One-Pot Wonders: 23 Quick Dinners with Fewer Dishes

When life gets busy, I fall back on making one-pot or skillet meals that are quick and easy to throw together for a healthy family dinner. I love the simplicity of one-pot meals and I especially love less mess to worry about after dinner is over. Here's 23 quick dinners with fewer dishes – they're one-pot wonders!

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer

It’s 4:30 pm.

Your stove is covered with the remains of pots and pans from last night’s dinner, and the kitchen sink is bursting with the day’s dishes because you forgot to empty the dishwasher this morning.

You’ve been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted lately and don’t have a plan. So, what do you cook for dinner tonight?

I have to admit that in this season of life of chasing and cleaning up after little ones, endless days inside because of below freezing temperatures, and working on growing my blog as a family business, these days happen more than I’d like. Not because I want my life to be perfectly planned and organized, but because it makes what can already be stressful and overwhelming days even more stressful and overwhelming.

In these situations, I fall back on making one-pot or skillet meals that are quick and easy to throw together for a healthy family dinner. I love the simplicity of one-pot meals and I especially love less mess to worry about after dinner is over.

Keep this list on hand for those kind of days at your house. You’ll be glad you did!

23 Recipes for Quick Dinners with Fewer Dishes

Hearty Lentil Stew
Photo credit: Kelly of

One-Pot Meals

Whip together a healthy dinner in just one pot!

Hearty Lentil Stew from The Nourishing Home

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Chowder from Intentional by Grace

Stovetop Turkey Rice and Veggies from Healthy Roots Happy Soul

Sweet and Sour Lentils from Keeper of the Home

Roasted Chicken Chili from The Nourishing Home

Southwestern Frittata

Simple Skillets

Quick and easy dinners in a skillet on the stovetop.

Taco Chili Mac from Live Renewed

Pizza Cabbage Skillet from Food Renegade

Easy Tortilla Lasagna from Raia’s Recipes

Un-Stuffed Peppers from Vintage Kids Modern World

Homemade Hamburger Helper from Healing Cuisine

Paleo Taco Skillet from Paleo Gone Sassy

Homemade Cheeseburger Helper from Kitchen Stewardship

Tuna and Rice Noodle Stir Fry from Paleo Diet Basics

Southwestern Frittata from Live Renewed

Chicken Picatta from Real Food Whole Health

Tomato Chicken Skillet from Healing Cuisine

Staple Weeknight Stir-Fry from Green Plate Kate

Herb Chicken Skillet from The Humbled Homemaker


Still Simple Plus-One Pot Meals

These meals use an extra dish or pan, but are still simple and quick recipes to help you get a healthy dinner on the table for your family!

Mexican Chicken Skillet from Live Renewed

Creamy Green Chili Beef at Red and Honey

Chicken, Peas, and Brown Rice from The Greenbacks Gal

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas at Babble

Zucchini and Ground Beef Skillet Casserole from Live Renewed

Do you have any favorite quick one pot or skillet meals? Share a link with us in the comments!

About Emily McClements

Emily is a blessed wife and mama to three little ones. She is passionate about caring for God’s creation and people by being a good steward of the resources He has provided. As part of her journey towards living more “frugally green” she blogs about the things she is learning and the changes she is making at Live Renewed.

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring my stove top turkey, rice and veggies recipes! This is such a great collection — pinning to my board!

  2. Thanks for sharing my Lentil Stew and Roasted Chicken Chili. I definitely love one-pot meals! I pinned this post and am excited to incorporate some of these into my meal plans. YUM! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. We recently discovered a new favorite one-dish (plus a mixing bowl) recipe that is perfect for leftovers. It’s the Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake from Tasty Kitchen ( I pretty much eyeballed all the measurements, using leftover shredded chicken and leftover rice from other meals. It went over huge and my toddler ate two helpings of it. I love meals that can be a vehicle for getting leftovers out of my fridge. Huge bonus to this one, it makes ahead really nicely and keeps in the fridge until you’re ready. I bet it would make a smashing freezer meal as well.

    With the hustle and bustle of chasing a toddler and dealing with all life throws at us, I’ve been turning to casseroles and one-dish meals more and more. I’ve also found a (fairly loose) menu plan to be essential for keeping my sanity. Taking a look at it, it contains mostly one-dish or crockpot meals as well as a few make-ahead freezer dishes. Thanks for the great recipe suggestions. I already see a couple that need to make it into the menu plan rotation.

  4. Thank you for sharing! Great list.


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