5 Recipes. 6 or Fewer Ingredients. Under 20 minutes!!

Debbie Hatch | Family & F.I.T.

Now that I have your attention…

Happy Independence Day. It definitely felt like a holiday to me. I’ve been home six full-days!!! That’s unusual and it’s been awesome. I’ve had an opportunity to catch up on several important tasks and even a few back-burner items. Today I decided to relax in my kitchen. I love to cook and there are a few recipes I’ve been hoping to work on.

The final result was four quick and easy recipes (plus my stand-by lemonade).

Each recipe was completed in 20 minutes or less!

With a homemade vinaigrette I already in the refrigerator, each recipe today contained six or fewer ingredients!







1 cup spinach                     1 cup romaine lettuce

1/4 avocado                        2 slices bacon, cooked & diced

1 roma tomato, diced          1-2 mushrooms, diced

1/8 – 1/4 cup garlic vinaigrette (I had this in the frig, but recipe is below)

Dice all ingredients. Toss together.



Garlic Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar                 1/2 tsp diced garlic                          1 tsp spicy brown mustard

Freshly ground pepper                        1 tsp Ms. Dash Italian Medley          1/8 cup extra virgin olive oilIMG_7585

Helpful Notes:

1.  The vinaigrette stores very well in the refrigerator.

2.  While there are specific bottles you can buy at a cooking store, for the sake of ease and simplicity, I just use oneof the protein shakers I have on hand.





1 cup strawberries              1 cup blueberries

1/3 jicama                            1/4 red onion

Fresh mint                           Fresh lemon juice

Dice all ingredients. Toss together.

Helpful Notes:

1.  I like to use frozen berries when I make the salad, especially if it’s going to be a little bit until we eat. That way the salad keeps itself cold.

2.  I was skeptical about the onion but it really enhances the flavor of this salad. Just try it.IMG_7587

3.  What to heck is a jicama? It’s a very low calorie root vegetable from Mexico. You’ll find it in the produce section.




IMG_76191 lb 99% fat free ground turkey

2 large white mushrooms, diced

1 tsp Flavor God                    1/2 onion, diced

1 tsp Ms. Dash Italian Medley

1 tbsp diced garlic                   1 egg white


Mix all ingredients. Form into patties. These were cooked on the grill (at 400 degrees). 10 minutes on one side and 5 minutes on the other.

IMG_7592Helpful Notes:

1.  Again, make extra. One “secret” to staying on track is making food prep as easy as possible. These freeze well.
2.  I don’t like dicing onions by hand. I typically use my Pampered Chef chopper. It works great!



This isn’t a new recipe.  It’s one of my favorites and I make it all the tie.


1 lemon, juiced                        2 strawberries, diced

Fresh mint                               Ice


Juice the lemon. Add strawberries and 1 sprig of chopped fresh mint. Throw in a few ice cubes and fill your glass with water. I did not use any sweetener (which is not unusual) but neither did my husband. It was just tart enough but the fruit added the right amount of sweetness without sugar.IMG_7597









1/2 cup peanut (or almond) butter

1.5 medium bananas

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 tbsp coconut oil, softened

1 sheet chocolate graham crackers (optional)

1 tsp Glucomannan (optional)


Blend everything, except the graham crackers, very well. I just put all of the ingredients into the Ninja. Spray (olive oil, Pam, or something like that) a small ramekin (aka individual baking pan). If you want a crust, finely crush the graham crackers and put them into the ramekin. Pour the pie mixture into the ramekin. Pop this into thIMG_7604e freezer for 10 or 15 minutes. You can keep it in the freezer or the refrigerator.


Helpful Note: What to heck is Glucomannan? It’s a powder made from Konjac root. This is completely optional to the
recipe as it is flavor-less, although it does add a little thickness. I add it to some recipes for additional fiber (which supports regularity).



I really hope one (or more) of these recipes becomes a family favorite for you! If you try something, please take a photo and share it, along with your comments, either here, on Instagram (#familynfit) or Facebook.

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