30 1-pot meals for busy nights – do not eat this

30 1-pot meals for busy nights – do not eat this

We’ve all been there. It is the middle of the week and you are exhausted, hungry and completely in doubt about what to prepare for dinner. You want something quick and easy, but you’re also looking for a dish that’s easy to clean up. We understand that: Life is hectic. But meal preparation does not have to be.

Fortunately, not all recipes require washing piles of pots and pans after you finish cooking. All of these recipes use only one pot or pan so you do not have to spend all night in the kitchen. Now it’s a win-win. And as you freshen up your cooking skills, be sure to try one of these 100 easiest recipes you can make.

chicken fajitas recipe for a pan dinner
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

This meal is so delicious and so easy to make. Just fry the meat and vegetables in a pan, fill your tortillas and you are ready.

Get our recipe for Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas.

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Serious gluten-free chili
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chili is the ultimate one-pot meal, no matter what the season. This recipe uses lots of spices along with unexpected ingredients like cocoa powder and even beer.

Get our recipe for Delicious Turkey Chili.

RELATED: 20 Best Healthy Chili Recipes for Weight Loss

crispy cod with sweet potato fritters in a basket
Brie Pass

If you love ordering fish and chips at the bar, you will be thrilled at how easy this recipe is to copy at home. And the best part is that the potatoes and the fish all cook on the same plate.

Get our recipe for crispy cod with sweet potato fries.

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bowls of homemade orange chicken with chopsticks
Brie Pass

Once you’ve learned how to make orange chicken at home, you might want to swear off takeaway forever. And this recipe uses only one frying pan, making cleaning up a breeze.

Get our recipe for Orange Chicken.

chicken piccata

Would you believe us if we told you that you could make this dish with just one pot? This chicken piccata is so tasty you will be surprised that it only takes one casserole to cook it in.

Get our recipe for Chicken Piccata.

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baked turkey wings with mashed potatoes on the plate
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

Believe it or not, all you need to make some delicious turkey wings is the ingredients and a baking sheet. And if you want to go the extra mile, use the drops to make a homemade sauce for the wings.

Get our recipe for baked turkey wings.

Steak tacos with toppings on a plate.
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

As with chicken fajitas, all you really need for this recipe is a casserole to cook the meat in. Then all you have to do is serve it with tortillas and toppings and servers.

Get our recipe for Steak Tacos.

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plate bbq chicken dinner on a marble table
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

We’ve said it before and we say it again: there is no better feeling than gathering all your dinner ingredients in one pan, throwing it in the oven and not worrying about the meal again. This grilled chicken recipe allows you to do just that.

Get our recipe for a 5-ingredient BBQ chicken pan dinner.

a frying pan taco pasta with spoon, cotija cheese and slices of avocado
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Any pasta recipe that includes cooking the pasta in the same frying pan as the rest of the meal gets a thumbs up in our book. This taco paste is full of flavor and could not be easier to make.

Get our recipe for One-Skillet Taco Pasta.

egg diablo with taco shells in pan
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

You do not have to go to a restaurant to eat a killer brunch – nor do you have to use a multitude of pots and pans. Our diablo egg recipe uses only one frying pan and is as good as the one you find on a brunch menu.

Get our recipe for Egg Diablo.

broccoli cheese eggs in mugs with forks
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

This is more than a meal in one pot – it’s a meal krus meal. All you have to do is fill up the ingredients and let the microwave do its magic. This recipe really could not be easier.

Get our recipe for Broccoli Cheese Eggs in a Mug.

Paleo black fish sandwich
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Once the fish is cooked, just gather the rest of the ingredients for this sandwich. Nem peasy.

Get our recipe for a black fish sandwich with avocado and cabbage.

egg pizza with the sun side up
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Eggs on pizza? Why not? This recipe is surprisingly easy to assemble, and all you need is a pizza pan or baking tray for the actual cooking.

Get our recipe for a Sunny-Side Up Egg Pizza.

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pan burgers fried eggs special sauce
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Yes, it is possible to have a decadent burger with eggs with just a frying pan. This recipe is so delicious that you might renounce restaurant burgers forever.

Get our recipe for a pan burger with fried eggs and special sauce.

Spread ketchup on the cooked meatball.
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

If you can not get enough of this Southern-inspired chain, you will want to try this meatloaf recipe at home. The meat loaf is cooked in one roasting pan and you will impress all your Southern food-loving diners.

Get our recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf.

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Slice of stuffed hashbrown pot copy from Cracker Barrel
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

Do you need a side dish for that meatloaf? You can not go wrong with this hashbrown pot. Once you have mixed the ingredients, just use a baking sheet to prepare this solid side.

Get our recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole.

Two bowls copycat Olive Garden pasta fagioli with parsley and parmesan cheese
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Not That!

Like chili, this solid pasta dish requires only one casserole. It is delicious on a winter day, or anytime you are looking for a hearty dish that does not require too much cooking time.

Get our recipe for Pasta Fagioli.

vegan sausage plate
Carlene Thomas / Eat This, Not That!

Want to add more plant-based recipes to your regular rotation? Try this frying pan dinner. It is super easy to assemble and there are no animal products involved.

Get our recipe for Vegan Sausage and Vegetables.

keto tandoori chicken thighs with roasted cauliflower on white plate
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

After marinating the chicken in a plastic bag, use only a frying pan to finish cooking this tasty dish.

Get our recipe for Tandoori Chicken Thighs.

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plate of pork chops
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Once again: three cheers for record pans! With just a baking tray and a mixing bowl, you can make this classic Italian dish at home.

Get our recipe for Italian pork chops.

Spanish pepper steak stew with olives in a white bowl
Waterbury Publications

Chili, casserole, soup – these are all good dishes that you can cook in one casserole. This Spanish beef stew is so tasty that you will not think that only one more stew is needed.

Get our recipe for Smoky Spanish Beef Stew.

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Paleo spread stir fry
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Whisk this tasty frying pan up in just one frying pan and you have dinner on the table in no time. (The fact that it tastes much better than takeaway is just an added bonus.)

Get our recipe for Thai Beef Stir-Fry.

Healthy Italian tuna melt
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Think of this as a tuna salad sandwich, upgraded. All you need is the frying pan to heat this tuna melt in and you have a tasty, hot dinner ready in minutes.

Get our recipe for a quick and easy Italian tuna melting.

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Paleo chicken scallops
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another tasty chicken recipe that only needs one casserole to cook it in? Sign us up. This recipe is so easy that you will want to reconsider the regular Olive Garden tours.

Get our recipe for Chicken Scaloppine.

Paleo sweet and spicy beef
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Do you catch a trend here? Stir-fries are some of the easiest one-pot meals available. This recipe combines flank steak, green beans, garlic, mushrooms and scallion for an uber-flavored dish.

Get our recipe for sweet and spicy beef.

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Paleo roasted tuna tacos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Fish tacos are a lighter alternative to their beef-based counterparts, and they are just as delicious. The seared, pepper-cut tuna in this recipe goes well with the avocado – you will wonder why you have never cooked fish tacos before.

Get our recipe for spicy tuna and avocado fish tacos.

Paleo Asian chicken meatballs
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Cook these tasty meatballs on a grill pan, and serve with some fresh vegetables for a quick and easy evening dinner.

Get our recipe for Asian-inspired chicken meatballs.

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Healthy portobello cheesesteak
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This vegetarian dish is a lighter offering of the classic cheesesteak sandwich. And best of all, you only need one pot to cook everything. Now that’s what we like to hear!

Get our recipe for mouth-watering mushroom steak.

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Gluten-free chicken fingers with chipotle honey
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chicken fingers are not just for the kids menu! These baked tenders will delight children of all ages, as will the tasty honey mustard sauce.

Get our recipe for Oven Baked Chicken Killer with Chipotle Honey Mustard.

Healthy mother's chicken noodle soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The ultimate comfort food, chicken noodle soup can be prepared in just one pot. Whether you are struggling with a cold or just looking for a warm winter meal, this is a simple recipe that is great for any occasion.

Get our recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup.

Getting dinner on the table does not have to be a struggle with these easy one-pot meals. The only question now is which one you want to try first! And if you love to cook, sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!

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