3-Ingredient Meals

When your kitchen is well stocked, you only need a few key items to have a great meal. Here are a few to get you started.
3 Ingredient Meals
When you cut straight to it, only three words describe the perfect homemade meal. The first is "delicious." The other two are "quick" and "simple."

The following recipes take only three ingredients, and they beat anything in a fast-food wrapper. They'll also score you high points for ingenuity and taste, and low PointsPlus® values.

Bonus Tip: You'll always have a 3-ingredient meal waiting somewhere in your kitchen if you make like a Boy Scout and be prepared. Stock up on spices, sauces and dressings that are low in PointsPlus values—the basic stuff that gives quick and simple meals flavor.

Mini Meat Pies

Makes 2 servings

PointsPlus® value | 9 per serving

Meat and pie, all in one goof-proof dish.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 6 small low-fat biscuits (from refrigerated dough)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Brown turkey in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks; drain off fat (just spoon turkey into a colander). Return turkey to pan and stir in barbecue sauce.
  3. Coat a six-muffin tin with cooking spray, and press a crescent roll into each hole. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of turkey mixture into each cup and bake until rolls turn golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Yields three "pies" per serving.
Eat with: A simple mixed greens salad with 2 tablespoons of fat-free Italian dressing.
(0 PointsPlus values per serving)

Smoky-Sweet Chili-Rubbed Pork

Makes 4 servings

PointsPlus® value | 4 per serving

For an extra-smoky flavor, look for a chili powder mix made with chipotle peppers. They're poblano peppers that have been smoked over an open flame, then dried and ground.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 lb whole lean pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 cup apricot, orange or peach jelly

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place pork in a roasting pan and rub chili powder all over pork with your hands. Roast until cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in center of pork registers 160°F; slice into 12 pieces.
  3. Place jelly in a small cup and microwave jelly for until it liquefies, about 30 seconds. Immediately spoon over pork. Yields 3 slices of pork and about 1 tablespoon sauce per serving.
Eat with: Boxed red beans and rice mix (5 PointsPlus values per 1 cup serving)

Filet Stackers

Makes 2 servings

PointsPlus® value | 4 per serving

Unless it's soaked in butter or wrapped in bacon, filet mignon is one of the leanest cuts of beef. Consider grilling the tomatoes with the meat for enhanced flavor.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz trimmed filet mignon filets, two 4 oz pieces
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler or grill.
  2. Cook filets until desired degree of doneness. Slice each filet crosswise into 2 or 3 slices and then top each with tomato slices and basil; season to taste with salt and pepper.
Eat with: Grilled or broiled asparagus; snap off ends, coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with Kosher salt before cooking (0 PointsPlus® values per serving)

Chicken Sorta-Saltimboca

Makes 2 servings

PointsPlus® value | 3 per serving

Thin-cut boneless, skinless breasts will taste best.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, two 4 oz pieces
  • 1 tsp ground sage serving)
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Place chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a mallet or a heavy skillet until 1/2- to 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Preheat broiler. Place chicken in a large, oven-proof non-stick skillet; cook over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. Dust each piece of chicken with sage and then top with cheese. Place pan in oven and broil until cheese bubbles and starts to brown, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Yields 1 chicken breast per serving. (Note: If you do not have an oven-proof skillet, wrap the handle loosely in aluminum foil before putting it in the oven.)
Eat with: Prepared polenta (4.5 PointsPlus values per 1 cup serving)

Greek Grouper

Makes 4 servings

PointsPlus® value | 3 per serving

No grouper at the market? You can easily trade it for snapper, tilapia or any other white-fleshed fish.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 1/4 lb grouper fillets, four 5 oz pieces
  • Heaping 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into a quart-sized plastic bag. Add fish and oregano; seal and marinate in refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes. (Note: Don't let it soak any longer; the acids from the lemon can "cook" the fish.)
  2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Cook fish for 8 minutes, flipping once. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Yields 1 fillet per serving.
Eat with: Couscous tossed with chopped fresh tomato (3 PointsPlus values per 1 cup serving)

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