Five-ingredient recipes are good, but even though it sounds scary, you can't despair: You can cut it down to three ingredients and still have a delicious dessert, side or even a three-ingredient main course for a really easy one meal.
Three. It's a magic number. The occupancy of Jack Tripper's apartment (don't tell Mr. Roper). The worst movie Godfather.
But in this case, it is the maximum ingredients (with the exception of water, salt and pepper ̵1; let's be reasonable here) that are required to make a variety of delicious recipes. That's right, the intentional markings shown below are prepared with only three components, making them ideal at a time when grocery shopping is particularly stressful. Not only do they deliver on taste, by keeping things minimal you will save money, cooking time and decontamination.
3-ingredient desserts and sweets
3-ingredient creme brulee
14 Successful and Terrible Attempts to Make Dalgona Coffee at Home
2-Ingredient Banana Glass
This frozen delight is essentially mixed bananas (no dairy added) so vegans can feel free to indulge. Foster-ize with a shower of caramel sauce and consider adding a sprinkle of fleur de sel – a little goes a long way. Get Chowhound's banana ice cream with two ingredients.
Roasted cashew and bacon sprinkled
Don't settle for the artificial things. Just as the name suggests, this recipe is oh so easy to prepare. Just combine simple syrup, water, ice and an obscene number of lemons (grow a tree in your garden or make friends with someone who has one), so you quench your thirst all summer long. Since water is not officially counted as an ingredient, throw in some iced tea or maybe a shot or two of vodka to hit the ingredient trifecta. Get Chowhounds simple lemonade recipes.
Cacio e pepe
Here is another family-friendly favorite that is so easy to make that you can put your kids on (supervised) cooking service. The chicken is coated in crunchy whole-wheat crackers and then baked, making this a healthier but no less tasty alternative to your fried finger. Get Chowhounds baked cracker-crusted chicken fingers recipe.
Grilled chicken thighs with soy marinade
This meaty, melty dill takes you back to high school time when you couldn't choose between taking Spanish or French. Apparently the best solution was a combination of both. Now the question is: Which cheese does your language speak? Get Chowhounds ham and cheese quesadillas recipe.
Pizza dough gnocchi
Pizza Dough offers lots of versatility. Example: this chew gnocchi, which is finished with marinara sauce and grated parmesan. It's basically a pizza pie in a bowl. Get Chowhounds pizza dough gnocchi recipe.
Eggs in a nest
Eggs in a nest. Toad in a hole. Whatever you want to call it, this toast with an egg center is a great way to start the morning – or end the day. Be sure to make sure the egg yolk is running so that the bread can soak up all the liquid gold. Get Chowhounds eggs in a nest recipe.
3-ingredient side dishes
Crisp prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
The thin, soft flowers of broccolini are well suited for the oven treatment. The stalks soften slightly but still have a snap, and when gently brushed with olive oil the leaves develop a satisfactory crispness. Although they are just fine without it, you may want to consider adding a lemon squeeze for extra zing. Get Chowhounds roasted broccolini recipes.
Besides salt, only three ingredients are needed to make ricotta from the beginning. But you will need some extra hardware including cheesecloth, a nice mask filter and a quick-read thermometer. The investment is worth having fresh, fluffy cheese for your toast, pizza or lasagna. Pass the filled skulls. Get Chowhounds homemade ricotta cheese recipes.