16 One-Pot Meals That Will Change Your Weeknight Cooking Rotation

What would you do if you could create an elaborate and nutritional meal all in one place? Yes, the kitchen is one place, but do you ever get sick of checking the oven for one thing, the stovetop for another, and the quick steamer for something else? If you’re anything like us, you want something fast, relatively mess-free, and scrumptious to appeal to even the pickiest eater in your life. So how can you possibly do so, you may ask, and the solution is a one pot meal.

With one pot meals, you simply prep all of your ingredients, and throw them into a pot, generally either a dutch oven or a crockpot, and simply wait the recommended time per the recipe for it to magically finish cooking. If it sounds too good to be true, fret not as we present 16 glorious one-pot meals for any night of your hectic week.

1. One Pot Butternut Squash

Million Moments

Avoid the red-sauce rut and vamp up your pasta game with this Butternut squash macaroni. The puree effect of the butternut squash allows this dish to have an added creaminess to it.

What else could you want? Get the recipe here.

2. One Skillet Enchilada Pasta

Chelsea’s Messy Apron

If you’re craving an enchilada but not the effort it takes to make one, here’s your counter offer.

This pasta has everything your favorite enchilada does with one addition: the pasta, of course! Get the recipe here.

3. Cauliflower Rice Paella

The Whole Smiths

If you’ve never had cauliflower rice, now’s your chance. Simply boil and grate the cauliflower, add your spices and seafood goods, let simmer and call it a day.

Get the recipe here.

4. Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

The Real Food Dietitians

You can never go wrong with a simple and classic recipe such as roasted chicken. This dish is elevated by it’s existence in just one pan.

Better yet, you can add whatever veggies are in season for an even fresher take. Get the recipe here.

5. Asparagus Beef Stir Fry

Primally Inspired

Stir frys are the epitome of cooking ease, as they can be said to be the original one pot wonder.

Add asparagus instead of grains to make this dish low carb and guilt-free. Get the recipe here.

6. Chorizo and Vegetable Stew

Happy Body Formula

If the colors in this dish alone don’t have you in a tethered mess of excitement, then let the fact you’re only dirtying up one dish be the icing on the cake.

With tomatoes, peppers and diced zucchini, this dish is everything you love in one place. Get the recipe here.

7. Breakfast Pizza Quiche

Primally Inspired

Who says pizza can’t be served at breakfast? Take this crustless quiche for a spin one morning for a food awakening unlike any you’ve had before. Simply grease a pan, add your ingredients, and bake!

Get the recipe here.

8. Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

The Recipe Critic

Quick and easy: that’s what this dish has to offer you. Don’t get misguided by the creamy elements to this dish; it’s a breeze to make!

Like many dishes, simply prep and combine the ingredients in your favorite cast iron skillet, and let it cook for just 30 minutes! Get the recipe here.

9. One Pot Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls

Favorite Family Recipes

This recipe takes a stir fry to a different level, and may even be better for you. Substitute brown rice for the white, and you’re easily on your way to a nutrient-dense dish.

Get the recipe here.

10. Chicken Curry with Zucchini Noodles

Savory Lotus

Ah, the triumphant return of zoodles! Add your own take on this recipe by tossing in different veggies. We like to make ours as colorful as possible with the addition of peppers, carrots, and even tomatoes!

Get the recipe here.

11. Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Rubies and Radishes

The whole reason that crockpot meals are so loved is no doubtedly due to their simplicity and ease of cleanup and transportation.

Make your cooking in a crockpot easier by investing in crockpot liners, like these, to save the mess later.

Get the recipe here.

12. One Pot Chicken Pot Pie Noodles

Life Made Simple Bakes

Who needs all the crust of a chicken pot pie when you can enjoy it in noodle form? This recipe blends everything you love about a pot pie with all of the goodness of chicken noodle soup into one savory dish.

Get the recipe here.

13. Corn and Ham Risotto

Country Living

The key to the flavoring in this dish comes largely from the stock used, and we’re not mad about it.

Mix your stock in little by little, give it a stir or three with all the ingredients present, wait patiently and then enjoy the warmth of this delicious risotto! Get the recipe here

14. One Pot Coconut Chickpea Curry

Recipe Girl

This is one of those don’t kick it ’til you try it deals. If you’ve never curry-fied chickpeas, now is the time to be pleasantly surprised.

Get the recipe here.

15. Vegetarian Chili Mac and Cheese

Budget Bytes

Though macaroni and cheese tends to be naturally vegetarian, the addition of toppings such as pulled pork and bacon has made that less palpable.

This recipe calls for cheesy goodness and a blend of beans to get the job done while remaining vegetarian. Get the recipe here.

16. Chorizo and Sweet Potato Skillet

Budget Bytes

The combination of spicy chorizo and sweet potato makes this dish hot in all the right places.

Get the recipe here.

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