Quick and Simple 3 Ingredient Recipes

by Merissa on April 6, 2015

in Recipes

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3 Ingredient Recipes

Before we know it summer will be here. The days will be long, I will be covered in garden dirt and bugs and the last thing I will want to do after a long day of work will be to come in the house and heat up my kitchen to make a fancy supper.

But of course, we still have to eat now matter if I feel like cooking or not! So in the summer I like to turn to two of my favorite kinds of meals...slow cooker meals and meals with very few ingredients that are quick and easy to make.

To help you get into the same routine that will hopefully take some stress off of your summer, we come up with a list of all kinds of things that you can make, from appetizers to desserts, that only have 3 ingredients! And unlike many of the "3 ingredient recipes" lists that I've seen around, these dishes are made with non-processed foods. Make sure you save this list for later because I'm sure that you are going to need it soon!



In the summer we often make a whole meal just of appetizers and fresh garden veggies. Just pick a few that go together and enjoy a quick and easy meal!

Crispy Cucumber Chips
Tomato Broccoli Cream Cheese Bites
Bean & Hatch Chile Dip
Cheesy Baked Tomatoes
Chilled Pear & Ginger Soup


Main Dishes

Just because it's a main dish doesn't mean it needs to be complicated. A great, simply seasoned meat main dish can be paired with a buttered veggie to make a simple meal.

Slow Cooker Steak & Onions
Lemon Pepper Chicken
Cajun Flank Steak
Crock Pot Sweet Pork
Crock Pot Shredded Beef



If you want something a little bit more special to go along with your meal besides a plain veggie, here are some simple sides that are totally tasty.

Gluten Free Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Parsley Potatoes
Roasted Cauliflower
3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese
Thyme Roasted Vegetables



Dessert doesn't have to take you all day to make. If you feel like having a special treat with your meal just check out these easy 3 ingredient dessert recipes!

Banana Freezer Fudge
3 Ingredient Ice Cream
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Simple Chocolate Truffles
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Which of these 3 ingredient recipes will you make first?


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1 Tejas Prairie Hen April 6, 2015 at 8:26 am

Thank you for this article. Most of the few-ingredient recipes are completely unhealthy, fat-laden, artery-clogging, processed junk. One’s health is a high price to pay for convenience! I will be trying the Banana Freezer Fudge tonight to use up some bananas 🙂


2 Sarah Koontz {Grounded & Surrounded} April 6, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Love the concept behind this article. Thank you for compiling all of these simple recipes for us.


3 Penny April 10, 2015 at 10:18 am

Thank-you for taking the time to prepare this list for us and sharing it. there were a few things that caught my eye and I am going to try.


4 Vanessa April 10, 2015 at 11:10 am

Woohoo this is awesome! I can’t wait to give some of these a try. Thank you so much! I love your blog!


5 The Little Tourist March 30, 2016 at 7:50 am

All of these recipes look delicious! It’s hard to choose which to try first 🙂
Thanks for sharing at the Wonderful Wednesday BH!


6 Lisa @ Fun Money Mom March 30, 2016 at 6:32 pm

I love recipes with just a few ingredients! Years ago my MIL bought me a cookbook and the ingredients for each recipe took up a whole page of their own. Needless to say, I have yet to make anything from that cookbook (it’s the thought that counts, right?


7 Merissa March 30, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Oh, I know what you mean. The first thing I do when I’m looking at a cookbook is skip to the recipes and ingredients lists. That method seems to weed out quite a few that could have joined my collection!


8 Lindsey March 31, 2016 at 11:06 am

This is so helpful. Being a full-time working mother and part-time student, I’m left with very little time to actually think. 3 ingredient meals are my FAVE! Pinning and stumbling this.


9 Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled April 3, 2016 at 5:21 pm

These all look good. Nothing like knowing what’s in your food, unlike what we buy in stores! Visiting from Craftastic Mondays.


10 Millie April 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm

oh my so many excellent recipes that take 3 ingredients or less! I see at first glance at least 4 I want to try!


11 Miz Helen April 4, 2016 at 9:46 am

What a great collection of recipes, thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen


12 Anne @ Domesblissity April 6, 2016 at 4:53 am

Hi Merissa. These are my kind of recipes and recipes that use real food, not jars or packets. Thanks so much for sharing at Thriving on Thursdays. I’m featuring this post at tomorrow’s party. Hope to see you again.

Anne @ Domesblissity xx


13 Christine @ Must Love Home April 6, 2016 at 11:12 pm

Loved it!! I love simple recipes that use ingredients that everyone can find at the market:) Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity with us at Friday Favorites! I hope you will join us again this week! Hugs- Christine at Must Love Home


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