When it comes to busy weeknights there is nothing better than simple one-pot wonders. These meals are true-life savors for the exhausted mom who faces her hungry kids.
(Original post date Sep 18, 2018 / Links and post updated Oct. 3, 2021)
As a mom, I know the feeling that hits you in the gut after a long day when your kids say, “What’s for dinner?” I mean can’t a mom sit down for two seconds!
Some days it just doesn’t matter if we meal planned or meal prepped the thought of getting up and cooking just sounds exhausting, but we get up and do it anyways.
What So Special About One-Pot Wonders
It is just as simple as it sounds. Your meal is completely prepped in one pot. That is why they call them one-pot wonders.
It is as easy a prep, cook, eat, and clean one pot may be a spoon, a cutting board, and a knife plus whatever you ate the dish on. If you are like me everything ends up in the dishwasher. So talk about an easy clean-up!
The best part is it is not all soups and pasta. There are so many varieties you can truly plan a year of meals using one pot. It doesn’t even matter what diet lifestyle you lead keto, vegan, Adkins, or you just eat what is good. There is one pot wonder for everyone.
Simple Cooking One-Pot Wonder Recipes
Vegan Dirty Rice
"Zesty, slightly spicy, and everything dirty rice should be without the meat! This Vegan Dirty Rice is everything you crave in the traditional dirty rice without the extra fats and calories. "
Boiled Ham Dinner
"If you need to feed a crowd but don't have time to cook this Hame Boiled Dinner is a simply delicious one pot meal that can feed that hungry crowd with minimal effort and minimal dishes."
One Pot Spinach Rice
"Healthy spinach rice loaded with proteins, fibers, and vitamins. It is a one-pot meal that takes about 30 min to prepare. Ideal for busy times."
Spicy One-Pot Sausage & Spinach Pasta (with Video)
"This spicy one-pot sausage & spinach pasta is more of an after-work dinner since I don’t like a lot of fuss when cooking on weeknights. It’s also a good option for an easy workweek lunch meal prep."
One Pot Easy Chicken Biryani
"This one-pot easy chicken biryani is full of traditional flavors & the easiest to prepare."
Skillet Pesto Chicken and Veggies
"This skillet pesto chicken recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes! It’s fresh, healthy, and so delicious! Perfect for busy families!"
Low Carb Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa
"Low Carb and Gluten-Free Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa. Deliciously satisfying -Quick and Easy weeknight dinner on a budget! What could be more perfect?"
Healthy Southwest Chicken and Rice Skillet
"This one-pot Healthy Southwest Chicken and Rice Skillet are sure to be a family favorite! It's loaded with flavor from spices like cumin, cayenne, and smoked paprika and packs a filling punch of nutrition from whole grain brown rice and chicken thighs. Garnish to your heart's content! This is one delicious recipe!"
Gluten-Free Kung Pao Chicken (Paleo, Allergy-Free)
"Delicious and easy, this Gluten-Free Kung Pao Chicken is a healthier version of the classic Chinese takeout you can make at home! A recipe that’s paleo, top 8 allergy-free, and with all the flavors and spice you love!"
One Pan Pork Chop Bacon Brussels Sprout Skillet
"One Pan Pork Chop Bacon Brussels Sprout Skillet is an easy to prepare, low carb, paleo, one pan wonder meal."
Chinese Curry Chicken
"This dish is bursting with flavor from the fragrant curry powder, turmeric powder, and red curry paste! This one-pot dish is super easy to prepare! Just toss in the ingredients and slowly simmer!"
Easy Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe - Low Carb
"This low carb paleo cauliflower fried rice recipe shows you how to make cauliflower rice stir fry FAST. It's the easiest, best way to cook cauliflower rice."
Chicken Gnocchi Skillet: Time Saving Dinner Recipe
"This 30 minute meal is perfect for those busy weeknights. Loaded with veggies and gnocchi coated in a herby chicken sauce and served with a juicy and crispy skin chicken all made in one pan making clean up a breeze!"
Thank you to all the bloggers who submitted recipes and participated in the One-Pot Wonders round-up and a special thank you for letting me use their photos to make this round-up that much yummier!!
So whether you are a mom or a student if you are looking to save time and energy in the kitchen try out some one-pot wonders they are truly lifesavers. The best part is there are only a few dishes involved so maybe you will have a chance to enjoy that glass of wine.
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