Mac ’n cheese. Picture: Instagram.
Mac ’n cheese. Picture: Instagram.

3 ingredient recipes to try when you’re low on groceries

By Sacha van Niekerk Time of article published Jul 21, 2021

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The shelves at the grocery store may not be well-stocked due to the looting of goods and protest action that overwhelmed KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng last week.

Nevertheless, we can make do and whip up some fine dishes with these easy and simple 3-ingredient recipes.

Easy 3 ingredient recipes to try:

Fudgy Nutella brownie

By @cookwith_harsha

This quick and easy recipe will satisfy those chocolate cravings within minutes. Served hot, the centre is rich and fudgy and pairs best with fresh fruit and ice cream for a contrast of flavours.


⅓ cup Nutella

2 small eggs

2 tbs flour


Spoon Nutella into a bowl, add the eggs and whisk until smooth.

Add the flour and fold into the Nutella until you have a smooth batter.

Pour the batter into two mugs.

Bake each in the microwave on high for 1 minute, check if done. If not, cook for another 30 seconds on high.

Serve hot with a dollop of whipped cream and your choice of fruits.

Mac ‘n cheese

By @foodandecstasy

Mac ‘n cheese is everyone’s go-to comfort food. This recipe is super streamlined and uses only key ingredients, so it has all the familiar flavours from the dish. To spice things up, add your favourite hot sauce and seasonings for an extra kick.


200g Macaroni

700ml full fat milk

150g cheese (processed or cheddar)

Ground black pepper (optional)

Salt (if required)


Cook the macaroni in the milk instead of water, until al dente. Add salt if your pasta doesn't contain salt. If it does, skip the salt.

Once al dente, add the cheese. Six processed cheese cubes or eight slices will be about 150g. The sauce will come together once the cheese melts, giving that classic creamy texture. Season with ground black pepper.

Garnish as per your preferences and serve.

Berry sorbetto

By @balkan_cook_book

A refreshingly delicious treat that’s perfect for cleansing the palate after a heavy meal. Use any frozen fruit you may have stored in the freezer, from bananas to pineapple, kiwis and more. Adjust the honey and lemon to your liking. Serve with thick yoghurt for an even richer treat.


300g of frozen berries

1 tbs of honey

3 tbs lemon juice


Blend all the ingredients with a bit of water.

Put the sorbetto in a plastic container and freeze it for a few hours.

Scoop and serve.

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