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3-ingredient recipes – quick, easy, and HEALTHY!

3-ingredient recipes – quick, easy, and HEALTHY!

We all know that feeling when we finally get home in the evening and just want to relax with some quick & tasty yet healthy dinner, but for some reason, it´s nowhere to be found. It puts you in a difficult position because in the end, you´re going to have to abandon at least one of your principles, and either eat something very unhealthy or you´ll have to actually cook something by yourself. Well… it´s not always an easy decision, especially when after you overcame your laziness and made yourself get up and cook, you may easily realize there is nothing to cook from. Now, are you going to grocery shop for broccoli and kale and cook it for another 30 minutes while you can have crunchy breakfast cereal in a matter of seconds? Sadly, most of us wouldn´t – and so we´re giving you a few tips for easy, quick, and especially, healthy 3-ingredient recipes that won´t take your time or skinny shape away! Plus, since scientists claim that the less ingredients, the easier digestion and thus healthier dish, let´s just dig in and enjoy these tasty treats!

Chinese cabbage boats

  • Chinese cabbage /endives / lettuce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Walnuts

This recipe is a mild (or actually quite substantial) variation of a famous Italian appetizer called Caprese which consists of slices of Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil leaves just softly placed on top of each other and served with a hint of extra virgin olive oil. In our “Chinese cabbage boats,” we wanted it to be easily eaten by hand, and so we created little boats from inner leaves of the cabbage (you can alternate it with lettuce or endives), filled them with Mozzarella cheese, and since we want our snacks to be nutritious, we added walnuts inside, instead of tomatoes - walnuts are known to improve your memory and calm you down thanks to their magnesium content, while tomatoes are a potential allergen and that´s why they´re better avoided.

1-minute ham & eggs

  • 1 egg
  • Minced turkey ham
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Everybody knows the classic ham & eggs but we decided to make it a lot easier to make, faster, and healthier. The secret behind the quick preparation time is using a microwave, and then, everything else is a matter of seconds. You just beat one egg, put it into a bowl, scramble it together with extra virgin olive oil and minced turkey ham, and voilà, you have your breakfast done!

Healthy oat bars

  • Oats
  • Honey / maple syrup
  • Peanut butter

You have probably seen one of these home-made recipes for healthy and nutritious oatmeal or chocolate bars at some point on the Internet, however, these are going to be special. Our oatmeal bars only contain 3 ingredients and are ridiculously easy to make. You just mix oats, honey or maple syrup, and peanut butter together – the ratio of ingredients is absolutely up to you and your preference, then you distribute it inside of a pan, put it into a fridge to cool down and thicken, and slice it into bars. These are absolutely full of good carbohydrates which you can use for sports activities, as a snack when you´re hiking, or if you cannot wait for them to cool, just take a teaspoon and loosen up.

Gluten-free chocolate fudge cake

  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • Cocoa powder

What´s great about this cake is the fact that it´s gluten-free (actually flourless), so if you´re gluten-intolerant or if you want to lose weight and you fear eating any kind of flour, you don´t have to feel guilty because it doesn´t contain any! The preparation is very similar to the oat bars recipe – you just mix the ingredients together (check before you put too much of a cocoa powder into it), and put it into a microwave for about 1 minute. Recommendation: Make more than one because it´s only about 100 kcal and you´ll definitely want more!

Healthy coconut pralines

  • Organic dark chocolate
  • 200g of grated coconut
  • 250ml of coconut milk

When we say chocolate, we mean the 3-ingredient one (right?!!!) and it´s the one you can find in healthy food stores containing only cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and sugar. We know, SUGAR – that´s why this is the last of our recipes and since we know you have to indulge sometimes, we thought you could use some dark chocolate for a change. Being all clear here - the preparation is insanely easy – melt the chocolate, mix the ingredients together and shape them into balls or whatever shape you like and if you can wait a little longer, let them cool in the fridge. The texture is quite smooth and the taste is so rich and delicate that you won´t need anything else that day to curb your cravings for sweet and may actually save some calories after all…

by Katarína Vicová

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