Our 10 Healthiest One-Pot Recipes

Our 10 Healthiest One-Pot Recipes

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Sheela Fiorenzo
Jul 30, 2018
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There's a lot to love about one-pot dinners — namely, how quick and easy they are to prepare and clean up. But one-pot meals also have a reputation for being a little ... indulgent (I'm looking at you, creamy chicken skillet with bacon and cheese).

These 10 recipes are packed with healthy ingredients like vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, so you can feel good about serving them to your family on busy weeknights.

1. One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo

This pot of pasta and beans feels a lot more decadent than it actually is. That's because the orzo releases a lot of its starch as it cooks and makes the whole mess extra creamy.

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

While rice is usually cooked separately when making a stir-fry, here it's cooked right with the chicken and vegetables to streamline dinner.

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3. How to Make One-Pot Pasta Primavera

With asparagus, zucchini, carrots, peppers, Broccolini, snap peas, tomatoes, and green peas in the mix, you're getting more than a few servings of vegetables in each bowl.

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4. Garlic Basil Shrimp Farrotto

This twist on risotto opts for whole-grain farro instead of short-grain rice, which adds fiber and heartiness to the plate.

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5. Gingery Poached Egg Soup

This light and brothy soup becomes a meal when a few eggs are poached right in the pot.

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6. Quick-Braised Chicken, Beans, and Greens

While most braises usually take a few hours, this quick version is perfect for busy weeknights. The chicken, beans, and greens all cook in one pot and need nothing but crusty bread on the side to make it dinner.

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7. One-Pot 30-Minute Zoodles and Meatballs

This wholesome twist on spaghetti and meatballs is extra customizable: Opt for your favorite meatballs, pick your favorite marinara sauce, and even grab pre-made zucchini noodles instead of spiralizing your own.

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8. A Light & Fresh Ginger Broccoli Soup

This five-ingredient soup is made extra green with the addition of kale. It's a light and wholesome meal that comes together in just about 30 minutes.

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9. One-Pot Vegetable Jambalaya

Add black beans, cooked shrimp, or sausage to this vegetable-loaded version of Southern jambalaya and it's a complete meal.

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10. One-Pot Pasta Puttanesca

Even if you aren't a fan of anchovies, it's worth trying them in this classic Italian pasta — they add deep, umami-rich flavor that's hard to beat.

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