10 3-Ingredient Recipes to Awaken the Masterchef in You

by Apoorva Malhotra
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Imagine finding a solid recipe for something that you have been craving to eat for a good long while. Ka-ching! However, the list of ingredients is not only neverending but features items you may have never even heard of! The idea of taking a trip to your local supermarket for purchasing groceries can put you off from trying out the dish. To avoid such a scenario, we’ve compiled some 3-ingredient recipes that you can whip up in no time!

These 3-ingredient recipes are not only easy to make but only require ingredients that are readily available at home! So sharpen your cooking skills with these killer 3-ingredient recipes!

Top 10 No-Fuss 3-Ingredient Recipes to Try

For simplicity, we have divided the 3-ingredient recipes into breakfast, lunch/dinner, and desserts. However, feel free to swap them as per your cravings!

Breakfast

Craving something quick and easy to kickstart your day? Here are a few things that you can have for breakfast:

Granola Breakfast Bars

Granola breakfast bars are not only healthy, but they also offer instant energy. They make for an excellent breakfast option, especially when you are in a hurry. Grab one on the go, and you are all set for the day!

Materials Required

  • A cup (100g) of instant oats
  • Two ripe bananas
  • Any add on of your choice – Chocolate chips, almond slivers, shredded coconut, nut butter, walnuts, raisins, honey, etc.

Steps for Preparation

  1. Start by preheating your oven at 180o C.
  2. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl and add the oats to it. Mix until they combine thoroughly.
  3. Add the add-on ingredient as per your preference.
  4. Divide the mixture into six parts and mold them in the shape of bars.
  5. Bake them for 12 minutes, and your granola breakfast bars are ready!

Egg Muffins

Eggs are one of the most versatile foods out there. They are also highly nutritious and make for an excellent breakfast ingredient. Pamper your tastebuds with the egg muffin recipe that is quick and easy.

Materials Required

  • Five eggs
  • A quarter cup of cheese (about 60g)
  • Any vegetable of choice – spinach, onion, tomato, bell peppers, broccoli, bacon, jalapeno, etc.

Steps for Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven at 180o C.
  2. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl and season them with salt and pepper.
  3. Chop the vegetables finely or into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Grease your muffin tin or cupcake mold and place the chopped vegetables in each cup. You do not have to restrict yourself to a single filling and can mix and match as per your preference.
  5. Pour the beaten egg mixture into all the cups. Leave about a one-centimeter distance from the top for the egg muffin to puff up.
  6. Top it off with cheese and let it bake for about 20 minutes. Allow it to set, demold the muffins, and you are ready to dig in!

Lunch or Dinner

3-ingredient recipes for lunch or dinner is like a dream come true! These food inspirations are wholesome, filling, and delicious!

Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a classic pasta dish that is loaded with cheese. It is the ultimate comfort food for all seasons and all occasions.

Materials Required

  • Half a liter milk
  • 200g elbow pasta or macaroni
  • 100g grated cheese (preferably cheddar but processed works just fine)

Steps for Preparation

  1. Bring the milk to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Add the macaroni and continue to stir it for about 9 to 10 minutes or until the pasta is just done.
  3. Take the pot off the heat and add the cheese. Stir the pasta until the cheese melts completely, and the pasta is evenly coated in cheesy goodness. 
  4. If necessary, season it with salt and pepper. Enjoy the dish while warm.

Shredded Chicken Pilaf

Have a lot of leftover shredded chicken and don’t know what to do with it? Give is a makeover with this awesome pilaf recipe! Vegetarians can replace the chicken with paneer chunks, and it would taste just as great.

Materials Required

  • A cup of shredded chicken
  • Two cups of cooked long-grain Basmati rice
  • One-third cup of fenugreek leaves (can be substituted for soaked Kasuri Methi leaves or spinach leaves)

Steps for Preparation

  1. Heat a tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) in a pan and add the fenugreek/spinach leaves. Cook until they wilt a little.
  2. Stir in the shredded chicken or paneer. Season it with salt. You may even add some garam masala.
  3. Finally, add the long-grain rice. Saute all the ingredients together until they are well-incorporated.
  4. Serve hot.

Snacks

Whether it is a mid-meal craving or a late-night binge, snacks are the best way to keep your energy levels up without messing up your appetite. Check out these no-fuss appetizers.

Eggplant Margherita Pizza

Even those who follow clean eating habits crave junk food at some point. Amongst these snacks, pizza is the most popular food item. But what if we told you that there is a healthy pizza in town? Give your carby pizza a healthy twist with this 3-ingredient recipe.

Materials Required

  • One large eggplant/brinjal
  • A cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (processed works fine too)
  • Pizza or Marinara sauce

Steps for Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven at 200o C.
  2. Cut the eggplant into large round discs of about half an inch thickness. Salt these slices and let them sweat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Blot out the excess moisture by dabbing the eggplant slices with a tissue. Shallow fry these eggplant slices on a skillet.
  4. Spread the pizza sauce over each disc, season with ground black pepper and oregano, and top it with a copious amount of cheese.
  5. Cook these ‘pizzas’ in the oven for about 5 minutes. Grill them for an additional 3 minutes for a cheesy golden crisp.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A grilled cheese sandwich is yet another classic food item for a quick and easy hunger fix. Try out this recipe with different types of cheese, and the result may surprise you!

Materials Required

  • Slices of large sandwich bread (white, multigrain, or brown bread – anything of your choice)
  • Cheese slices or grated cheese
  • Garlic herbed butter

Steps for Preparation

  1. Spread the room temperature butter on the insides of your sandwich bread.
  2. Place the cheese slice or grated cheese between the bread slices.
  3. Heat up a skillet and drop a tablespoon of butter on it. Place the sandwich over the buttery goodness and allow it to sizzle.
  4. Cook the sandwich on either side until it is crisp and golden, and the cheese inside it has melted.
  5. Enjoy hot!

Desserts

These 3-ingredient recipes for delicious desserts are the perfect fix for your sugar cravings. So pamper your sweet tooth without any guilt!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter is a rich source of protein. So why not enjoy your dose of protein in the form of a drool-worthy cookie? Bake a large batch and treat yourself to these scrumptious cookies whenever the sugar craving kicks in.

Materials Required

  • A cup (240g) of peanut butter
  • One large egg
  • Half a cup (100g) of granulated refined sugar

Steps for Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven at 180o C.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, egg, and peanut butter.
  3. Use an ice cream scoop to get even sized cookie dough portions. Roll them between your palms until smooth and place them over a baking sheet.
  4. Flatten out the doughballs and press a fork on top of them for a cute criss-cross pattern.
  5. Bake the cookies for about 8 to 10 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on a grill. Store them in an airtight container.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

Mug cakes are the best way to get your sugar fix without dirtying the dishes. These mug cakes are super simple to make and are oh so gooey and chocolaty!

Materials Required

  • Three-fourth cup (225g) of Nutella or chocolate hazelnut spread
  • Two large eggs
  • A quarter cup (30g) of all-purpose flour (maida)

Steps for Preparation

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and the Nutella. 
  2. Add the flour and fold it into the mixture. Divide this batter into two equal halves and pour them into two separate mugs.
  3. Microwave them for two minutes (try 90 seconds for a gooey texture)
  4. You can use some more Nutella to frost your cake (just remember to let the cake cool for a couple of minutes first) or directly eat it warm.

Beverages

In the last segment of our 3-ingredient recipes, we have a couple of beverages that you can stir up at home. Give these beverages a try:

Dalgona Coffee

The Dalgona coffee has been taking the internet by a storm. While the classic Dalgona coffee is a 3-ingredient recipe, you can upgrade your Dalgona coffee in many ways. Here’s a recipe for the classic Dalgona coffee.

Materials Required

  • A tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • A tablespoon of instant coffee powder
  • A glass of milk

Steps for Preparation

  1. Combine the coffee powder and sugar in a mixing bowl and add a tablespoon of hot water.
  2. Whisk this mixture for about 4 to 5 minutes until it turns pale brown, light, and airy.
  3. Scoop out the Dalgona foam and spoon it over the milk. Enjoy!

Banana Oats Smoothie

This smoothie recipe is possibly the healthiest and most filling beverage out there. It makes for an excellent after-workout drink or a breakfast smoothie.

Materials Required

  • Half a liter of cold milk
  • Two to three ripe bananas
  • A quarter cup of instant oats

Steps for Preparation

  1. Combine the three ingredients together and blend it into a smoothie.
  2. You can garnish it by sprinkling some cocoa powder on top.

The above 3-ingredient recipes are quick to make and require ingredients that are readily available around your kitchen. By spending a few minutes of your time, you can have a lip-smacking culinary adventure in just three ingredients. So go ahead and try them out!

 Which of these is your absolute favorite? Don’t forget to share your experiences in the comments below!

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