five ingredient fix.

by Janetha on September 1, 2010

in meals,moves

excuse my absence yesterday! i got my hair done after work and then went on a glorious 4 mile run (in 38 minutes) OUTSIDE when i got home. it is getting nice and cool in the evenings.

ever see claire robinson’s show on the food network?



basically, claire creates recipes using five ingredients. i have never actually watched the show, but it has a catchy title and it always gets stuck in my brain when i see a commercial for the show.

move aside, claire, today i was my very own day of a five ingredient fix!



breakfast: the return of protein oatmeal!  ever since monday, when i got TOO cold while drinking my protein shake and, gasp, couldn’t finish it.. i have been longing for a hot breakfast.

enter: five ingredient fix #1!




  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup nature’s indulgence vanilla nut granola
  • 1/4 cup trader joe’s unsweetened dried blueberries
  • 1 packet justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter


i love these individual packets of justin’s! special thanks to amie for sending them my way :)


i could get used to these five ingredients.


my breakfast kept me full for FIVE hours. dang, that is an hour for every ingredient!  eventually my belly started to rumble.

enter: five ingredient fix #2!


i made a layered salad of:


  • romaine
  • yellow squash
  • zucchini
  • cottage cheese
  • sweet potato

the squash and zucchini were leftover from last night’s dinner.  i steamed them both and refrigerated them overnight. perfect to add to a salad for lunch!  the sweet potato was one from the batch baked at the beginning of the week.  i’ve been eating them every day since.


who needs dressing when you have cottage cheese?

that pesky sweet tooth was hanging around after lunch.

i turned to a one ingredient fix:


i guess i could have turned this into a five ingredient fix.. but one was all i needed ;)


i got off work late today and missed my typical snack time (around 4 PM) so by the time i got home at 5:30 i was feeling like a heavier snack before my workout.

enter: five ingredient fix #3!


  • 1 whole wheat english muffin, toasted
  • 1 wedge laughing cow light sun dried tomato cheese
  • 2 slices low sodium turkey breast
  • 1 egg, cooked in a mug in the microwave (1 minute on half power)
  • romaine

i am loving the new-to-me flavors of laughing cow! i’ve yet to find the blue cheese.


stacked five ingredient fix! did the trick!


i shared the sandwich with marshall and then changed for the gym.


not sure why but i’ve been feeling awfully sluggish lately. maybe it is the change in season? anyway, i fought my desire to be a total slack ass and managed to get to my mom’s gym and do the following weight training:

  • 5 minute warmup on treadmill (0.5 mile)

circuit 1: three times through




parts worked

bosu ball squat + biceps curl 10# ea 12 quads, glutes, biceps, core
single leg dead lift to upright row 10# ea 12 each leg hamstrings, shoulders, core
side lunge + overhead shoulder press 10# ea 12 quads, hamstrings, glutes, shoulders
  • 50 ball crunches

circuit 2: three times through




parts worked

laying butt bridge + chest press 10# ea 20 glutes, chest
single leg press (on sled) 120# 12 each leg quads, glutes
stability ball ham curls bodyweight 12 hamstrings
  • 50 ball crunches

circuit 3: 3 times through




parts worked

single arm overhead triceps extension while standinf on one leg 10# 12 each arm triceps, core
wide stance squat to overhead press with medicine ball 12# ball 12 quads, glutes, shoulders
bulgarian split squat 10# ea 12 each leg quads, glutes
  • 50 ball crunches

the end! it took 40 minutes and then i went home to make dinner.


dinner tonight fell right in line with my 5 ingredient theme! i promise i didn’t even plan it this way.

enter: five ingredient fix #4!


  • whole wheat spaghetti
  • garlic hummus
  • basil pesto
  • parmesan cheese
  • lemon juice

i put this pasta on this week’s menu after seeing this recipe on mama pea’s blog.  i, of course, did my part in planning to de-veganizing it with the cheese. 

what i didn’t plan on was a vegan guest for dinner!  i ended up making a small batch of the pasta following mama pea’s recipe and then a larger batch of un-vegan pasta for marshall and i using the five ingredients above.


i did keep it vegetarian, however! and i beefed it up a bit with some baked tofu and steamed asparagus.

for the tofu, i pressed it, diced it and marinated it in this dressing:

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i then baked it at 400 degrees for 15 minutes on each side, 30 minutes total.


i tossed the 5 ingredient pasta with the tofu and asparagus.. which technically made it seven ingredients.  shhh.. don’t tell! IMG_1219



can i just say tha tmama pea, you are a genius. why have i never used hummus in pasta before?! this was sooo creamy, minus the cream!


mama pea is onto something with the whole hummus-as-a-pasta-sauce idea! i can’t wait to  use a sun dried tomato hummus in a penne pasta with pine nuts and diced sun dried tomatoes. the wheels are turning!

i am currently taking a load off and letting my pasta digest before i make a clean eating 5 ingredient dessert fix.  do you think it is a coincidence that protein cake has only five ingredients??

  • 1/2 scoop BSN banana nut protein powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 TB unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 TB peanut butter

no. i don’t think it is coincidence at all! it must be five ingredient fix fate ;)


1. what is a five ingredient fix you’d like to share with the class? although i have shared a plethora of 5 ingredient fixes above, i have to mention one of my FAVES: garbanzo beans+cottage cheese+ranch dressing seasoning+diced tomatoes+black pepper. so tasty!

2. although i have never seen “five ingredient fix”, i do love the food network. what is your favorite food network show? mine is chopped. i DVR the crud out of that show.. i love playing along and coming up with dishes i would make with the basket ingredients.

xo. janetha g.

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Tay September 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm

How funny, b/c blue cheese is the one I CAN find (at TJs). But i can’t find the others. My fave 5 ingredient fix as of late:

Peanut flour
…..some love?

janetha September 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

love is an essential ingredient!

Julia September 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Your breakfast looked soo yummy!

I can’t think of any five ingredient recipes off the top of my head – the dinner I made tonight was a few over 5 but still delish!

As for the food network – we have no cable. I wonder if Netflix has any of their shows, because that we do have.

Have a fabulous Thursday!

crunchygranolagal September 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

ah, what a neat and simple idea! this blog post serves as further proof of your health-foodie-inventiveness. thumbs up!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 1, 2010 at 11:37 pm

that fact that you whipped up a special meal, a vegan meal, totally unannounced for a guest, at the last possible second just shows that 1. you are an amazingly creative cook and that 2. you are an amazing friend!

5 ingredients? most of the food i make NEVER has more than 5 ingredients in it. I am the queen of simple, whole, real, easy, basic food. It aint rocket science, it’s raw vegan :)

Food network. Before I had a child and watched tv b/c i had time (and didnt know what blogs were LOL), I loved barefoot contessa, anthony bourdin, and a little bit of Giada and Rach Ray just for laughs and iron chef, the judging round. Loved when the ripped apart the food with a bad review. I’m twisted, I know :)

BIOCHEMISTA September 2, 2010 at 12:31 am

Hi Janetha! New reader here :) I am so excited I found your blog, your meals look so delish and most impressive to me, so EASY! Can’t wait to read more! Have a fantastic day!!

My five would be: Curry sauce (TJs curry simmer sauce), handfull frozen veggies, black beans or edemame, diced tofu, and pre-made quinoa. Microwaved for a few mins before and it’s delish every time :)

MelissaNibbles September 2, 2010 at 2:41 am

I don’t watch the Food Network. It’s all crap food by people who aren’t even chefs (except Giada and Bobby Flay). I used to watch Jamie Oliver’s show, but I don’t think it’s on anymore.

My five ingredients are: chicken, sweet potato with a laughing cow wedge stirred in, broccoli, salad on the side.

I need to try this hummus on pasta thang!

balancejoyanddelicias September 2, 2010 at 3:03 am

I love this idea of having meals under five ingredients, simple but yummy at the same time. I don’t have recipe to share but now that you posted, I’ll have this idea around! ;)

April September 2, 2010 at 4:10 am

Before the IBS thing….cabbage mix, mustard, stevia, shrimp, sliced almonds. Mmmmm….it’s so good.

Right now it’s…..protein powder, guar gum, xantham gum, coffee and ice! Okay stevia and cocoa powder too but that would ruin the 5.

I have seen her show. I just get peeved that she eats like she does and looks that way ;) I love her voice. My favorite is Giada.

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 2, 2010 at 4:38 am

I love Chopped too! We watch it all the time and get sucked into the marathons.

lindsay September 2, 2010 at 4:46 am

Brilliant, all you need is 5 ingredients anyway. You gotta try out real tahini and garlic or tahini and cumin/paprika for a pasta coating. Its delish, almost as good as the hummus combo!

Lauren September 2, 2010 at 4:52 am

I think I could do a 5 ingredient fix if the condiments didn’t count. Haha, I think I use 5 different kinds of condiments alone! :)

I really want to try hummus in pasta. I know Rachel Ray has a recipe that I’ve been dying to make for ages now that uses hummus and pasta and beans. Yum!!

Katie September 2, 2010 at 5:00 am

Girl CHOPPED is my fiance and I’s Fave show too!!!!!!!!!! We love it!!!!!

Loving the 5 ingredient meals you created today! Dinner I say would be my fave meal you had! yum!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 2, 2010 at 5:18 am

5 ingredients?? Easy peasy for breakfast and lunch… dinner though?? hmmm… favorite is probably baked tofu a-la Gliding Calm.

I watch everything on food network, but i’m loving on Cupcake Wars right now!

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) September 2, 2010 at 5:43 am

Loved this!

Easy 5-ingredient fix… hmm, my garlic parm chicken is super easy: chicken breast + garlic cloves + parmesan cheese + olive oil + salt&pepper [counting them as one! ;)]

I love FN shows here in Canada… Bitchin’ Kitchen being my fave, and of course re-runs of my Chef’s show, Foodies :D


Naomi(onefitfoodie) September 2, 2010 at 6:31 am

i love chopped and I have also been watching a whole lot of cupcake wars which is an awesome cucapke competition!!! so good! :)

5 ingredient fix:

that pasta dish with the tofu looks SO good!!! I love adding tofu to dishes that you would normally add chicken to (or ast least for me i would) it makes it something extra special!

Nice job on that workout! love it :)


Heather (Where's the Beach) September 2, 2010 at 6:41 am

That salad looks so tasty. I could eat sweet potatoes every day. Here’s one (not the healthiest b/c of the feta, but good):
Whole-wheat rotini
1 can diced tomatoes (no salt or equal amount fresh diced)
1 can chickpeas (drained)
Feta cheese
Fresh spinach

I rarely get to watch her show. I used to be glued to the Food Network but so many are making such terribly unhealthy meals that it’s hard to watch sometimes.

coffeeandthepaper September 2, 2010 at 7:16 am

I love Claire Robinson. I want her long shiny dark locks on my head please.

And I want your lunch in my stomach NOW please. It reminds me of a delicious version of that trifle that Rachel made on the Thanksgiving Friends eppy!

Susan September 2, 2010 at 7:58 am

You are too cute with your 5 ingredients and freshly chopped bangs :)

Okay, here are my five ingredients:
Raw oatmeal
Protein powder
Peanut butter
Chocolate chips

…and bam! You have no-bake homemade protein bars :)

Favourite Food Network show is tough. I think I have to go with Good Eats because it’s probably the most entertaining, informative, riveting show I’ve ever watched. And I love Alton Brown. Honourable mentions go to the Iron Chef, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and Chef At Home. I can only watch the Food Network at the gym now, so it’s turned into a good motivator to get me on the cardio equipment ;)

Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) September 2, 2010 at 8:38 am

Lady that pasta looks divine…I must make some hummus sauce! And Reisen…I share the love! My favorite food network show is definitely Barefoot Contessa…I love Ina! Mmm and five ingredient fix? Chopped peppers, chicken sausage, onions, salsa & cheese!

Jamie September 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

Chocolate hazelnut butter?!?! I’ve never seen that and now I need to track it down.

lowandbhold September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

I used to looove Reisins and then I totally forgot about them. I must have one soon!

Love the 5 ingred fix idea! I’ve never seen that show and don’t watch TFN as much as I used to, but I do adore it.

GetHealthyWithHeather September 2, 2010 at 9:42 am

I love the 5 ingredient fix idea! bet it helps with budgets too! My favorite would be: wrap, hummus, spinach, steak and roasted bell peppers. Simple and delicious lunch or snack

crystal September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

dang girl! love those compound moves you got going on-i might have to borrow that workout this evening :)

and i wish i could watch the food network! sadly, it just makes my hungry AND envious of the gorgeous kitchens on the shows!

tangent: i saw a blog recently that used 10 ingredients per meal, which is doable i think, but 5 just seems crazy! lol…i’m gonna try to create a 5 ingredient meal soon and hopefully spices don’t count :)

Mama Pea September 2, 2010 at 10:30 am

So glad you loved the hummus pasta “sauce.”

Hmmm: 5 ingredient fix–PB&J smoothie: almond milk, frozen strawberries, PB2, ice and vanilla protein powder!

She’s rarely on anymore, but I love Nigella!

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) September 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

GET DOWN WITH YOUR BAD SELF on that funky salad!!? Love it! So creative!

Sluggish- need a day off?? (kills me to say it but sometimes it’s necessary!!)

Hmm 5 ingred: My shakes often have 5 ingred: Not including water and ice: protein powder, xanthan/guar, fruit of choice, nut butter on spoon and cereal sprinkle for crunch :-)

Miss ya tons.

Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices September 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

TOTALLY love that idea of using hummus as pasta sauce- making that ASAP! It sounds perfect!
My favorite 5 ingredient fix is: greek yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, special k blueberry cereal & fiber one cereal. I eat it everyday for lunch. I’m addicted!!!

Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices September 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

PS: I meant to tell you a while ago when you left a comment on my blog that I LOVE that you write janetha g. now- so cute :) I was always so used to janetha b. And, it’s also nice that you can understand the effects of Crohns :( not that you have it directly, but you live with someone who does…sometimes I think that’s just as hard. I know my fiance (so weird for me to say that now- haha) has a hard time dealing with it because it seems like I’m always in pain/ complaining about it..thankfully he loves me :)

Katie September 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

I love claire r. on that show – she’s a kick! And YOU…a whole DAY of 5 ingredient fixes, you’ve got her beat! :-) Favorite 5 ingredient smoothie:

1 scoop protein powder
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup milk
1 handful of ice cubes

Wait, I think I stole this recipe from you…or at least something like it. Haha, either way, it’s my fave. :-)

Tina September 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

I love things with minimal ingredients…although I don’t care for her show. She makes some weird stuff. Yours are much more up my aisle. :D

thedelicateplace September 2, 2010 at 11:53 am

I’ve been feeling sluggish lately too but it’s because I’m working so hard-plus having our house up for sale means we are always on the go, leaving in a moments notice. ::stress!::

simplyshaka September 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Looks like an awesome workout!

I couldn’t agree more about cottage cheese on salads and your breakfast looks delish!

I love Down home with the Neelys and Secrets of a restaurant Chef

14yearoldvegan September 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I loveee sweet potato! Your meals look delicious too :)

Erica September 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Whats going on lovely? I actually love five ingredient fix! such a great concept and such a great related post! The pasta dinner looks amazing. Isn’t running outside the best? I took a run outside this AM and it was GLORIOUS.

1. what is a five ingredient fix you’d like to share with the class? owwww… dinner from last night (the acorn squash) was a 5 ingredienter!

2. although i have never seen “five ingredient fix”, i do love the food network. what is your favorite food network show? oh gosh, this is a tough one… I love anything Giada, barefoot contessa, and next food network star!

Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover September 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Loved the 5-ingredient fix dishes!
They all look AMAZING and SIMPLE!
The perfect combo :D

edenseats September 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Everyday Italian was shot at my friends house! its so funny cause every time I visit them, I’m like, “Where’s Giada?”. I also am sad my TV debut was on a stupid show on Bravo and not food network since I am a chef.
anyhow I like my “sweet n salty parfait”
-greek yogurt layered with crushed pretzels, chocolate chips, salted peanuts, and some honey.

Angela (the diet book junkie) September 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm

so glad i found your blog! most of the foods i eat have very simple and few ingredients (i’m not much of a cook) usually i’ll throw a bunch of veggie together, add evoo, seasoning, garlic, and bake (or stir-fry.) done.

hmm….i don’t watch much food network, but i LOVE Top Chef. best show ever!!!

melissadishes September 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

thanks for some great new ideas.

Never done sweet potato with cottage cheese, but those are 2 of my favorites! Hmm, I wonder what I could do to add mushrooms to it too, lol!

RunToTheFinish September 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm

oh man i doubt much i eat has more than 5, i’m just too lazy or i just do want too many flavors :)

actorsdiet September 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

girl i’m all about the five ingredients or less!

here’s a “recipe” for the reisen – stick it in the fridge and suck it while sipping on hot cocoa. so soothing!

Beverly Healy October 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Would like the recipe for Baked Garbanzos like 5 Ingred. had on Oct 2,2010

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