In the quest for healthier, easy meals, I've decided to start doing something called "5-Ingredient Fridays," where every Friday (or whatever day of the week I feel like it), I cook dinner with 5 ingredients or less. Sure, only using 5-ingredients doesn't automatically equate to healthfulness; most purists would say a great steak or hamburger only requires a touch of salt and pepper to be excellent, after all. However, I feel like this is a good way to keep track of exactly what I'm eating and make the most of my time, money, and materials!


For the sake of flexibility, I'm eliminating a handful of "pantry essentials" from my 5-ingredient criteria. Ingredients like salt, black pepper, and olive oil are so necessary and common to most recipes and households that it's likely they'll exist in almost every recipe I make. Having them take up 3-ingredients every time would be highly limiting, so I am dis-counting them among my 5 final.  The sticklers out there probably think that's cheating, so I'm sorry to disappoint! Hopefully you'll still find the recipes tasty, despite my rebellious usage of 2-3 extra ingredients. :)


So, to start off what I hope will become a series here at Yummly, I made this super easy, tasty Shrimp, Snow Pea, and Zucchini Stir Fry! All you need in addition to the title ingredients are a bit of fresh lemon and garlic! It comes together in under 25 minutes, and it makes a very satisfying dinner too. The flavors are fresh and simple, go together quite well, and it's not too bad for you either! What more can you ask for in a meal?