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60+ 3-Ingredient Recipes That Don’t Require a Trip to the Store

These simple 3-ingredient recipes come together in a snap! (Note: We didn't include basics like salt, pepper and oil into the ingredient count!)

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Flourless peanut butter cookiesTaste of Home

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

When my mother (who’s now a great-grandmother) gave me this no-flour, gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe about 15 years ago, I was skeptical, because it calls for only three ingredients (and no flour). But since then I’ve never had a failure. For these gluten-free peanut butter cookies—three ingredients are all you need! —Maggie Schimmel, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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Quick biscuitsTaste of Home

Quick Biscuits

These biscuits make a satisfying accompaniment to any meal. I never made biscuits until I tried this two-ingredient recipe, now my husband wants them all the time! —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida

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Special pork chopsTaste of Home

Special Pork Chops

I work nine hours a day, so I need delicious and simple recipes like this one. My husband thinks I work hard fixing meals, but these chops are good and easy. In summer, I can my own salsa and use some to top these chops. —LaDane Wilson, Alexander City, Alabama

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Oven-baked asparagusTaste of Home

Oven-Baked Asparagus

I like to use recipes that call for fresh produce I’ve grown in my garden. Here’s a simple way to make baked asparagus to bring out the flavour while maintaining that bright green colour. —Robert Foust, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Glazed baby carrotsTaste of Home

Glazed Baby Carrots

For a zippy side dish, try this recipe. These brown sugar-glazed carrots come together in no time at all. —Anita Foster, Fairmount, Georgia

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Baked onionTaste of Home

Baked Sweet Onions

Onion recipes are some of my favourites to whip up. Served alongside any of a variety of fish and meats, these tender onions are a nice change of pace. Folks find it a fun and flavourful side dish. —Norma Durham, Rogersville, Tennessee

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Chilled and jelly meatballsTaste of Home

Chili and Jelly Meatballs

The secret ingredient in this sassy sauce is the grape jelly. It’s a sweet contrast with the chili sauce. —Irma Schnuelle, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

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Cold-brew coffeeTaste of Home

Cold-Brew Coffee

Cold brewing reduces the acidity of coffee, which enhances its natural sweetness and complex flavours. Even those who take hot coffee with sugar and cream might find themselves sipping cold brew plain. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Cast-iron skillet steakTaste of Home

Cast-Iron Skillet Steak

If you’ve never cooked steak at home before, it can be a little intimidating. That’s why I came up with this simple steak recipe that’s so easy, you could make it any day of the week. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Old Bay CauliflowerTaste of Home

Old Bay Cauliflower

Ready in 10 minutes, this bowl of veggies has three ingredients and a whole lot of flavour. It’s the perfect cauliflower side dish. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington

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Salsa cornTaste of Home

Salsa Corn

All you’ll need for this corn salsa recipe is corn and pico de gallo—a simple and effective solution for last-minute guests. —Danielle Lee, Sewickley, Pennsylvania

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Quinoa breakfast bowlTaste of Home

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Quinoa has been around for a while and I’m just now jumping on the quinoa breakfast bowl bandwagon. I’ve made it several times as a savoury side or salad, but never as a warm breakfast cereal. I finally gave it a try last weekend and loved it! —Erica Schmidt, Kansas City, Kansas

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Rainbow Gelatin CubesTaste of Home

Rainbow Gelatin Cubes

These perky gelatin cubes are fun to serve and to eat! I vary the colours to match the occasion—pink and blue for a baby shower, school colours for a graduation party, etc. Kids of all ages snap them up. —Deanna Pietrowicz, Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Home fries with baconTaste of Home

Simple Home Fries

When I was little, my dad and I would get up early on Sundays and make these for the family. The rest of the gang would be awakened by the tempting aroma. —Teresa Koide, Manchester, Connecticut

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Ice cream breadTaste of Home

Ice Cream Bread

Ice cream gets a whole new use in this tender bread recipe that I pared down to serve two. Be sure to use full-fat ice cream for best results. —Katherine Kuehlman, Denver, Colorado

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Salmon fillet with lemonTaste of Home

Lemon Salmon with Basil

At our house we opt for healthy foods, and this lemony salmon with basil is a knockout in the good-for-you category. We have it with asparagus or zucchini. —Shanna Belz, Prineville, Oregon

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Cucumber Salad BoatsTaste of Home

Cucumber Salad Boats

Scoop out the seeds and fill fresh cucumbers with your favourite salad for a crunchy and refreshing light lunch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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NaanTaste of Home

Grilled Garlic Naan

Indian food is my all-time favourite and no meal is complete without some naan. I like to brush grilled or baked naan with lots of butter, garlic and a little chopped cilantro. —Jerry Gulley, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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Dijon mustard pork chopsTaste of Home

Dijon Pork Chops

A crumb coating is all you need to turn pork chops into a wow-worthy family dinner. Try the breading on chicken breasts, too. —Chris Rentmeister, Ripon, Wisconsin

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Chocolate Pretzel RingsTaste of Home

Chocolate Pretzel Rings

If you like chocolate-covered pretzels, you’ll love these simple snacks. They’re fun to make any time of year because you can colour-coordinate the M&M’s to each holiday. —Kim Scurio, Carol Stream, Illinois

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Oven-roasted asparagusTaste of Home

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus never tasted so good! Simply seasoned with butter and green onions, they taste fresh and keep their bright green colour, too. They’re so good, you might want to make extra. This is how to cook asparagus in the oven. —Jody Fisher, Stewartstown, Pennsylvania

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Grilled ribeye steaksTaste of Home

Grilled Ribeyes with Browned Garlic Butter

Use the smoke of the grill to flavour the ribeyes, then pass them with garlicky butter for a standout entree your friends and family always remember. —Arge Salvatori, Little Ferry, New Jersey

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Parmesan baked potatoesTaste of Home

Parmesan Baked Potatoes

It always amazed me that this simple recipe could make potatoes taste so good. Mom liked to make them for Easter because they were more special than ordinary baked potatoes. —Ruth Seitz, Columbus Junction, Iowa

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Quick mango sorbetTaste of Home

Quick Mango Sorbet

Last summer, I decided to try my hand at making a passion fruit and mango sorbet. But fresh fruits require more prep and are difficult to find ripened at the same time. So I experimented using frozen fruit and juice, and voila! Both are readily available and inexpensive, too. —Carol Klein, Franklin Square, New York

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Grilled Cajun green beansTaste of Home

Grilled Cajun Green Beans

This is a perfect way to use up your garden’s green beans. The Cajun flavor makes it different from your regular green bean recipe. —Shannon Lewis, Andover, Minnesota

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Golden apricot-glazed turkeyTaste of Home

Golden Apricot-Glazed Turkey Breast

Basted with a simple glaze, this wonderfully moist and tender turkey bakes to a lovely golden brown. Make it the centrepiece of your holiday table; guests will be glad you did. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas

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Salsa riceTaste of Home

Salsa Rice

It’s a snap to change the spice level in this popular rice side dish by choosing a milder or hotter salsa. It’s a delicious way to round out burritos or tacos when the clock is ticking. —Molly Ingle, Canton, North Carolina

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Corn with butterTaste of Home

Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Pepper Butter

Roasting fresh-picked corn is as old as the Ozark hills where I was raised. My Grandpa Mitchell always salted and peppered his butter on the edge of his plate before spreading it on his corn, and I did the same as a kid. Today, I continue the tradition by serving lemon-pepper butter with roasted corn—it’s a favourite! —Allene Bary-Cooper, Wichita Falls, Texas

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Pecan caramel candiesTaste of Home

Pecan Caramel Candies

Salty and sweet, these candies are the perfect little snack. Form a kitchen assembly line with your kids, and the making becomes just as fun as the eating. —Julie Wemhoff, Angola, Indiana

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Salmon filletTaste of Home

Oven-Roasted Salmon

When I’m starving after work, I want a fast meal with no-fail technique. Roasted salmon is super tender and has a delicate sweetness. It’s also an easy wowza for company. —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Garlic Brussels sproutsTaste of Home

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

My roommate and I used to make garlicky Brussels sprouts at least twice a week. Now I make them as a healthy side for all sorts of occasions. —Katherine Moore-Colasurd, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Old-fashioned green beans recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Old-Fashioned Green Beans

Mom would prepare homegrown green beans using this recipe and, boy, did they ever taste good! The bacon provides rich flavour and the brown sugar a touch of sweetness. This is one irresistible side dish. —Willa Govoro, St. Clair, Missouri

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Roasted radishes recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Roasted Radishes

Radishes aren’t just for salads anymore. This abundant springtime veggie makes a colourful side to any meal. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Southwest pork tenderloin recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Southwest Pork Tenderloin

When living in Europe, I missed classic Southwestern flavours. Using what I had, I made spicy pork tenderloin and it’s been a staple ever since. —John Cox, Seguin, Texas

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Old-fashioned applesaucePhoto: Taste of Home

Old-Fashioned Applesauce

We had all kinds of apple trees in the yard when I was growing up, so I don’t know for sure which ones Mother liked best for applesauce. (Today I use Cortlands.) I do know that her applesauce was very white. The secret, she said, was to keep the apples in salt water while she peeled them so that they wouldn’t darken. —Doris Natvig, Jesup, Iowa

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Roasted broccoli and cauliflower recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

When we make a time-consuming entree, we also do a quick broccoli and cauliflower side. The veggies are a good fit when you’re watching calories. —Debra Tolbert, Deville, Louisiana

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Freezer sweet corn recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Freezer Sweet Corn

People ask me how to freeze corn on the cob because my frozen corn tastes as good as fresh! This way it stays crisp-tender and now I can have “fresh” corn any time of the year. —Judy Oudekerk, St. Michael, Minnesota

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Bacon-wrapped asparagus recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

My husband and I grill dinner almost every night, and I love grilling veggies for a side dish. I serve this grilled bacon wrapped asparagus recipe with meat and sliced fresh tomatoes for a wonderful meal. —Trisha Kitts, Dickinson, Texas

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Jalapeno-Lime Chicken Drumsticks recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Jalapeno-Lime Chicken Drumsticks

Bottled hot sauce isn’t my thing, so I developed a fresh pepper glaze for grilled chicken. These drumsticks practically fly off the plate. —Kristeen DeVorss, Farmington, New Mexico

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Scottish shortbread recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Scottish Shortbread

Scottish settlers first came to this area over 150 years ago. My mother herself was Scottish, and—as with most of my favourite recipes—she passed this on to me. I make a triple batch of it each year at Christmas, to enjoy and as gifts. —Rose Mabee, Selkirk, Manitoba

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Spicy grilled eggplant recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Spicy Grilled Eggplant

This grilled side goes well with pasta or meats also made on the grill. Thanks to the Cajun seasoning, it gets more attention than an ordinary veggie. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas

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Roasted carrots with thyme recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Roasted Carrots with Thyme

These roasted carrots are so simple but always a hit. Cutting the carrots lengthwise makes this dish look extra pretty.—Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

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Slow-cooked potatoes with spring onions recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Slow-Cooked Potatoes with Spring Onions

I love the simplicity of this recipe, as well as the ease of preparation with my slow cooker. And everyone always likes roasted potatoes, even my pickiest child! If desired, top with shredded or crumbled cheese. —Theresa Gomez, Stuart, Florida

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Jalapeno jelly-glazed pork chops recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Jalapeno Jelly-Glazed Pork Chops

Jalapeno jelly makes a fabulous glaze. The chops have a beautiful golden colour, and my husband says they’re good enough to keep everyone quiet at the dinner table. —Shannon Bruce, Mooresville, Indiana

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Lemon roasted asparagus recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Lemon-Roasted Asparagus

When it comes to fixing asparagus, I think it’s hard to go wrong. The springy flavours in this easy recipe burst with every bite. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California

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Shredded pork and beans recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Shredded Pork with Beans

A friend gave me this recipe, which my sons say is a keeper. For a change of pace, spoon the tasty filling into soft tortillas. —Sarah Johnston, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Bacon-wrapped corn recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Bacon-Wrapped Corn

After one bite of this grilled corn on the cob, you’ll never go back to your old way of preparing it. The incredible flavour of roasted corn combined with bacon and chili powder is sure to please your palate and bring rave reviews at your next backyard barbecue. —Lori Bramble, Omaha, Nebraska

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Roasted brussels sprouts with cranberries recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

There’s nothing to this recipe—the preparation and cooking are so quick. I sprinkle in a few dried cranberries, but you can let your imagination take over. Add a handful of raisins or walnuts at the end…even sliced oranges. If your Brussels sprouts are large, cut them in half. —Ellen Ruzinsky, Yorktown Heights, New York

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Peanut Butter Fudge recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Peanut Butter Fudge

This peanut butter fudge is a favourite “never fail” quickie recipe. —Eleanore Peterson, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

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Cheesy quesadillas recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Cheesy Quesadillas

We serve these quesadillas as chili dippers or load them up with salsa and sour cream for a super starter. —Terri Keeney, Greeley, Colorado

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Tarragon asparagus recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Tarragon Asparagus

I grow purple asparagus, so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. Recently, my husband and I discovered how wonderful any colour of asparagus tastes when it’s grilled. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Grilled teriyaki salmon recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon


The super-fast marinade for this salmon recipe combines maple syrup and teriyaki sauce which also creates a delicious sweet-and-sour glaze. The salmon stays extremely moist and is really yummy. —Lenita Schafer, Ormond Beach, Florida

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Herbed Butternut Squash recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Herbed Butternut Squash

This is just one of many ways I prepare butternut squash for my two girls. It’s a winter staple in our house. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California

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Slow cooked cajun corn recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Slow-Cooked Cajun Corn

My husband loves corn on the cob, and I love this slow cooker recipe because I don’t have to stand at a hot stove. We like a little spice, so the Cajun seasoning works well for us, but any spice blend works. —Audra Rorick, Scott City, Kansas

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Balsamic glazed pork tenderloin recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Balsamic-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Pull out your ovenproof skillet for this juicy balsamic pork tenderloin that goes from stovetop to oven. Balsamic vinegar gives it a tangy glaze. —Lisa Moriarty, Wilton, New Hampshire

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Spaghetti squash and sausage easy meal recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Spaghetti Squash & Sausage Easy Meal

I first created my son’s favourite dish using homegrown squash, kielbasa and salsa. This variation uses only a few ingredients. —Pam Copeland, Taylorsville, Utah

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Parmesan asparagus recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Parmesan Asparagus

Nothing could be more simple than this side dish. Since it has just four ingredients, I assemble it in no time, then pop it into the oven for about 15 minutes. It turns out perfect every time. —Mary Ann Marino, West Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Parmesan butternut squash recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Parmesan Butternut Squash

Butternut squash sprinkled with Parmesan and bread crumbs makes a superb side dish we love to share. Using the microwave cuts down on long roasting time. —Jackie O’Callaghan, West Lafayette, Indiana

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Snickers cookies recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Snickers Cookies

Though you wouldn’t know by looking, you’ll find a sweet surprise inside these Snickers cookies. My mother got this recipe from a fellow teacher at her school. It’s a great way to dress up refrigerated cookie dough. —Kari Pease, Conconully, WA

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Maple cranberry chicken recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Maple Cranberry Chicken

With just four ingredients, these moist and flavourful chicken breasts are a cinch to prepare. The tart cranberry sauce contrasts nicely with the sweet maple syrup. —Margaret Wilson, San Bernardino, California

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Pesto twists recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Pesto Twists

Use pesto made straight from your garden if you make these in the summer or purchase it prepared from the grocery store to fill these easy appetizers. —Jaye Beeler, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Grilled cauliflower wedges recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Grilled Cauliflower Wedges

This meal is incredibly easy, yet is packed with flavour and looks like a dish from a five-star restaurant. The grill leaves the cauliflower cooked but crisp, and the red pepper flakes add bite. —Carmel Hall, San Francisco, California

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Buttermilk smashed potatoes recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Buttermilk Smashed Potatoes

My family loves this decadent homestyle recipe of buttermilk, potatoes and butter. Serve with your favourite toppings and enjoy! —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Chipotle raspberry pork chops recipePhoto: Taste of Home

Chipotle-Raspberry Pork Chops

With only three ingredients and 10-minute prep time, this supper’s fast enough to throw together after a long day of work.—Jennifer Ray, Poncha Springs, Colorado

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