Make Dinner Time Easy With These Simple One-Pot Meals!

Make Dinner Time Easy With These Simple One-Pot Meals!
Make Dinner Time Easy With These Simple One-Pot Meals!

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    We all know that with school back in session things just got a lot more hectic. Make your life a little easier with these 10 easy one-pot meals! With everything else going on, these give you peace of mind about dinner time. I love these! They are super easy to make and clean-up is a breeze! Check these out and let us know which one is your favorite!

    Pastalaya

    If you like cajun food, check out this recipe! This is a delicious take on the popular favorite Jambalaya. Made with your choice of pasta, this crowd-pleasing favorite features smoked sausage and Cajun and Creole seasoning. You can make it as big as you need and it still won’t break the bank! More info here.

    What you’ll need:

    • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1/2 lb smoked sausage (preferably Andouille)
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 10 oz bag frozen “seasoning mix”*
    • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
    • 1/2 Tbsp Creole seasoning**
    • 1/2 tsp oregano
    • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1/4 tsp thyme
    • Freshly cracked pepper
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 lb penne pasta
    • 2 Tbsp half and half or cream
    • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley
    • 1/2 bunch green onions

     

    Southwest Chicken Skillet

    This meal is super easy because you just throw everything in the skillet and wait. If your family likes chicken tacos, they’ll love this dish! Made with chicken beans, salsa, and other goodies, you’ll run out in no time! I’m going to try this one tonight! I’m sure it will be a hit! More info here.

    What you’ll need:

    • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice*
    • 1 cup salsa
    • 1.5-2 cups precooked shredded chicken**
    • 1 15 oz. can black beans
    • 1 Tbsp chili powder
    • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
    • 1 cup shredded cheese
    • 2-3 green onions, sliced

     

    Lemon-Rosemary Chicken With Roasted Broccoli

    I am getting so hungry making this list! If you are looking for a pasta-free option, this is for you. This vitamin-packed meal is great for a quick, healthy meal. My kids will even eat this! Try it out tonight! More info here.

    What you’ll need:

    • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    • 1 1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
    • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
    • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
    • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 lemon, cut into thin slices, divided
    • 4 small bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 2 1/2 lbs. total)
    • 2 bunches Broccolini (about 1 lb.)
    • 1 red onion, cut into 1/2″ wedges
    • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper, plus more for serving

     

    Spinach-Artichoke Deep-Dish Pizza

    If you love Spinach-Artichoke dip, this one is for you. Make your favorite dip into a pizza in your cast-iron skillet! Yum! Not only does this make for super easy clean-up, but the kids can help make it! Win-win! More info here

    What you’ll need:

    • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 (5-oz.) container baby spinach, coarsely chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1/2 c. ricotta
    • 1 1/2 oz. Parmesan, grated (about 1/3 c.)
    • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 tsp. crush red pepper flakes
    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 1/2 tbsp. cornmeal
    • 1 lb. store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature
    • 6 oz. Fontina cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 c.)
    • 1 (14-oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
    • Fresh basil leaves, torn, for serving

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    Ratatouille Rice

    It may be too early for some to post Fall recipes, but if I had my way there would be no seasonal restrictions on food. If you are looking for an easy vegetarian option on the cheap, look no further this this take on Ratatouille Rice. Made with tomatoes, oregano, and other flavorful spices, this dish is sure to please no matter the crowd.  More info here.

    What you’ll need:

    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 white or yellow onion diced
    • 3 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 medium zucchini diced
    • 1/2 eggplant diced (I used a larger ovoid eggplant – if using Japanese eggplant, which are smaller, you could use a whole eggplant)
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
    • 1 red bell pepper diced
    • 2 Roma tomatoes diced
    • 1 cup white rice (see notes)
    • 1 and 1/2 cups vegetable broth plus more as needed
    • fresh basil chiffonade for serving

     

    Chow Mein

    If you fancy something from the orient, try this Chow Mein recipe! I love asian cuisine! This dish features simple staples like crispy fried noodles,chicken, and vegetables stir-fried in a thick brown sauce. Add this to your meal list this week! More info here

    What you’ll need:

    • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons soy sauce
    • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 3 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
    • 8 ounces boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • Kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 6 ounces Hong Kong chow mein noodles
    • 6 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and caps cut into 1/4-inch strips (or dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked and cut into 1/4-inch strips)
    • 3/4 cup julienned carrot
    • 1 cup chopped Chinese broccoli
    • 3 tablespoons julienned peeled ginger (from a 3-inch piece)
    • 2 large cloves garlic, minced (4 teaspoons)
    • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
    • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

     

    Pork Chops With Chard and White Beans

    Here’s one to mix things up a little bit. I love a good pork chop! Boneless pork chops are lean and cook quickly in a skillet, but you could substitute boneless skinless chicken breasts or salmon filets if you wanted. One of the reasons I like this recipe is because it is easy to out your own spin on it. Get creative and make something your family will love! More info here.

    What you’ll need:

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 boneless pork chops (¾ inch thick; about 1½ pounds total)
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • kosher salt and black pepper
    • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems thinly sliced and leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 5 cups
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

     

    Mexican Chicken Soup

    I know there are a million versions of the recipe, but this is my favorite. If you love cilantro and avocado, I suspect it may become your favorite as well. This meal is simple to make but oh so flavorful. A perfect combination in my book! More info here.

    What you’ll need:

    • 2 whole chickens (3 1/2 pounds each)
    • 4 carrots, halved crosswise
    • 1 large yellow onion, halved
    • kosher salt and black pepper
    • 1 1/2cups long-grain white rice
    • 2 avocados
    • 1/2cup fresh cilantro leaves
    • 3 limes, halved

    Tandoori Quinoa

    If you are looking for a protein-packed dinner you can feel good about, this is the dish for you! If you like quinoa or have been wanting to try it, this dish is a great introduction. Plus, this dish is a great vegetarian dish as is or you can add some shrimp for variety. More info here.

    What you’ll need:

    • 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil, or other plain oil
    • 1 cup diced sweet potatoes (115 grams) (a small dice is best) (equals 1 small sweet potato or 1/2 of a large one)
    • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 jalapeno or 2 Indian green chiles seeded and minced
    • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
    • 2 tbsp garam masala (see notes)
    • (optional) 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    • 1 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed
    • 1 and 1/4 cups vegetable broth
    • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (equal to one 15 oz. can)
    • about 1 and 1/2 cups diced tomatoes (equal to one 14 oz. can)
    • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • fresh lime juice (lemon also works), for serving
    • chopped fresh cilantro for serving

     

    Chili Lime Sweet Potato and Chicken Skillet

    Lovers of Lime, this is for you! I am a sucker for a good lime dish and this one ticks all the boxes. I love sweet potato and this is a new way of preparing it for me. This dish has tons of flavor. If you are tired of bland, this is your flavor fix. More info here.

    What you’ll need:

    • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
    • olive oil (2 or so tablespoons)
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1-cm (1/2 inch) cubes (approx 4 cups)
    • 2 bell peppers, cut into small pieces
    • ½ red onion, cut into small pieces
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 1 tablespoon lime zest
    • 1 can black beans, drained (540mL/18 oz)
    • cilantro leaves (garnish)
    • lime wedges/wheels (garnish)
    • greek yogurt (to serve)

     

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