Now I know that you’re thinking that nothing good could ever come out of recipes containing 2 ingredients, but I’m here to prove otherwise. I can’t promise they’ll provide you with a full meal but there’s some tasty snacks and some indulgent treats. I know some recipes containing 2 ingredients are frankly some things that you’d only consider eating if you’re a student on a minimal budget or have the late night munchies after a night out with the girls, but not these!
1. Pizza Dough
Yes - you read that right. Did you ever imagine that the list of recipes with only 2 ingredients would contain pizza dough? So it doesn’t make a meal but it’s easy to find something to top it with.
1 cup of Greek yogurt
1 cup of self raising flour (and a bit extra for dusting)
Combine the yogurt and flour in a ball and mix until it forms a ball. Knead on a floured board for 5-8 minutes. Roll and tease into a pizza base shape. Add whatever toppings you like and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
And while we’re on the subject of dough, fancy some 2 ingredient bread? Got some flour? Got some ice cream? Then get ready for some ice cream bread.
2 cups soft vanilla ice cream
1 ½ cups self raising flour
Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir the ice cream in a large bowl until is it very smooth then add the flour and mix lightly so that is just combined. Grease a 9”x5” loaf tin with baking spray. Put the bread mix into the loaf tin and bake for 40-50 minutes. When cooked, put pan on a wire rack. After 10 minutes, empty loaf onto rack. Leave to cool or serve warm.
This is just a basic recipe. Try using different flavor ice cream or adding ingredients as flavorings.
3. Garlic Chicken
Need to dress up your chicken but don’t have time to make a fancy sauce? Boursin to the rescue. The scrummy garlic and herb flavored soft cheese melts beautifully into and over the chicken to make it succulent and tasty.
4 boneless chicken breasts with skin on
1 Boursin round
Mash and smush the Boursin so it goes soft and creamy. After loosening the skin (without removing or tearing it), rub one quarter of the cheese onto the flesh of each breast, spreading it out evenly. Put the chicken on a non-stick tray and bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 15-20 minutes. (If you want to make the skin crispy, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper before cooking.)
I’m sure everyone loves a home-baked cookie that is really easy peasy to make. And, it’s even better if the cookie is healthy too. This is one of those recipes with 2 ingredients that once you’ve mastered, you can play around with adding extras, but they taste great with just the two so if you’re happy to stick at that, do so.
2 ripe bananas
1 cup rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mash the banana and mix with the oats. Scoop out into 16 cookie shapes on a greased and parchment lined baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
I’ve found that a lot of the 2 ingredient recipes use bananas. They are so versatile and so good for you that I just had to share another one. This is definitely on my list to make for breakfast this weekend.
1 large ripe banana
2 medium eggs
Mash the banana very well - as smooth as possible. Put into a bowl and crack in the two eggs. Mix together and you’re ready to fire up the griddle or skillet. Cook on a medium heat in a tiny amount of oil or butter, flipping once.
6. Garlic Broccoli
Bored of steamed broccoli? This will get your taste buds tingling.
3 ½ cups broccoli florets
½ cup garlic flavored hummus
Cook your broccoli florets by your favorite method - steam them, boil, them, roast them or grill them. When cooked, add the hummus and toss until the florets have a nice coating. It’s now ready to serve. It can be eaten hot or cold. When cold, it’s great if you crack some black pepper and squeeze some lemon juice on it. Why not try it with a different flavor of hummus sometime?
Ok, time to indulge the sweet tooth now with some yummy, gooey chocolate fudge. If you had your pancake breakfast and garlic broccoli with your dinner, you deserve a little treat.
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (395g)
450g dark chocolate melts
First prepare a square cake tin (20cm x 20cm) by lining it with baking parchment. Set aside. Now melt the chocolate. You can do this over a pan of gently simmering water or in the microwave. (Pan is best because you can see really easily when it is all melted and catch it before it “seizes.”) Add the condensed milk and stir it until the mixture is well combined. Pour the yummy goo into the cake tin and put in the fridge until set. Cut into squares and scoff.
This was just a small selection of 2 ingredient recipes. There’s hundreds out there. Will you be trying any?