3-Ingredient Breakfasts, Lunches, & Dinners Kids Will Love

3-Ingredient Breakfasts, Lunches, & Dinners Kids Will Love

These simple dishes will save you loads of time and money, and they taste amazing too.

By Lorraine Allen

Spending hours grocery shopping and then prepping and cooking in the kitchen every day is not fun -- and it’s not necessary, either! With some simple kid-friendly meal ideas that require just three ingredients each, you’ll save loads of time, and money, too. Here, some great ideas to get you started.


1. Yogurt, fruit, and wheat germ smoothies: You can change up the fruit options to add variety each day, too. The wheat germ adds fiber and folic acid, and you can’t taste or see it, so the kids won’t even notice. But they will definitely benefit from the extra nutrition. Freeze leftovers in ice pop molds for a quick dessert or cool snack on a hot day.

2. Eggs with cheese and whole grain bread: Serve scrambled, fried, or poached on some hearty whole grain bread with cheese for a super-filling, tasty start to any day.

3. Creamy oatmeal with maple syrup: To enjoy extra-satisfying, yummy oatmeal, cook using milk as half of your required liquid, instead of just water. Stir in a drizzle of maple syrup at the end for just the right touch of natural sweetness that kids dig.

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1. Bacon & avocado sandwiches or wraps: This is a great way to use leftover breakfast bacon to add a salty crunch to any lunch. The buttery avocado really rounds out this sandwich into something special -- and filling, too! (If you're not a fan of avocado, you can sub it out for juicy tomato.)

2. Tropical chicken salad: Cut up leftover roasted chicken and mix with celery chunks, fresh pineapple, or mango cubes. (You can add a little mayo too, but you don’t need it!) Mix well in a bowl and serve with crackers, sliced bread, or on some plain lettuce leaves for a refreshing twist on a classic lunch favorite.

3. Tomato soup with grilled cheese: Believe it or not, you can make an outstanding tomato soup with one ingredient: a can of whole, peeled tomatoes! Simply blend this up well, and pour through a strainer to remove seeds. Then, heat and season. If you have a couple of basil leaves to garnish, or want to stir in a tablespoon of heavy cream for richness, you can. Serve this with a delicious grilled cheese (made simply with your favorite bread and sliced cheese), and you’ve got a lunch feast you won’t forget!


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1. Grilled steak, corn, and asparagus: Just grill it all together, season, and serve! One of my all-time favorite, super simple dinners.

2. Roasted chicken with baby potatoes and carrots: This is the ultimate comfort food. Season your chicken well and place on a roasting pan. Then, arrange potatoes, halved, and carrots cut into sticks around the bird. Drizzle the veggies with a little olive oil, season, and roast all together, tossing the veggies once or twice in between, and you’ve got a full-on three-ingredient family feast!

3. Pasta with sausage sauce: This dish works best with pasta shaped liked spirals or medium-to-large shells. To make this simple sauce, cut open four to six medium links of sweet or hot Italian sausage, depending on your family’s preferences. Crumble the raw sausage meat into a hot pan, and cook through until no longer pink, about five to seven minutes. Add a can of tomatoes, mix well, and simmer about 15 minutes. Toss with hot pasta, and serve right away. You can garnish with grated cheese if you wish.

What are your family’s favorite three-ingredient dishes?

Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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