The 7 Best One-Pot Meals

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If I’m being perfectly honest, I really do like cooking. The only problem is I absolutely hate cleaning up. Doing the dishes is one of the biggest deterrents from making food from-scratch. Once I’ve eaten, I’m ready to take a nap, not blitz the kitchen from the top down. Apparently, I’m not the only one with this problem. Because of that, we had quite a few options to choose from when coming up with the best one-pot meals.

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Bless the creative minds of the Internet for realizing we’re all equally lazy when it comes to cleaning the kitchen! It’s one-pot meals created by some of the best recipe developers that make our lives that much easier. We gathered up seven of the best one-pot meals, and they’re ready for you to whip up. Less time cleaning up means more time eating!

1. One-Pot Rosemary Chicken Dinner

Since you won’t have to clean up multiple pots and pans, you can spend that extra time catching up with your family instead of slaving away over the dishes in the kitchen. And, since the chicken is roasted over a bed of potatoes and vegetables, it’s a complete meal. You’ll get starches from the sweet potatoes, vitamins and minerals from the broccoli, and protein from the chicken. Sounds just about perfect to me!

2. One-Pot Sesame Chicken

We think this easy, one-pot sesame chicken recipe is better than the Chinese take-out variety, but you be the judge!

3. One-Pot Caprese Pasta

One-Pot recipes are a cinch, and this recipe is no exception. We use simple, fresh seasonings, so the few but flavorful ingredients take center stage. Plus, you can make this dish in less than 20 minutes!

4. One-Pot Coconut Curry Shrimp

When you’re craving seafood, this is the recipe to make. It’s a dish that comes together very quickly without sacrificing any flavor in the process. Impress the family with something new for dinner and minimize your cooking efforts all in one fell swoop. Serve it over brown rice for a super well-balanced meal!

5. One-Pot Orange Chicken

There’s nothing as classically take-out as orange chicken, but most take-out recipes are loaded with unhealthy ingredients. Make things healthier while keeping it all simple by following this one-pot version. A few staple ingredients you probably have on hand, one pot to cook in, and you’re ready to go. It’s as easy as that!

6. One-Pot Chicken and Veggie Ramen Stir-Fry

This one-pot chicken and veggie ramen stir-fry has everything you love about takeout noodle dishes, plus nutritional benefits. Make this dish in only a few minutes, but enjoy all the health benefits. This dish provides protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Keep dinnertime easy, but make it healthy, too!

7. One-Pot Chicken Breasts in Chinese Brown Sauce

One-Pot Chicken Breasts in Chinese Brown Sauce

This one-pot wonder calls for clean flavoring agents like honey, olive oil, and scallions to add subtle sweetness and a juicy crunch. The chicken is cooked in a flavorful mixture of broth, soy sauce, and seasonings, and then transferred to a thicker slurry and cooked to perfection. Enjoy!

For better or worse, you really don’t have any excuses not to cook dinner this week. One-pot meals are great for rookie cooks and veteran chefs alike—there’s something for everyone to love. Choose one of these seven recipes and get going! You might have 99 problems, but the dishes sure aren’t one.

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