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10 Easy and Healthy One-Pot Dinner Recipes

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. We see these chefs on TV or YouTube with three or four pots going at the same time cooking up a magical dish that we’re sure tastes delicious. But sometimes, you just want to keep things simple. And there’s nothing more simple than one pot dinners.


Benefits of one-pot meals

If you haven’t tried any one dish dinners, you’re really missing out. Here are a few reasons you need to jump on the bandwagon.


1. Quick cleanup

Yes, this is important. One of the only downsides of cooking is having to wash all those dishes, especially the pots. A one pot dinner means less cleanup once your meal is over.


2. Simple dishes

cooking tools: pot, pan, cutting board, tomatoes, whisk, masher

Because you’re only using one pot to make your meals, chances are the ingredients will be fairly simple. If you’re looking for quick dinner ideas that won’t take too much brain power but still taste great, one pot recipes is the way to go. If you’re looking for a good introduction guide to cooking, read our article on how to cook for total beginners.


3. More variety than you think

Just because you’re cooking a meal in one pot doesn’t mean that there won’t be variety. One of the best kept secrets of one pot recipes is that they can be just as fancy as any other dish. It’s all about what you’re willing to try and how long you want to be in the kitchen.


10 must-try one pot dinner ideas

Alright, let’s do this. It’s time for ten one pot meal recipes that will have you double dipping your fingers (we don’t actually support double dipping).


1. Chicken and lentil soup

It’s impossible to talk about one pot cooking without mentioning soup. This chicken and lentil soup also includes quinoa and kale so you know it’s super healthy. Add a baguette to the side and your meal is complete.


Pairs well with: Green smoothie or a glass of water.

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2. Skillet lasagna

lasagna in a skillet with bread

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Yum, yum, and yum. If you’re a fan of traditional lasagna then you’ll probably be just as excited to dig into skillet lasagna. This recipe calls for turkey sausage but feel free to use any meat that you enjoy. You can even prepare it veggie style.


Pairs well with: A baguette to scoop up the sauce

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3. Pork pot sticker stir fry

This is the perfect blend of simple and a bit fancy. Lots of ingredients make up this tasty dish, but it still only takes one pot and some chopping skills. Buy the pork stickers frozen and by the time you’re done, you’ll have a restaurant level meal.


Pairs well with: Cider or white wine

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Easy one pot meals in 30 minutes or less


4. Beef and pepper skillet

This Mexican inspired dish will make you forget that winter can sometimes last for more than half the year. It’s important to use lean ground beef and don’t be shy with the chilli powder—you want this dish spicy. Get your skillet really hot before throwing anything in and you’ll be done in no time.


Pairs well with: Cold beer

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5. Skinny mac and cheese

Mac and cheese

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There’s a secret ingredient that gives this mac and cheese its edge. Want to know what it is? Cauliflower. Don’t believe us? Try it out and let us know how many bowls you devour. Not only is this dish delicious, but it includes uncommon ingredients that make it unlike any mac and cheese recipe you’ve tasted.


Pairs well with: A spoon instead of a fork so you can really dig in

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6. Chicken jambalaya

The key to bringing out the best flavours in this recipe is to use boneless skinless chicken and pair it with sweet turkey sausages. Add brown rice instead of white and you’re on your way to a great meal that’s just as good the next day.


Pairs well with: Hungry grandkids

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Healthy one-dish meal ideas


7. Chickpea curry with rice

Chickpea curry with rice

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We know how basic this sounds, but chickpea curry is so flavourful that you really don’t need much more. Two tablespoons each of honey and sriracha sauce is what gives this dish its kick, and if rice isn’t your thing then serve it with naan bread.


Pairs well with: Mango lassi

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8. Keto chilli

This is a beanless chilli recipe that is just as tasty as it is healthy. It’s going to take a while to prepare the beef chuck with the pork shoulder, but all of that will be worth it once the smells start coming out of that pot.


Pairs well with: A berry smoothie

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9. Vegan Thai curry pumpkin soup

pumpkin soup

We told you that the best one pot recipes can be just as exciting as any other recipe out there. The depth of flavour you’ll experience in this dish is endless, and you can cook this one pot meal in less than 30 minutes.


Pairs well with: A bib. Curry stains.

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Looking for more healthy soup ideas? Read our article on 5 healthy soup recipes for seniors

10. Spicy vegan sloppy joes

Sloppy joes are an all time favourite and keeping it vegan shouldn’t take away from the flavour potential. Shredded cabbage and pickled jalapeno are the familiar flavours, while mushroom acts as the meat.


Pairs well with: Any pint

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Start serving your best one pot meals


Now that we’ve given you some recipe inspiration for your next one pot meal, you should be confident and ready to go. Whether you’re looking to try easy one pot meals or your goal is to keep things healthy, we got you covered.


If you’d rather be cooking in a group setting or would like someone to coach you through the process, you should sign up for one of Boomerang’s cooking workshops. Our virtual workshops are led by friendly and experienced hosts who can help you through all kinds of recipes—from baking to one pot meals and even mixing drinks.


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