One Pot Dinner Ideas

by Megan Beauchamp

Overview

What could be easier than throwing some of your favorite ingredients into one pot and occasionally stirring? Whether you’re looking for an efficient way to get dinner on the table or a few new dinner ideas, here are ten one-pot meals that are easy and delicious.

Vegetarian Black Bean and Squash Chili

Louisa Shafia’s heart-healthy chili will have even the most avid meat-eater going back for a second bowl. The secret to making this hearty chili bowl-lickin’ good is in the spices. Cumin, oregano, coriander, all spice, and, of course, chili powder give this protein-packed chili both its kick and iconic color. If the pot doesn’t get scraped clean, refrigerate or freeze the leftovers to add a little something extra to nachos and burgers, or simply break out another bowl and spoon. - in association with Rachael Ray

Creamy Shrimp Chupe Chowder

This South American chowder is the perfect remedy for a chilly day. Whether you follow Daisy Martinez’s traditional recipe or mix it up with potatoes and bacon, just one ladle-full of this creamy shrimp chowder and we promise you won’t be missing the clams. - in association with Rachael Ray

Fried Rice

Requiring just a hot pan, a little oil, and a few other simple ingredients, fried rice is a quick and versatile one-pot dinner. The hardest part of making is dish is deciding whether to add chicken or shrimp (but half the time we just end up using both anyway).

Five-Way Cincinnati Chili

If you’re a chili traditionalist, then you have to try Josh Ozersky’s take on Cincinnati chili. Josh’s twist on chili con carne is just the comfort food to satisfy a hungry carnivore. Whether you serve this chili on its own or over a big bowl of pasta with a generous sprinkling of cheese like Josh, you’ll have an America classic to enjoy. - in association with Rachael Ray

Puerto Rican Asopao

Daisy’s asopao, a hearty, stew-like dish, is the greatest comfort food you’ve probably never had. This versatile dish made from rice, peas, meat, and hot habanero peppers can be made as humble or elegant as you want it to be. With the asopao’s warmth and the pepper’s heat, this dish is the perfect way to literally spice up dinner. - in association with Rachael Ray

Healthy Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is a delicious and nutritious one-pot meal chock full of veggies. You can make this soup as hearty as you want depending on the thickness of the stock and the amount of lentils and vegetables you throw in the pot.

Turkey, Kale and Spinach Soup

If you’re looking for a delicious way to eat your greens, this soup is just what you need. Each bowl is packed with protein and a healthy serving of leafy greens. The great thing about this nutritious soup is that it can be made in a variety of ways. Whether you break out the slow cooker or your biggest pot, making this one-pot meal is as easy as it is delicious.

Lemon Chicken

This simple Italian-inspired one-skillet dish uses lemon and garlic to bring out the flavor of the chicken, making this chicken dish anything but bland. Fresh herbs like thyme and oregano add the final touch to this one-pot meal.

Wok-Seared Chicken and Vegetables

Anything goes when stir frying, so there’s no need to stick to the same tried-and-true vegetables you usually serve alongside chicken. Spice up your dish with snow peas, bell peppers and baby corn. Don’t have a wok? Don’t worry; any frying pan will have a similar effect.

Bouillabaisse

Take your taste buds to France with an authentic Provencal one-pot meal. This broth gets its typically French flavor from garlic and dry wine. To cut down on costs and prep time, simply replace the traditional bouillabaisse seafood with chicken. All you need is a baguette and bon appétit!

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About the Author

Megan Beauchamp is a lifestyle editor at eHow. Her writing has appeared on Bustle, The Kind, Brit+Co., and BUST, among others.