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7 Ingredient Dinner and Side

7 Ingredient Dinner and Side

I was searching for a quick and easy way to cook pork tenderloin recently when I ran across this recipe for Honey-Mustard Pork Tenderloin with Kale. I was drawn to this recipe for a couple of reasons. First, because it promised a main dish, a sauce, and a side with just seven ingredients. Second, because I had never thought to pair mustard with kale, which is one of my favorite leafy greens that I tend to cook in the same old ways.

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This recipe calls for marinating a pork tenderloin in a mixture of stone-ground mustard, honey, and sherry vinegar for two hours in the fridge. I was in a rush, so I had to cut that time short, and I was surprised at how well the flavors permeated the meat. I imagine it would have been even better if I'd left it to marinate for the full two hours.

The result? This recipe made me fall in love with pork tenderloin all over again. I hadn't made it in a while, having grown bored with the same old preparations. This spicy-sweet approach was a hit with not only my husband but my 18-month-old son, who even liked the kale, despite the considerable challenge of chewing it with only five teeth.

3-Ingredient Recipes – 7 Easy Meals for Busy Weeknight Dinners

There are often evenings where I do not feel like cooking, but I would still like to get a meal of real food on the table for my family, and avoid the costs of take-out. Sometimes I will use freezer meals, but other times I just want to get a meal cooking quickly and be done. Here are 7 simple meals I can put together, that are 3 ingredient recipes, and can be on the table quicker than you can pick up take out. They will cost less than take out usually, and still are tasty yet simple meals. These are a few of my go to recipes, when I want cooking to be easy. They are all meals my family will eat, and have been staples in our meal line up for years now.

Many of these 3 ingredient recipes are a scaled down version of recipes I use often with more ingredients. I have modified them, so I have one version I make when I want the full recipe, and then a simple version I make on busy evenings that I want a quick, but still tasty meal. Also, where bottled sauces are recommended, these are the ones we have found taste the closest to our homemade recipes (so switching them out with other brands can really affect the flavor).

1 – Teriyaki Chicken & Rice

I love when I can find a good marinade that I do not have to make from scratch. This 3-ingredient Teriyaki Chicken recipe has that, and because there are only three ingredients needed it is one you can make quickly. You can add more veggies to turn it into a stir fry if you want, but on those nights you want to get a real meal on the table with minimal work, this one is always a hit at my house. Sometimes I will put the chicken and teriyaki sauce in the slow cooker, then make a batch of rice in the rice cooker right before serving. It does not get much easier than that.

Three ingredients needed:

  1. Chicken (I like to use the chicken tenders, because they cook up very quickly and are tender – but you can really use any kind of quick you want to for this one)
  2. White Rice (sticky rice is even better if you have that).
  3. Bottle of Yoshidas Teriyaki Sauce (this sauce is the key to making it a 3 ingredient recipe that tastes great).

You can serve just the teriyaki chicken over rice. I like to serve an Asian salad on the side (I just buy the kit and it takes minutes to throw together), on a busy night. Find the full recipe here.

2 – Shrimp Scampi Over Pasta

You can find our full Shrimp Scampi recipe here, for evenings when you want to spend more time cooking. But for those evenings you want a really quick recipe option, that still tastes great, try this one.

Three ingredients needed:

  1. Frozen Shrimp (you can use fresh shrimp too, but frozen is usually more affordable, and then you have all ingredients on hand for whenever you want to make it).
  2. Pasta (we like to use fettuccini noodles, but you can use whichever you like)
  3. Bottle of this Scampi Sauce in a bottle.

This one is so simple. Thaw your shrimp according to package directions. While shrimp is thawing, get a pot of water going, and boil your noodles. Cook the shrimp in a skillet on medium heat, and add the bottle of scampi sauce. Cook until shrimp is cooked through (approximately 5 minutes). Toss with the fettucine noodles (or whatever noodles you decide to use).

3 – Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This is comfort food at its best, and so easy to whip together too. For the longest time I made my homemade chicken noodle soup, by starting with my own homemade bone broth – and while that is still the best, there are now great broth options that allow you to put together a great homemade soup on a busy weeknight. You can of course add veggies to your recipe, but on a cold night when I am tired, these three ingredients simmered together hit the spot and are so easy to put together and get on the table for the family to enjoy. I love to serve a pot of this with a loaf of rustic bread too.

Three ingredients needed:

  1. Chicken (can use baked or rotisserie)
  2. Egg Noodles (you can break up spaghetti noodles instead if you want that more traditional soup)
  3. Chicken Broth

I like to use the Better than Bullion to make my stock, if I do not have homemade chicken stock on hand.

4 – Brawts & Fries

Brawts can be made year round, and we serve them up here with onions...but you can skip those to keep it a true three ingredient meal (or keep the onions, and lose the fries)! You can make these on a grill for easy summer time meals, or on the stovetop for an easy meal year round. Follow the instructions to cook these brawts up here, toast your buns, and serve with a side of fries and you have a hearty meal that was easy to make.

Three ingredients needed:

5 – French Dips

This three ingredient french dip is so tasty, and works best if you cook the meat in the slow cooker for the day (or use a left over meat from a steak meal, or previous roast dinner), but it is flexible. You can even use sliced roast beef from the deli if you want something that cooks up the quickest. The key is to warm your meat (whichever kind you use) in the Au Juice.

Three ingredients needed:

  1. Beef (or get the Johnnys Powder Seasoning to keep on hand and make your Au Jus from that, which is what I usually do)
  2. Rolls (cheese optional)

Here is a recipe for making the roast beef, but the simplest version is to put a pot of Au Juice on the stove and warm. Add your meat to the juice to warm. Toast your buns in the oven. Strain your meat and add to the bun, and serve the Au Juice on the side in a cup to dip your sandwich in.

6 – Baked Salmon

I used to live on Whidbey Island, and the Puget Sound was my front yard. We caught our own salmon and it was a staple meal in our home during that time. This is the simple recipe I grew up on, and although I have tried “fancier” recipes since, this one is still my favorite. Sometimes less is more, and I think that rings true with baked salmon.

The trick to this recipe is cooking it in foil, to keep it moist (this is great especially if you are new to cooking salmon, as it is a more forgiving way to cook fish).

Three ingredients needed:

(to season you need salt and pepper, and some like to add a sprig of rosemary)

For this recipe you slice up one small white or yellow onion, and one lemon. Lay out your salmon fillet on top of a sheet of foil, and salt and pepper it to taste. Then top with your lemon slices and your onion slices, and create a foil pouch by covering with a second sheet of foil.

Bake at 375 until the salmon is just flaky (usually 15-20 minutes – cook time will depend on the thickness of your fillet).

Again, you can serve it with a salad made from a salad kit to keep it really simple, healthy and delicious.

7 – Buffalo Chicken Wings & Salad

This recipe is ideal if you have an air fryer (and very kid friendly), but you can make them on the stove or in the oven too. You can start with frozen bags of wings, but my family prefers when I cook up the wings. Having an air fryer is a game changer in the chicken wings department. I generally toss mine with seasoning salt, and then fry them (per your air fryer instructions). Once they are crisped up you can toss in the sauce (then I like to let them sit in the oven for a few minutes on low for the sauce to really marinate).

This one is popular with my kids. I included it here with the Buffalo Sauce on it, because we are looking at three ingredient recipes, but my kids prefer when I make the wings with no sauce on them, and then add dipping sauce on the side (they can dip in buffalo sauce, ranch, or any other favorites your family has).

It is a go to recipe in my household on busy nights, because I literally let the air fryer do the work, and throw a salad kit in a bowl to serve on the side. So simple, but it is real food to feed your family.

Three ingredients needed:

  1. Chicken Wings
  2. Salad Kit (I like to serve this one with the Buffalo Ranch Salad kit to keep the flavors similar)

Quick Prep Dinner Recipes

These quick-prep dinner recipes only need a few ingredients and minimal prep or active cooking to get a great dinner on the table!

You know I always love quick dinner recipes, but this week I had cause to need really quick dinners. You see, Saturday night, after a long day of walking and standing, one of my feet was pretty sore. That was a little strange since I hadn’t done anything to hurt it, but I didn’t think much of it. When I woke up Sunday morning, I could hardly walk on it! I hobbled around and tried to mostly rest. I even hobbled to urgent care to get it checked out, and they said it was a muscle strain.

Sunday night, I couldn’t sleep because the pain was so bad. I got up to get some ibuprofen, and I couldn’t take a step! I tried to hobble my way to the kitchen but realized after a few steps that it was impossible. I woke Matt up to go get me medicine and told him he’d have to get up early in the morning to get me crutches just so I could get around. At that point, I couldn’t sleep because I was worried about what the heck was wrong with me!

When Matt got me the crutches, I of course was up and around immediately. I have too much to do to sit around with my feet up! After all, it was only my foot not my hands. I could still get the kids’ breakfast and lunches ready, straighten up, and fold laundry, right? Not exactly. Here’s the thing about crutches: They use your hands. The task of getting bread, peanut butter, and jelly out of the cabinet and onto the counter was suddenly a serious challenge. I wanted to get a slow cooker recipe started, but carrying the slow cooker from the closet to the kitchen was impossible. Suddenly, every little step was difficult, and I tried to think of the simplest possible meals I could make until I got better.

I went to the podiatrist that afternoon, and he figured out right away what was wrong with me. Are you ready for this? It was gout. GOUT! I’m a 37-year-old lady! What the heck? I don’t even know why I’m telling you about it because it’s kind of embarrassing, but I think I’m so giddy that I’m better that I don’t care about my pride. The doctor gave me medicine that is made by magic elves as far as I’m concerned because I was back to hobbling again within a half hour of taking it and then walking practically normally by the next morning. I am so grateful to be off those crutches and out of pain!

We all have reasons we need quick prep dinner recipes sometimes. Even when we have injuries, illnesses, or just busy schedules, we still need to eat. On those days, you can have a delicious, homemade dinner like one of these!

first published: December 3, 2014

About Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is the author of The Weary Chef, a friendly recipe blog focusing on quick and easy dinner recipes. She is a mom of two wild little boys in Austin, TX. Her obsessions are Target shopping, glitter nail polish, and Mexican food.

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Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Boneless, skinless chicken, cut into strips
1 egg, beaten
Parmesan cheese (the stuff that is already grated in the green can) and fry in your favorite oil.

Roll strips of boneless, skinless chicken in beaten egg and Parmesan cheese (the stuff that is already grated in the green can) and fry in your favorite oil.

You can adjust this next recipe to your taste. Cut back on the cheese, add a cooked pasta for a more substantial meal or add a few black olives. Salt and/or season to taste.

Today I’m keeping it super simple with some 2-ingredient recipes for you! All of these recipe can be make with just 2 main ingredients (not counting broth, water, salt and pepper, etc.).

1. Chicken Breasts + Italian Dressing = Easy Italian Chicken

To make: Follow the recipe for 2-ingredient balsamic chicken except use Italian salad dressing in the place of balsamic dressing.

2. Orzo + Garlic Hummus = Creamy Garlic Orzo

To make: Cook orzo according package directions and drain. Stir in desired amount of hummus. To amp it up a bit stir in cooked peas and rotisserie chicken.

3. Pork + Cream of Mushroom Soup = Creamy Mushroom Sauce Pork

To make: you can make this recipe in the Crockpot or the Instant Pot. Follow the instructions here.

4. Chicken + Buffalo Sauce = Buffalo Chicken

To make: Follow the instructions here. If you have lettuce roll up the chicken and make lettuce wraps. Add in bleu cheese for some extra oomph.

5. Potatoes + Canned Chili = Chili Baked Potatoes

To make: Bake potatoes in the oven or use your Instant Pot. Warm chili on the stove and scoop onto the potatoes. Top with any thing you like. For me, sour cream is a must.


6. Frozen Cheese Tortellini + Marinara Sauce = Lazy Man’s Lasagna

To make: Cook tortellini according to package directions. Stir in the pasta sauce and warm through. To make it more like lasagna you can stir in some ricotta cheese, cooked Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese.

7. Beef Roast + Au Jus Packet = French Dip

To make: Add a 2-3 pound chuck roast to your Crockpot or Instant Pot. Pour in 2 cups of beef broth. Sprinkle the au jus packet over the top of the roast. For the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours and then shred. For the Instant Pot, cover and pressure cook for 60 minutes with a full natural pressure release and then shred. Serve meat on a bun and dip in the pot’s juices.

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Just a few ingredients stand between you and a delicious family dinner!

When preparing a family meal, it's best to let as few ingredients as possible stand between you and the finished product. Save yourself some time and hassle with this collection of easy dinner ideas from the recipe boxes of some of our favorite bloggers. In this free collection of 5-ingredient recipes, you'll find everything from delicious main dishes, to easy sides and delectable desserts. Recipes with 5 ingredients or less not only save you time, but will cut your grocery bill as well!

Fluffy Vegan Spelt Rolls

Allow me to present recipe #6 of Thanksgiving Week Extravaganza: Easy, Vegan 100% Spelt Dinner Rolls. Ready your vegan butter friends – we have bread to bake.

I haven’t posted a recipe that’s not gluten free in a while because I’ve been trying to avoid gluten since January to see if it’s causing of any of my health concerns (which I also wrote about in this Cleanse review).

The jury is still out. I feel fine on the few occasions I have eaten it – i.e. no stomach cramps – but I’m still on the fence about whether it really adds any benefit to my diet. So for now, I avoid it.

With that being said, one exception I think I may make moving forward is whole grain, easy-to-digest flours like spelt or fermented sourdough bread on occasion.

Besides, making fluffy, Thanksgiving-worthy rolls gluten free is virtually impossible in my experience. So today, I make exceptions and indulge.

This recipe is simple, requiring just 7 ingredients and extremely simple methods!

The dough is a mixture of almond milk, yeast, cane sugar, salt, olive oil and spelt flour. After resting, roll into balls and top with oats. Just a 1-hour rise before going into the oven where they bake up to golden perfection (see above)!

I hope you all LOVE these fluffy, tender, slightly nutty spelt rolls that are reminiscent of Cheesecake Factory’s Whole Grain Bread (which is kind of to die for). These are eerily close in texture and flavor.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

32 Healthy 3-Ingredient Dinner Ideas for When That's All You Can Handle

Here's the deal: I've written a lot of easy dinner recipes in the last five years. Hundreds of them. What I've learned is that what constitutes easy is pretty open to interpretation. Obviously, whether or not something is easy depends on your skill level, but it also depends on how well-equipped your kitchen is and what kind of access you have to ingredients. Add to that the fact that a recipe can be "easy" without being quick or convenient—it's pretty easy to make pasta from scratch, for example, but it's also time consuming and a total mess likewise, it's easy to throw a bunch of ingredients in a blender and make your own acai bowl, but I can attest that it's not always easy to find acai (and whatever other Instagram-worthy toppings are involved) at the grocery store.

When I'm coming up with easy recipe ideas, I try to think about the entire process, from meal planning to shopping to cooking. After years of reader feedback—emails, comments, tweets, Facebook messages, Instagram DMs, you name it—I've realized that, for most people, the most annoying thing about weeknight cooking is gathering the necessary ingredients. They don't mind waiting 45 minutes for a sheet pan dinner to roast or keeping a close eye on seared fish to make sure it doesn't burn, but having to run to the store after work for a handful of specific ingredients is a real turnoff. A recipe needs to be delicious and doable, yes, but it should also call for as few ingredients as possible.

The following 32 three-ingredient recipes run the gamut from a five-minute no-cook sandwich to a whole roasted chicken dinner that takes over an hour. They all taste good, but they're definitely bare-bones, because isn't that the point? Feel free to add herbs, spices, or condiments, if you have them! Each recipe has at least 15 grams of protein per serving (the minimum registered dietitians recommend eating at every meal) and is made with nutritious ingredients like fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, and lean proteins. Each one contains between 325 and 500 calories, but the serving sizes are just a suggestion, and you should feel free to customize as you see fit. Almost every recipe contains a vegetable (or tomato or avocado, which are technically fruits, I know), but the few that don't get healthy carbs from another source, like whole grains or beans. If you have a vegetable in the fridge or freezer, you can whip up a five-minute side dish or simple salad to go alongside any of these meal ideas.

They're the three staples that every kitchen should have at all times, and it's almost impossible to cook good food without them. If you don't have olive oil, you can substitute another neutrally flavored oil, like canola or vegetable oil.

Also, some of the ingredients called for are packaged products that actually contain several ingredients—things like tomato sauce, pesto, salsa verde, and baked beans—but they're all common supermarket staples. The point of three-ingredient recipes is to make shopping and cooking as easy as possible, not to be super clever and technical about what constitutes a single ingredient and what doesn't. If it's a grocery staple that you can buy in a can, jar, or bottle at any supermarket, it has the convenience factor of being a single ingredient, and that's what's important.

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10 Best Five-Ingredient Dinner Meals

It's easy to get overwhelmed while cooking. Often, there are a ton of ingredients and several pots and pans to keep track of simultaneously. And you need to time it just right so everything is done at once.

Sometimes you're just not in the mood for all that fuss, but you still want to cook a delicious meal. Is this a paradox? No way. In fact, there are plenty of dinners you can whip up with only five ingredients. Some are easy combinations of things you probably have in your pantry right now others are simplified versions of more complicated meals. In this article, we've collected 10 great ideas to try on your next busy night. First up is a way to put some pizzazz in those plain 'ol chicken breasts.

10: Stuffed Chicken Breasts Over Pasta

Stuffed with what, you ask? Creamy goat cheese. Sounds fancy, but the prep work certainly isn't. All you need to do is cut a pocket in the thickest part of the chicken breasts and stuff it with cheese. Bake the chicken as you normally would. (Not sure where to start? Look over this recipe for Spinach, Cheese and Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts for prep advice.) Next, cook the pasta of your choice, drain and toss it with olive oil, sundried tomatoes and fresh basil. Once the chicken is done, arrange it atop the pasta, and you've got yourself a Mediterranean meal to die for.

This next recipe comes from chillier climates, but it's just as delicious.

There are many variations on this traditional dish -- featuring beef, sour cream, mushrooms, sherry and egg noodles or rice -- so feel free to experiment! For example, you can use either sirloin or ground beef, depending on what you've got in the fridge.

Heat olive oil in a pan, then add the meat. Season with salt, pepper (and paprika, if you like) as the beef browns. When the meat is no longer pink, add mushrooms, followed by a couple tablespoons of flour. Keep stirring, and add in sherry. When the sauce is thickened and lump-free, turn off the burner and stir in sour cream. Serve it over egg noodles or rice.

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Or rather, stroga-who, because the dish is named for a person. Count Pavel Stroganov was a member of the court of Alexander III of Russia during the early 1800s -- and a popular gourmet. Though the dish itself had been around a lot longer than him, he popularized it by having his chef prepare the version we know of today as beef stroganoff.

Salads are super-easy to throw together, and this one is mighty tasty. With just lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers and blue cheese dressing, this salad can be a hearty meal. If you're starting with a raw chicken breast, check out these chicken cooking tips for some new twists on old methods. This recipe is also great for precooked or leftover chicken.

Once the chicken has cooked and cooled for a bit, move on to your produce. Tear the lettuce and slice the tomatoes and cucumbers. Toss the veggies together, top with chicken and add dressing. Just like that, you've got a nutritious and delicious dinner!

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There's nothing quite like a roast. It sounds daunting, but it's really quite simple. This dish relies on the natural juices of the meat and vegetables to create a wonderfully savory flavor. Arrange the pork in a baking pan, and surround it with chunks of potatoes, onions, carrots and fennel. Roast the meat until its internal temperature reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit before removing it from oven. This dish is special enough for company, and best of all, everything cooks together in one pan -- easy cleanup.

Get ready for a very easy five-ingredient fiesta! Start by heating up a serving of canned black or pinto beans. Place a tortilla in a skillet and sprinkle shredded cheese on top -- jack cheese melts well. Spoon the beans evenly over the cheese. Add a bit more cheese on top of the beans, and then top it off with a second tortilla. Cook both sides of the quesadilla until it's lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Top it with salsa or pico de gallo and sour cream.

Craving pizza? Put down that takeout menu.

Ready-made pizza dough is a great staple to keep in your fridge. It's versatile, quick and helps you create a meal in no time. You can add whatever sauces and toppings you'd like, but pizza margherita is a classic. First, spoon tomato sauce over the rolled-out dough. Then cut fresh mozzarella into thin slices and scatter over sauce. Tear fresh basil leaves over the cheese and top it off with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan. Bake according to the directions on the dough package.

Pizza Margherita was first served in 1889 by Neopolitan chef Rafaele Esposito. He created the dish for the visiting Queen Margherita, finding inspiration in the colors of the newly-created Italian flag -- red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil).

4: Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Casseroles are wonderful for chilly evenings at home. They don't require much prep, either, which leaves you more time to get cozy. This particular casserole only has five ingredients, most (if not all) of which you probably already have in the fridge or pantry, and it's hearty enough for the days you're going meatless.

Start with the broccoli. If you're using frozen, cook according to the package directions if fresh, boil the broccoli in salted water for about three minutes or just until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Then, mix the broccoli with cream of mushroom soup, cooked rice, chopped onion and shredded cheddar cheese. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish, top with more cheese and cover it with foil. Bake until the edges are bubbling, then remove the foil to let the cheese brown.

Pasta is a good foundation for any easy meal, but always using the same sauces can get a little tiresome. Mix it up (literally) with a few out-of-the-ordinary things. Start by cooking your pasta. Any shape will do, though something smaller like bowties or macaroni will work best. Then you'll need cooked, peeled shrimp cut them into bite-sized pieces if they're on the larger side. Add some chopped onion, then toss your ingredients with mayonnaise and Old Bay seasoning. If you're not familiar with Old Bay, it's a seafood seasoning with a very distinctive flavor that compliments the mild taste of the shrimp while giving it a peppy zing.

The bigger the shrimp, the better, right? Well, maybe for eating. But this tiny shrimp, about the size of the grain of rice, isn't going to end up on your plate. The Hawaiian volcano shrimp -- or opae ula, as it's known on the islands -- is a popular pet for many aquatic enthusiasts.

Soup is a lot easier to make than you might imagine. This version is especially simple if you've already got leftover baked potatoes in the fridge. If you're starting with a raw potato, cook it in the oven or microwave and let it cool a bit before cubing it. Meanwhile, cook some bacon until it's crispy, and crumble it when it's cool.

Next, prepare a can of cheese soup according to its directions. Bring that to a simmer, and add the potatoes and bacon. Let it cook a few minutes more, and then it's ready to serve. Top with chopped green onions for a bit of extra flavor.

Our final dish proves that eggs are a winner, morning, noon and night.

Breakfast for dinner is a regular go-to meal for many, and omelets are a perfect choice. Eggs are a great source of protein, and they pair well with the leftover meats, cheeses and veggies in your fridge. And they're easy to make. If you're an omelet novice, this guide will get you off on the right foot.

For our omelet, start by chopping a bit of onion and smoked salmon. If you prefer your onions cooked, sauté them until they're translucent, then remove them from the pan. Mix the onions, smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese. Pour the beaten eggs into the pan, and once they're cooked, turn off the heat. Add the cream cheese mixture to half the omelet, fold it over and serve with toast.