15 super-speedy 3-ingredient recipes
Sometimes cooking can be a chore, particularly after a long day at the office or a tiring session at the gym. The last thing you want to do is spend hours chopping, preparing and cooking to create a healthy meal, but rather than turn to fat, sugar and additive-packed ready meals (or skipping meals), whip up one of these 15 super-speedy recipes, which all use 3 ingredients or less! This doesn't include kitchen essentials such as seasoning, oils and spices. We think you'll agree most of these recipes are tasty, healthy and so easy to prepare that you'll be cooking every night of the week.
These super-simple pancakes are made with just three ingredients – bananas, cinnamon and eggs. Packed with protein, low in calories and gluten-free, they're a great choice for breakfast and can be served with extra fruit or the toppings of your choice. Just combine the three ingredients, cook and serve!
#2. Avocado Smoothie
A healthy, creamy smoothie packed with good fats from the avocado, this tastes even better after a run! All you need is an avocado, 2 bananas and some milk. If you like, you could sub dairy-free milk such as almond milk.
We love this recipe – it combines three of our favourite ingredients; protein-packed chicken, sticky BBQ sauce and sweet potatoes, for slow energy release. If you're looking for a way to use up a bag of sweet potatoes, this is perfect. It's loaded with vitamin C, D and a and tastes delicious served with a green salad.
Grilled chicken is a great source of lean protein, but it can be a bit dull! This yummy ginger and soy marinade adds some fresh Asian flavour – you can leave the chicken marinading whilst you go to the gym or for a run! Served with green vegetables (we love a combination of broccoli and kale) and brown rice, this is amazing!
This recipe calls for any kind of squash, but we like to use butternut. You could use any kind of sausages too, but spicy Italian ones give this dish a real kick! If you can't find tomatoes with roasted peppers, you could always grill peppers and add them separately, or add vegetables of your choice. The antioxidants in the tomatoes make this a super-healthy dish.
This might not be the most elegant dish, but it's cosy comfort food and it tastes good! Brussels sprouts are so tasty that it seems a shame to relegate them to Christmas time; why not enjoy them throughout the winter with this recipe? You can buy bags of pre-sliced sprouts at many stores, although a quick whizz in a food processor will give you the same result. Chicken sausage is ideal for a lighter, leaner alternative to pork or beef, and you can pretty much use any garlic and herb cheese – Laughing Cow or Philadelphia both work well.
Great for a quick post-workout dinner for one (or two) these peppers are packed with 30g of protein! Use tuna in water to reduce the sale content and make your own mustard mayonnaise by combining Dijon mustard with mayo. This takes around 20 to 25 minutes to cook and is a simple, delicious dish whether you enjoy it as is or serve it with one of our autumn salads.
As you know, we love cauliflower – cauliflower mash, cauliflower pizza base – it's a versatile vegetable that's also really good for you! Making a quick, creamy cauliflower soup really makes the most of the flavour. It's as simple as puréeing cooked cauliflower with butter and salt. Great if you're eating on a budget or just want something quick, warming and nutritious after a long day at work.
We all need a sweet treat now and then – how about these yummy chocolatey, nutty cups? All you need is a tablespoon of nut butter, some dried dates and vegan milk chocolate to create these tasty treats. Keep them in the fridge as a healthy way to banish chocolate cravings!
It's not often you hear the words 'healthy' and 'chocolate' together in the same sentence! This recipe uses high-quality dark chocolate and coconut almond milk to create a decadent dessert without any of the additives found in supermarket puddings. Trust us, this is one recipe you don't want to miss out on, and the dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and chemicals to give you an instant mood boost!
#11. Pesto and Feta Pizza
Who doesn't love pizza? You can use your grill to create an amazing pizza and we recommend making our cauliflower pizza dough in advance so you always have some to hand. Then it's just a case of adding feta cheese and pesto, and you have a delicious pizza in minutes.
#12. Easy Beef Chilli
Sometimes you want hearty comfort food to warm you up, particularly after a run in the colder months. Get some minced beef, kidney beans in chilli sauce and chopped tomatoes and create this simple beef chilli that's spicy and warming, perfect for cold winter nights. It's tasty served on its own with some sour cream, or add rice. This dish is a great source of protein and iron thanks to the mince and kidney beans.
Did you know that sun-dried tomatoes contain more lycopene (an antioxidant) than regular tomatoes? In this recipe, they're combined with cream, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, to create a delicious flavour-packed sauce for chicken breasts. We love to serve this with plenty of vegetables.
Looking for a quick, protein-packed breakfast you can take on the go? With eggs, bacon and avocado, this breakfast will fuel you for throughout the morning at work and prevent you snacking. It's loaded with protein, healthy fats and amino acids.
If you're going to make the accompanying Brussels Sprouts, you'll obviously need a few additional ingredients – otherwise you'll only need maple syrup and hoisin sauce to create the sweet, sticky sauce for this salmon dish. We love serving this as a tasty treat on the weekends; it's a great source of omega 3, important for healthy brain function. Who needs a takeaway?!