Healthy 3-Ingredient Dinners for Busy Weeknights

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Hey, friends!

Two of the biggest challenges that our nutrition clients face is not having enough time to prepare healthy food and not knowing what to eat. I even had a client recently ask me: “How do you overcome just not really wanting to cook?” Oooooh, yes, I’ve totally been there. I definitely go through phases where I’m just OVER cooking and don’t want to make the effort. Anyone else with me?

Not everyone loves cooking, but they still want to eat healthy dinners on busy weeknights. I personally love the idea of 3-ingredient meals that you can quite literally throw together. I don’t want to spending hours and hours in the kitchen, and I firmly believe that healthy eating doesn’t need to be super time-consuming or difficult. All of these recipes have simple ingredients that you can find at most grocery stores or you might even already have in your kitchen!

These recipes for healthy 3-ingredient dinners for busy weeknights are definitely favorites in the Haupert household. We make these recipes again and again. I hope you guys find them as convenient, healthy, and delicious as we do! And, of course, I’d love to hear about your favorite quick/easy dinner recipe. Feel free to share in the comment section below! 🙂


Crock-Pot Masala Chicken 

Trader Joe Masala Simmer Sauce

If you’re a Trader Joe’s fan, you will especially love this recipe, but if there’s not a store near you, you can easily swap the Trader Joe’s Masala Simmer Sauce for another brand or similar simmer sauce. Ok, here’s a super simple crock-pot recipe that you NEED to try. Just place two-three large chicken breasts (1.5-2 pounds) in your crock-pot along with a full bag of Trader Joe’s frozen Fire-Roasted Peppers & Onions and a jar of TJ’s Masala Simmer Sauce. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours until chicken is cooked through. Serve chicken, peppers, onions, and Masala sauce over cauliflower rice or brown/white rice. Easy as that! You’ll have dinner (and leftovers for lunch) in no time!

Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Crock-pot Chicken Cacciatore

Similar to the recipe above, this Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore requires your crock-pot + chicken breast and frozen peppers and onion, but, this time, you use 24 ounces of pasta sauce. Just pop everything in your crock-pot and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours until chicken is cooked through. Serve over pasta, zoodles, quinoa, rice, or eat alone.

Sweet Potato Hash

3-Ingredient Healthy Sweet Potato Hash

Another family favorite! The recipe works great with ground beef, turkey, or chicken, so you can totally customize it to your liking. Same goes for the veggies: Try kale, broccolini, or frozen versions (i.e. chopped spinach).

The Easiest Chicken Fajitas You’ll Ever Make 


These are seriously the easiest chicken fajitas you’ll ever make, especially if you have some Fajita Magic Seasoning on hand!

Cowboy Caviar Cauliflower Rice Bowl


Another favorite in our house! If you can’t find jarred Cowboy Caviar, a jar of salsa with black beans and corn (or any kind of salsa, really) works well in this recipe too. You can also substitute white or brown rice, quinoa, or pasta for the cauliflower rice.

Hummus Chicken Salad

hummus chicken salad

One of our clients’ favorite recipes! It’s such a quick and easy meal to throw together, and you can eat it in so many different ways: on a sandwich, in a wrap, over salad greens, or alone by itself. You can also play around with the hummus flavors and veggies. Right now, I’m digging basil pesto hummus with chopped cucumbers. Mmm!

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts with Sausage

Another go-to in our house! Be sure to buy the Brussels sprouts already shredded… it makes life so much easier!

Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie


An oldie, but goodie, especially if you’re a Trader Joe’s shopper. This recipe works with just about any frozen mixed veggies and/or mashed or sweet potatoes.

Taco Salad

easy taco salad

Ok, technically, this meal is three ingredients (ground beef, taco seasoning, lettuce), but you’ll probably want to add a few additional things to your salad (salsa, shredded cheese, guacamole, etc.), but the base “recipe” is super simple! 🙂

Potato And Chorizo Dobladas


This recipe also works with mashed sweet potatoes. Be sure to buy your chorizo already ground up. I bought chorizo sausages once, and it just wasn’t the same and kind of a pain in the butt to break it up.

Question of the Day

Your turn! What’s your favorite quick and easy dinner to make during the week?

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