At the end of a full day, the last thing you want to do is tackle a mountain of dishes. That’s why I love one pot / one pan meals! They’re easy to assemble, they require minimal clean-up, AND they eliminate the need to figure out a side dish because everything cooks in one pan! What’s not to love??
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You pour yourself into a full day’s work on the job or taking care of the kids (or both!). Then you spend the next hour or so cooking a delicious, nutritious dinner, serving it to your family, and playing the “dinnertime with kids” version of whack-a-mole.
By the time everyone’s been fed and the table has been cleared, the last thing you want to see in your kitchen sink is a mountain of dishes.
One pot meals to the rescue!
I absolutely love one pot / one pan meals. They’re easy to assemble, they require minimal cleanup, and they eliminate the need to figure out side dishes because everything cooks together in one pot (or pan)!
Here are 25 one pot meals for easy dinners and even easier clean-up!
25 One Pot Meals For Easy Dinners
7. Sautéed meat + veggies — I don’t really have a “recipe” for this, but I do this all the time for a quick and easy meal. Basically, you just sauté any kind of meat, remove from the pan, sauté veggies of choice, then combine.
Pro tip: I slice a bunch of chicken or pork when it’s on sale and freeze in bags of marinade for just such occasions! Read more about my Marinated Meat Packs here.
11. Mexican Baked Eggs — Add diced bell peppers for more veggies (or slice and serve on the side).
15. Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers — I LOVE that you don’t have to brown the meat first – it all cooks together!
20. Chicken/Pork Fried Rice (with leftover rice) — Scramble an egg in a pan and remove to a plate. Sauté bite-sized pieces of chicken or pork and remove. Pour a little chicken stock into the pan to deglaze, then add your leftover rice and warm all the way through, adding more chicken stock as needed. Stir in some frozen peas and carrots, then return the meat and egg to the pan and combine until everything is heated through. Add a few tablespoons of soy sauce and season with garlic salt and ginger to taste.
Pro-tip: This is the perfect dish to use up leftover chicken and pork!
Related Post: 50 Ways to Repurpose Leftovers: Waste Less, Save More!
21. Easy Breakfast Skillet — What’s a list like this without a great “breakfast for dinner” option??
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