3-Ingredient Recipes for an Easy Dinner

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Delicious pulled pork being put on a burger bun

Minimalistic Dinner Recipes

If you’ve noticed your grocery bill reaching new heights, you’re not alone. Prices are rising everywhere, and the grocery store is no exception. Between coupons and sales, there are opportunities to save, but if you’re looking to cut more corners, these three-ingredient recipes are affordable, easy options for dinner. 

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Delicious tortellini with meat in tomato sauce.

Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes and Basil

Full-bore Italian dishes typically require a slew of ingredients — and take lots of time to prepare. Not this one. All you need is roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, and cheese tortellini to make this delicious dinner.

Recipe: EatingWell

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Red bowl of delicious chicken teriyaki

Teriyaki Chicken

Eliminate the need for take-out without going overboard. This three-ingredient recipe includes chicken (of course) and a delicious teriyaki sauce made with just two pantry staples: soy sauce and brown sugar.

Recipe: Tasty

Related: 50 Cheap and Easy Chicken Recipes

Grilled Chicken Thighs with a side Salad

Baked Caesar Chicken

You don’t need to use a slew of ingredients to make a flavorful dish. This baked Caesar chicken packs a punch for your taste buds. All you have to do is grab your favorite Caesar dressing and smother chicken breasts with it. Top it off with parmesan cheese to balance out the flavor before broiling and you’re left with a juicy-on-the-inside, golden-brown-on-the-outside main course that pairs perfectly with rice and veggies. 

Recipe: Kitchn

Dietary foods: rice baked with broccoli, chicken and cheese close-up. Horizontal top view

Chicken and Broccoli Bubble-Up Bake

For those busy nights when you don’t have much time to prepare dinner, this recipe is ideal — and the ingredients you need to make it are easy to keep on hand. Just stock up on frozen broccoli and cheese, refrigerated biscuits, and chicken. 

Recipe: Pillsbury

Roasted sweet potato in iron tray oven cooked

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber — and they’re considered one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. Stuffing them with barbecued chicken is the culinary combination you never knew you needed. 

Recipe: The Comfort of Cooking

Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joes

With summer here, home cooks everywhere are starting to feel the pull of the outdoors a little bit stronger than the pull of the kitchen. That’s where this no-fuss, no-muss recipe for sloppy joes comes in. You’ll spend more time having fun in the sun while still enjoying a delicious dinner prepared at home.

Recipe: Eating on a Dime

Raw fresh fish sea bass and trout on a cutting board, dark rustic background. Top view, flat lay.
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Coconut Lime Salmon

Island flavors abound in this salmon recipe. Between its flavor palette and how easy it is to prepare, it’s the perfect entree for summer, pairing well with jasmine rice and vegetables.

Recipe: My Kitchen Love

Scalloped Potatoes gratin with Caramelized Onions and Gruyere and Parmesan cheese
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Chicken Casserole

If you’re a meat and potatoes kind of person, this recipe is for you. Chicken, potatoes, and cream of chicken soup is all you’ll need for this yummy casserole.

Recipe: Australia’s Best Recipes

Delicious pulled pork being put on a burger bun

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Barbecue sauce might just be the quintessential condiment of summertime. This slow cooker recipe for barbecued pulled pork allows you to set it and forget it — unless you’re inside among the tantalizing smells, that is. 

Recipe: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

If breakfast for dinner is up your alley, add this casserole to your repertoire. It’s a creative take on a breakfast favorite and it’s easy to prepare, too.

Recipe: Lauren Fit Foodie

Cheesy Hamburger and Macaroni Dinner

Silly Chili Macaroni

This recipe is the ideal meal to keep in mind as you stock your pantry. All you need is canned chili, shredded cheese, and macaroni noodles to prepare this yummy dish.

Recipe: Saving Talents

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Tuna Casserole

This take on tuna casserole is another recipe that’s an easy dinner using on-hand ingredients. Boxed mac and cheese, canned tuna, and frozen peas are all it takes to make this delectable dish. 

Recipe: The Seasoned Mom

Gourmet Cafe Food
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