There has always been a level of experimentation when it comes to cooking, but the process is starting to resemble a science experiment now more than ever. With so many items out of stock at grocery stores, I find myself substituting way more ingredients than would normally be acceptable. My failed attempt at banana bread is the perfect example. Banana bread is practically the queen of quarantine recipes (sourdough bread being the king, of course). Somehow I didn’t have most of the ingredients necessary and decided to substitute white flour with oat flour, baking soda with baking powder, sugar with honey, vegetable oil with avocado oil…you get the idea. Needless to say, it was a hot mess. Instead of jumping on the banana bread bandwagon, I just needed to stick with recipes that I actually had the ingredients for. These easy 3-ingredient recipes come together for a quick and easy lunch or dinner when you’re trying to stretch the time between grocery store visits.

Avocado Deviled Eggs

avocado deviled eggs

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Core ingredients: Eggs, avocado, sour cream (or greek yogurt)

Perfect for: Breakfast and snacking

A delicious and nutrition-packed recipe to make ahead for breakfast during the week. You can make this as simple or complex as you’d like.  The peppers, green onion, and cilantro are optional for me, and I love using whatever dried spices I have on hand to give it extra flavor.

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Salsa Chicken Salad

chicken salad

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Core ingredients: Chicken, salsa, mayo (or greek yogurt)

Perfect for: Lunch

One of my go-to comfort foods is chicken salad. I love the variation on this classic by adding any form of salsa to the mix (I happen to have salsa verde). It’s perfect on toasted bread or crackers. For a low-carb lunch, serve this in a lettuce wrap. As another healthier alternative, you can substitute the mayo with plain greek yogurt.

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Aglio e Olio

aglio et olio

Image source: Jo Cooks

Core ingredients: Pasta, garlic, olive oil

Perfect for: Light vegetarian lunch or dinner

The key to pasta reminiscent of the dishes I tried in Italy is simplicity. This makes for a perfect quarantine recipe, since simplicity is what we need with a lean pantry. It’s hard to believe garlic and olive oil can produce such an addictive meal! This stores well in the fridge too, so you can cook in batches and heat it up throughout the week for a quick lunch or dinner. Sprinkle a pinch of salt, pepper and parmesan cheese on top if you have some handy. This is one of our favorite 3-ingredient recipes.

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Baked Lemon Garlic Salmon

lemon garlic salmon

Image source: The Mediterranean Dish

Core ingredients: Salmon, lemon, and olive oil

Perfect for: Lunch or dinner

This salmon is full of flavor with just lemon, olive oil, and a pinch of pepper. If you don’t have the other herbs and spices available to make the sauce mentioned in the recipe, you can customize it based on what you do have in the cupboard. Or leave it off altogether! It’s perfect for a quick, easy and healthy dinner.

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Let us know if you have a chance to try any of these 3-ingredient recipes! They’re delicious, quick, and easy to make! Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below!

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