These healthy one-pot meal ideas are tasty, things you can feel good about serving AND let you get away with doing fewer dishes! Plus, who doesn’t love recipes where cleanup is so easy.
There are many advantages to making these types of meals. I try to keep them in our food rotation because they save me a lot of time and energy!
- They are healthy! Now, keep in mind not all one-pot meals are healthy, but the ones in this list absolutely are. It’s a great feeling to make your family a meal that is loaded with vitamins and nutrients. That’s a huge win in my book.
- Cleanup is a breeze. Part of cooking that drives many of us crazy is the cleanup. You know how it feels when your kitchen is clean and organized, you cook a meal, and it looks like your kitchen exploded! Meals using one pot means fewer dishes!
- The recipes are versatile. Most one-pot dishes are super easy to adjust to your liking. If you don’t like onions, then skip them! Feel like having some sweet potatoes? Toss a few in the pot. Don’t be afraid to take these dishes and add your own unique flavor spin to them.
- Great opportunities to double a recipe. Most of these recipes work so well for doubling for lunches or leftovers for the freezer.
❗ Expert Tips
Pan Used – One big thing I find that is very helpful is making sure the pot you use is sturdy. A heavy duty pot usually helps your food cooks evenly.
Look At Ingredients In Recipe – Look at the ingredients in the recipe. If you find you enjoy all the ingredients, more than likely you will enjoy the dish. If you happen to not like an ingredient or two, try and swap it out for something you might enjoy. If you are not a fan of broccoli, swap it with cauliflower, or another vegetable.
Pull Together Recipes with Overlapping Ingredients – Look for recipes in the list that have similar ingredients so you can use “green onions” in both recipes instead of just one and have waste.
Leftovers – Store the leftovers in the fridge, and use for meal prepping for a quick lunch the next day or dinner. Most of these recipes reheat really nicely! Make sure to use sturdy containers like our 10 Best Meal Prepping Containers that don’t leak and travel great for work.
❓ Common Questions
One pot recipes are when you are making a dish that all ingredients cook in the same pot. You will find some recipes use stock pots, Dutch Ovens, sheet pans, or even a cast iron skillet on the stove.
Pasta recipes do work really well. Now, you just have to cook the recipe as directed to ensure the pasta doesn’t overcook and become soggy.
The biggest thing when making a one pot dinner is watching when the meat is cooked in the recipe. Use a meat thermometer to check the protein to ensure it is fully cooked.