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
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
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
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
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
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
A 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
Vegetarian Chili at In Good Taste
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
Potato, Red Pepper and Feta Frittata at The Kitchn
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.
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.