5 Easy One-Pot Meals for Busy Weeknights

Preparing a delicious and satisfying dinner can sometimes feel like an insurmountable task. Enter one-pot meals, the weeknight saviors that offer a quick and hassle-free way to put a wholesome, homemade dinner on the table. So, let’s talk about five easy one-pot meals that will not only simplify your weeknight cooking but also satisfy your taste buds. Get ready to explore the magic of one-pot cooking and make your evenings more relaxed and delicious.

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  1. One-Pot Chicken and Rice

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup diced vegetables (carrots, peas, bell peppers, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat. Season chicken thighs with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Brown the chicken on both sides, then remove it from the pot and set it aside.
  • In the same pot, add rice, vegetables, and chicken broth. Place the browned chicken on top.
  • Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve hot, and garnish with fresh herbs or lemon wedges if desired.
  1. One-Pot Pasta Primavera

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pasta (penne or spaghetti)
  • 1 cup diced mixed vegetables (zucchini, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, etc.)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large pot, combine pasta, mixed vegetables, minced garlic, and vegetable broth.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir in the heavy cream and grated Parmesan cheese. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
  • Serve hot, and top with extra Parmesan if desired.
  1. One-Pot Chili Mac

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onions for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pot, brown the ground meat over medium heat. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add diced onion, red bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until softened.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes, kidney beans, broth, elbow macaroni, and chili powder.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, garnished with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onions.
  1. One-Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Orzo

Ingredients

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Stir in orzo and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until it begins to turn golden.
  • Pour in chicken broth, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, add the shrimp, and cover the pot. Cook for 5-7 minutes until the shrimp turns pink and the orzo is tender.
  • Toss in fresh spinach leaves and stir until wilted.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh parsley.
  • Serve hot, and enjoy the vibrant flavors.
  1. One-Pot Veggie Coconut Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 cup diced mixed vegetables (bell peppers, carrots, peas, etc.)
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add diced vegetables and sauté for 3-4 minutes until they start to soften.
  • Stir in red curry paste and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, and jasmine rice. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir in chickpeas and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat through.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  • Serve hot, and savor the rich and aromatic flavors.

These five easy one-pot meals offer a delightful solution for busy weeknights. They not only simplify your cooking process but also provide hearty and flavorful dishes that the whole family will love. With minimal cleanup and maximum flavor, one-pot meals are the secret to enjoying a delicious, homemade dinner without the stress and fuss. So, whether you’re in the mood for a comforting chili mac or a zesty lemon garlic shrimp and orzo, these recipes have you covered, ensuring your weeknight dinners are a breeze.

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