Eating In: 21 Tasty & Cheap One-Dish Recipes with 4 Ingredients or Less
With the COVID-19 Coronavirus at large, life’s a bit topsy-turvy right now. Many food items can be hard to find. More and more restaurants are closing, and fewer people are venturing out. And by choice or not, many of us are cooped up at home. A large percentage of us are housebound with children, spouses, and other family members or roommates.
Even with all of these challenges during the Coronavirus pandemic, figuring out what to cook shouldn’t be one of them. Cooking a 10+ ingredient dinner that dirties the stove-top and lots of pots and pans is more stressful (and expensive) than ever. Especially when many food and cleaning items, and paychecks, are in short supply.
We’ve compiled a list of 21 quick & easy recipes to help you battle back against Coronavirus shortages and related challenges. You can make these recipes at home right now, but they’re good for whenever. Here’s what you’ll find below:
-14 of these recipes can be made in your microwave, dirtying only one mug or one dish.
-17 of these recipes contain only 4 ingredients or fewer while the others on our list have only 5 ingredients.
-Many of these recipes call for fresh produce, which is currently more available in grocery stores than the frozen kind.
-All recipes take only 2 -15 minutes to cook.
And these recipes are kid-friendly too. Kids will enjoy making them and eating them with you. And with many schools closed for the Coronavirus, why not use this time to teach them a helpful life skill like cooking?
1. 10-Minute Enchiladas with Only 3 Ingredients
-Canned (15 oz) enchilada sauce
-Cooked chicken, shredded or diced
-Optional fillings like cilantro, corn, or beans
-Find the Enchilada recipe here.
2. Microwave Macaroni and Cheese
-Whole grain elbow macaroni
-Cheddar-Jack Shredded Cheese
-Splash of milk
-Herbs or Seasoning (optional)
-Find the Macaroni and Cheese recipe here.
3. Microwave Sweet Potato Chips
-Find the Sweet Potato Chip recipe here.
4. Microwave Potato Chips
-Find the Potato Chip recipe here.
5. 5-Minute Microwave Salmon with 4 ingredients
-Salt and Pepper
-Find the microwave Salmon recipe here.
6. Microwave Lemon & Garlic Broccoli with 4 Ingredients
-Head of Broccoli
-Lemon (or Lemon Juice)
-Find the Lemon and Garlic Broccoli recipe here.
7. Microwave Corn on the Cob in the Microwave in 3-5 minutes
-Corn Cobs (with Husks)
-Find the microwave Corn on the Cob recipe here.
8. Make Chicken Fajitas in the Microwave in Under 15 Minutes
-Southwest Seasoning Mix/Packet
-Find the Chicken Fajita recipe here.
9. Microwave Meatloaf in a Mug with 5 ingredients
-Onion Soup Mix
-Find the Meatloaf recipe here.
10. Microwave 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cake
-Find the Peanut Butter Cake recipe here.
11. Perfect Microwaved Rice
-Find the microwave Rice recipe here.
12. 75-Second Microwave Scrambled Eggs
-Salt and pepper (to taste)
Mix eggs, splash of milk, salt and pepper. Microwave for 45 seconds. Stir. Microwave for 30 more seconds. Continue until eggs are desired consistency.
13. Microwave 3-Ingredient Pizza Bagels
-Jar of Pasta Sauce
-Find the Pizza Bagel recipe here.
14. 2-Minute Microwave Pumpkin Pie
-Pureed Pumpkin (Tip: probably in the baking section of the store.)
-Stevia or Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
-Pumpkin Pie Spice
-Find the Pumpkin Pie recipe here.
15. Microwave 4-Ingredient Microwave Pie Crust
-Find the microwave Pie Crust recipe here.
16. Nutella Crescent Rolls
-Can of Crescent Rolls (8 oz)
-Optional Powdered Sugar
-Find the Nutella Crescent Roll recipe here.
17. 4 Stuffed Cheesy Sloppy Joe Crescent Roll Sandwiches
-Manwich or Canned Sloppy Joe Sauce
-Can of Crescent Rolls
-Find the Stuffed Cheesy Sloppy Joe recipe here.
18. 5 Ingredient Balsamic Seasoned Steak
-Beef Top Sirloin Steak (Recommended Cut)
-Black Pepper (Ground)
-Find the Balsamic Seasoned Steak recipe here.
19. 5-Ingredient Easy Weeknight Lasagna
-Jar of Pasta Sauce (24 oz)
-Package of Frozen Ravioli (25 oz)
-Package (25 ounces) frozen meat or cheese ravioli
-Find the 5-ingredient Lasagna recipe here.
20. 10-Minute Chicken Alfredo Quesadillas
-Find the Chicken Alfredo Quesadilla recipe here.
21. 3-Ingredient Teriyaki Chicken
-Optional sesame seeds
-Find the Teriyaki Chicken recipe here.
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