10 Healthy Dinners to Make in Your Dutch Oven

10 Healthy Dinners to Make in Your Dutch Oven

Sheela Prakash
Feb 20, 2018
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While the Dutch oven is perfect for slow-cooking a pork shoulder or braising short ribs, it's also amazing at churning out wholesome, vegetable-packed dinners that are both comforting and satisfying. These 10 recipes are full of good-for-you ingredients are also happen to be simple enough to pull off on weeknights. That means everything from a chicken noodle soup to braised lentils can be slotted into your meal plan almost immediately.

1. The Best Chicken Zoodle Soup

Swapping out pasta for zucchini noodles not only makes this twist on the classic soup gluten-free, but it also adds an extra dose of vegetables to the pot.

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2. Garlic Basil Shrimp Farrotto

Whole-grain farro replaces the usual arborio rice in this twist on risotto. The farro also lends a nutty, richer flavor to the bowl, which makes it particularly inviting.

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3. A Light & Fresh Ginger Broccoli Soup

This bright, fresh soup is a blend of both kale and broccoli, which insures you get your fill or green veggies. Finish each bowl with a bit of pickled ginger and crushed nori to add texture and punch.

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4. Easy One-Pot Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables and Rice

This quick and easy chicken and vegetable dish gets piled over brown rice and comes together in the Dutch oven. It's an ideal contender for a busy weeknight.

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5. Tomato-Braised Lentils with Broccoli Rabe

This vegetarian recipe calls for a splash of heavy cream, which adds luxe richness to the dish, but you can swap it for coconut milk if you're looking for a plant-based alternative that still delivers.

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6. Quick-Braised Chicken, Beans, and Greens

While many braises can take a few hours, this one comes together in under 30 minutes, thanks to canned beans and store-bought chicken broth.

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7. Mushroom and Barley Soup

This vegetarian soup is pure comfort and warmth. It gets a serious boost of umami flavor, thanks to the dried porcini mushrooms used to enhance the broth.

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8. Spiced Yellow Dal with Rice (Kitchari)

This comforting vegan dish is full of Indian spices like turmeric, cumin, and fenugreek. The leftovers are excellent as well.

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9. White Rotisserie Chicken Chili

This bean-filled chili is made quick and easy for a weeknight since it calls for store-bought rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken yourself.

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10. Alice Waters' Chickpea and Broccoli Rabe Soup

This wholesome soup comes together with things you may likely already have in your pantry, like a few cans of chickpeas. Just a bit of pancetta or bacon in the broth adds depth of flavor without making this a meat-centric soup.

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