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4 Ingredients or Less: 21 Quick & Easy Microwave Meal Recipes

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. Few restaurants have re-opened for dining service, and fewer people are venturing out. .

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.

Since I love quick and easy recipes (like this awesome 2-ingredient BBQ recipe), I know you love them too. And new inspiration is always helpful.

Here's a list of 21 quick & easy recipes to save on time and on sanity. 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

Easy quesadilla recipe.


-Canned (15 oz) enchilada sauce
-Cooked chicken, shredded or diced
-Shredded cheese
-Optional fillings like cilantro, corn, or beans
-Find the Enchilada recipe here.

2. Microwave Macaroni and Cheese

Easy microwave macaroni and cheese recipe.


-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

Make microwave sweet potato chips.


-Sweet potato(es)
-Find the Sweet Potato Chip recipe here.

4. Microwave Potato Chips

Easy recipe to make potato chips in the microwave.


-Olive Oil
-Find the Potato Chip recipe here.

5. 5-Minute Microwave Salmon with 4 ingredients

Easy salmon recipe to make salmon in 5 minutes in the microwave.


-Salmon Filet
-Salt and Pepper
-Sriracha Sauce
-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

Easy recipe to cook corn on the cob in the microwave.


-Corn Cobs (with Husks)
-Find the microwave Corn on the Cob recipe here.

8. Make Chicken Fajitas in the Microwave in Under 15 Minutes

Easy recipe to make chicken fajitas in the microwave in under 15 minutes.


-Red Pepper
-Green Pepper
-Southwest Seasoning Mix/Packet
-Find the Chicken Fajita recipe here.

9. Microwave Meatloaf in a Mug with 5 ingredients

You can make this easy meatloaf in a mug in the microwave.


-Quick Oats
-Onion Soup Mix
-Ground Beef
-Find the Meatloaf recipe here.

10. Microwave 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cake

Easy recipe to make a peanut butter cake in a mug in the microwave.


-Peanut Butter
-White Sugar
-Find the Peanut Butter Cake recipe here.

11. Perfect Microwaved Rice

Rice isn't just for the stove or frying pan! Check out the easy, tasty microwave version.


-Find the microwave Rice recipe here.

12. 75-Second Microwave Scrambled Eggs

Make easy scramble eggs in the microwave in just 1 minute.


-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

Make tasty pizza bagels in the microwave with 3 easy ingredients.


-Jar of Pasta Sauce
-Grated Cheese
-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


-Shredded Coconut
-Almond Flour
-Coconut Sugar
-Find the microwave Pie Crust recipe here.

16. Nutella Crescent Rolls

You can make tasty Nutella stuffed pastries with 3 easy ingredients.


-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

Make easy, delicious sloppy joes with limited ingredients on hand.


-Ground Beef/Hamburger
-Manwich or Canned Sloppy Joe Sauce
-Can of Crescent Rolls
-Shredded Cheese
-Find the Stuffed Cheesy Sloppy Joe recipe here.

18. 5 Ingredient Balsamic Seasoned Steak

Juicy, tender balsamic steak with only 5 ingredients.


-Beef Top Sirloin Steak (Recommended Cut)
-Black Pepper (Ground)
-Balsamic Vinegar
-Steak Sauce
-Swiss Cheese
-Find the Balsamic Seasoned Steak recipe here.

19. 5-Ingredient Easy Weeknight Lasagna

Try this easy weeknight lasagna. With only 5 ingredients, it's easy to make and clean up.


-Jar of Pasta Sauce (24 oz)
-Package of Frozen Ravioli (25 oz)
-Package (25 ounces) frozen meat or cheese ravioli
-Mozzarella Cheese
-Baby Spinach
-Find the 5-ingredient Lasagna recipe here.

20. 10-Minute Chicken Alfredo Quesadillas

Tasty, quick chicken alfredo quesadillas.


-1 Tortilla
-Alfredo Sauce
-Shredded Cheese
-Find the Chicken Alfredo Quesadilla recipe here.

21. 3-Ingredient Teriyaki Chicken

Delicious and easy-to-make chicken teriyaki with just 3 ingredients.
I've made this Teriyaki Chicken recipe at home and it's delicious as it is easy. A big hit with the family, in 10 minutes, it was all gone!


-Chicken Thighs
-Soy Sauce
-Brown Sugar
-Optional sesame seeds
-Find the Teriyaki Chicken recipe here.


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