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6 Easy Recipes You Can Make With Just 3 Ingredients

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If you don’t have much time to cook or simply want to try new recipes to surprise your guests, there are plenty of options that don’t require investing a lot of effort or spending too much money on different ingredients. In fact, you can create a great dish by just using 3 ingredients.

5-Minute Crafts made a compilation of 6 sweet and savory dishes that contain only 3 ingredients, plus a not-to-be-missed bonus at the end.

1. Yogurt and strawberry ice cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey or stevia to taste

Instructions:

Place the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until you obtain a creamy and homogeneous texture. Serve immediately while it’s still very cold. You can top the ice cream with some fresh strawberries or any other berries you like.

2. Pasta with salmon and spinach

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of short pasta, like penne or macaroni
  • 2 salmon fillets, skinless
  • 2 cups fresh spinach

Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, typically between 6 and 8 minutes. Strain and set aside for a bit.
  2. Fry the salmon in a skillet. This should take about 5 minutes depending on how thick your salmon is. Use a fork to shred the fish as it cooks.
  3. Stir in the pasta and spinach until fully combined. Add salt and pepper and serve while it’s still warm. For better results, cook the pasta and fry the salmon at the same time for both of these to be warm when serving.

3. Toast with ricotta and roasted cherry tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread, or any bread you like
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup ricotta

Instructions:

  1. Transfer the tomatoes to a tray, add salt to taste, and bake at 160ºC for about 45 minutes.
  2. Place the bread on a hot grill or toaster and toast evenly on both sides.
  3. Spread the ricotta on the toast and place the roasted tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with salt if you feel it needs some more seasoning.

4. Baked chicken with cauliflower and pears

Ingredients:

  • 3 large chicken drumsticks
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 large pear, cut into long slices

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200ºC. Then, in an ovenproof casserole dish, place the chicken skin-side down and cook for 3 minutes until golden brown.
  2. Add the cauliflower and pear pieces all around it. Add salt to taste.
  3. Turn the chicken legs over to brown on the other side and cook for 25 minutes. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, for the flavors to mix well before serving.

5. Mexican black bean soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups cooked black beans
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes

Instructions:

  1. Place the ingredients in a medium or large Dutch oven and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and wait for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and blend with a hand blender or a traditional blender until desired texture is obtained.

6. Peanut butter and oat bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups whole grain oatmeal
  • ⅓ cup honey or liquid sweetener, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Pour the peanut butter and honey, or sweetener, into a small pot or saucepan. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until you’ve obtained a creamy to liquid consistency.
  2. Remove from the heat and pour in the oatmeal. Stir until fully integrated.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a square container and press it to make it compact enough to resemble an oatmeal bar.
  4. Cover and wait for it to cool down until it’s at room temperature. This should take around one hour depending on the quantities you prepared and the size of your container. When it has finally cooled down, cut it into bars of whatever size you like best.

Bonus: Beet Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped beets
  • 250 g reduced-fat cream cheese
  • ½ cup fresh mint

Instructions:

  • Blend the ingredients with a hand blender until completely integrated. Add a pinch of salt and serve with crackers or toast. You can garnish with mint leaves on top if you want.

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