More Tasty with Less Ingredients

The simpler the recipe, the better it tastes. Minimalism doesn’t just have to apply to the things you own, but can also be applied to the things you eat. Let me start off by saying that I think 5 ingredients is a golden rule. Over that is too much. Let it be known, I’m pulling that number right out of my arse, but it’s what I go by. As I write this though, I googled “5 ingredient rule” and there it was, but it pertained to anything more than 5 ingredients on a products label is something you should avoid. I’m not talking about that. Here’s an example recipe for cashew crusted chicken: (

  1. 1 (12 oz) jar apricot preserves
  2. 1/2 cup Dijon-style mustard
  3. 1 teaspoon curry powder
  4. 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  5. 1 cup coarsely chopped cashews

Another example, just to back up my 5 ingredient theory, is a PB&J sandwich. Who doesn’t enjoy that! and it’s just 3 ingredients: peanut butter, jelly (flavor of your choice), and bread…just in case you didn’t know what PB& J was 😉

As a foodie, I’ve tried all types of dishes. I must say that the simple ones were the dishes I remembered and enjoyed the most. Not saying that dishes can’t have more than 5 ingredients and not taste amazing…because there is most definitely dishes out there that are just that with much more ingredients than 5.

Bring out that minimalist chef in you. Tasty and simple!

Side note: As a Dietitian I think that this also has the potential to bring about a healthier lifestyle because with simpler ingredients, easier cooking steps and less time in the kitchen, this could lead to more cooking at home with fresh ingredients. Fresh ingredients meaning more fruits and vegetables and less of that processed stuff. I think that the saving money part is a given 😉

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