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58 (Really Good) 3-Ingredient Recipes To Save For Later

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We're all trying to do more with less these days — and that includes cooking. 🍴

Below you'll find recipes that only need three ingredients each, so you can spend less time and money in the kitchen and at the grocery store. They're divided into categories: breakfast, lunch, snacks, sides and sauces, dinner, and dessert. (We're also assuming you already have a few staples on hand, like oil, salt, and pepper!)

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1. Ground Turkey & Egg Skillet

lexiscleankitchen.com

Instead of turkey, you can also sub in ground chicken, beef, pork, or soyrizo.

Recipe: Ground Turkey & Egg Skillet

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2. High-Protein Pancakes

Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

All you need to make these fluffy pancakes are rolled oats, cottage cheese, and eggs.

Recipe: High-Protein Pancakes

3. Dalgona Coffee

mamacheaps.com

It's a quarantine duty to make this at least once!

Recipe: Dalgona Coffee

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4. Baked Egg Cups

feelgoodfoodie.net

Just bread, eggs, and cheese — and 15 minutes in the oven.

Recipe: Baked Egg Cups

5. Morning Tonic

simplegreensmoothies.com

Out of tea bags? There's a good chance you already have everything you need to make a cup. Just steep ginger + lemon in hot water, and add a dash of cayenne for an extra kick.

Recipe: Morning Tonic

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6. Sheet Pan Granola

eatyourselfskinny.com

Once you make your own granola (oats + coconut oil + maple syrup), you'll never go back to the storebought stuff.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Granola

7. Protein Skillet With Chickpeas & Egg

thealmondeater.com

This version tosses in some cajun seasoning for extra flavor — but feel free to use any spices you have on hand.

Recipe: Protein Skillet With Chickpeas & Egg

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8. Pineapple Mango Smoothie

ambitiouskitchen.com

Light coconut milk is the secret to making this tropical smoothie extra creamy.

Recipe: Pineapple Mango Smoothie

9. Whole Wheat No-Knead Skillet Bread

tasteloveandnourish.com

Breadmaking = a prime quarantine past time. (But if you haven't been able to find yeast at the store, here are a whole bunch of recipes you can make without it.)

Recipe: Whole Wheat No-Knead Skillet Bread

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10. Sundried Tomatoes, Kale, and White Bean Skillet

Quick to assemble, filling, and high in protein and fiber.

Recipe: Sundried Tomatoes, Kale, and White Bean Skillet

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11. Easiest Pizza Rolls

messforless.net

Pizza Bites always burn the roof of your mouth. Ditch 'em for these.

Recipe: Easiest Pizza Rolls

12. Keto Crock Pot Meatballs

myproductivebackyard.com

Just ground meat + eggs + Parm. (Plus, the slow cooker does all the hard work.)

Recipe: Keto Crock Pot Meatballs

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13. Chicken Nuggets

inspiredtaste.net

The key ingredient? Potato chips. 😱

Recipe: Chicken Nuggets

14. Black Bean Soup

honeyandbirch.com

If you've got a can of beans on hand, blend them up with chicken broth and canned tomatoes. You won't be disappointed.

Recipe: Black Bean Soup

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15. Wedge Salad

bonappetit.com

Wedge salads are salads for people who don't really like salad. Or cooking.

Recipe: Wedge Salad

16. Easy Tomato Soup

inspiredtaste.net

Grilled cheese not included. (But encouraged!)

Recipe: Easy Tomato Soup

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17. Banana Peanut Butter Rolls

Christine Byrne / Via instagram.com

Nothing wrong with turning this into a light lunch. Just saying.

Recipe: Banana Peanut Butter Rolls

18. Goat Cheese Olive Tapenade Sandwich

saveur.com

Tired: PB&J. Wired: GCOT.

Recipe: Goat Cheese Olive Tapenade Sandwich

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19. Veggie Noodle Fritters

nutritionbymia.com

Have produce that's about to go bad? Flour and eggs can transform pretty much any veggie into a fritter that you can freeze for those days when you just can't.

Recipe: Veggie Noodle Fritters

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20. Healthy Fruit Dip

blessthismessplease.com

Yogurt, peanut butter, and honey. Protein-packed — and pairs with everything.

Recipe: Healthy Fruit Dip

21. Baked Banana Chips

popsugar.com

You absolutely do not need to brave Trader Joe's to get this snack; just bake banana slices in apple juice and cinnamon.

Recipe: Baked Banana Chips

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22. Spinach Green Onion Dip

littlespicejar.com

The fourth ingredient? Everything and anything you want to dip.

Recipe: Spinach Green Onion Dip

23. Pumpkin Pie Dip

motherthyme.com

Gourds are an essential part of a balanced diet year-round, IMHO.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Dip

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24. Baked Feta With Honey And Thyme

savorysimple.net

Now this is cheese done right.

Recipe: Baked Feta With Honey And Thyme

25. Easiest Fridge Dill Pickles

smittenkitchen.com

Pickling is a surprisingly fun way to rescue your veggies before they get old. Just stuff 'em in a jar with vinegar and dill, and you're on your way.

Recipe: Easiest Fridge Dill Pickles

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26. Homemade Larabars

onegoodthingbyjillee.com

Protein bars are absurdly expensive. Make your own by blending nuts, dried fruit, and dates, then flattening the mixture out and sticking it in the fridge.

Recipe: Homemade Larabars

27. Vegan Queso

pinchofyum.com

Blended cashews + taco seasoning + chiles. So good!

Recipe: Vegan Queso

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28. Jalapeño Poppers

tasty.co

Can never go wrong with bacon, peppers, and cream cheese.

Recipe: Jalapeño Poppers

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29. Roy Yamaguchi's Soy-Mustard Sauce

food52.com

With mustard powder, soy sauce, and rice vinegar, this works on everything from fish to edamame.

Recipe: Roy Yamaguchi's Soy-Mustard Sauce

30. Chorizo Potatoes

ohsweetbasil.com

If you're about to prepare your 87th baked potato, it's time to spice things up. Dice that potato and bake it on a sheet pan with garlic and chorizo.

Recipe: Chorizo Potatoes

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31. Apple Sage Salad Dressing

karissasvegankitchen.com

Why spend money on dressing when you can make your own in five seconds?

Recipe: Apple Sage Salad Dressing

32. Cheesy Drop Biscuits

thebigmansworld.com

These biscuits just need flour + cheese + milk, and include a vegan-friendly option.

Recipe: Cheesy Drop Biscuits

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33. 3-Ingredient Pizza Sauce

thekitchn.com

This would work on pasta, too. 🍝

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Pizza Sauce

34. Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

masonfit.com

Honey and whole-grain mustard can turn this love-hate veggie into a family favorite.

Recipe: Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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35. Carrot Top Cashew Pesto

onebitemore.com

Don't toss carrot stems! Instead, use them in this pesto — it's flavorful enough to mix into pasta, slather on a sandwich, or dress up a salad.

Recipe: Carrot Top Cashew Pesto

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36. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

thekitchn.com

Doesn't get much easier than this.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

37. Stuffed Poblano Peppers

ambitiouskitchen.com

Keep these basic with just peppers + beans + cheese — or dress them up with your favorite toppings.

Recipe: Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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38. Lemon & Thyme Salmon

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If you've never cooked salmon before, this is the perfect starter. It cooks low and slow in the oven — and is basically impossible to mess up.

Recipe: Lemon & Thyme Salmon

39. Pork Cutlets

brit.co

If you have mustard and breadcrumbs on hand, you can throw these pork cutlets together in about 10 minutes.

Recipe: Pork Cutlets

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40. Pasta with Garlicky Broccoli Rabe

smittenkitchen.com

A simple recipe doesn't have to taste simple. Garlic and broccoli can make a boring old pasta night feel like a trip to a classy Italian restaurant.

Recipe: Pasta with Garlicky Broccoli Rabe

41. Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

seededatthetable.com

Perfect for tacos, rice bowls, or piled over greens.

Recipe: Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

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42. Sheet Pan Gnocchi With Mushrooms & Shallots

thekitchn.com

If you've never roasted gnocchi in the oven before, you're missing out. They get lightly crispy and (even more) delicious.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Gnocchi With Mushrooms & Shallots

43. Creamy Tomato Shells

pinchofyum.com

Cashews are the key to making your favorite tomato sauce even better.

Recipe: Creamy Tomato Shells

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44. Can-to-Pan Chili

iheartnaptime.net

Canned tomatoes + canned beans + beef. Basically impossible to mess up!

Recipe: Can-to-Pan Chili

45. Chili-Glazed Salmon

tasty.co

Not sure how to use that frozen salmon you bought right as quarantine was ramping up? Chili sauce + scallions will make you want to bake a fillet every single night.

Recipe: Chili-Glazed Salmon

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46. Italian BBQ Chicken

plainchicken.com

If you have Italian dressing and barbecue sauce in your fridge, then you have everything you need to make deliciously juicy chicken.

Recipe: Italian BBQ Chicken

47. Stovetop Mac 'n' Cheese

budgetbytes.com

If you've got noodles, milk, and cheese, you've got dinner.

Recipe: Stovetop Mac 'n' Cheese

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48. Sweet Potato Gnocchi

foodwithfeeling.com

All you need to make these delightful dumplings are sweet potatoes, flour, salt — and a little bit of patience.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Gnocchi

49. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

wholesomeyum.com

You know those days when you haven't eaten a single vegetable, but you're really craving a slice? This cauliflower crust solves both problems.

Recipe: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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50. Fudgy Nutella Cake

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PSA: Sharing is not mandatory.

Recipe: Fudgy Nutella Cake

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51. Frozen Yogurt Berry Bowls

anediblemosaic.com

An easy way to get you and your kids to eat fruit for dessert.

Recipe: Frozen Yogurt Berry Bowls

52. Cinnamon Sugar Twists

messforless.net

Just crescent rolls + cinnamon + sugar — and it comes together in minutes.

Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Twists

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53. Mint Chocolate Swirl Bark

loveandoliveoil.com

Basically an edible art project.

Recipe: Mint Chocolate Swirl Bark

54. The Easiest Pie Crust Ever

apt2bbakingco.com

The only thing more relaxing than baking is tearing into this buttery, flaky crust.

Recipe: The Easiest Pie Crust Ever

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