A stack of dirty dishes is NOT what a busy mom needs at the end of the day. These super simple one pot meals will satisfy your family without the added clean up factor.
Whether you work from home or are rushing out the office door, getting EASY dinners on the table are key to keeping your sanity on a busy weeknight. But, getting easy HEALTHY dinners on the table can be a challenge.
And, getting easy healthy ONE POT dinners can seem like an impossible task. But, not tonight! Nope.
Tonight you’re gonna check all the boxes!
If you’re looking for a way to make easy healthy one pot dinners that your family will devour, then check out my TOP 5 recipes that are sure to salvage the weeknight dinner rush without hitting up the drive-thru.
WHAT CAN I COOK IN ONE POT?
So many of my recipes have developed out of this question: What can I cook in one pot tonight?
When it comes to one pot dishes, I literally start with my pot. Then, I see what protein I have. Next, my starch. Finally, my veg. The last thing I do is pick a flavor profile. Like, am I going Italian or Mexican with what I have.
Limitations breed creativity. Especially in the kitchen.
When it comes to making something out of nothing in the kitchen, I’m ya girl. That’s why I love a one pot meal. These’ll have you out of that kitchen (without a mound of dishes) and ready to start that bedtime routine like a champ.
BONUS: They’re flexible. You don’t have ground beef? No worries, sub in chicken. Same goes with the veggies–just use what you’ve got.
It’s more about the big picture than the little details.
All of my recipes are built to stand a little tweaking. They don’t fall apart when you start substituting.
#1: Tamale Pie
If you’re a fan of chili and cornbread, then you’re going to love this mashup! You can make this with any kind of left over chili (vegetarian, white chicken chili, etc.), or you can make it fresh right in the cast iron skillet. I mean, who doesn’t love a cast iron one pot dish?
Top with a corn muffin mix (and cheese!), and pop it in the oven. This is the kind of easy healthy one pot dinners that us southern girls love! Comforting and healthy for sure, but it’s also in a cast iron.
We season those. We don’t wash them….okay maybe a little rinse. But, don’t go crazy.
#2: BBQ Shrimp
One of the easiest ways to get dinner on the table is by going the sheet pan route. Sheet pan meals are a godsend! I love throwing a bunch of ingredients on a pan and popping it in the oven. You just can’t beat it on a busy week night. Plus, the clean up is quick & easy, too!
This mouth watering dish will have you (and your kids!) drooling. I’m serious. All you need to do is grab a baguette & get to dippin!
This is a super easy meal that looks like it will take you all day. That’s what’s so brilliant about it. If you haven’t spatchcocked a chicken, then you HAVE to try this out! It’s like the best shortcut ever if you’re a lover of crispy chicken skin.
Spatchcocking is just cutting out the backbone of the chicken and flattening it down so that the chicken cooks super quick. Added bonus: the skin of the entire chicken gets crispy! Love it.
This is perfect all summer long! Grill the chicken outside (zero pans to clean!), and then boil your pasta. The rest is just chopping and mixing! This is also a great one to turn into a veggie dish for Meatless Mondays. It’s divine either way.
This is also an easy healthy one pot dinner that does double duty. Cook once and eat this twice because it gets better the next day.
#5: Muffin Tin Veggie Pot Pies (With Puff Pastry!)
It’s just like a regular chicken pot pie, but it’s got our favorite meat substitute: garbanzo beans. Also, you make them in muffin tins. I mean, its adorable, easy, and filled with veggies!
With only 5 ingredients, you’ll be scratching your head wondering why you haven’t tried this before. Your kids are gonna love it.
EASY HEALTHY HOME COOKED MEALS
Working moms lead extraordinarily busy lives, and easy healthy one pot dinners can be a game changer when it comes to getting home cooked food on the table fast! These dinners prove you don’t have to have a whole lot of time, fancy ingredients, or crazy kitchen skills to make an easy dinner.
Even better, they require little clean up. I mean, that’s a win I’ll take all day & twice on Tuesday.
Whether you’re cooking a sheet pan dinner, a stove top dinner, or grilling–it’s just gonna make life easier when you use fewer dishes. But, you know what would be even better?
Having your partner cook dinner for you a few times a week…
Is that at ALL happening in your world? If not, then let me tell you a story that ends with me getting my ZERO kitchen skills having husband to cooking just as much as I do.
Even on weeknights. Even without asking.
ONLY COOK IN YOUR KITCHEN?
Once upon a time, my husband (that’s right, the same man that takes all of these beautiful photos of my food) never cooked dinner. That was all on me. Granted, he could barely boil water, so out of habit, it was something I handled.
But, a girl gets burned out cooking night after night, amiright?? And, Grubhub ain’t cheap, and McD’s…I just can’t even stomach another round.
So, I came up with a solution: RUSH HOUR RECIPES. These are my top 5 “ready-made” NO COOK meals that come together in a flash.
These are what I like to call “assembly style” dinners. Basically, they’re all a combo of ready made main ingredients and fresh ingredients. There’s ZERO cooking involved.
READY MAIN MAIN INGREDIENTS
But, they’re essential for becoming a working parent that gets dinner on the table night after night. This is especially true when there’s TWO of you working that 9-5 grind.
As far as I’m concerned, getting these time savers in your fridge is KEY to creating a habit of cooking at home. Which is the goal, right? They help you hop right over the argument of “there’s no time to cook.” Which, to me, is the biggest hurdle of them all.
Added bonus: ready made recipes like this are like the gateway drug for kitchen beginners. That’s right, girl. This is how you get your partner involved in dinner prep. If he can work a microwave & use a knife, then he can “cook” this dish.
And, guess what? Bam. He just made dinner.