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20 Easy 3-Ingredient Dinner Recipes

Sometimes less is more when cooking. This is certainly the case with this collection of dinner recipes. Each requires just three ingredients and each is simple enough for even the most tentative of cooks to master. I mean, three ingredients – what could possibly go wrong?

Give these a try and let us know how you get on. 

Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Wry Toast’s honey mustard chicken tenders are upmarket kid food. They have all the goodness of chicken fingers but with a classier coating and no deep frying. And they really couldn’t be easier to make.

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Dr. Pepper Pork  

If you don’t already own a slow cooker, get one – you’ll not regret it. Pulled pork is en-vogue at the moment and it's best made in the slow cooker. What we didn’t know until now is how delicious it is when the pork is allowed to marinate in a bottle of Dr. Pepper for 5 hours. Thanks to Kids Activities Blog for enlightening us.

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Avocado Chicken Salad

If you’re looking for something easy to throw together after a long day at work, get on this healthy avocado chicken salad by Hip 2 Save. Serve in a bowl or with lettuce and pitta.

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Easy Chilli

This chilli recipe by I Heart Naptime is a real triple threat: it’s simple to make; can be served up in just 30 minutes, and yields enough to serve six people. It’s really easy to build upon too, pairing well with sour cream, cheese, onions and jalepenos.

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Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs

Another great reason to own a slow cooker are these Swedish meatballs by Mommy Savers. No pre-cooking needed, just throw the three ingredients into the pot and come back in 5 hours.

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Dijon Maple-Glazed Salmon

The Dijon and maple syrup mixture adds a tangy, sweet flavour to the salmon, resulting in a classy meal that’s only 218 calories per serving. A great recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats.

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Flaky Tomato and Mozzarella Tart

Tomato and mozzarella tart is colourful, simple and great for kids. The buttery pastry and cherry tomatoes make for a tasty combination that’s an enjoyable summer bite.

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Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

Home alone tonight? This tuna-stuffed pepper by Hungry Girl’s Lisa Lillien is an ideal meal-for-one recipe. It’s a lot more filling than it looks and crams in 30g of protein!

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Grilled Pizza With Pesto and Feta

Throw some pizza dough on the barbeque, spread on a layer of pesto and top with feta cheese... The result is an enjoyable pizza that’s great for summer garden parties.

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BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Shedded chicken and sweet potatoes are two of our favourite things. Add a generous serving of your preferred BBQ sauce, as suggested by The Comfort of Cooking, and create a cheap and healthy meal that’ll become one of your go-to recipes.

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Breakfast Skillet

Never let anyone tell you that you can’t have breakfast for dinner, especially when it’s as delicious as Lexi’s Clean Kitchen’s skillet of goodness.

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Oven-Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Garlic

Smitten Kitchen’s oven-braised beef dish requires just a beef roast, tinned tomatoes and a head of garlic. Added together in a pot, the result is incredible, melt-in-the-mouth, tender beef that’s perfect to come home to when the dark night’s roll in.

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Sweet & Sour Chicken

Who’d have thought that in three ingredients you can replicate all the goodness of a takeaway meal? Seeded at the Table uses frozen diced chicken for this slow cooker recipe, but feel free to use fresh chunks. Serve over a bed of rice or with some steamed veg.

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Tomato Soup

Okay, so this is more a formula than a recipe, but, hey, there are three ingredients and they combine to make a filling bowl of tomato soup. So we’re good, right?

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Mac ‘N’ Cheese

She Makes and Bakes’ shells and white cheddar recipe is the simplest mac ‘n’ cheese you’ll ever make. It’s an ideal meal for one and can be scaled up to feed the whole family.

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Baked Ravioli ‘Lasagne’

So you’re in the mood for lasagne, but you have neither the time nor the patience to make it. Olives and Garlic has crafted the perfect alternative. Ravioli replaces the minced beef, while the baked cheesy goodness remains just as you like it.

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Quick Tortilla Pizza

Use small tortillas for the kids and large tortillas for the adults and let everyone create their own. A really easy way to get all the family involved in the kitchen.

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Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple

This recipe from Eat at Home Cooks is a real crowd-pleaser that requires minimal effort. Put some stewed beef into the slow cooker, pour teriyaki sauce over the top and pop back just before the end to add in some tinned pineapple. That’s it!

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Shrimp 'n Slaw Marinara

A simple seafood dish is always a good midweek recipe to have to hand. This shrimp, marinara and broccoli coleslaw combo by Hungry Girl is ready to eat in 20 minutes and contains just 283 calories.

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Cheesy Garlic & Herb Brussels Sprouts With Sausage

For those days when you really can’t be bothered to cook dinner, Carrots ‘N’ Cake’s meat, veg and cheese dish should cure those hunger pangs with little effort.

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Sometimes less is more when cooking. This is certainly the case with this collection of dinner recipes. Each requires just three ingredients and each is simple enough for even the most tentative of cooks to master. I mean, three ingredients – what could possibly go wrong? Give these a try and let us know how you get on.