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. I’ve put together some of my favorite one pot dinners for you. They’ll have you out of that kitchen (without a mound of dishes) and ready to start that bedtime routine like a champ.
What I love about these is that they’re so easily customizable to your taste. 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. So, go nuts! Make these dishes yours.
#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.
Are You the 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) didn’t take on the responsibility of cooking dinner at all. That was all on me. And, I felt the stress of that BIG TIME.
Putting dinner on the table every week night was a huge priority for me. And, I didn’t want it involving a drive thru. I mean, there’s only so many burgers a girl can eat. Plus, it AIN’T cheap to eat that way. There came a point, when we had to get our grownup pants on and make a plan.
Taking Turns in the Kitchen is the same exact meal plan strategy that I use at home with my husband. But, it’s more than just a meal plan and grocery list. It’s an attack plan that helps us figure out our dinners for the week, and (most importantly) it divides up the cooking duties between us.
Everyone gets a turn. Everyone has to take responsibility. It’s that simple.
Taking Turns In the Kitchen
Taking Turns in the Kitchen comes with easy weeknight dinner recipes that include one pot dishes, 5 ingredient meals, and other quick dishes that aren’t labor intensive. But, it also has incredibly delicious ideas for how to put ready made ingredients to good use!
If your partner can’t make a meal to save his life, he can still follow what I like to call simple “assembly” style recipes. No cooking, just assembly required! Sounds easy, right?
If you feel like you could use a game plan to get you and your partner on the same page when it comes to dinner time duties, then you’re in the right place. You can go from stressed every weeknight to feeling like you’ve actually got your shit together. I swear, it’s totally doable.
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