3-Ingredient Recipes Perfect for Busy Families

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If you’re anything like us, you’re always on the hunt for easy dinner recipes. The fewer ingredients we have to remember, the better (because no one likes doing a last-minute grocery store run!). To make all of our lives easier, we’ve rounded up a list of 3-ingredient recipes that will please even the pickiest of eaters. Read on to simplify your meal plan.

cauliflower soup is an easy 3-ingredient recipe
Just a Taste

Cauliflower Soup

Your whole crew is sure to fall in love with this silky soup from Just a Taste. It’s practically begging to be topped with your favorite add-ons, from a simple swirl of olive oil to crumbled bacon or crispy chickpeas. 

blackened chicken is a good 3-ingredient recipe
Cooking with Janica

Blackened Chicken

Dry, overcooked chicken will be a thing of the past once you try this 3-ingredient recipe from Cooking with Janica. Their easy method yields a juicy, well-seasoned chicken breast—perfect for pairing with rice, salad or potatoes.

A Clean Bake

Perfect Roasted Potatoes

Our hunt for perfectly crispy roasted potatoes has finally come to an end, thanks to A Clean Bake. This foolproof method will have your whole family asking for seconds.

Eat. Lift. Be.

Mozzarella Sticks

Who knew mozzarella sticks were this easy to make? Eat. Lift. Be. breaks it down step by step, with a pro tip that involves putting them in the freezer before baking.

Honey Teriyaki Lime Salmon

Delicious salmon is less than a half hour away, thanks to Savory Nothings. Bonus points if you make your own teriyaki sauce (but we won’t judge if you go for the bottled stuff!). Get the 3-ingredient recipe by clicking here.

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Foolproof Roasted Chicken

A roasted chicken might seem intimidating to make, but with some help from Drawn and Buttered you’ll be a poultry pro in no time. You don’t need twine or even a meat thermometer to pull this off.

Honey and Birch

Tomato Tortellini Soup

Grab your soup pot and make a big batch of this soup from Honey and Birch! With the homey goodness of tomato soup and tortellini (a kid fave!), we guarantee it’ll disappear in no time.

Deviled Eggs

The perfect way to fancy up eggs for dinner is to devil ’em! It’s easy to pull off with this recipe, and you can even make it a bit healthier with light mayo or a mix of Greek yogurt. 

Pinch of Yum

Creamy Tomato Shells

Trust us, you’re gonna want to bookmark this delish recipe from Pinch of Yum. It’s hearty, homey, and can be whipped up for any busy weeknight dinner. 

Tortilla Dogs

Who knew that with just tortillas, hot dogs and a few spare minutes you could whip up such a kid-friendly meal? Add in your fam’s fave condiments, and you’ve got yourself a winner, especially with this recipe from Or Whatever You Do.

Ham and Cheese Freezer Sandwiches

Make-ahead-meal alert! We love how these sandwiches from A Taste of Madness can be frozen and then heated whenever you need a quick and easy school lunch. Plus, you can always customize with your kiddo’s fave lunch meat.

Lanc Foodie Girl

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Taco night just got way easier, thanks to this genius recipe from Lanc Foodie Girl. Set up the slow cooker in the morning, and dinner will be hot and ready by the time you get home. To get the recipe, click here.

Table for 7

Crock Pot Sweet Pork

We love breaking out the Crock Pot to make our lives easier on busy nights, and this super simple recipe from Table for 7 totally fits the bill. You can serve the sweet pork on a bed of greens or cook up a batch of rice—it’s sure to be an instant hit with your family. 

3-Ingredient Biscuit Recipe

The Feathered Nester has an incredibly easy 3-ingredient biscuit recipe we love for weekend breakfasts. 

Grilled Ranch Pork Chops

No one likes a dry pork chop! Good news: this recipe from Gimme Some Grilling is going to be your new go-to method for the juiciest (and easiest) pork. The secret ingredient is hiding in the grocery store spice aisle. 

Lemons & Basil

Sweet Potato Wraps

We’re always on the hunt for healthy snacks that the little ones will actually eat, and these sweet potato wraps from Lemons & Basil get the toddler seal of approval. You can fill them up with butter, cheese or peanut butter for a perfectly balanced snack. 

Intelligent Domestications

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Wings

Three ingredients and a few hours in a Crock Pot and bam! Now you have killer BBQ chicken wings to feed the masses, all thanks to this recipe from Intelligent Domestications. Plus the kids will get a kick out of the “secret ingredient.” Click here to get the complete, short-and-sweet how-to and check out their other crock pot recipes that require only a few ingredients.

Grilled Cheese Rollups

Flat sandwiches are so last year … These rollups from My Little Gourmet are perfectly sized for tiny hands to dunk into a bowl of soup. 

Handmade Gnocchi

Get your tiny taste testers’ hands deep into potatoes when they help you make gnocchi from scratch! Pair this step-by-step tutorial from Eugenie’s Kitchen with the tomato sauce later in this roundup. Click here to get the deets.

It’s Peachy Keen

Baked Rollups

Roll up ham and cheese for a dinner that will have the little ones forgetting about their pre-boxed meat, cheese and crackers (you know which ones we’re talking about!). You and your kids can whip up this recipe from It’s Peachy Keen in less than 20 minutes for a fun, fingers-only meal. 

Oatmeal with a Fork

Apple Juice Chicken

You know that stockpile of juice boxes your family has been collecting? This sweet recipe, courtesy of Oatmeal With a Fork, puts them to good use! This chicken is flavorful and easy to make—and we’re willing to bet it’ll be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike. 

Weary Chef

Steak Pinwheels

A dinner that is fun to make, fun to look at, and deliciously satisfying to eat? Please let your burgeoning kitchen master bring these pinwheels to your dinner table. Weary Chef simplifies it down so your little one can get artsy with their greens before rolling it up to bake. 

Nyssa’s Kitchen

Garlic Charred Green Beans

For the easiest (and kid-friendliest) side dish, you’ve got to try these green beans from Nyssa’s Kitchen. Her method leaves the beans perfectly tender with a little char on the outside. Drooling yet? 

PB&J Quesadillas

If your little one is tired of sandwiches, switch it up with this tortilla version on the stove. It’s literally as simple as spreading peanut butter and jelly on a tortilla, then heating up before devouring.

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Dairy Free Perfect Noodles

This easy dish subs nutritional yeast for parmesan and olive oil for butter to make a simple, dairy-free alternative to your kiddo’s favorite go-to pasta dish. Just cook spaghetti or linguine noodles according to package, toss in enough olive oil to coat and sprinkle liberally with nutritional yeast. You can add parsley, pepper and a pinch of salt if you’re a rule-breaker.

The Pretty Bee

Black Bean Soup

Does your kiddo feel like traveling south of the border for dinner? Try out this deliciously simple black bean soup recipe from The Pretty Bee.

Easy Meatballs

We know your kids can’t get enough of meatballs once they’re on the table—it’s time to teach them where those delicious things come from. Take a peek at Persnickety Plates’ recipe for three-ingredient slow cooker pineapple teriyaki meatballs and have your little sous chef’s help with all the prep.

The Honour System

Rich Tomato Sauce

This one’s an easy one for momma’s helper, and it’s done in no time at all. The Honour System has got tomato sauce down to a two-step science: simmer and stir! 

Maple & Mustard Salmon

Your iron chefs-in-training may or may not be ready for handling raw salmon, but they can certainly help out with a sweet and spicy glaze from For the Love of Cooking.


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