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2-Ingredient Recipe Entertaining Lifesavers

2-Ingredient Recipe Entertaining Lifesavers

15 2-ingredient last-minute recipes to save the day.

Whip up these guest-loving treats with 2 ingredients!

It’s an entertainer’s worst nightmare — you receive a last-minute call from close friends or family, informing you that they’re in town and will be stopping by for a visit within a few hours. Sure, we suppose you could simply supply them with just your company, but a true host provides prime hospitality, and that includes delicious food!

For moments like these when you’re short on groceries, time, and preparation, here are 15 two-ingredient recipes for last-minute brunch, appetizer, main course, and dessert demands, depending on the occasion.

So whether you need to serve brunch to an early-morning crowd or a sinful dessert to late-night party-goers, you will have a simple dish in your back pocket ready to serve and satisfy guests, requiring little effort and stress to prepare. Your guests will have no idea how simple these recipes were to prepare, nor how few ingredients it took to make them. They'll enjoy their food, and you'll enjoy the lack of stress.

Check out this slideshow and see what only two ingredients can do for you!

2 Ingredient Bagels

These 2 Ingredient Bagels are simply made with self rising flour and non-fat Greek yogurt!

Traditional homemade bagels, while easy to make, are a bit time consuming. The yeasted dough requires plenty of resting time (usually overnight). It is then poached in boiling water before being baked in the oven.

The recipe for these 2 ingredient bagels skips the yeast and the poaching liquid. The bagel dough is simply made from two ingredients- self rising flour and nonfat Greek yogurt), shaped into rolls, topped with egg wash and any desired seasonings, and then baked.

In less than 45 minutes, you can have hot fresh bagels ready for cream cheese, lox, nut butter, or whatever fillings your heart desires!

Cinnamon Applesauce

This applesauce is slightly less sweet than what you might be used to with no added sugar, but the cinnamon adds so much flavor that your kids won’t even notice. The key is to use good quality, naturally sweet apples since they are the star of the show. Simply peel, core, and chop 4 apples and combine them in a saucepan with ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and ½ cup of water (or more if you like a thinner applesauce). Cook over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes or until the apples are soft, then mash with a potato masher or fork. To skip the mashing step, throw everything into a slow cooker and cook on the high setting for four hours to let the apples fall apart.

5 Deliciously Simple Slow Cooker Recipes With Just Two Ingredients

From dinner to dessert, you don’t need to make a big grocery run for these delicious meals.

With everything going on in the world right now, it&aposs safe to say that we are craving simple, nourishing recipes to feed our families more than ever. Additionally, many of us are still making a solid effort to keep grocery runs as speedy as possible. The solution to complicated, time-consuming shopping and meal prep? The two-ingredient recipe. No, not too good to be true—it&aposs time to take your slow cooker out of storage and let it work its magic. 

You only need two ingredients to make these simple yet satisfying dishes, in addition to the basics of water, salt, and pepper. There are some options for add-ins to take things to the next level, but overall, your grocery list will be remarkably short. The result: You&aposll get to spend more time cozying up at home this winter. 

Truthfully, the possibilities of simple meals you can make in your slow cooker is practically endless. All it takes is a high-quality, premade sauce plus your protein of choice. Let it all cook together while you go about your day, and dinner is served! Read on for a little inspiration to get you started, plus some ideas for sides and dessert. 

The best way to make pulled pork is low and slow, which means that the slow cooker is the ideal method to achieve that tender, juicy texture you’re looking for. Trim the excess fat off of a 4- to 5-pound boneless pork butt or shoulder and season with salt and pepper. If you want to go the extra mile and get some crispy bits, you could sear your meat in a cast iron pan for extra flavor, but it’s not necessary if you want to skip having to clean an extra pan.

Place the pork in the slow cooker and cook on Low for 8 hours. Take the meat out and let it rest for 20 minutes, then shred with a fork. There will be liquid in the slow cooker that the meat gives off while cooking—if you strain the fat off with a mesh strainer and pour it back over the shredded pork, it will take the flavor to the next level.

Finally, return the shredded meat to the slow cooker and smother with your favorite bottled BBQ sauce: Carolina-style, sweet and sticky, it all works. Enjoy by the forkful, in sandwich form, or served up with a side of slaw.

If you’re familiar with the fragrant wonder that is Tikka Masala sauce, it’s a delicious Indian spice combination that usually includes cumin, coriander, and Garam Masala in a tomato base. You can make your own, but picking up the sauce at the store along with a few cans of beans makes for an easy, filling, and economical vegetarian weeknight meal. Put the mixture over rice to soak up every last drop of flavor.

To make it, drain and rinse four 15-ounce cans of chickpeas. Dump in an 8-ounce jar of Tikka Masala sauce and cook on Low for 5 hours. Can’t find pre-made Tikka Masala in your local store? This recipe also works with jarred curry sauce or a similarly spiced simmer sauce.

We love the flavor of buffalo chicken wings, but are always on a search for a healthier, easier option. This buffalo shredded chicken is the perfect alternative—all the flavor with none of the muss and fuss. Start with 6 or so skinless chicken breasts (aiming for around 2 pounds), and season them with salt and pepper. Arrange them at the bottom of your slow cooker in a single layer and add in 8 to 10 ounces of your favorite bottled buffalo sauce (my personal favorite is a no sugar-added version from Primal Kitchen). Set your slow cooker on Low for 3 hours, shred, and combine thoroughly with the sauce left at the bottom of the slow cooker. Serve the tender, spicy chicken on its own, on top of a buffalo chicken salad, or in lettuce cups topped with blue cheese for a classic flavor combination.

Many applesauce recipes call for sugar, but it’s really not necessary. Apples are incredibly sweet, especially if you go for the local, in-season varieties. All you need to make this healthy, subtly-sweet side dish (or dessert!) are apples and lemon juice. For a little something extra, throw in a few cinnamon sticks or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. My favorite apple varieties for applesauce are Fugi, Cortland, or Empire, but any variety will do. Just know that if you choose a tart apple, like a Granny Smith, your end result won’t be quite as sweet.

To make the applesauce, peel and core about 3 pounds of apples, then cut them into roughly 1-inch chunks. Throw them into the slow cooker with half a cup of water, a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Give the mixture a stir, and then set the slow cooker on High for 4 hours. When it’s all done, you can either leave it as is for a chunky applesauce, or puree with an immersion blender. Pack into containers for easy snacks, serve over latkes, or alongside pork tenderloin and red cabbage.

Is there a bigger crowd pleaser than chocolate fondue? We think not. After all, what could be better than dipping chunks of pretty much anything into a steaming pot of gooey, melty chocolate? And if you have a slow cooker, it’s beyond easy to whip up this delectable creation from scratch. Just combine 12 ounces of dark or milk chocolate chips (or a combination) with 1 cup of heavy whipping cream in your slow cooker. Add a pinch of salt and, if you want that optional third ingredient to kick things up a notch, add a teaspoon of vanilla to the mix. Cover and cook on Low for one hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Dessert is served.

For dippers, try chunks of pound cake, sliced fruit (strawberries, pineapple, and bananas are all fab choices), marshmallows, and pretzels. Keeping some thin skewers handy will save hands from getting too messy in the process. Want to take it to the next level? Serve your melty chocolate alongside churros.

2 Ingredient Pancakes

Have you noticed these 2-Ingredient Pancakes floating around on the internet. Watch the short video showing you how to make these pancakes, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can make them at home.

Maybe I’m late to the party, but my son and I have been seeing these all over the internet. He made them first and shared his version of 2-Ingredient Pancakes on his own blog last week. We gobbled those down very quickly. So I thought it would be a good time to share some healthy pancakes here on RecipeGirl.

Since I’ve been trying to cut down on consuming too much bad food in general, I’ve been a little enthusiastic about trying out different variations of this crazy “pancake” concoction. It’s a fun little recipe that everyone should know about (especially my gluten-free friends and anyone watching their weight). So I’ll share the basic recipe with you here and some suggested ways to play around with 2 Ingredient Pancakes.

The 2 secret ingredients are: Mashed Ripe Banana and Egg. That’s it. No flour, nothing else. Just banana + egg. Isn’t that crazy? If you happen to be following the Weight Watchers program, these pancakes (without toppings) count as zero Freestyle SmartPoints!

So in this first version you see in the first photo of the post, (for only me) I used about 1/3 cup mashed banana + 1 egg. Stir it all up and fry it like a pancake. I topped this one with crunchy peanut butter and a little bit of honey. What does it taste like? Well… it tastes a lot like a banana pancake. It’s not fluffy like a regular flour pancake, but it provides a fairly good simulation of a normal pancake. It’s definitely NOT the same (so don’t expect that), but I think it’s pretty darn good.

If you’re in need of a good griddle for pancake making, here is the griddle I recommend: Presto 22-inch Electric Griddle. I got tired of trying to make pancakes in my nonstick frying pans, so after all these years I finally splurged and bought this griddle. I love it! We make pancakes and French toast often on the weekends, so it comes in handy. It’s also great for making a bunch of grilled cheese sandwiches at the same time!

For this second version, I tried using just egg whites. I used about 1/4 to 1/3 cup mashed banana + 2 tablespoons egg whites, then topped it with a few banana slices and a quick drizzle of light maple syrup. This one definitely tasted like banana pancakes. It was a little lighter in texture than the version above where I used a whole egg. All in all it was still rather good, though I preferred the version where you use the whole egg (plus, I like the idea of that added protein).

So what do you think… are you intrigued enough to try them? I’d definitely encourage you to play around with the ingredients a little bit- there isn’t an exact ratio of egg to banana or anything. You could always mix in a tablespoon or two of almond flour to get a more substantial pancake, or top the classic version with Nutella and strawberries too.

And be sure to check out my son RecipeBoy’s version too: 4 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Pancakes. His actually look much better than mine! And if you like adding chocolate to your pancakes, his recipe is a good option! They’re a little fluffier than my version, for sure.

Onion-Marinated Flank Steak Recipe: This Easy 2-Ingredient Steak Recipe May Make You Cry by Donna John

The fumes from the blender may make your eyes tear up like you're watching a sad movie. But once you taste the end result they'll turn to tears of joy. Somehow, just onion and water makes a flank steak flavorful and tender. If you're not a flank steak fan, try this two-ingredient marinade on ribeyes, sirloin or your favorite cut of beef.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour to marinate
Cook Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour plus 15 minutes

Servings: 3 to 4


Here's how to make it:

Put the onion and 1/2 cup water into a blender. Blend together well.

Pour the onion over the steak. Allow to marinate at least 1 hour.

Remove steak from the marinade and season with salt and pepper. Cook on a hot grill until desired doneness. Allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing.

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Best chocolate for ganache

The type you use for this recipe will really determine the flavor and consistency. These are a few of my favorite brands. I prefer to use chopped chocolate, but if using chips then I’ll use Ghirardelli or Guittard.

  • Ghirardelli chocolate
  • Baker’s bar
  • Guittard chocolate (best chocolate chips)
  • Trader Joe’s pound bar

Two-ingredient Easter coconut macaroons (plus toppings)


  1. Mix the ingredients together.
  2. Roll into balls and place on a lined baking tray.
  3. Press down on the balls to make cookie shapes and make an indent with your thumb in the middle.
  4. You can add some chocolate drops, classic glace cherries, or a mini Easter egg to the top here if you want. Or just cook them as they are.
  5. Place in a pre-heated 180°C oven and cook for 15mins or until browned. Allow to cool.

Note: the longer you cook them, the crispier they'll be. But I like mine chewy in the middle.

Ingredients For Biscuits:

In this video recipe tutorial for delicious homemade 2-ingredient biscuits by Granny Karma Homestead on YouTube, you will learn how to make these simple and delicious biscuits as you cook along with Granny. You start by mixing your flour and cream together.

Image By: Granny Karma Homestead Via YouTube

Then, you just roll out your dough and use a coffee cup to cut your biscuits. If you are a beginner, be sure and watch granny and she will show you how it&rsquos done.

Image By: Granny Karma Homestead Via YouTube

Granny is a delight to watch and these biscuits are going to be a staple in my home.

2-Ingredient Sangria

Pour the juice and the wine in a large pitcher. Stir in fresh sliced fruit if desired, or serve as-is over ice.

Note: I recommend using sparkling wine if serving immediately.

I often feel a strong urge to overcomplicate things.

Like accessorizing an outfit too much, and looking like a Charming Charlie&rsquos display.

Over-planning for a party and ending up with way too much food and fussy decorations, I then have to store and/or give away.

Or using a label maker to organize everything in sight. Labels that no one but me will understand as a directive.

Whether this is a personality trait I was born with, or learned behavior, I can&rsquot be sure. However, I do know I&rsquove been working to reverse this compulsion to overcomplicate for quite a few years.

Sometimes I try to simplify little aspects of life down to the bare bones, just to prove to myself that I can. I won&rsquot wear a watch or any jewelry, other than my wedding ring. I&rsquoll make burgers when guests come over, even though I&rsquom dying to make a five-course meal. I might even wait until the last minute to plan for a birthday party or anniversary, just to remind myself that not everything has to be an ordeal to be worthwhile.

Maybe that sounds crazy, yet I know there are probably plenty of you that can relate. We let our good intentions get the better of us, then are left feeling stressed and disappointed when things don&rsquot turn out exactly as we planned.

Being content with simple things is one of the best methods for finding joy in everyday life.

Today I&rsquom sharing a bare-bones sangria recipe: a simple version of a beverage that is often overdone.

I&rsquove made sangria in the past that involved wine, multiple spirits, spices, several juices and endless amounts of fresh fruit. Sure, they taste great. Yet not worth the $50 of ingredients I used to create one pitcher of sangria.

This simple 2-Ingredient Sangria recipe always gets rave reviews, can be made in a flash, and is perfect to serve at cocktail hour, weekend picnics, or in punch bowls. All you need is a jug of good quality juice blend, and a bottle of rosé wine.

Make sure to select a juice blend that is made of 100% juice and has two or three desirable flavors. Personally, I like the orange-pineapple-apple combo or mango-peach for sangria.

Pour the juice in a large pitcher. Then pour in a bottle of rosé. That&rsquos it!

You can add fruit if you like, but you certainly don&rsquot have to. This sangria tastes delightful simply poured over ice.

If you plan to drink the sangria right away, I would use a sparkling rosé. If you want to make it ahead and add fruit to soak, use a still rosé wine. Either way, it&rsquos delicious.

2 Ingredient Dough Cinnamon Rolls

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Here are 2 ingredient dough cinnamon rolls that are low in calories and WW points. Is there anything better than a warm, ooey-gooey cinnamon roll? This 2 ingredient cinnamon roll recipe delivers just that. These delicious, warm rolls are super-popular with Weight Watchers members and people who want a healthier alternative to a typical high-calorie cinnamon roll.

This 2 ingredient dough cinnamon roll recipe doesn&rsquot have yeast so it&rsquos easy to whip up for a special breakfast.

Do you need to eat low carb or gluten-free? Be sure to check out our low carb 2 ingredient dough recipe, variation, too.