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    3-Ingredient Dinners For When You're Not Sure What To Cook

    You don't need a million ingredients to make a really good meal.

    When it comes to easy dinners, less can definitely be more.

    Fewer ingredients usually means shorter prep, cheaper grocery store trips, and less stress in the kitchen overall. That's why we've rounded up a bunch of our favorite dishes that only require three things to make β€” from simple pastas, to Crock Pot drop dinners, to family-style sheet pan meals.

    (*PS: We're assuming you've already got some basics β€” like salt, pepper, spices, and olive oil β€” on hand!)

    1. Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

    Perfect for tacos, rice bowls, or piled over greens.

    Recipe: Crock Pot Shredded Chicken

    2. Miracle Mac & Cheese

    If you've got noodles, milk, and cheese, you've got dinner.

    Recipe: Miracle Mac & Cheese

    3. Sheet Pan Blackened Salmon / Via

    For the easiest cleanup, line the sheet pan with foil or parchment first.

    Recipe: Sheet Pan Blackened Salmon

    4. Parmesan Broccoli Pasta

    Bowties and broccoli? Check and check.

    Recipe: Parmesan Broccoli Pasta

    5. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

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    A true toss-and-go dinner.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

    6. Tomato & Mozzarella Summer Salad

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    Looks fancy, but is really just assembly.

    Recipe: Ultimate Caprese Salad

    7. Garlic Toast Pizzas

    Filed under: The Best Possible Use of Garlic Toast.

    Recipe: Garlic Toast Pizzas

    General kitchen rule: When in doubt, add garlic and soy sauce.

    Recipe: Chicken Skewers With Garlic & Soy Sauce

    9. Crock Pot Pork Roast

    Pork loin + bacon + BBQ sauce.

    Recipe: Crock Pot Pork Roast

    10. Egg & Spinach Wrap

    Four ingredients if you add cheese.

    Recipe: Egg & Spinach Wrap

    11. Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken Bites

    Crunchy and golden brown thanks to a clever secret ingredient.

    Recipe: Crispy BBQ Chicken Bites

    12. Sheet Pan Low Carb Sausage & Green Beans

    This goes from prep to plate in about 20 minutes.

    Recipe: Sheet Pan Sausage & Green Beans

    13. 5-Minute Egg Fried Rice

    The key is not stirring the rice too much β€” so that pieces can get super crispy in the pan without having to use a wok.

    Recipe: 3-Ingredient Egg Fried Rice

    14. Bulgarian Salad With Tomatoes, Cucumber & Feta / Via

    This shortcut version of shopska is one of the most refreshing things you'll eat all summer. Serve it with a side of warm pita bread.

    Recipe: Bulgarian Salad With Tomatoes, Cucumber & Feta

    15. All-Purpose Taco Meat / Via

    Use this quick and flavorful taco meat β€” which is punched up with canned tomatoes and green chiles β€” in everything from nachos to loaded sweet potatoes.

    Recipe: All-Purpose Taco Meat

    16. Lemon-Butter Cod

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    This works with any kind of frozen white fish fillets too. You'll just need to thaw them first.

    Recipe: Lemon-Butter Cod

    17. Vegan Meal Prep Packs

    Make a batch of the simple protein-packed base β€” just quinoa, spinach, and chickpeas β€” and then use it in everything from pack-and-go lunches, to dinner-worthy vegetable curry.

    Recipe: Vegan Meal Prep Packs

    18. Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce


    This is arguably the most famous tomato sauce recipe out there β€” and it's totally worth its title, IMO.

    Recipe & Review: Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce

    19. Easiest Veggie Noodle Fritters

    Just grab grocery store zoodles, add flour, and pan fry β€” and you've got dinner fritters. Top with a fried egg or your favorite dip.

    Recipe: Easiest Veggie Noodle Fritters

    20. Lemon & Thyme Salmon

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    If you've never cooked salmon before, this is the perfect starter. It cooks low and slow in the oven β€” and is basically impossible to mess up.

    Recipe: Lemon & Thyme Salmon

    21. 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

    Any jarred salsa β€” like salsa verde or chunky habanero β€” would work here.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken