How often have you turned down the idea of cooking simply because of the long-running list of ingredients plus the seemingly complex processes of it? I mean, what does blanching even mean? We’ve all been in that spot whilst on the TV, Martha Stewart sashays her way around the kitchen, preparing the ingredients with such poise and ease.

Our CSOs Shawne and Lynette raised to the “Masterchef” challenge and showed us their cooking skills. Watch below to find out how good (or not!) their recipes came out.

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3 Ingredient Recipes that everyone can make

We actually believe you can do better in the kitchen than our CSOs. Are you willing to try? We’ve raised the bar a notch higher; with a mere 3 ingredients, you could prepare these following delicious dishes and desserts for whatever occasion that requires it. Get ready to impress the fam with your cooking skills and, don’t forget,  grocery shopping can be made online!

Dinner Party Ideas

  1. Chilli Con Carne

What you need:

  • 450g of cooked and drained ground beef
  • 1 can of chili beans
  • 1 can of ready diced tomatoes
  • (optional: sour cream and grated cheese)
chilli con carne
Image Credit: Kevin Doncaster | Flickr

The sloppy joe of chillis, this dish may just impress your guests with the likes of the looks of this dish, some may even think it was cooked for hours.

To put it simply, combine all the stated ingredients in a large pot and bring it up to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes thereafter and there you have it!

Tip: if you have some sour cream or grated cheese lying around, go ahead and garnish with it for an additional layer of taste!

  1. Cacio e Pepe

What you need:

  • 85 of linguine pasta
  • 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • olive oil
  • (optional: 60g of pecorino cheese)
cacio e pepe
Image Credit: Stijn Nieuwendijk | Flickr

Do not be intimidated by how Italian this sounds for this pasta dish is indeed requires just the aforementioned 3 ingredients.

Bring water to boil and season water with salt, cook 85g of linguine pasta for 7 minutes (or in accordance to package instructions). Toss black pepper in olive oil in a large sauté pan until fragrant. Once done, ladle 100ml of pasta water into the sauté pan to stop the cooking. Turn off the heat of the sauté pan, add pasta to the olive oil concoction once pasta is cooked. (If you have pecorino cheese) turn heat to medium-high and sprinkle cheese in into the pasta mix to emulsify, adding pasta water to adjust the sauce to your liking.

  1. Flaky Mozzarella Tart

What you need:

  • 1/2 sheet of the premade puff pastry
  • 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • (optional: cherry tomatoes)
flaky mozarella tart
Image Credit: Pinterest

An alternative take on the classic margarita pizza, but without all the fuss!

Preheat oven to 215°C. Roll puff pastry into a 15cm by 20cm rectangle and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Poke the surface of the puff pastry with a fork and drizzle olive oil over the entire surface, alongside with a sprinkle of grated mozzarella cheese over the top. Also evenly distribute cherry tomatoes (if any) in the same fashion. Top with salt and pepper, and bake it for 20-25minutes till surface is golden brown, and there you have it! A simple rendition of the classic pizza!

  1. Egg Fried Rice

What you need:

  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • rice (preferably leftover rice)
  • (optional: scallions to garnish)
egg fried rice
Image Credit: Shihmei Barger 舒詩玫 | Flickr

There’s just something magical about a wok-fried rice. So simple yet personable, it is indeed the epitome of a Chinese dish.

Stir fry minced garlic in 1 tablespoon of cooking oil till fragrant. Add egg into wok or pan and scramble till 3/4 cooked. Add rice to the wok or pan and stir fry on high heat till rice is warmed through. Add scallion to garnish and for taste. Chances are the ingredients in your fridge would marry this dish just fine, go crazy and add your own touch to this traditional of a dish!

  1. Poached Egg on Toast with Avocado

What you need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice of toast
  • half an avocado
poached egg on toast with avocado
Image Credit: Neil Conway | Flickr

The study whites yet runniness of the yolk of a poached egg has always been a feat to accomplish, at least for an amateur. What if I tell you so long you have a microwave, this could be done with little to no effort? Take that and pair it with the impeccable combination of avocado and toast and you’ll have a proper meal all set to go.

Fill a microwavable mug to 3/4 full and sprinkle salt in it. Crack an egg into it and microwave the cup for 60 seconds (timing may vary using different microwaves). Carve your half of avocado and spread it on your toast, spoon the poached egg out from the mug and there you have it! Probably one of the most effortless recipes on this list, definitely give this a go.

  1. Teriyaki Chicken

What you need:

  • 900g of chicken thighs, sliced into chunks
  • 250ml of soy sauce
  • 100g of brown sugar
teriyaki chicken
Image Credit: tasty

Yes, even the seemingly sophisticated glazed Japanese style chicken could be done with just 3 ingredients!

Sear the chunks of chicken thighs till all sides are evenly browned. Mix the soy sauce and brown sugar into a mixture, pour it into the chicken stir-fry and bring it to a boil. Reduce the sauce till it thickens to your desire while making sure to stir at all times to avoid burning of the sugar. You’re good to go!

  1. Mac & Cheese

What you need:

  • 1 litre of milk (preferably full cream)
  • 450g of macaroni (please get this right, if not it wouldn’t be called mac & cheese)
  • 200g of grated cheddar cheese
mac & cheese
Image Credit: Douglas Porter | Flickr

If you were wondering how hard would it be to cook a dish with literally already 2 ingredients mentioned in its name, then look no further, it actually is as easy as it sounds.

Bring the milk to a boil in a large pot. Add the uncooked macaroni into the boiling milk and stir until completely cooked for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat once pasta is cooked, and add the grated cheddar cheese and stir till they are fully melted.

BONUS: set aside a portion of the cheddar cheese to garnish and put it under the broiler for a couple of minutes for the cheese to crust up, a great addition of texture to the whole dish!

  1. Chilli-Glazed Salmon

What you need:

  • 3 fillets of salmon
  • 150g of chilli sauce of your choice (preferably sweet chilli)
  • 30g (or 1/4 cup) of chopped scallions
chilli glazed salmon
Image Credit: tasty

Who’d expect a fusion dish to be made with just 3 ingredients? Well, check this out.

Preheat oven to 200˚C. Mix all 3 ingredients in a mixing bowl and place each fillet on the baking tray. Spoon over any leftover sauce on top of the salmon. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on the desirable doneness.

9. Cajun BBQ Ribs

What you need:

  • 1/2 rack of baby ribs
  • 3 tablespoon of premixed cajun spices
  • 230ml of bbq sauce
bbq ribs
Image Credit: Dave Kliman | Flickr

Spoiler: you don’t need a bbq pit for this but if you do, fire it up to infuse your ribs with a tinge of smokiness and char!

Preheat oven to 120˚C. Make sure rib is separated individually, and rub cajun spices adequately over the surface of the ribs. Bake rubbed ribs in the oven for 2 hours. Increase temperature to 260˚C after 2 hours and brush bbq sauce on the ribs till its properly covered in the sauce. Bake for an additional 15 minutes at 260˚C for the sauce to caramelize and you’re good to serve!

Party Bites

  1. Tuna Avocado Salad (or dip)

What you need:

  • 1 can chunk of light tuna
  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • (optional: wrap or slices of bread)
tuna avocado salad
Image Credit: liveleaneatgreen

Instead of relying on the conventional mayonnaise to add to a salad the creamy texture, why not a switch-up and use avocado instead!

Scoop avocado from the shell and combine all mentioned ingredients into a bow and simply mash till ingredients are well mixed. There’s nothing more to it! Eat it as such or as a dip for your chips! Even stuff your flour wrap with this tuna-avocado mix if you’re feeling naughty.

  1. Oreo Truffles

What you need:

  • 300g of oreo biscuits (about 2 rolls)
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 150g dark or white chocolate
oreo truffles
Image Credit: bakeplaysmile

The best part about this recipe: there’s no baking involved! The saving grace to any disastrous party is always the booze or the addictive dessert that people just can’t stop coming back for more.

Grab a large kitchen towel, place the oreo biscuits in it and wrap it up. Grab a rolling pin or something hard to smash biscuits into finer pieces. Set 2 tablespoon of the crumbs aside for garnishing as seen in the photo. Mix the rest of the crumbs with cream cheese thoroughly. Roll this mixture into balls of desirable sizes. Microwave your choice of chocolate for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds to avoid burning of the chocolate. Toss the balls of cream cheese and oreo biscuit crumbs mix into the melted chocolate to coat thoroughly. Place the coated balls onto a serving tray, preferably lined with baking sheet. Lastly, garnish with the Oreo crumbs that were set aside.

  1. Jalapeño Poppers

What you need:

  • 6 pitted jalapeño peppers
  • 100g of cream cheese
  • slices of bacon (go ham if you like additional bacon on your poppers)
jalapeño poppers
Image Credit: Kayla | Flickr

A traditional American snack, this is a crowd favourite – I mean, there’s bacon and cheese, what’s not to like about that?

Preheat oven to 190˚C. Soak toothpicks in water to prepare for the skewering of the bacon onto the poppers. Distribute cream cheese filling equally amongst the hollowed out jalapeño poppers. Wrap as much (or as little) bacon as you wish around each stuffed pepper, and secure it in place with a soaked toothpick. Bake the poppers for 25 minutes or until bacon is crispy.

  1. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

What you need:

  • 20 stalks of asparagus
  • slices of bacon (rule of ‘as many as you wish’ sticks)
  • grated cheese of your choice
bacon wrapped asparagus
Image Credit: Aya Otake | Flickr

The recurring theme for party snacks seems to be the hint of bacon in every dish possible and I have absolutely no problem with that.

Cut bacon strips and asparagus stalks into desirable sizes. Wrap bacon slices around each stalk of asparagus, sprinkle grated cheese on top of each stalk of asparagus. Line the wrapped stalks of asparagus onto a baking tray and bake for 20-25minutes at 200˚C or until bacon is crisp.

  1. Mozzarella Sticks

What you need:

  • wonton skin
  • mozzarella sticks
  • egg
  • (optional: marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce)
mozzarella sticks
Image Credit: Thomas Levinson | Flickr

If you think about it, they are essentially a deconstructed pizza put into the form of delicious sticks.

Heat up a pot of oil. Roll each stick of mozzarella stick in one wonton skin, folding the excess of the ends onto the roll. Crack an egg and beat it till its evenly stirred and use it as an egg wash for the mozzarella sticks. Deep fry wrapped mozzarella sticks until wonton skin is golden brown, serve while it is still hot! Definitely, go an extra mile and get a jar of premade marinara sauce as a dip for the mozzarella sticks.

  1. Pigs in a Blanket

What you need: 

  • 1 can of readymade puff pastry
  • cocktail sausages (or any sort you fancy)
  • dijon mustard
pig in a blanket
Image Credit: David Kessler | Flickr

You’ve probably had this at one point or another, perhaps not as a bite-sized but that’s precisely why you’re here.

Preheat oven to 190˚C. Unroll the can of puff pastry and cut it into strips. Line strips of puff pastry and spread a teaspoon of dijon mustard equally across each strip. Put a cocktail sausage at the beginning of each strip and simply roll till the ends meet. Bake them for 10-15 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown.

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