5 Factor Diet: 5 Easy Dinner Ideas

Dinners on the 5 factor diet should be easy! Everything on this diet is based on 5 being the magic number: 5 weeks, 25 minute workouts 5 times a week, 5 cheat days and 5 meals a day. With only 5 ingredients (one of the factors), you owe it to yourself to put them in those 5 meals in a tasty and convenient way. These 5 (what else?) meals do just that.

1.  Mustard Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Trim the silver skin from a 1 lb pork tenderloin and cut about 10 small slits along the tenderloin and place slices of garlic in the slits. Coat the tenderloin with 2 tbsp yellow mustard. Grill the tenderloin until it reaches 170 degrees on a meat thermometer. Steam some green beans or broccoli to serve on the side with 1/4 cup brown rice.

2.  Italian Chicken

Pasta is everyone’s favorite, so this sauced up version, with chicken, is light and delicious. And it couldn’t be easier: it cooks itself! In your crock pot, combine 2 chicken breasts, 1 jar of organic pasta sauce, 1/2 tbsp dried oregano and 1 cup water. Set it on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. At the end of cooking time, cut the chicken into chunks. Serve into 5 bowls with 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta.

3. Tostadas

Mexican food is a weakness for many people, so use this healthy version to get your fix. Toast 1 whole wheat tortilla per person on the grill or under the broiler. Meanwhile, drain most of the liquid from a can of black beans and mash them slightly as you heat them in a pan. Spread 1/4 cup of the beans on the toasted tortilla, and top with 4 oz shredded or chopped chicken, shredded lettuce and 5 halved grape tomatoes. Try using leftover mustard crusted pork if you’d rather.

4. Shrimp Scampi

This 5 minute dish is elegant enough to serve to company but easy enough for a quick dinner for yourself. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Mince 2 cloves garlic and saute until softened. Add 1/2 lb shrimp and saute until they just turn pink. Pour in 1 cup white wine and 1/2 cup chicken broth. Top with chopped parsley (if desired) and serve 6 shrimp per person with a veggie that you’d enjoy!

5. Teriaki Stir-Fry

Stir fried veggies take center stage in this dish, filling your plate — and your mouth — with big flavor. Preheat the grill, then marinate a chicken breast (1 breast for every 2 people) in 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce, and let it sit for as long as it takes you to chop and clean the veggies. Slice 1 red pepper and clean and trim 6 green onions. Wash 1/2 pound of sugar snap peas. Stir fry the vegetables in a tiny bit of oil or cooking spray. Grill the chicken, and slice it when it’s done. Toss the sliced chicken in with the veggies so the flavors will marry. Enjoy 1/2 the chicken with a large pile of vegetables.

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