15 Easy Recipes with 8 Ingredients or Less

These quick and easy recipes require very few ingredients but still deliver on taste!

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Mushroom Quiche: Just 3 Ingredients

This simple, no-crust quiche is the perfect combination of protein and vegetables to satisfy your appetite. Make it ahead and eat it throughout the week.

1 cup (250 mL) chopped onion
1 cup (250 mL) chopped mushrooms
8 egg whites, whisked

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Apple, Aged Cheddar and Smoked Turkey Panini: Just 6 Ingredients

Toasted whole grains, melted aged cheddar, lean turkey slices and a burst of flavour from the apple provides a well-rounded sandwich that’s sure to overcome hunger.

4 sliced of aged cheddar cheese
4 slices of whole grain bread
1 apple (try McIntosh, Jonagold or Crispin), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
4 slices of smoked turkey breast
2 tsp (10 mL) honey mustard
1/2 cup (125 ml) baby spinach

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Rice and Cilantro Salad: Just 6 Ingredients

Perfect as a side, a taco filling or just on its own.

2 cups (500 mL) cooked brown rice
1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
1 tsp (5 mL) chili powder
Small handful cilantro leaves, sliced (keep some for garnish)

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Egg-White Omelette with Spinach, Tomato and Cheddar: Just 6 Ingredients

A delicious basic omelette minus the fat and cholesterol-that’s the kind of recipe every health-conscious cook needs.

3 egg whites
2 teaspoons (10 mL) chopped fresh dill
Pepper to taste
1/2 cup (125 mL) loosely packed, thinly sliced fresh spinach
1 Italian tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons (25 mL) grated light Cheddar cheese

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Greek Lentil Burgers: Just 7 Ingredients

Need a quick, healthy meal? You can get these great lentil burgers on the table in 30 minutes or less.

1 egg
2 cups (500 mL) chopped mushrooms
1/2 small onion, and 1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh mint leaves
1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
1 can (540 mL) lentils, rinsed
1 cup (250 mL) whole-wheat bread crumbs

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Apple and Potato Rosti: Just 7 Ingredients

Sometimes cravings call for nothing but the buttery, warm goodness of homemade potato rösti.

500 g baking potatoes (Russet), peeled (about 2 large)
2 apples (peel if desired)
1/2 large cooking onion, minced
2 tsp (10 mL) minced, fresh sage
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and black pepper
1 large egg, well beaten
1/4 cup (65 mL) unsalted butter, divided

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Scallops with Cherry Tomato Saute: Just 7 Ingredients

Here, these low-fat, low-cholesterol morsels of succulent seafood are sautéed with cherry tomatoes and enlivened with a vermouth-based sauce.

500 g large scallops
4 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
250 g cherry tomatoes
2?3 cup dry vermouth, white wine or reduced-salt chicken stock
1?3 cup chopped fresh basil

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Grilled Plums with Maple-Vanilla Mascarpone: Just 7 Ingredients

Grilling plums releases their natural juices, while the caramelization intensifies the flavour.

6 fresh plums, halved, pits removed
1 Tbsp (15 mL) honey, warmed
1/2 cup (125 mL) mascarpone cheese
1 Tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract
1 Tbsp (15 mL) orange zest
4 large mint leaves, finely sliced

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Farfalle with Arugula and White Beans: Just 7 Ingredients

Quickly wilted arugula, canned beans, and toasted walnuts add heft to this vegetarian main course.

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
12 ounces farfalle
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 pound baby arugula
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup walnut pieces, toasted, for garnish

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Almond-Currant Couscous: Just 8 Ingredients

Crunchy toasted almonds add flavour and nutrition to this simple couscous dish with currants.

2 tablespoons (30 mL) olive oil
1 1/2 (375 mL) cups instant couscous
1/4 cup (60 mL) whole natural almonds, toasted and chopped
2 cups (500 mL) boiling water
1/2 cup (125 mL) dried currants
1/4 cup (60 mL) sliced green onions
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt

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Hot and Spicy Black Bean Dip: Just 8 Ingredients

Update your party menu with a chili-laced black bean dip that’s practically fat-free and an excellent source of fibre.

5 garlic cloves, peeled
1 can (540 ml) black beans, rinsed and drained (see the variation if using dried beans)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2?3 cup chopped fresh coriander
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 pickled jalapeño chili peppers, finely chopped

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Leek & Prosciutto Pizza Muffins: Just 8 Ingredients

Leeks, basil, and prosciutto com­bine with mozzarella to make a sophisticated pizza-style topping for whole-wheat muffins.

1 tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
2 leeks, thinly sliced
Pepper to taste
4 whole-wheat English muffins, halved
Handful of shredded fresh basil leaves
4 slices prosciutto, trimmed of visible fat and halved crosswise
3 ounces (90 g) mozzarella cheese, cut into thin strips

1/4 cup (60 mL) coarsely chopped arugula

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Turkey and Black Bean Enchiladas: Just 8 Ingredients

Flavourful ingredients wrapped in a corn tortilla and covered in cheese.

2 1/2 cups (625 mL) medium-hot salsa
1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped cilantro
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
8 6-inch (15-cm) corn tortillas
8 ounces (250 g) cooked turkey breast, shredded
3/4 cup (175 mL) canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 cup (250 mL) shredded, light cheddar cheese

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Fusilli with Roast Tomatoes and Shrimp: Just 8 Ingredients

Get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes with this easy recipe.

1 pkg (340 g) whole-wheat fusilli
2 cups (500 mL) broccoli florets
6 plum tomatoes, each cut lengthwise into 6 wedges
4 tsp (20 mL) extra virgin olive oil, divided
375 g (3/4 lb.) large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tsp (20 mL) balsamic vinegar, divided
Pinch hot chili flakes

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Roasted Cauliflower Spaghetti with Lemon: Just 8 Ingredients

Cauliflower is a super-food; high intake is linked to lower cancer risk.

4 tsp (20 mL) olive oil
375 g (12 oz.) whole-wheat or whole-grain spaghetti
1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
4 tsp (20 mL) chopped fresh parsley (swap for fresh basil, if desired)
3 Tbsp (45 mL) grated light Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp (10 mL) lemon juice; a few pinches finely grated lemon zest
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) cherry tomatoes

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