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5 Ingredient Dinner – Savory Quinoa Salad

Last week, I introduced the “5 Ingredient Dinner” mini series, and today I’m sharing my second recipe with you. I hope you check back often for more easy and healthy dinner ideas!

Quinoa is pretty new to us but I’ve slowly worked it into my menu planning, and it’s definitely growing on me.

But paired with “normal” ingredients, it doesn’t seem as strange or daunting, right? The texture is unique and by itself, it’s pretty boring, so I brought in things like pancetta to give the dish an extra punch.


Give it a try!

Recipe below:

Savory Quinoa Salad


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A Taste of Hawaii


Garlic ChickenI was chatting with my friend Liz a few nights ago about some recipes, and the conversation made me think of garlic chicken, yes the famous Hawaiian garlic chicken. If you’ve been there, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Back when we lived on Oahu, we had a lot of garlic chicken. You can get it at many restaurants, but our favorite (and many locals’ favorite as well) is from Fatboys. Mmmm, I can smell it now! The chicken pieces are fried then dipped in this amazing sauce, and usually served over rice. Rice is another staple in Hawaiian cuisine, which isn’t surprising since the islands are heavily influenced by Asian cultures and cuisines.

Our conversation inspired me to create a home-cook friendly version of this ever-so-popular dish. Typically the recipe requires deep frying, but instead I decided to try sautéing with a combination of olive oil & vegetable oil.

I hope you give this a try!

Garlic Chicken Ingredients

Recipe below:

Garlic Chicken Recipe


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5 Ingredient Dinner – Spinach & Garlic Sliders

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As promised, here is the first recipe of my 5 Ingredient Dinner series.

This was inspired by “how can I work some veggies into a grilling night.” Will isn’t too fond of spinach. He will eat it if forced, I mean coerced, so I decided to add a twist to burgers.

Now don’t be put off by the name, and I know, I know… it looks green, but try to get pass that and think about how healthy it is :). For a veggie included burger, we gave it a 7.5 out of 10. If you try this recipe, please let me know what you think!

For my 5 Ingredient Dinner series, I will not count salt & pepper or cooking oil as part of the ingredients. Well, because it’s kind of a given. So think of these as main ingredients.


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Recipe - Garlic & Spinach Sliders