By: Niña Bermio
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If you are living a hectic lifestyle, you would understand that the one thing that everyone always seems to “forget” to do is to eat! Which makes sense, since it takes time to decide what to eat and then more time to cook your meal, plus you need to think about how much you are spending on each meal. Of course, you will also be thinking about how balanced your diet is so that you are able to maintain your busy schedule.

But feeding yourself and staying healthy need not be too stressful. We forget that there is also beauty in the simple things and that food can be simple too — so simple, that you can make a delicious meal from just 3 ingredients!

Here are 5 quick and easy recipes that you can make with 3 ingredients (not including oil, salt, and pepper since everyone has these in their pantries already!)

1. Teriyaki


  • 2 lb chicken thighs, sliced into chunks
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar (110 g)

If you are looking for a meal that is easy to prepare and store, then you might want to try a teriyaki marinade. Just mix soy sauce and brown sugar and have your protein of choice absorb all that flavor. Teriyaki sauce is good on everything, so you could choose to soak chicken or even tofu in this marinade. Then, you could just stick this into the freezer and thaw it out for your next meal.

2. Pancakes


  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Perfect for when you are rushing out the door in the morning, these 3-ingredient pancakes require you to simply mix everything into a bowl, cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, then serve. This is also the perfect recipe to use your overripe bananas on, so it doesn’t go to waste!

3. Breakfast Skillet


  • 3/4-1 lbs beef
  • 1 cup salsa of choice
  • 6 eggs

This skillet is another breakfast option that is fast and simple. Simply cook the beef in a skillet (preferably cast iron) until there are no pink bits left, mix in the salsa, then create 6 wells in the meat for each of the raw eggs. Give the eggs about 7 minutes to cook in the meat and salsa, and it’s all ready to go.

4. Coca-Cola Chicken


  • chicken
  • 2 liters of Coca-Cola
  • soy sauce (preferably light)

This is a rather convenient and different way to flavor your chicken: by adding soda into the mix! All you have to do is boil the chicken in water first until it is cooked, then replace the water with Coke and wait for the sauce to thicken. Add in the soy sauce to cut the sweetness of the soda and you will be surprised with the finished product.

5. Grilled Steak with Poblano-Corn


  • 2 ears of corn, husked
  • 1 large poblano chile
  • 3/4 pounds skirt steak

If you are looking for a recipe that is a bit on the fancier side, then try making both salsa and sauce out of corn and poblano pepper. First grill the corn and poblano to get more flavor out of it before dividing it into two. The first half will go into a blender with some oil, salt, and pepper for the sauce; and the second half will be mixed together for the salsa. Cook the steak to your preferred rarity, put some sauce over it and some salsa on the side to enjoy your fancy 3-ingredient meal!

These are only 5 of the endless possibilities of meals that you can prepare for yourself! Hopefully, this has reminded you that there are quick and easy meals out there for your busy life. So set aside some time to eat, take care of yourself, and enjoy the beautiful life that you deserve.


The COHO Living Team.