10 Easy-To-Make Healthy Dinners That Only Require Three Ingredients
If you’re anything like me, the desire the create edible masterpieces in the kitchen is very much present every time you plan dinner-time, but sadly, the time – or lack thereof – makes it tricky to turn desire into dinner.
Most recipes require a big trip to the shops, as well as the time-consuming preparation and cooking.
But the good news is you can enjoy a delicious dinner with just three ingredients. So there’s no need to spend time and money at the supermarket, or worry about having to start preparing dinner in the morning. We’ve found 10 fantastic dinners which are quick, easy, only require three ingredients, AND are healthy. Too good to be true? Not a chance.
There’s something fantastically comforting about eating chili during the colder months. It’s also great if you’ve got lots of guests popping over. This 3-ingredient chili will make your life so much easier when planning what to make for your ravenous friends and family. All you need is ground beef, a can of chili beans, and a can of chili ready diced tomatoes. How long does it take? Just 30 minutes. Of course if you want to break the 3 ingredient rule, there’s plenty of other stuff that can go on top; onions, jalapenos, sour cream, and cheese are all delicious toppings.
Chicken and sun-dried tomato go together beautiful, so why even bother with more ingredients? But that’s only two ingredients, I hear you cry. Well the third helps to make a creamy tomato sauce… Yup, you got it – cream! Flavour it with garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper and some fresh basil, and you’ve got a deliciously straight-forward dish which wouldn’t look out of place at a restaurant.
For juicy and moist pulled pork, you only need three ingredients: pork sirloin roast, a large red onion, and two cans of Pepsi or Coca-Cola! Take note: while this recipe only takes 5 minutes to prepare, it does of course take a while to cook! But as long as you’re to let it stew for 8 hours while you do whatever you need to do, it’s well worth the wait. And it really is ridiculously easy to make!
Here’s a really great, healthy recipe for tuna lovers. All you need is pickles, mayonnaise (light mayo if you want to keep it super healthy) and of course, tuna. A fourth ingredient if you dare is black pepper. You can also replace the mayonnaise with plain yogurt or light sour cream if you’d prefer. The simple things are often the most delicious, and this is a great example of that.
While we’re on the subject of salads, here’s a delicious recipe for an avocado and kale salad. Do not underestimate the power of kale – it could change your life. You might not enjoy it raw and unprocessed, but the trick to make it delicious is to massage it with your hands, and mix it with a creamy avocado coat and zesty lemon juice dressing. Perfection.
If there’s anything better to eat on a wintery night, I’d like to hear about it. Tomato soup is a delicious soothing treat, but you can most certainly get it wrong. Having said that, you only need three ingredients to get it right: a big can of tomatoes, olive oil, and some garlic or onions or leeks. You’ll probably have all of those things in your cupboard, so that’s dinner – or at least a starter – sorted for tonight!
Maybe to follow the tomato soup, you could give this easy but delicious pizza recipe a go. Well, you’ll need to prepare some dough first, but the rest is a doddle. All you need is dough, pesto and feta cheese. Grill the dough on both sides for three minutes, spread on the pesto and feta and grill for another three. You can chuck some basil leaves on top too if you want, and within minutes you’ve got yourself a tasty pizza.
Another classic dish is mac and cheese, and this recipe puts you in control of what you’re eating, rather than with an awful ready meal, and it takes no time at all. Well, it takes some time, but not much of it. In fact, it takes just 10 minutes. This recipe is a bit different from other mac & cheese recipes, as it tells you to boil your macaroni in almond milk! It might quite sound right, but once you’ve mixed in the cheese and devoured it, you might think differently. Optional extras include peas, ham, bacon, pancetta, crunchy breadcrumbs, and generally anything you think might work.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to using mayonnaise with your chicken salad, look no further than avocado. Ideal for using up leftover chicken, all you need is avocado and chopped cilantro. Mash up the three ingredients and you’ve got yourself a fantastically healthy chicken salad. You can add other ingredients such as red onion, walnuts, garlic powder, or even a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt, or use it as a filling for a pitta sandwich.
If you love your seafood, we’ve saved the best till last. Shrimps are really good for you – they contain a rich source of astaxantin, a carotenoid which is celebrated by health experts for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as omega-3 fatty acids. But also – and possibly more importantly – it’s delicious. All you need for this recipe is broccoli coleslaw, low fat marinara sauce, and lots of shrimp. Five minutes preparation, 15 minutes cooking time – this dish ticks all the boxes: quick, easy, healthy and so so tasty.