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The 250 Best 4-Ingredient Recipes

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by Margaret Howard, Mark Shapiro (Photographer)

Great quick recipes for the busy cook that do not compromise taste.

Imagine creating a delicious home-cooked meal in minutes with only four simple ingredients. It's easy with these recipes.

Beginner and experienced cooks alike can make tasty and appetizing meals on those hectic days when there is barely a minute to spare. Countless recipe variations, with


Great quick recipes for the busy cook that do not compromise taste.

Imagine creating a delicious home-cooked meal in minutes with only four simple ingredients. It's easy with these recipes.

Beginner and experienced cooks alike can make tasty and appetizing meals on those hectic days when there is barely a minute to spare. Countless recipe variations, with dozens of nutrition suggestions, kitchen tips and cooking techniques, make this an invaluable reference. Margaret Howard includes recipes to suit every taste:

  • Appetizers and beverages like tapenade and white wine
  • Spanish sangria
  • Hearty soups like cabbage beet borscht and pasta fagioli soup
  • Breakfasts like heuvos rancheros or puffy oven pancakes
  • Salads such as Italian pasta insalata or cabbage and carrot slaw
  • Seafood dishes like herb-roasted salmon and cumin-crusted halibut steaks
  • Poultry dishes like mushroom chicken stroganoff and chicken burritos
  • Meats dishes like Thai burgers and pork chops with cranberries
  • Pasta and grain dishes like broccoli and red onion pasta or sun-dried tomato quinoa
  • Vegetarian dishes like black bean chili or caramelized onion and goat cheese pizza
  • Desserts like ginger ricotta cream or raspberry mousse.

With just four simple ingredients, any cook can prepare and enjoy delicious meals in minutes.

Editorial Reviews

Exercise For Men Only - Laura Anne Rega
If you find your daily routine is jam packed this book is for you. Perfect for the busy man on the go, now you can easily create delicious home cooked meals in minutes with only four simple ingredients. Beginners and experienced cooks can make tasty and appetizing meals regardless of time.... Luckily Margaret has already done all the legwork for you. Now it s time to get in the kitchen and get cooking.
Tuscon Citizen - Larry Cox
This delightful book is fully illustrated and underscores the fact good food doesn't have to take a great deal of time to prepare or require a lengthy list of ingredients.
Contra Costa Times - Pamela Neeley
The cookbook surprised me by inspiring me to try new foods because the recipes are so easy.
Appleton Post-Crescent - Myrna Collins
Helps make it easy to put a delicious and healthful dinner on the table every night with less effort, less expense and more nutritional value... Howard has made it easy as possible for the busy cook to prepare a really tasty dinner in jig time.
Central Coast Adventures - Andrea Sadler
Timesaving, delicious recipes, employing only a few ingredients that you can throw together at the end of a long workday.
National Examiner
Keep it simple. That's the message in The 250 Best 4-Ingredient Recipes cookbook. But fast preparation does not mean compromised taste, insists author Margaret Howard, who includes comfort foods made without a lot of fuss.

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From the Introduction

In choosing the title for this book, The 250 Best 4-Ingredient Recipes, I was curious to learn whether there is any special meaning to the word four.

I was indeed pleased to come across, with considerable help, the real significance of this word. It has far deeper meaning than 1, 2, 3, 4 in numerical order. There are four elements -- earth (or solids), water (or liquids), air (or gas) and fire. There are four seasons -- winter, spring, summer and fall. There are four points to the compass. There are four sides to the square. You will no doubt think of many other ways the word four or number 4 enters your life. I hope that this book will be one of them.

In this book , I offer quick food preparation for the busy person who is not willing to compromise on great taste. The four-ingredient concepts counts water, salt and pepper as non-ingredients. Everything else is an ingredient!

Getting Started

Planning in all aspects of life is important no less so in meals. I suggest that the following points be considered with regard to meal planning. Unless stated otherwise, all recipes use large eggs and either 2% or homogenized milk.

  • Be a planner by taking about 10 minutes to plan your dinners for the week. It's one of the best ways to ensure you place healthy dinners on the table even when you are in a hurry.
  • Plan meals around main ingredients that cook quickly, such as fish, eggs, chicken breasts, cooked ham and turkey.
  • Choose lots of fresh fruit and vegetables as support to the main ingredient.
  • Choose main dishes that you can add to or alter to accommodate other ingredients. For example, when meat is the main dish, plan a side dish such as pasta that can be changed into a main entree with the additions of beans, cheese, hard-cooked eggs or tofu.
  • For budge supper solutions, choose inexpensive cuts of meat and meat alternatives that are both nutrient-packed and budget friendly. Stretch meat and seafood by cooking them in pasta dishes, risottos, soups and stews.
  • Plan one-pot meals such as stews, chilies or soups that are easily reheated in single-serving amounts.
  • Use grains such as bulgur and couscous which, like rice and pasta, cook quickly.
  • When necessary, used canned and frozen vegetables. They come out of the package ready to cook.
  • Keep prepared sauces and spice mixtures on hand to add instant variety and flavor to your cooking.
  • The microwave oven makes side dishes, such as rice, easier to prepare.
  • By adding a new ingredient to your shopping list each week, you will soon have expanded your repertoire.
  • Use quick-cooking methods such as broiling and grilling.

Meet the Author

Margaret Howard is an author, registered dietitian and a professional home economist.

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250 Best 4-Ingredient Recipes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first, my opinion here was that any book offering a pizza recipe starting with frozen crust is a crime against humanity, but then I simmered down a bit. I am, after all, something of a fanatic about pizza--and about authentic, complete recipes in general. And then I remembered that I have two kids who have two sterling qualities: Both are a) employed and b) living elsewhere. The big thing is to keep them that way. So fars as a) is concerned I'm helpless, but for b) I'm going to enlist the aid of this book. Increasingly we live in an age when more and more people--especially young people--think cooking is something only their parents do, and when they grow tired of warming up take-out Chinese in the microwave, they start inviting themselves to dinner. Partly it's the fault of parents who didn't involved kids in the kitchen in the first place, so consider this book the make-up course. Anyone who hasn't cooked, doesn't cook or thinks he can't cook can and should take this book of clear, simple, easily followed recipes and go to school on it. OK, there are lots of simple and simple-minded recipes like hot-salsa cheese dip and sloppy joes, but there's lots of other stuff they should have learnt about much earlier: tapenade, for example, Indian chicken, pork tenderloin. In short, dishes originating in actual civilizations, not marketing campaigns. In not too much time the user of this book will become competent at the very least, and he'll save a bundle over the cost of take-out. Whether he actually finds himself awakening to the delights of serious cooking and eating--that's another story. For now I'll be happy if my kids--who'll be getting their copies pronto--will progress to the point that I am at least once in a while able to dine at their apartments because they're not ashamed to invite me and I'm not afraid to accept. (Bill Marsano is an award-winning magazine writer on wines/spirits, travel and food.)