Filet Mignon  with goat cheese & Balsamic glaze

Simply Recipes: quick, easy, healthy 3 Ingredient recipes

The thought of devising quick, easy meals that are also simple and delicious presents a challenge for families of today. Simple meals are typically one or two ingredients thrown together. Delicious is usually an afterthought. However, this does not have to be the case. Combining simple and delicious can be as easy as one, two, three – three ingredients, that is. Read on for some ideas on creating simple delicious meals with three ingredients or less.

 

Take an inventory and make a list of all the things you can incorporate in your meal plans (also all the things you should avoid). Start with the pickiest eater in your family. It is important to begin this plan with your pickiest eater because you want to make sure there is something for everyone. Once you have an idea in mind that will please this eater, you just need to add something that everyone will eat. For example, if your picky eater likes pasta and you all eat chicken, add those two and you can still add a third for a side dish. When you have come up with your list of acceptable ingredients, add some spices. A good set of spices can elevate a simple dish into a delicious meal that you will all enjoy. Growing a simple herb garden at home can be fun and rewarding. There is a feeling of pride and accomplishment when you can pick your own herbs and spices, and the flavor potential is gigantic.

Healthier Asian Turkey Meatballs with Plum Sauce

When you have put your list together, you will need to look at which items will work best with each other. For example, if you have one someone who is crazy about pasta and another who loves fresh vegetables, think of creating a chicken and broccoli with pasta dish. Or perhaps someone loves meat and someone else loves vegetables. pairing delicious vegetables like a tri-colored mix of bell peppers with beef can delight both of your taste buds. While the goal is cooking with three ingredients or less, try to incorporate a healthier style of cooking at the same time. Macaroni and cheese may only have two ingredients, but it is far from the healthiest choice. Try incorporating more whole foods in to you diet. Whole foods are foods that are ready to eat in their whole form and at in their most natural state. The are unrefined and unprocessed and contain all essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals for optimal health. Some examples of whole foods are fruits and vegetable, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Much like the herbs and spices, if its feasible, consider growing your own. When eating whole foods you avoid all of the added preservatives and chemicals found in processed foods.

Sauteed kale with mushrooms and tofu

When it comes to food, there are two distinct types of people, those who live to eat and those who eat to live. Eating is the means we have to nourish body and mind for necessary health and energy. Many people lose sight of this concept. A lot of families eat on the go, trying to stay ahead of their busy lifestyles. When they are hungry they just grab at the nearest food items, and this often leads to less than nutritious foods choices.  I prefer not to think of this three ingredients or less plan as a diet, but simply recipes for a healthier way of life. The real benefits of incorporating this meal plan are more nutritious foods for a healthier body and mind. Fewer calorie intake and of better calorie quality. Sign up now for our newsletter and be the first to know when our Ebook is published. We will be sharing some simple and delicious menu options with three ingredients or less meals.