Sunday, March 17, 2013

Make it Monday - Recipes Simplified

Most "two ingredient" recipes mean a box of this and a can of can, which when you think about it, those aren't exactly ingredients.

These recipes, however, truly are simple. Here are three recipes with five ingredients or less. These recipes are a great way to teach cooking to kids and to know exactly what you are eating.

You can start the day off with a smoothie, requiring only five ingredients and many possible variations to please your palate.

This chocolate smoothie is not as naughty as it sounds. You'll need:
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 ripe banana
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1/2 - 1 cup of crushed iced
1 tbsp of cocoa powder

Mix and blend!
Of course, variations can included different flavored protein powder or even a few chocolate covered almonds. Not a bad start to the day if you ask me.

Brace yourselves, because you are not ready for this next recipe. I (Jennifer) made it three times just last week after I came across it. I also used it to teach a handful of my elementary and middle school neighbors about cooking, and, what was for them, new ingredients.

2 ingredient pizza dough
1 cup of greek yogurt + 1 cup of self-rising flour. the end.

Really, it's that easy. For those of you who love crunchy crust, this is not the recipe for you. I have tried cooking it a few different ways, but the crust is soft and like a cloud from heaven any way you cook it. It also does not rise much at all, so keep in mind that however thick you press/roll it out, that's going to be your crust. And please, do yourself a favor and do NOT buy the greek yogurt with 30g of sugar. The brands with less than 10g sugar and fat ( Fage or Greek Gods) taste just fine.

To end the day on an even better note than chocolate smoothies and pizza, leaves only one thing- cookies. Again, two ingredients, plus some that I didn't count.

2 bananas + 1 cup of quick oats. finito.
But I added some chocolate chips, cinnamon, and Craisins, because I have a disease that requires me to put chocolate into anything.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Obviously bananas are magical, because they can be made into cookies, smoothies, chips, bread, and probably building materials and clothing, too. Don't underestimate the power of a banana. (Unless you are allergic to bananas, then overestimate their power and save a life. But even then, bananas have the ability to kill, maybe).

Enjoy these simple recipes and don't be afraid to experiment with your own versions.

recipes found at and Memphis Health + Fitness Magazine Feb. 2013 issue


  1. I made these cookies not too long ago - so yummy. And I have the same disease because mine, of course, had chocolate chips in them :)

  2. It's not a terrible diagnosis, if I say so myself