Life gets pretty busy sometimes, and you often find yourself without time to cook or go to the grocery store to resupply. Or perhaps, times are tough and it’s hard to keep a well stocked pantry. Or maybe, you have an impromptu get together with friends and you just need to whip something up with what you can find on hand.
Whatever may be going on with life, our bodies still demand nourishment we can’t very well ignore. However stressed you may be day to day, there are few things as comforting as a good meal. The good news is, not all good meals are complicated to make nor do they call for a lot of ingredients. A lot of the times, three ingredients are all you need to make a great dish.
So, don’t sweat that limited pantry or having no time to run to the grocery store, here are fifteen delicious recipes that only require three ingredients.
15 Grilled wings
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: chicken wings, olive oil, seafood seasoning.
In a large bowl, toss eight chicken wings (about 1 ½ pounds) with a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of seafood seasoning. Grill until cooked through, turning over once, for about 15 to 20 minutes. For extra flavour, you can toss the cooked chicken wings in a mixture of butter (three tablespoons) and seafood seasoning (one teaspoon). You can also choose to serve with ranch dressing for dipping.
14 Mashed Potatoes
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: potatoes, heavy cream, butter.
Chop and peel about 5-6 potatoes into one inch chunks. Place potatoes and cold water in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are very tender, and drain. Add the cream and butter. Blend, using a hand mixer, until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
13 Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
What’s better than a three ingredient recipe? A recipe with only two ingredients and takes minimal effort to make!
The TWO ingredients you need for this recipe: boneless chicken and your favourite salsa.
This recipe is very simple to make. Simply put a few pieces of boneless chicken into a slow cooker, cover it with your favourite salsa. You can season with salt and pepper to taste, and then slow cook on low for about five hours. After that, shred the chicken with a fork, it should fall apart easily. You can use this with tacos, quesadillas or even with a side salad.
12 Goat Cheese Empanadas
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: refrigerated pie crusts, goat cheese and kale.
Pre-heat oven to 375º F. n a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add kale, tossing often until wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cool to room temperature, and toss in goat cheese. Cut the refrigerated pie crusts into circles using a cookie cutter or a small round bowl. Brush the edges of dough with water. Place goat cheese and kale mixture into the circles, fold in half and press with a fork to seal. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Empanadas make great snacks or a quick easy meal to pack. You can substitute whatever filling you prefer for variety.
11 Apricot Ginger Shrimp
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: shrimp, apricot preserves and ginger.
Using a small sauce pan, cook ¾ cut apricot preserves, one tablespoon of grated ginger and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Cook over medium heat until melted. Cook one pound of peeled large and deveined large shrimp on a baking sheet. Drizzle with three tablespoons of the apricot ginger sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Broil until browned, about five minutes. Serve with the rest of the apricot ginger sauce.
10 Grilled Flatbread with Thyme
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: pizza dough, olive oil and fresh thyme leaves.
Mix together 3 tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Brush 1 pound of pizza dough with olive oil and shape into an 14 inch oval. Grill over medium heat, about 2-3 minutes per side, until slightly charred and puffed. Brush with thyme mixture and cut into pieces.
9 Tomato Crostini
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: crostini, sun-dried tomato spread and cherry tomatoes.
This recipe is about as simple as it gets. Top 12 crostinis with ¼ cup of sun dried tomato paste. Cut up 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, or if using large tomatoes, dice tomato into small pieces. Top crostini with cut-up tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. It makes a light and simple appetizer for having friends over, and it takes barely any time to make.
8 Nutella Brownies
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: Nutella, eggs and flour.
Pre-heat oven to 350º F. Whisk together Nutella, eggs and ¼ cup water in a large bow. Stir in flour and ¾ teaspoon salt. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with foil and transfer brownie mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until just set around edges. Let cool completely before serving.
7 Berry Tart
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: berries, puff pastry, and sugar.
Preheat oven to 375º F. Unfold the puff pastry on a lined baking sheet and cut into 5x6 inch rectangles, and then cut in half (diagonally) to form triangles. Chill in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Space the triangles evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, until browned and crisp. In a saucepan, bring sugar and ¼ cup water to a simmer. Add the berries (about 1 lb of either blackberries or raspberries, or both!) and cook for 1 minute. Stir and transfer to bowl. Place baked pastry triangle on plates and top with berries.
6 Zucchini Hummus Pizza
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: roasted garlic hummus, zucchini, pizza dough. Preheat a grill pan as well.
Place a pizza stone in oven and heat to 500ºF for 30 minutes. Scoop garlic off of top of hummus and place in a small bowl. Stir ¾ cup of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. In a large bowl, use three tablespoons of the garlic oil and toss and coat zucchini (3 medium zucchini sliced diagonally about ¼ inch thick). Whisk hummus (7 ounce container) with the rest of the garlic oil. Grill zucchini slices over high heat until lightly charred. Brush zucchini with hummus and grill for a minute (turning once). Grease two sheets of parchment paper, and stretch two 8 ounce balls pizza dough into 12 inch circles on each sheet. Brush each circle with ¼ of hummus mixture and top with zucchini. Slide one of the sheets on to the hot stone and bake for 8 minutes. Transfer pizza to a chopping board and drizzle with remaining hummus. Slice and serve. Repeat with second pizza.
5 Quinoa Salad
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: quinoa, cherry tomatoes and cucumber.
In a small sauce pan, cook 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of water. Let quinoa cool completely. Slice 1 cup cherry tomatoes in half, and cucumber in half ½ inch thick slices. Mix cucumber, tomatoes and quinoa in a large salad bowl. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix mixture and serve. Quinoa is a superfood that contains lots of nutrients and protein, it makes for a healthy light option for snacks or dinner.
4 Curry Lime Okras
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: Thai red curry paste, lime juice, okra.
In a bowl, whisk curry paste with ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil. Brush the okra with the oil. Season with salt to taste. On a grill or preheated grill pan, brush grill grates/pan with oil and grill okra over high heat. Turn over a couple of times until tender and lightly charred in spots. Brush with curry dressing and grill until okra is sizzling. On a serving plate, drizzle okra with remaining curry dressing and serve.
3 Pulled Pork
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: pork tenderloin, root beer, and your favourite barbecue sauce.
In a slow cooker, place a 2 pound pork tenderloin and pour root beer over the meet. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or until pork shreds easily. Drain root beer well. With two forks, shred pork. Stir in barbecue sauce (one bottle). Serve on buns with coleslaw if preferred. This recipe is great for having friends over, or if you just want to come home after a long day of work to some delicious comfort food.
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: eggs, cheese, and ham or spinach (for a vegetarian option.)
Beat two eggs in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place a small frying pan over medium heat, and lightly grease. Pour eggs into pan and cook for about two minutes, flipping egg over. Sprinkle cheese and distribute sliced ham or sauteed chopped spinach on top of egg. Cook until cheese is melted. Fold egg in half and serve.
1 Pesto Basil Pasta
The three ingredients you need for this recipe: pasta of your choice, pesto, and parmesan cheese.
Cook pasta in saucepan of boiling salted water. Drain and return to pan or a large bowl. Add a small bottle of pesto to pasta and toss to combine. Sprinkle pasta with grated parmesan cheese. Serve while warm. This is perfect for weeknight evening dinners when you’re short on time and still want a nice elegant and hearty meal.