Making a big meal can be fun. Preparing the menu. Gathering all the ingredients and most of all, sharing a big meal with family or friends. But sometimes we just want to make a quick meal. No muss, no fuss no bother. Good news! I have some meals for you that only require three ingredients (other than your basic oil, salt and pepper).


This meal is great whether you are a vegetarian or not. You will still get sufficient nutrition from these ingredients. Also, it’s a good meal if you are on a dairy-free diet.


  • 4 ounces of pasta

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 2 cups broccoli florets

  • Salt (to taste)

  • Pepper (to taste)

  • 3 ounces of shredded (or else pre-grated form most of purchase in a shaker container)


  • Cook pasta according to package direction

  • In a skillet, add olive oil, salt and pepper, then cook over medium-high until broccoli florets are cooked to your desired softness. (most like broccoli al dente (cooked for about 4 minutes), but if you have chewing issues then by all means, cook them as necessary for your needs).

  • Add the cooked pasta and parmesan and toss to mix.

NOTE: Serve with bread if you like. I know that is an extra ingredient, but I also know that many people like to have bread with their meals. Especially if you are from the south. We call it our “pusher” or “sopper” (LOL).

This meal can have many variations. You merely have to change up the vegetable, types of cheese you use and use different types of pasta.

Pasta variations:

  • Ziti

  • Penne

  • Spaghetti

You can also change up the way you prepare the vegetable.

Trying using roasted vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, cherry or grape tomatoes or carrots to replace the broccoli.

Cheese variations:

  • Parmesan is a great go-to for the cheese choice in this recipe, due to the sharp flavor that goes a long way for a small amount.

  • Mozzarella cheese

  • Romano Cheese


Here is another health meal that also works if you are a vegetarian as well as if you require dairy-free ingredients, but nonetheless yummy even if you are a professed meat-eater.


  • ¼ cup of prepared roasted garlic Hummus (there are other flavors available as well)

  • Ripe Avocado, thinly sliced

  • Two slices of Bread of your choice (preferably a nice deli bread)


  • Toast Bread (without butter or margarine)

  • Spread hummus over one slice of bread

  • Top with sliced avocado

  • Put remaining slice on top



  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomato pesto

  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, (peel, devein and remove tails)

  • 2 cups cooked brown or white rice


  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat

  • Add pesto and stir about 30 seconds (until the flavor is apparent to your smell)

  • Add shrimp and cook, stirring until shrimp is opaque (not transparent) for about 3 minutes.

  • Add rice and mix thoroughly until it is evenly heated

Bon Appetit!

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