To help you get into a routine that will hopefully take some stress off of your busy days, we’ve come up with a list of all kinds of easy 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 all 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!
Easy 3 Ingredient Recipes
Sometimes seasons get busy. Adjusting to new routines for back to school, spending long days in the garden or holidays can all throw me off my schedule. The last thing I want to do after a long, hard day is to come into the house and heat up my kitchen to make a fancy supper.
But of course, we still have to eat no matter if I feel like cooking or not! So on busy days, 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.
It’s a shame that we’ve begun to believe that a recipe must have a large list of ingredients to be able to be tasty. I think that it’s a belief that likes to complicate our already complicated lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Real foods can be wonderfully tasty without many items added to them and I hope that this list of recipes will give you some inspiration to re-think your meal plans.
*Please note, I did not include salt, pepper, water, or oil in the 3 ingredient requirement since these are basic cooking staples.
Appetizers with 3 Ingredients
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!
Main Dishes with 3 Ingredients
Just because it’s the 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
Quick Spaghetti Sauce
3 Ingredient Tomato Soup
Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Chicken Pizza Crust
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders
3 Ingredient Side Dishes
If you want something a little more special to go along with your meal beside a plain veggie, here are some simple sides that are tasty.
Gluten Free Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese
Thyme Roasted Vegetables
Sauteed Zucchini and Fennel
3 Ingredient Desserts
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
Simple Chocolate Truffles
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
Quick Raspberry Compote
Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe – A Quick and Easy Fruit Dip
Frugal Ice Cream
Pumpkin Spice Nice Cream
Strawberry Nice Cream
Mango Frozen Yogurt
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
3 Ingredient Angel Food Cake
Good food doesn’t need to be complicated. Toss a few things together and you can have a wonderful, filling meal for the whole family.
Are you looking for an easy way to plan all of the meals for your family in just minutes each week? Our Recipe Binder pages make it so easy!
Which of these 3 ingredient recipes will you make first?
These Easy 3 Ingredient Recipes were originally posted on Little House Living in April 2015. It has been updated as of August 2019.