3 Ingredient Meals


To keep with the Thrifty theme we are going to try to make an entire meal using recipes with only THREE INGREDIENTS. Here goes nothing! This Buzzfeed list was our main inspiration.


Recipe: Breakfast- Chocolate filled crescents

Expertise: Beginner to Intermediate
Ease: Easy
3 Ingredients:

  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Chocolate
  3. Powdered Sugar

Customizing: I added mini marshmallows inside with the chocolate chips instead of sprinkling with powdered sugar.
Repeatability: Absolutely!

chocolate crescents


Recipe: Lunch- Chicken salad

Expertise: Beginner to Intermediate
Ease: Very Easy
3 Ingredients:

  1. Cream Cheese
  2. Canned Chicken
  3. Ranch Seasoning

Customizing: I really didn’t change this much I just served it with crackers.
Repeatability: Most likely. It’s nice for a quick lunch or snack.

chicken salad


nutrition food health dietMelissa’s Nutritional Tidbit: Chicken Salad is definitely an easy snack to make, but its sodium content is a bit too high due to the canned chicken and ranch seasoning. In general, canned goods usually contain a lot of sodium in order to keep it preserved. Rinsing the food before prep will shed some of that sodium off, lowering your intake. You can also look for “low-sodium” canned goods in grocery stores.

Ranch seasoning also has a lot of salt, but there are other ingredients you can incorporate into your chicken salad. Instead of a seasoning, you can incorporate whatever spices you wish, like paprika, oregano, garlic, etc. Instead of cream cheese, you could use mayonnaise. I use the mayonnaise made with olive oil instead of the regular version. This way, I’m getting my healthy fats in for the day!

Recipe: Dinner- Brown Sugar Pork

Expertise: Beginner to Intermediate
Ease: Easy
3 Ingredients:

  1. Pork Loin
  2. Brown Sugar
  3. Worchestshire Sauce

Customizing:   The recipe calls to use a pork loin, but I decided to use boneless ribs. It also is meant to be cooked on a grill be ours ran out of gas so I decided to cook them in the oven. I put the “glaze” (it’s a bit too liquidy for me to really consider it a true glaze) in roaster pan with the ribs. Then cooked them at 325 degrees for about an hour and a half turning them about 45 minutes into cooking.
Repeatability: Absolutely my family enjoyed these. I might try to thicken the glaze somehow.

brown sugar pork


Recipe:  Dessert- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Expertise: Beginner to Intermediate
Ease: Easy, but tedious. (I used about 4 spoons)
3 Ingredients:

  1. Peanut Butter
  2. Chocolate Chips
  3. Sea Salt

Customizing:   The only change to the ingredients I made was that I used milk chocolate instead of semi sweet since I was making them for my husband and that is his preference. I didn’t use a double boiler to melt my chocolate. I used the microwave.
Repeatability: Maybe for holidays or special occasions.

peanut butter cups

Lindsey’s vegetarian spin is on Page 2!