Three ingredients (not including basics like oil, salt and pepper) are all you need to get these flavorful spring dinners on the table.

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As much as I love spending time in the kitchen cooking meals from scratch (especially on the weekends), I don't always have the energy during the busy workweek. That's where these three-ingredient dinners come in handy (three ingredients not including basics we all have in our kitchen, like oil, salt and pepper). They use healthy convenience items—think pesto, rotisserie chicken and tortellini—in creative ways to deliver really delicious, easy dinners. They're just what I need at the end of the day!

Your Meal Plan

kale white bean salad with green goddess dressing
Credit: Carolyn Hodges

Pick up a rotisserie chicken when you do your shopping on Sunday and dinner is only two more ingredients away! The Chicken Caesar Flatbread is part salad, part pizza and it hits the spot every time, especially for Caesar lovers like me. And with all the different salad kits available in the store, you can switch up the flavor of this dinner a million different ways. Next up is Tuesday's Goat Cheese Pasta with Broccoli—it's absolutely delicious and makes me wonder why I never thought to add creamy goat cheese to my pasta before! I've played around with adding extra veggies to this pasta and have even mixed in a jar of Trader Joe's Bruschetta and, no matter what, it always turns out tasty. 

3-Ingredient Goat Cheese Pasta with Broccoli
Credit: Carolyn Hodges

In Wednesday's Green Goddess White Bean Salad, salad kits come back into play. They're such a great way to get a variety of veggies and flavors from a single item. And Thursday's Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes & Basil is one you don't want to miss. In this dinner, cherry tomatoes are roasted until they're sweet and super flavorful, then get added to cheesy tortellini and topped with fresh basil. You really can't go wrong with this combo! 

These three-ingredient dinners are delicious as-is but feel free to make them your own by adding other tasty items, like additional vegetables or fresh herbs.

Big-Batch Snack

Peanut Butter & Blueberry Energy Balls
Credit: Jamie Vespa

These healthy energy balls are the tastiest! And the good thing is that I already have most of the ingredients on hand to make them (think oats, peanut butter and honey). In this recipe we mix in chocolate chips and dehydrated blueberries but you can really add whatever you'd like, like nuts or shredded coconut.

Treat Yourself

moscow mule cocktail in copper mugs with lime wedges

Mint is the first thing I'm seeing pop up in my garden and while it's still a ways away from being ready to use here in Vermont, it has me excited for summer and in the mood for a refreshing cocktail. Enter this super easy three-ingredient Moscow Mule Cocktail. I just love the bite from the ginger beer and the fresh mint flavor.

Get the Recipe: Moscow Mule Cocktail

ThePrep | Week of 4/10/21 - 4/16/21