A Week of One-Pot Dinners for Busy Parents
Lately more than ever, my energy levels have completely faded by the end of the day and I’m feeling especially strapped for time to get dinner on the table. Some weeks I build a meal plan around recipes that require just a few ingredients, or big-batch recipes that leave us with leftovers to reheat throughout the week. This week is all about dinners that come together with a single pot (or pan).
Any time dinner can be made with a single piece of cookware, you can almost always count on the fact that it won’t require too many ingredients, too much effort, or a sink full of dirty dishes. This week I’m filling my meal plan with easy one-pot meals that will appeal to both the big and little eaters at my table.
Monday: Dutch Oven Chicken Pot Pie
Not only is making this family-sized pot pie totally feasible on a Monday night, but with a couple of tricks it’s also surprisingly easier than you might imagine and ready in under 30 minutes. Dinner relies on a rotisserie chicken and frozen vegetables, which make for minimal prep and quick cooking. And instead of making the biscuit dough, I’m opting for a tube of buttermilk biscuits instead. I’ll add my store-bought biscuits over the filling, and bake for the time listed on the package. I also plan to reserve one of the chicken breasts for tomorrow night’s dinner.
Get the recipe: Dutch Oven Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday: 20-Minute Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls
Tonight I’m rolling over the remainder of the rotisserie chicken into a veggie-packed noodle bowl. Roasted sweet potatoes are great in this bowl, but any type of roasted veggie works here, so I’ll plan to use whatever is left over in the fridge from the weekend.
Get the recipe: 20-Minute Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls
Basic pantry ingredients, like orzo, chickpeas, broth, and crushed tomatoes are the foundation of this 15-minute meal. It’s reminiscent of risotto, yet firmly it’s own, and the chickpeas add a boost of protein to make the meal extra-filling. We’ll also be left with leftovers that will be used for lunches.
Get the recipe: One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo
Thursday: 15-Minute Pork Fried Rice
My toddler has a mild obsession with rice, so fried rice is a regular in our dinner rotation. I’ll defrost a bag of rice from the freezer, and cook it up with ground pork and an assortment of frozen vegetables.
Get the recipe: 15-Minute Pork Fried Rice
Friday: The Best One-Pot Mac & Cheese
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