3-ingredient recipes you can make right now
A study done in May 2019 by Hotschedules, a restaurant and hospitality software, revealed that Americans eat out a lot. In fact, 56% of Americans told the company that they eat out two to three times a week, which included both in-restaurant dining and ordering takeout. According to the National Restaurant Association, diners have a wide variety of options to choose from, as there are over 1 million restaurants throughout the country.
In 2020, the novel coronavirus pandemic has affected almost every corner of American daily life, including how we eat. With many states under lockdown measures, restaurants around the country have been forced to close their doors. This may not be just a temporary measure, either. Kate Taylor of Business Insider reported in April that 1 in 5 restaurants or nearly 20% might never reopen their doors. The latest news suggests that the coronavirus may end up being a death sentence for American dining habits.
With that in mind, there’s never been a better time to up your home-cooking game. To help you on this home cooking journey, Stacker has compiled a list of 50 recipes that you can make with only three ingredients. Scouring Allrecipes.com, we’ve found some of the best breakfast, dinner, snack, dessert, and drink options for you, all of which require limited ingredients. Assuming you have a handful of kitchen essentials to get started, including cooking oil, salt, and pepper, these dishes can be made even if you haven’t been able to make it to the grocery store in weeks. They’re also perfect for cooks who may not be very confident in their skills just yet. Click through the following slides for some inspiration for your next meal.
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Wheat-free banana pancakes
Breakfast has never been easier than these “wheat-free banana pancakes.” With just a large banana, a single egg, and a teaspoon of butter, you can whip up this delicious breakfast in less than 10 minutes. If you have a few more ingredients on hand, reviewers report that cinnamon, vanilla, and even a teaspoon of standard pancake mix will add a little pizazz to this healthy option.
Egg in a hole
Cooking this simple breakfast in a little bacon grease really ups the flavor on this classic option. However, if you don’t have bacon grease on hand, or prefer a vegetarian variation, this runny eggs-in-toast dish can be cooked in melted butter instead.
Avocado cheddar toast
Avocado toast can be as simple or elaborate as your heart desires, but this cheddar cheese version is perfect for when your fridge is looking pretty empty. Use whatever bread you have on hand, and top it off with a little salt and pepper (or “everything but the bagel” seasoning) for the perfect mid-morning snack.
Simple sausage casserole
This “simple sausage casserole” is made with a crescent roll crust, and would serve as the perfect weekend brunch entree. Slices of the sausage and cream-cheese stuffed dish reheat well in the microwave, meaning that leftovers could easily last you all week.
Quick and easy home fries
These “quick and easy home fries” are made with russet potatoes, butter, and a little bit of salt and pepper. Whether you eat them as a stand-alone breakfast or alongside some scrambled eggs and bacon, these home fries are sure to keep you full all morning long.
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Keto cheesy bacon and egg cups
“Keto cheesy bacon and egg cups” are the perfect make-ahead breakfast for those following a low-carb or keto diet. Assemble bacon, eggs, and cheese in a muffin tin and bake until set. The leftovers can be stored in the fridge and reheated in the microwave for the rest of the week’s breakfasts.
This “California smoothie” makes a great light breakfast option or afternoon snack. Frozen strawberries, lemon yogurt, and orange juice can be quickly blended together for a fruity treat that’s bound to start your day off on a sunny note.
Dalgona coffee (whipped coffee)
Chances are if you’ve spent any amount of time on the internet during the coronavirus pandemic, you’ve run across this whipped coffee recipe. Requiring just a handful of ingredients, and a little elbow grease, this “Dalgona coffee” is the perfect stay at home pick-me-up.
The taste of this three-ingredient bread can vary wildly depending on the type and flavor profile of the beer you use, which makes this recipe one you can bake over and over without getting bored. Commenters report that the “beer bread” is best served warm, with a thick spread of soft butter.
Chef John’s corn tortillas
The perfect addition to any Taco Tuesday, these homemade corn tortillas go well with everything from pork carnitas to sauteed veggies. The main ingredient in these tortillas is masa harina, which is a naturally gluten-free flour made of corn soaked in lime water. Masa harina can be found at most grocery stores.
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