4-Ingredient Meals 

So last night I decided to make a food concoction with only 4 ingredients at 9:30pm. Why? Because I was super hungry and to be completely honest, too lazy to actually try and make a real dinner. 4 ingredients seemed doable…plus they were also the 4 things in my immediate reaching-vicinity. I was somewhat delirious because I had been awake since 4:30am but hey, workouts have gotta be done. So this is what I came up with (no, I didn’t give myself food poisoning…It was actually really good).

What I used:

  1. Celentano cheese ravioli
  2. Goya White beans
  3. Frozen Spinach
  4. Better than bouillon chicken stock

Ravioli: “Boil 4 quarts of water (add 1 tablespoon oil to prevent sticking). Add ravioli to boiling water. Simmer 5-7 minutes or until desired tenderness.” -Via celentano package. But unlike the package, I don’t follow actual measurements because…well I don’t really know why. I just don’t.

Beans: Drain the excess bean juice from the can. Fill a pot with water, add chicken bouillon and beans. I didn’t actually use measurements for this either because I don’t have measuring cups or measuring spoons #oops. Just go with what ya feel is right. Just make sure the beans are fully covered with water…and the bouillon isn’t overpowering. Bring to a boil and cook until beans are soft (about 8-12 minutes). It should be soup-like, with a whitish tint.

Spinach: Put the unopened bag in the microwave for 2-3 minutes to defrost.

Combine in a bowl and serve.

The full cook time should take about 15 minutes if you cook the ravioli in one pot and the beans in another at the same time. I obviously didn’t plan ahead so the whole ordeal took me about a half hour.

Because the beans are high in protein, and the raviolis are high in carbs, you actually don’t need all that much of this dish to make you feel full..Realistically, if you use the entire bag of ravioli, a full can of beans, and a quarter bag of spinach, you’d be able to easily get 3 servings.

If you want to portion it out (for one):

  • 5 raviolis=270 calories
  • 0.5 cup of white beans=90 calories
  • 2 oz of spinach=16 calories
  • 1 tsp bouillon=15 calories
  • Entire meal=393 calories

This will be more than enough…I promise you’ll be full! I couldn’t even finish the whole bowl below.


Photo by my wonderful coworker because he wanted to be included in WearsByRis (@matt_franzia).

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