Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals

Even we "non-essentials" can help out!

Skinny Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Are there any nurses, doctors, or even grocery store employees that you know personally? If so, then you’ve probably noticed how busy they’ve been over the last few weeks! You may have also wondered if there is anything you can do to help! These easy casseroles and one pot meals are a great way to take a little stress off of our loved ones during this challenging time! 

After all, the last thing that they’ll want to do is cook when they get home from a long shift, so preparing healthy yet comforting meals for them is a great way to thank them for all that they’re doing!

Maintaining a Germ-Free Cooking Space

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life

One especially important thing to emphasize when preparing meals for others these days is the importance of maintaining an extremely hygienic cooking space. Of course, it’s always important to prepare meals in a clean environment, but we recommend going a step further for now. This includes wiping down all surfaces, wearing gloves and a mask while cooking, and even practicing social distancing at drop off. You can accomplish this by finding out what time they’ll be home, and leaving the casserole at the front door!

Another important thing to make note of is how to avoid cross contamination. You must understand that gloves only help if you don’t touch anything else. This includes things like the refrigerator door handle, cabinet knobs, sink faucets, and especially your cell phone! Make sure you have everything that you need out on the counter, including a printed version of the recipe you’re using so that you don’t have to touch your phone. 

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life

We have dozens of easy casseroles and one pot recipes to choose from, but for this list we specifically selected ones that don’t require a ton of ingredients. In fact, the majority of them require ten or less! In addition to being simple and healthy, all of these recipes taste amazing too!

1. Healthy Baked Rigatoni with Peppers and Sausage

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life Rigatoni

This healthy baked rigatoni requires just 6 simple ingredients and can be ready in under an hour! It’s full of delicious Italian flavors that can satisfy anyone’s taste buds and hunger!

2. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Casserole

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life buffalo casserole

Hot sauce and cheesy flavors are one of the greatest combinations on earth. If you don’t agree, you haven’t tried this recipe yet. In addition to being incredibly tasty, this casserole packs a hearty protein punch that will keep you full and nourished for hours. 

3. Southwestern Black Bean Casserole

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life southwestern casserole

Cooking for a vegetarian? If so, this yummy Southwestern black bean casserole recipe is a wonderful option. With 9 grams of fiber per serving, it will make a great dinner tonight and an even better lunch tomorrow!

4. Skinny Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life Skinny Chicken Parmesan Casserole

There’s something about Italian-inspired recipes that’s just so comforting, isn’t there? I guess it’s the pasta! Anyway, this easy skinny chicken parmesan recipe requires less than 10 ingredients, most of which you should have no problem finding at the grocery store!

5. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life breakfast casserole

Our beloved essential workers need to eat breakfast too! Whether they’re working day shift or night shift, this well-rounded breakfast casserole will provide all-day energy and comfort! 

6. 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life Mac and cheese

Quite possibly the easiest recipe on our list, this instant pot mac and cheese will allow you to prepare a meal for your loved ones FAST! It’s cheesy, ooey and gooey, but it’s also healthy too!

7. Instant Pot Chunky Beef Stew

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life chunky beef stew

Beef stew is another recipe that has always been quite comforting. The combination of beef, potatoes, and veggies provides you with everything you need in a well-rounded, nutritious meal. This particular recipe requires a few more ingredients than the others, but we promise the extra effort will be worth it!

8. Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy Casseroles and One Pot Meals that You Can Prepare for the Essential Workers in Your Life chicken noodle soup

We’re rounding out our list with the all-time classic comfort food – chicken noodle soup! This is another one that uses a few more ingredients, but that’s what gives it it’s incredible flavor. A bowl of warm, nutrient-dense soup after a long, difficult day, will help your loved ones relax and unwind! This recipe is comfort food at its best.

We hope that one of these easy casseroles and one pot meals has inspired you to cook for a loved one! While we may not all be considered “essential workers”, there are certainly things we can do to support them! Everyone is capable of helping out! 

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Erin Miller

Erin is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She’s a Florida girl, currently living in Colorado. Some of her favorite hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, and hanging out at the beach, although weight lifting is her greatest passion. Erin believes that sustainability is the single most important factor to a successful fitness routine. She says, “If you can find a form of exercise that you truly enjoy, there will never be a fitness goal that you can’t achieve!"

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