There are two things that busy people love the most. One is having ready-to-go meals that don’t take much time to make and the second, keeping the mess to an absolute minimum when it comes to making them. We often tend to overlook one-pot dishes as being slightly old-fashioned and not very trendy at this point.
However, when you think about it a little more, we actually can’t think of anything better suited for busy people who want minimal clean-up time afterward.
A Brief Introduction to One-Pot Meals
The term one-pot meal is nothing new and has been around for ages. However, the term has become even more popular over the last decade as our lifestyles become busier than ever before. A one-pot meal is a recipe that combines all of the ingredients and makes it into one single dish, thereby minimizing the need for multiple pots. One-pot meals are also a great way to reduce meal prepping and clean-up time, which is something that is much appreciated by busy people.
Why are One-Pot Dishes Great?
Several advantages come with cooking one-pot dishes, which is why we think they are so great. Firstly, one-pot dishes are perfect for people who are trying to reduce their carbon footprint as they use less water than other types of cooking and therefore use less electricity.
Additionally, they also use less gas or electricity than stove tops or ovens. One-pot meals are also very easy to make. This is because you don’t have to pre-prepare ingredients; everything goes into the pot at once. This makes one-pot dishes perfect for people who are unorganized and/or often forget about things like pre-prepping ingredients. One-pot meals are also extremely economical.
They use fewer ingredients than regular dishes but are usually just as filling and nutritious as their more complex counterparts.
Best One-Pot Dinners for Busy People
- Chicken and Rice – This dish is extremely easy to make and can be combined with an assortment of different ingredients and seasonings. Since it is essentially a one-pot meal, you can simply combine cooked rice with cooked chicken breast, sliced veggies, and a rich, creamy sauce.
- Taco Soup – This is a very simple dish that only requires a few ingredients. Simply combine canned tomatoes, chicken broth, black beans, corn, taco seasoning, and cheese in a large pot, mix well, and heat up until it is piping hot.
- Curry Chicken with Rice – This is another one-pot dish that is super easy to make and is extremely delicious. Simply combine cooked rice (pulses, quinoa, or any other healthy grain are also a great option) with cooked chicken, diced veggies, coconut milk, and curry powder.
One-Pot Chicken Dishes
- Chicken and Rice – This dish combines perfectly cooked rice with perfectly cooked chicken and a rich, creamy sauce that is loaded with flavor. It is a great dish for busy people who want a home-cooked meal every night but don’t have the time to make it.
- Chicken and Cauliflower Rice – This is another simple dish that is easy to cook and doesn’t require much effort. Simply combine cooked cauliflower rice with cooked chicken, vegetables, and a creamy sauce.
- Chicken Curry – This is a very simple one-pot dish that is perfect for people who want a comforting yet healthy meal. Simply combine cooked rice with cooked chicken, sliced vegetables, coconut milk, and curry powder.
One-Pot Vegetarian Dishes
- Vegetarian Chili – This is a very easy one-pot dish that is perfect for people who are on a vegetarian diet. To make it, you simply need to combine cooked beans with diced vegetables, tomato sauce, chili powder, and seasonings. You can also add a little bit of beer or whisky if you want to add a little extra kick to the dish.
- Vegetarian Lentil Stew – This is another very easy one-pot dish that is perfect for vegetarians. To make it, you simply need to combine cooked lentils with diced vegetables and herbs. You can add a dash of cumin and turmeric if you want to add a little extra flavor to the dish.
- Vegetarian Pasta Primavera – This is a great one-pot dish for vegetarians who want a warm, comforting meal. To make it, you simply need to combine cooked pasta with diced vegetables, herbs, and a creamy sauce.
One-Pot Seafood Dishes
- Seafood Risotto – This one-pot dish combines perfectly cooked rice with perfectly cooked seafood and a creamy sauce that is loaded with flavor. It is a great dish for people who love seafood but also want something hearty and filling.
- Mexican Seafood Rice – This is a very simple dish that is perfect for people who love Mexican food but don’t have much time to make a meal. To make it, you simply need to combine cooked rice with cooked seafood, sliced vegetables, and salsa.
- Cajun Shrimp and Rice – This is a very easy one-pot dish that is perfect for people who love Cajun cooking. To make it, you simply need to combine cooked rice with cooked shrimp and vegetables, Cajun seasoning, and a dash of hot sauce
One-pot dishes are perfect for people who want to make delicious and nutritious meals without a lot of fuss. Since they are all cooked in one pot and don’t require a lot of ingredients, one-pot dishes are perfect for people who are trying to eat healthier but don’t have a lot of time to make meals.
We think that one-pot dishes are great for busy people who want to eat healthier but don’t have the time to make complicated or fussy m