March 04, 2010

The 10 Best One-Pot Meals

by Sarah W. Caron

Weeknight dinners can be a headache and a half. You’ve been on the go all day running errands or going from meeting to meeting, then you get home and the kids have a bazillion places to be. And where did your keys go?

Nights like that demand a dinner that can be made with minimal fuss. One-pot meals fit the bill perfectly. Looking for a great one? These 10 fantastic one-pot meals will save you some of the trouble of doing dishes without sacrificing flavor.

Bobby’s Ghoulash at Sweetnicks

Bobby Dean's Goulash

Ground beef, onions, tomatoes, macaroni ... this is a dish that just screams comfort. It’s like that sweater you’ve been curling up in since college. And the fact that it’s an easy one-pot meal just is icing on the cake.

One Pot Chicken Cacciatore at The Second Lunch

One Pot Chicken Cacciatore recipe

With the addition of cannellini beans, this hearty Italian-inspired dish is a meal unto itself. Better yet, it cooks up pretty quickly.

One Pot Chicken with Mango and Couscous at Green Lite Bites

One Pot Chicken with Mango and Couscous recipe

Do you love the combination of tropical fruit and savory fare? This dish does that so well, mixing chicken with the sweet flavor of fresh mango and quick-cooking couscous.

Red Rice at Never Enough Thyme

Red Rice Recipe

Lana, who writes this blog, calls this a “rib-sticking” meal based on something called Charleston Red Rice. Filled with chicken, onions, tomatoes, Tabasco and other delicious flavors, it sounds amazing.

Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables at The Urban Spork

Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

When it comes to one-pot meals, perfectly golden roasted chicken served up with crispy roasted vegetables is a fabulous option that keeps on giving. Just think how much you can get from the lovely leftovers (chicken noodle soup, chicken quesadillas, chicken salads).

Pork Chops and Rice Oven Dinner at Kitchen Parade

Pork Chops and Rice Oven Dinner RecipeA delicious pork chop dinner that is simple to prepare? It doesn’t get much easier than that. But what makes this even better is the childhood story that the author shares about this family recipe. Read it, and then try it.

Lime and Honey-Glazed One-Pot Salmon at Dreamy Dish

Lime and Honey-Glazed Salmon One-Pot Meal Recipe Pretty much everyone knows that salmon is huge on health benefits (it’s all those omega-3s!). This salmon dish offers a high-flavor version with a healthy side of broccolini ... all in one dish.

Vegetarian Chili at In Good Taste

Vegetarian Chili Recipe Comforting and fast to make, a big bowl of chili can be a fabulous way to end a great day with the family. This vegetarian version combines three kinds of beans with bell peppers, onions and smoky chipotle peppers. Yum!

Curried Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Swiss Chard at Smitten Kitchen

Curried Lentils and Sweet Potatoes recipe This dish draws on Indian-inspired flavors and a good dose of heat to create a vegetarian-friendly one-pot meal. Filled with nutrient-rich veggies, this filling dish is a perfect belly-filler.

Potato, Red Pepper and Feta Frittata at The Kitchn

Potato, Red Pepper and Feta Frittata Recipe
Sure, a frittata might not be the first thing you think of when you're looking for a one-pot meal, but they are easy, filling and delicious. This one has an added dose of heartiness with the addition of potatoes, too.

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Sarah W. Caron is an award-winning freelance writer and editor with a passion for parenting, food, technology and style. Find more of her food writing at Sarah's Cucina Bella.


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