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Every now and then, when I am stressed out, I find myself in a food rut. I get bored with all of my staple snack foods, I don’t like any of the recipes I have on hand, and I grimace at the thought of cooking. In a nutshell, when I’m in a funk, I find eating more of a nuisance than an enjoyable experience.

To snap out of it, I have to gently ease myself back into cooking. To do this, I start with simple, five-ingredient meals and some fresh recipes. Keeping the ingredients to a minimum means less grocery shopping, prep, cleanup, and ultimately time I have to dedicate to the process.

Here are ten recipes that fit that bill (from Oxmoor House and Cooking Light). I plan to use them myself over next few weeks to help get me back on track.

10 Five-Ingredient Meals:

  1. Pork Medallions with Spicy Pomegranate Blueberry Reduction

  2. Beef Tenderloin with Mustard and Herbs

  3. Fig and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

  4. Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp Kebabs

  5. Southwestern Chicken and White Bean Soup

  6. Grilled Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza

  7. Salmon, Asparagus, and Orzo Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

  8. Summer Pea, Watermelon, and Farro Salad

  9. Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto

  10. Corn and Bacon Chowder

Looking for Tips to Make Cooking Easier?

Here is one that will save you some serious time. Don’t be afraid to purchase ingredients that require minimal preparation, such as bags of frozen diced veggies, fresh sliced fruit or veggies from the produce section, triple washed and cut salad blends with topping packets included, Uncle Ben’s 90-second rice, or sliced/diced frozen chicken or meats.

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Hi, I am Melissa! I’m a Registered, Licensed Dietitian and I have been the Nutrition Specialist for Great Harvest since December of 2010. I got my start in nutrition at Colorado State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science with a focus in Dietetics. I went on to graduate from the Dietetic Internship Program at the Baptist Health System in San Antonio and then work as a Medical Nutrition Specialist in Houston. My love of the outdoors and the opportunity to work at one of Outside Magazine’s Top 100 Best Places to Work brought me to Montana and Great Harvest. My favorite part of my job is being able to work with an amazing group of fun and intellectual individuals who are passionate about making healthy eating a delicious experience while giving back to communities across the country.