Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Easy One-Pot Dinners

Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Easy One-Pot Dinners

Meghan Splawn
Aug 4, 2018
(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

This week's meal planning dilemma — there's always at least one — is that our dishwasher is out of commission for what might be the foreseeable future. Fortunately for me, we have a "I cook, you clean" agreement, and my husband is the primary dishwasher. Still, I'm planning a week of easy one-pot dinners for us.

Here's where one-pot dinners shine: they save everyone time, not just whoever washes the dishes! They typically mean fewer ingredients, more streamlined steps, and, yes, less time cleaning up. So whether you're soaking up the last days of summer or are already in full-swing back-to-school mode, these one-pot meals will help you put easy dinners on the table this week.

Welcome to This Week's Meal Plan

I believe meal planning is the secret to stress-free weeknight dinners. Since I'm frequently asked by friends and family what I'm cooking for dinner each week, I share my weekly meal plan here. Whether you're just learning to meal plan and looking for a real-life example of how this works or you're an old pro on the hunt for inspiration, here's a peek at how I'm feeding my family this week.

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Monday: One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo

This is one of those back-pocket recipes that everyone should know and will love. It's quick-cooking and uses up pantry ingredients — win win! We're having this with a simple arugula salad.

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Tuesday: Sheet Pan Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean Hash

This sheet pan breakfast hash is also excellent with tortillas as tacos or served with chips. It also makes the most of peak summer vegetables like zucchini, fresh corn, and red peppers, meaning that it's thrifty too.

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Wednesday: Sheet Pan Honey-Dijon Chicken and Vegetables

Sure, this sheet pan dinner has more of a fall vibe, but since it only needs about 30 minutes in the oven you won't have to heat up the kitchen too much for a really satisfying dinner. I'm also pulling frozen broccoli out and roasting it without thawing to make this dinner even faster.

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Thursday: One-Pot 30-Minute Zoodles and Meatballs

Yes, another zucchini recipe in one week! Perhaps you can relate to a bumper crop of zucchini from your garden or CSA? Spiralizing is a nice way to cook them quickly and eat them with sauce. This recipe uses frozen meatballs and jarred sauce to cut time and dishes in half.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Friday: Veggie Supreme Pizza

I'm using this veggie sheet pan pizza recipe as a template to use up any leftovers from the week on our pizza. Last night's meatballs are totally welcome to join leftover zucchini, pepper, and even corn from Tuesday.

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