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#Thrivein5: Quick, Easy, Affordable Recipes for All Day

Last Update: April 3, 2024

Only have 5 minutes to throw together a snack? 

Looking for healthy lunch recipes with 5 ingredients or fewer? 

What about a family-friendly meal for $5 or less? 

Our #Thrivein5 recipe series is the answer: recipes that are 5 ingredients or fewer, that take 5 minutes or less to make, or cost $5 or less.  The idea is that these these recipes are all easy, quick, and affordable (while still being healthy and delicious) so cooking at home fits seamlessly into the rest of your routine. 

Ready to get started? Browse our favorite #Thrivein5 recipes for breakfasts, lunches and dinners, or toss-it-together snacks below (or click the #Thrivein5 tag at the bottom of any recipe to see even more recipes). 


#Thrivein5 Breakfast Recipes

Mushroom Toast Recipe

Whether you make it as breakfast, lunch, or a midday snack, this herby mushroom toast is like avocado toast’s just-as-easy-to-make cousin. 

Yield: 2 servings
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 small cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped sage leaves
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 to 1 ½ cups mixed mushrooms (larger ones halved or quartered)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 slices sourdough bread
½ cup sliced mozzarella

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic, rosemary, sage, and thyme in oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in mushrooms and sauté, stirring occasionally until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Brush the tops of the bread with olive oil and top with mozzarella. Place on a baking sheet and toast in oven until the mozzarella has melted, about 3 to 5 minutes. Top toast with mushroom mixture.


Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipe

Prepping overnight oats ahead of time means breakfast is served in under 5 minutes — and with just about 5 ingredients. 

Yield: 1 serving
Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup prepared overnight oats
Toppings of choice (yogurt, sliced banana, apples, almonds, cinnamon, honey etc.)

Instructions:

In a small bowl, add half of the prepped overnight oats (about a cup). 

Add any toppings you like, such as a few dollops of yogurt, sliced banana, chopped almonds, cinnamon, and honey.


Chili Oil Fried Egg Recipe 

The sizzle of the egg gets even better with the addition of scallion and soy sauce.

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon Fly By Jing chili oil
1 egg
1 scallion, sliced
½ tablespoon soy sauce
Sesame seeds, toasted

Instructions: 

Heat a pan on medium heat for 1-2 min (you want the egg to sizzle when it hits the pan).

Add a spoonful of chili oil and the bottom white slices of green onion, then crack your egg over.

Reduce heat to low. When the egg white has almost set, add soy sauce. Let it sizzle briefly to form a deliciously savory crust along the egg’s edges, and you’re done!

Top with the top green slices of green onion and toasted sesame seeds. Serve over rice with kimchi or whatever you’re feeling, and dig in. 🙂


#Thrivein5 Lunch & Dinner Recipes

Lemon & Turmeric Lentil Soup

Not only is this #Thrivein5 soup perfect for a work-from-home weekday lunch, it also costs less than $5 to make. 

Yield: Serves 6
Active Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
2 tablespoons Thrive Market Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 small onion, diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), skinned and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 ½ cups Thrive Market Organic Lentils
6 cups cThrive Market Organic Chicken Bone Broth (or use vegetable broth to keep it plant-based)
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons Thrive Market Organic Turmeric
1 cup Thrive Market Organic Full-Fat Coconut Milk
1 head lacinato kale, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

Instructions
Add the olive oil to a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion and celery to the pot and cook for 5-7 minutes, until both are browned and the onion is translucent. Then add the garlic and ginger and sauté for about 1 minute, until fragrant.

Add the broth, sweet potatoes, lentils, salt, pepper, bay leaf, and turmeric to the pot and stir to combine. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, until the lentils have softened.

Stir the coconut milk and kale into the soup, then cook for 2-3 minutes until the kale is wilted and bright green. Add the lemon juice and then taste the soup for seasoning, adding additional salt and pepper if needed. Spoon into individual bowls and serve.


Kale-Hemp Pesto Pasta Recipe

In the time it takes to boil a pot of pasta water, you can throw together this make-ahead pesto sauce.

Yield: 1 cup
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 bunch curly kale, thick stems removed
1/2 cup Thrive Market Biodynamic Regenerative Hemp Seeds
2 cloves garlic
Large pinch sea salt
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup Thrive Market Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions:

Place kale, hemp seeds, garlic, salt, parmesan, and lemon juice in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. 

Process until combined, then, with the machine running, drizzle in olive oil until mixture looks totally smooth. 

Serve over your favorite pasta. 

Cover and store leftovers in fridge for up to 5 days.


Jackfruit Plant-Based Fajitas Recipe

Prep a plant-based dinner for less than $5 using this recipe for sizzling jackfruit fajitas. 

Ingredients

1 10.6 oz package Upton’s Naturals Original Jackfruit
1 tsp Thrive Market Avocado Oil
4 tsp Thrive Market Fajita Seasoning
1 red bell pepper, halved lengthwise, seeds and stem removed
1 yellow bell pepper, halved lengthwise, seeds and stem removed

Instructions

Slice the bell peppers lengthwise. Set aside.

Warm a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Drizzle in the avocado oil, then add sliced bell peppers. Saute for one to two minutes, until soft. Sprinkle the fajita seasoning into the pan. Remove jackfruit from the package, add to the pan, and cook for five to seven minutes.


Mirin Salmon Recipe 

Dinner comes together in just 5 ingredients when you make this marinated salmon with Japanese mirin flavor. 

Ingredients: 

⅓ cup soy sauce
⅓ brown sugar
⅓ mirin
2 tbsp rice vinegar (or sub white wine vinegar)
2 salmon filets
Oil for cooking

Instructions: 

Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, and rice vinegar in a resealable bag. Seal and shake to combine.

Add your salmon into the bag and let it marinate in the fridge for an hour.

In a pan on medium-high heat, add oil and salmon. After 2 minutes, turn the salmon over and add the marinade. Let the marinade reduce, occasionally swirling the pan, for 2 minutes until it becomes a delicious sticky glaze.

Serve with veggies, rice, or whatever your heart desires. Make sure to scoop out all the delicious sauce!

Snacks

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites Recipe

Healthy, kid-friendly snacks are sometimes hard to come by, but this one covers all the bases — and it takes just 5 minutes to make. 

Yield: 10 servings
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup Thrive Market Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
1/2 cup heaping cup Thrive Market Organic Raw Cashews
3 tablespoon Thrive Market Non-GMO Creamy Almond Butter
10 Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon Thrive Market Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Thrive Market Organic Oat Beverage
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut chips (or shredded coconut)
Pinch Thrive Market Sea Salt
Dash Thrive Market Organic Ground Cinnamon
Crushed mixed nuts, for rolling
1/3 cup Thrive Market Organic Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 tablespoon Thrive Market Regenerative Coconut Oil

Instructions:

Line a dish or a plate with parchment paper. Toss all ingredients except for the crushed nuts into your high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until a sticky and slightly wet dough forms—everything should be fully incorporated but some oat texture should remain.

Form dough into balls using 1 tablespoon of cookie dough each, and place each ball onto your lined dish or plate. Transfer to the freezer until firm, about 3 minutes, while you make the chocolate coating.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together by microwaving in 10-15 second increments. Remove the cookie dough bites from the freezer and roll each in the crushed mixed nuts. Then, drizzle with the chocolate. Place back in the freezer until the chocolate has slightly hardened, about 5 minutes.


Samah Dada’s Spicy Savory Snack Mix Recipe

Impromptu guests arriving in just a few minutes? Here’s a shareable snack mix that takes just 5 minutes to throw together. 

Yield: roughly 3.5 cups of snack mix
Active time: 5 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Thrive Market Raw Cashews
1/2 cup Thrive Market Organic Pecan Halves
3/4 cup Thrive Market Buffalo Banana Munchies
3/4 cup Thrive Market Organic Roasted Peanuts
1/2 cup From the Ground Up Cauliflower Pretzels, slightly broken
1 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Coconut Aminos
3 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Garlic Powder
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 325F. In a large bowl, combine cashews, pecans, Banana Munchies, peanuts, and pretzels.

In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, coconut aminos, spices, salt and pepper. Pour the olive oil-coconut aminos mixture over the snack mix and toss to combine thoroughly.

Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, tossing frequently throughout baking, until nuts have toasted and lightly browned. Let cool completely before serving.

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Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts is Thrive Market's Senior Editorial Writer. She is based in Los Angeles via Pittsburgh, PA.

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