If you’re in need of something no-frills and can easily be whipped up together, there’s a wide array of nutritious recipes that use five ingredients or less. Susan shares that you can easily create Zi Char dishes at home, like hot plate tofu. You just need tofu, minced meat (or seafood, whichever you have), doubanjiang, garlic, and egg. As a bonus, you can add any vegetable of your choice to top it off. Another recipe that uses minimal ingredients is chicken braised in soy sauce, you just need chicken, ginger, garlic, dark soy sauce, and a mix of cinnamon or star anise. Leave it to simmer and call it a day when the timer goes off.
Lirong’s go-to five ingredients or less recipe is some kind of stir fry with noodles or rice. The latest of her choosing is a tuna quinoa stir fry. You just need quinoa, your pick of vegetables that you have, canned tuna, olive oil, and oyster sauce. Lirong shares that “Even with little ingredients, I make sure it’s a balanced meal too.”
Charlotte recommends “Quesadillas! All you need are tortillas, cheese, if you want something vegetable-forward go with capsicum, tomatoes, and tinned beans and if you don’t mind adding meat in there, use some canned tuna. No need to stick to these fillings either, you can always consider other ingredients like sliced onion, eggs, canned corn…the options are endless!”