10 Easy Dinners with Only 3 Ingredients Each

07/09/2014 at 02:20 PM ET
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Georgia Johnson/The Comfort of Cooking
DINNER IN A FLASH

It’s summertime and along with living, dinners should be easy.

With just three ingredients each (plus a few pantry staples like salt, pepper, vinegar and olive oil) you can make a delicious meal without a lot of work. Now the only challenge is which one of these 10 recipes you should make tonight.

Kelly Leeves/Leeves and Berries
CHICKEN + BUTTER + ROSEMARY

There’s something deliciously comforting about a simple roasted chicken recipe. Make sure you buy quality ingredients for this dish. Because you’re only using a few flavors, you want them to be at their best.

Get the Recipe: Simple Roasted Chicken Legs & Thighs

Georgia Johnson/The Comfort of Cooking
PIZZA DOUGH + HAM + CHEESE

Think of this ham and cheese rollup like your favorite sandwich from childhood — only upgraded to a more sophisticated version. Not only can you serve this as an easy weeknight meal but, if you cut them into smaller servings, you’ve got the perfect party appetizer.

Get the Recipe: Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups

Tina Wiley/My Life as a Mrs.
CHICKEN BREASTS + RANCH DRESSING + RITZ CRACKERS

Sometimes you just need ranch dressing in your life. This recipe makes an easy breaded chicken with a subtle ranch flavor. And we love the tip about baking the chicken on a cooling rack nestled in a cookie sheet for a delightfully crispy result.

Get the Recipe: Easy Ritz Cracker Chicken

Brooke McLay/Babble
CHICKEN + BRIE + SPICY RASPBERRY JAM

The key to this dish: Brown the chicken in a skillet before baking it in the oven with slices of brie on top. And don’t forget the raspberry-jalapeño jam, which makes a great sauce if you warm it on the stove or in the microwave.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Brie Chicken

Aimee Shugarman/Shugary Sweets
PORK TENDERLOIN + ROOT BEER + BBQ SAUCE

If you like your barbecue on the sweeter side, this pulled pork sandwich is perfect for you. The root beer adds a sweetly unexpected flavor. And because it’s made in the slow cooker, it’s a virtually hassle-free meal.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

Kathy Steger/Olives & Garlic
RAVIOLI + MARINARA + MOZZARELLA

Who has time to layer a lasagna? There’s no need to when you can create one just by using frozen ravioli. Instead of creating layers of ricotta, sprinkle some mozzarella cheese and sauce in between the pasta. Delicious!

Get the Recipe: Baked Ravioli Lasagna

Tiffany King/Eat at Home
TILAPIA + BUTTER + CAJUN SEASONING

Tilapia is such a refreshingly mild fish that it takes pairs well with all kinds of seasonings — and works really well with a creole or cajun spice mix. Use whichever you have on hand, and simply brush the fillets with melted butter then bake.

Get the Recipe: Tony’s Tilapia

Brooke McLay/Babble
CHICKEN + STRAWBERRIES + BASIL

We admit that this recipe has a few of those extra ingredients that you keep on hand, but the strawberry-basil-balsamic combination made us overlook that. Who could resist this decidedly summer dinner?

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Chicken

Dawn Lopez/Homemaking Hacks
CHICKEN + SALSA + CHEDDAR SOUP

Sure, the slow cooker is a go-to in the winter, but it’s just as handy in the summer, too. You can come home to this hearty chicken dish — without heating up your home by using the stove or oven.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

Kalyn Denny/Kalyn’s Kitchen
TOFU + TAMARI + SESAME OIL

Tofu on it’s own can be a bit bland, but a quick marinading will add tons of flavor. Enjoy this soy-sesame tofu on it’s own, or chop it up and add it to stir fries, soups and salads.

Get the Recipe: Easy Baked Tofu with Soy and Sesame

—Kristin Appenbrink

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Anahi on

Why would the slideshow won’t work??? I tried IE, Firefox and Google Chrome.. what’s the deal?

disgruntled on

Do these slideshows EVER work?

John on

Mostly death on a plate for dinner. Exactly one vegetarian meal. Step it up, People. Not everyone eats dead animals.

Melissa on

The strawberry chicken recipe’s link doesn’t work. Is there any other way to get the recipe?

guestErrr on

Another slideshow not working… People obviously has no QA department.

kristinlappenbrink on

Hi Melissa, the link should be working now. Thanks for letting us know!

Rula Lenska on

Nope, still doesn’t work.

patty on

My slideshow does NOT work either!! I really wanted to get these ideas..Please fix….or tell us where we can actually see them?

Anon on

Not sure I’d call this dinner as far from balanced. Also majority was meat, with only 2 healthy vegetarian selections that we’re again not balanced including dumping some frozen ravioli on a plate.. Disappointing article.

dotti4 on

It’s not working for me either. Guess those recipes shall remain a mystery.

Myas on

@John, but I bet you eat live animals!

jenny on

@john So use the concept and sub fish or tofu. Don’t be such a whiny baby.

Chell on

The slideshow worked for me if I disabled AdBlock. Don’t know if that might be the problem for others also.

Haley on

This link does not work. It didn’t work the first time you advertised it. Clicking on the arrows does nothing.

jan on

Its STILL not working?!? Get it together, People! Or don’t put this stuff up in the first place!

Michelle Maloney on

I would really like to see these, but the slideshow does not work. Typical people.com

Dyane on

In your magazine you said to go to this website to get the recipe for Haylie”s Spicy Yogurt Cauliflower, but I could not get it.

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