fed is awesome! It’s my new favorite dish!
ooo I LOVE anything Melissa creates! I’ll have to try that!
Again Faster sells a “Burn Guard” that goes over the ab mat, which is apparently supposed to prevent the butt burn. I ALWAYS get butt burn when we do lots of situps, no matter what I try to do to prevent it. Dying to try one of those guards!
lol that’s hilarious
I make this all the time. Sometimes with kale or arugula instead of spinach (or all 3), leftover homemade tomato sauce instead of fresh tomato, and heavy cream instead of coconut milk. I also cook it in a cast iron skillet so I only have to use one pan. My 2 teenage daughters request this a least once a week.
I also love Paleo Cravings. Two of my favs from there are the Pumpkin Chili and the Chili Dog Chili. As mentioned above, the biscuits and cheese crackers are great as well 🙂
I have the same issue with ab mat situps and a butt scar to prove it.
I make this recipe often and it’s super easy. It has bacon so you can’t go wrong there and the spice mix is so good it can be used on about anything.
this dish is sooooo good for breakfast. yummo!
This Buffalo Ranch Dip is one of the best Paleo foods I’ve ever made:
My kind of meal!
this was so good!
i made it with 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 bison. i also split the cayenne with chipotle chili pepper–1/8 t. each and left out the BBQ sauce.
over spaghetti squash, this was FANTASTIC!
Love simple recipes like this. Ground meat is our go to after a long day. YUMMMMMMMMMM!!
Zucchini noodles from Inspiralized!!! Taste just like pasta. Carbonara, scampi, it is endless.
Simple and delicious. Loving the 5 ingredient dishes.
Do you watch the sodium at all in sausages/bacon? I noticed you often eat them for multiple meals a day, which I would love to do but I thought it would be sodium overload if I ate them even once per day. I usually buy them at Trader Joe’s/WF and the sodium level on most of them is quite high. Just curious!
Paleo Winter Squash and Beef Stew @ Fed and Fit. It’s stupid easy and delicious! My favorite kind of recipe!
I like that you used the word “buttercup” two days in a row 🙂
Go to the running store and pick up a stick of Glide….no more butt burn.
simple meals are the best! we make meals like this, so good and satisfying!
Juli – would love for you to try one of my Paleo Indian recipes and let me know what ya think! Maybe my Butter Chicken with 3-ingredient Paleo Naan? http://myheartbeets.com/paleo-naan-indian-bread/ 🙂
The only way I’ve found to avoid butt rash from ab mat sit-ups is to fold a large beach towel and drape it across my ab mat so that where I sit on the floor, I’m sitting on part of the beach towel. No more butt rash.
And love your recipes and ramblings 🙂
Making healthy dinner for your family is simply a matter of buying the right things and remembering to prepare them. If you want to try something new, you can follow this dish and for sure they will fall in love with it.
Brilliant! This looks like my dinners on nights I am too lazy to really be brilliant (which is most nights). I love ground meat with sweet potatoes. I also steam some kale or spinach w/some coconut milk and mix with the cooked meat and cubed sweet potatoes! YUMMO! And season w/salt! Easy!
BTW – I got your cookbook in the mail today! I figure since I cook mainly meals from your site, I might as well invest. Cannot wait. Your mashed plantains is seriously the best I have ever eaten. Could eat those breakfast, lunch and dinner! Thank you for being amazing!
Well Fed’s “The Best Chicken You’ll Ever Eat”, paired with her “Cocnut-Almond Green Beans” is a staple in our house! We never get sick of it. Also, her Pad Thai and Shepherd’s Pie recipes are amazing!!
Nom Nom paleo’s chicken nuggets are legit. I think they might be in her cookbook only though.
Done. This is my new go-to dinner when I’m too busy but don’t want to show weakness to my husband who will invariably say ‘I can just have a pizza’. Not in my house. Thanks, Juli.
OMG that looks so divine!
This recipe looks delightfully simple. I didn’t know butt burn was a thing other people had to deal with!
Diaper rash cream for the burns and compression shorts to prevent them. I sometimes get my shoulder blades too- ouch!!
Slow cooker chicken and gravy. In love with the gravy. In love with the chicken. I make it with chicken breasts.
Do you leave the asparagus in the pan as the turkey is cooking or remove? I can’t wait to try this! Any seasoning suggestions on the turkey?
in the pan, still cooking with the meat. i just like salt and pepper, garlic powder, and paprika in mine
Try some body glide on the region to be offended before the sit-ups!
This was delish! I’m calling it “I’m-not-a-great-Jew X 2”