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!!


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


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. Once the sweet potato is baked, keep it wrapped in foil to keep warm.
  4. 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.
  5. Using the bacon fat that has rendered in the pan, add asparagus and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add italian sausage and use a wooden spoon to break up the meat. Saute until meat is cooked through.
  7. Cut baked sweet potato is half, place in 2 bowls, then top with bacon, meat and asparagus, and avocado.
  8. Eat up buttercup.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


55 thoughts on “5 Ingredient Dinner in a Snap”

  1. 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.

      1. 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.

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.)

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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!

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!

  14. 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.

  15. Diaper rash cream for the burns and compression shorts to prevent them. I sometimes get my shoulder blades too- ouch!!

  16. 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?

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