The last thing we want to think about at the end of a busy day is what to make for dinner. Chances are you have only half the ingredients you need to make a meal at your house so you have to drag yourself to the grocery store, adding yet another chore to your already chore-packed day. Well, life is about to get easier for you thanks to www.shape.com, who came up with several recipes that not only have less than 400 calories, but require only about three ingredients. So you can sit back, relax and get ready to have a little more free time in your day.
1. Tuna Salad
This delicious, healthy salad requires tuna, arugula and lemon. Simply flake 4 ounces of jarred, olive oil-packed tuna into a bowl and combine 3 cups of baby arugula. Season with salt and pepper and top with the juice of half a lemon.
2. Flatbread Pizza
All you need is Tortilla, tomatoes and mozzarella. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and place a whole-wheat tortilla on a baking sheet and top with 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes with basil and 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella. Bake until it starts to bubble, about 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon
In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and a little canola oil. Place a 4-ounce salmon steak on a foil-lined baking dish and brush with honey-mustard glaze. Bake at 400 degrees until salmon is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
4. Greek Portobello
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. While oven is heating, brush 1 portobello cap with olive oil. Shred 1 small zucchini and toss with 2 ounces crumbled feta. Place mixture inside the mushroom and bake until the mushroom is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
5. Black Bean Tacos
All you need for this yummy recipe is salsa, black beans and corn tortillas. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/3 cup jarred salsa and 3/4 cup rinsed and drained canned black beans. Add any extras you like such as corn or lettuce. Cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Divide the mixture evenly among the corn tortillas.
6. Chicken Caprese
7. Steak with Southwestern Relish
In a skillet over high heat, cook 1 lean 4-ounce steak until brown on each side and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Warm 1/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels in the microwave for about 1 minute and mince 1 roasted red pepper. Mix corn and pepper and spoon over steak.
8. Avocado Tartine
If you've got some bread, avocado and fish sauce you have all you need for this tasty treat. Simply toast 1 slice of whole-grain bread. Mash 1/2 avocado with 1/8 teaspoon fish sauce. Spread the mixture onto the toast and enjoy!
9. Crab Cakes
Who ever thought you could make crab cakes with just a few ingredients? Well, here is your chance. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. While heating, combine 1 cup crab meat with 3 tablespoons low-fat mayo. Mix to blend evenly and form into two equal cakes. Roll cakes in a bowl filled with 1/4 cup panko. Place on a foil-lined backing sheet and mist with olive old cooking spray. Bake until heated through and brown, about 10 minutes.
10. Fast Fattoush
For this easy and light snack all you need is some pita bread, hummus and romaine lettuce. To make, simply slice your pita into 8 wedges and brush with olive oil. Place on a backing sheet and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes at 450 degrees. In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup hummus with 2 tablespoons water. Whisk to blend to salad-dressing consistency. Combine 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce and the pita crisps and toss.
11. Green Pea Soup
In a medium saute pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add 1 chopped shallot. Cook about 8 minutes until softened. Add 1 cup frozen peas and two cups of water and season with salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until peas are tender, about 15 minutes. Puree with a blender and top with 2 tablespoons of low-fat Greet yogurt.