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Four Healthy 4-Ingredient Recipes

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Whether you’re on a tight budget or only have a few things in your pantry and don’t feel like running to the grocery, these four easy recipes prove that you can do a lot with a little!

These recipes only require four main ingredients; and to make it even easier, I tried to use seasonings and sauces you likely have (or should have) in your pantry.  Remember to make them your own – just keep it healthy!



4-ingredient chili

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1lb 96% lean ground beef
  • 2 cans (30oz) kidney beans (no salt added)
  • 2 large vine tomatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • spray olive oil
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Seasonings:
    • Chili
      • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
      • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
      • 1 tablespoon garlic & onion powder mix
    • Couscous
      • 1 tablespoon garlic & onion powder mix
      • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil



  1. Set a nonstick skillet on medium high heat and spray with olive oil.  When the skillet is hot, add the ground beef and chop and cook so that it is as fine as possible (with no large chunks). While the beef cooks in the skillet, add the seasonings and continue to chop and stir.  This should between 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add the beef to a slow cooker, then add chopped tomatoes and the kidney beans WITH the liquid (do not drain the cans).
  3. Stir, then cook the chili in the slow cooker for 8 hours on low heat, or 4 hours on high heat.
  4. Chop the top of cauliflower head into pieces to create individual florets, then add the florets to a food processor.  Pulse blend until it becomes grainy, resembling couscous.
  5. Add olive oil to a nonstick skillet and toss in the cauliflower couscous. Add the seasonings to give it some “personality” and flavor.  Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes and then remove from the skillet.
  6. Once the chili has finished cooking, enjoy it with cauliflower couscous.

4-ingredient chili

Approximate macros for 1 of 4 servings:

448 calories, 42g protein, 44g carbs, 9g fat, 16.5g fiber, 7.5 sugar


4-ingredient vegetarian lasagna

Ingredients for 5 rolls/servings:

  • 5 brown rice pasta sheets
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 12oz veggie ground
  • 1 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella
  • Seasonings:
    • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish: fresh green onion



  1. Set oven to 400F.
  2. Boil water in a pot and toss in the brown rice pasta sheets and cook according to the instructions given.  When they are ready, set them aside on parchment paper or on a nonstick surface.
  3. Set a nonstick skillet on medium high heat and add olive oil.  When the skillet is hot, toss in the veggie ground and chop it up and cook using a wooden spatula. While the veggie ground cooks, add Italian seasoning and continue to chop and stir for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the marinara to the skillet and thoroughly mix it together. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for aother 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add a few tablespoons of the marinara veggie mixture to a brown rice pasta sheet, then roll it up.  Repeat for the remaining lasagna sheets.
  6. Place the rolls in a baking dish, then evenly divide the remaining marinara on top of each roll.
  7. Top the rolls off with mozzarella cheese and then cover with aluminum foil.
  8. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 400F.

4-ingredient vegetarian lasagna

Approximate macros for 1 of 5 rolls:

305 calories, 23g protein, 34g carbs, 10g fat, 6g fiber, 6g sugar


4-ingredient turkey burger sweet potato hash

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 8oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 eggs
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Seasonings:
    • Burger
      • 1/2 tablespoon garlic & onion powder mix
      • 1 teaspoon herb seasoning
    • Hash
      • 1 teaspoon herb seasoning
      • 1/2 teaspoon cumin



  1. Season the ground turkey, then form two large burgers.  Place the patties in the refrigerator in order to become more firm.
  2. Chop up a sweet potato into small cubes.
  3. Set on nonstick skillet on medium-high heat, then add olive oil.  When the oil and skillet are hot, toss in chopped sweet potato. Stir it for about a minute using a wooden spatula, then add herb seasoning and a little cumin. Cook the sweet potato in the skillet for about 15 minutes or until it is soft but not soggy.
  4. Lastly, cook the turkey patty in another nonstick skillet, then fry up an egg.
  5. Put it all together by adding 1/2 mashed avocado on top of the burger then top it all off with a runny egg.

4-ingredient turkey burger sweet potato hash

Approximate macros for 1 of 2 servings:

552 calories, 32g protein, 27g carbs, 34g fat, 9g fiber, 7g sugar


4-ingredient chicken and pineapple

Ingredients for 3 servings:

  • 12oz chicken breasts (raw)
  • 2/3 cup fresh diced pineapple
  • 1 large red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Seasonings:
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon brown mustard
    • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
    • sea salt & pepper to taste



  1. Chop the raw chicken breasts into small pieces and remember to remove any large pieces of fat.
  2. Season the chicken pieces with smoked paprika and brown mustard.  (Alternate method: cook the chicken in the skillet separately, and when it is about 85% finished and all the sides have been seared, add the seasonings to the chicken while it finishes cooking.)
  3. Add olive oil to a skillet then toss in the seasoned chicken breast pieces.
  4. Cook for about 4 minutes until the chicken is about 80% finished, then add chopped bell pepper. Cook for another 2 or 3 minutes before adding the diced pineapple.
  5. Mix everything together in the skillet and cook until there is a visible sear on the chicken and pineapple.
  6. Enjoy the stir-fry with brown rice and if desired, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro (and low sodium soy sauce).

4-ingredient chicken and pineapple

Approximate macros for 1 of 3 servings:

320 calories, 29g protein, 31g carbs, 7g fat, 4g fiber, 7g sugar

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