Here are our favourite five recipes using just five ingredients, all offering health benefits as well as saving you time, money and effort.


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1. Baked banana porridge

Baked banana porridge

Oats are a nutritional powerhouse – if you've got a bag of these in your cupboard, you can have a nutritious breakfast in minutes. Start the day right with this healthy baked banana porridge containing walnuts, banana and cinnamon. Bananas are a good source of the amino acid tryptophan, which the body needs to make the feel-good hormone serotonin. When eaten with a carb source such as oats, the brain can absorb the tryptophan easily.

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2. Easy egg-fried rice

Egg-fried rice in a white bowl

Forget oil-laden takeaway fried rice, make your own healthy egg-fried rice with our easy recipe. If you're someone who exercises in the evening, this would be a great carb-based meal for refuelling after your workout. The combination of rice and eggs provide a good balance of energy and protein. It's filling enough to eat as it is, simply add a dash of soy or chilli sauce as needed.

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3. Linguine with avocado, tomato & lime

Linguine with avocado and tomato

Technically this low-calorie pasta has six ingredients, but the chilli is optional so you could leave that out. Using wholemeal linguine rather than white pasta means your blood sugar levels won't spike and crash after your meal.

Avocados are nutritionally rich, they're an excellent source of monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, helping to lower cholesterol and support heart health.

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4. 5-ingredient falafel

5-ingredient falafel in a wrap

Make falafel with just a handful of storecupboard ingredients. Serve them however you like. We like the crunchy, spiced chickpea bites in a wrap with lashings of chilli sauce. If you're cutting back on meat, chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein and they contain plenty of fibre.

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5. Inside-out chicken kiev

Inside-out chicken kiev

A quick, easy, low-fat recipe with just three ingredients. Here, we take the crunchy golden coating, succulent chicken and garlic butter of a classic kiev but make it a little lighter. This meal is high in protein but fairly low in carbs, making it a good option for anyone following a high-protein, low-carb diet.

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6. Saucy bean baked eggs

Saucy bean baked eggs with sliced of ham in a frying pan

Make these five-ingredient baked eggs with tomatoes and beans using storecupboard staples. It's a quick, easy and tasty and dish. Make it veggie by leaving out the ham, you'll still benefit from protein-packed eggs and beans. Spinach is another big hitter when it comes to nutrients – it's an excellent source of vitamin K, as well as being a source of bone-friendly magnesium and calcium.

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7. Creamy pasta with asparagus & peas

Creamy pasta with asparagus & peas

Take five ingredients and whip up this simple green vegetable fusilli supper for two, plus get three of your five-a-day. Interestingly, asparagus acts as a prebiotic in the body, feeding good bacteria in the gut. Outside of asparagus season, you could use green beans or broccoli instead – you'll still get plenty of green goodness.

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8. Super berry smoothie

Two glasses of berry smoothie

If you're always in a rush in the morning and tend to skip breakfast, try whizzing up a smoothie in a blender. This vitamin C-packed super berry smoothie contains just five ingredients including oats, so it'll help to sustain you until lunch. To keep you going for longer, add a spoonful of whey powder – this protein hit will help keep hunger pangs at bay. Check out our review of the best protein powders to buy.

9. Healthy pancakes

Healthy pancakes

Who said pancakes were a no-go for breakfast? These healthy ones make a wonderful start to the day, they get their fluffy texture from whipped egg whites. Instead of topping with chocolate spread or maple syrup, stack them high with fresh berries and a spoonful of low-fat yogurt. This will stop your blood sugar levels spiking, and you'll benefit from the antioxidants in the berries, too.

If you're plant-based, you should see our best vegan pancake recipes.

10. Squash & coconut curry

Squash curry with red peppers

It's not easy to find a stew (healthy or not) with just five ingredients, but this curry is just the thing. Colourful squash contains beta-carotene which supports eye health and supports the immune system. For a more substantial meal, and to top up your fibre intake, serve this with wholegrain rice.

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